The Orchard Valley administrative staff members manage the daily running of the school so that students can learn, teachers can teach, and parents and Board members can rely on a well-functioning school. Areas of responsibility include: recruiting and admitting new students, handling tuition and fees, facility management, raising money and building community awareness, addressing concerns, and carrying out the administrative policies and decisions made by the Faculty and Board of Trustees.
It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we share the loss of a dear friend and longtime supporter of our school and community. Kathy Clark passed on Friday, March 29 at home, surrounded by her family, ending a ten-month struggle with cancer. We will miss Kathy's deep warmth of soul, enduring strength of spirit, and her truly human capacity to touch us all
Kathy came to Orchard Valley in July 2004 by way of her daughter, Mary Kathryn (OVWS class of 2008). Kathy served in many official roles at our school, including part-time Office Secretary, Office Manager, Administrative Coordinator, and in the last few years, Director of Operations. These job titles do no service to recount all the volunteer time Kathy gave, the many events she spearheaded, love she provided to the children, support she offered to parents, and continuity she brought to several administrative and faculty transitions.
Kathy’s love for Orchard Valley is evident in every nook and cranny of our school in that she is one of the cornerstones that helped support, and therefore, grow our school. Her dedication and service to this community helped to bring Orchard Valley to where it is today. Her deep commitment to our community and to Waldorf education, coupled with an optimistic enthusiasm and warm smile, will be missed by all at our school. Our gratitude to Kathy for all she did for OVWS cannot be adequately expressed through words. Our hearts emanate this gratitude for her hard work and dedication to Orchard Valley and will continue to do so as long as children are thriving in the classrooms and on the land of our campuses.
Cathy and her family came to Orchard Valley in 2011 to participate in the Morning Garden program. Her son is now enrolled in the grades and Cathy has been working for the school since 2012. Cathy’s work has evolved to include print and online pieces as well as marketing for a growing number of OVWS programs and events. Cathy has a B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Environmental Communications from Antioch. She has worked as a marketing communications manager, magazine editor, and environmental educator, and maintains a freelance writing and editing business. Cathy is excited to be part of the OVWS administrative team in this dynamic point in the school’s history. Gardening, swimming, traveling with her family, and reading and playing with her boy fill her up.
Director of Enrollment and Outreach
Cathie joined the administrative team in 2017 after being a class teacher in the grades building for ten years. She also brings eleven years of experience teaching in Vermont’s public schools to her role as the Enrollment and Outreach Director. In this position, Cathie is passionate about helping families discover and experience the wonder and beauty of Waldorf education. She lives in Barre Town with her husband, Ken, and two daughters, Hannah and Audrey. Both graduated from Orchard Valley and continued their education at Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in Shelburne. With her family and friends, Cathie finds peace and joy paddling in the quiet Adirondack and Vermont waterways as well as hiking and biking in the Green Mountains.
Front Office Staff
Susan, who has two children attending OVWS, job shares the Front Office Staff position with Danielle. Her connection with Orchard Valley began in 2009 when she attended a Morning Garden Program with her eldest daughter. Susan brings a wealth of administrative skill and experience after a long career with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she served as an MS150 Bike Tour Coordinator, IT Support Staff, and Team Lead in Application Support.
Front Office Staff
Danielle, who has two children attending OVWS, job shares the Front Office Staff position with Susan. Her connection with Orchard Valley began in 2009 when she attended a Morning Garden Program with her eldest daughter. Danielle has been working in the field of education for over 30 years as a teacher, administrator, and writer. In addition to her work at OVWS, she teaches allied health classes for the Community College of Vermont and co-authors two medical terminology textbooks.
Facilities Coordinator, Sub Coordinator/Super Sub, and Middle School Guild Teacher
Meg and her husband Jon were introduced to Waldorf education in 1999, when friends invited them to a festival at Green Mountain School. Soon after, she became active joining committees, volunteering skills in art and drama, and substitute teaching. Their family moved to the Three Rivers School, and the next year Meg was on the board helping to start Orchard Valley Waldorf School. She served as the first board chair of OVWS.
Meg has a diverse background in education, administration, and the arts holding a B.A. through the Adult Degree Program of Norwich University. She has worked as a OVWS Handwork teacher, Summer Camp teacher, and Handwork teacher at Wellspring. In 2013, she joined the Central Vermont High School Initiative, teaching Practical Arts, Fine Arts, History through Art and Architecture, Drama, and more. In July 2017 Meg completed Waldorf High School Art teacher training at The Center for Anthroposophy.
Roberta has been part of the Orchard Valley community for many years as both a parent and employee. Over the years she has worked as a Kindergarten Assistant, On The Land Assistant and is currently sharing her organizational skills in the role of Administrative Assistant to both the front office and the admin team upstairs in the farmhouse.
Roberta graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English Literature and Psychology. She subsequently went on to complete her MA at the Bread Loaf School of English. When she is not busy attending her four children's many sporting events, theatrical and musical performances, Roberta enjoys getting her hands dirty in her vegetable garden, walking in the woods with her dog, or curling up with a good book.
Karen has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years. Starting out as a teacher in the Peace Corps, she became fascinated with the process of learning a foreign language. She pursued a PhD in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, and went on to research how languages are learned and represented in the brain. After a decade of this work, Karen and her family moved to Vermont, where she began teaching in the linguistics department at the University of Vermont. Karen discovered Waldorf education through a parent-child class she took when her oldest daughter was 4 months old, over 10 years ago. She has been involved in Waldorf Schools ever since, and came to Orchard Valley in 2012. She is excited to take on this new role serving the school in the administrative office. Karen finds calm while walking in the woods, hanging out in the barn with her goats, and baking with chocolate. In the late night hours, she enjoys writing her reflections on parenting and racial sensitivity issues.