The Board of Trustees is responsible for the legal and financial health of the School. Members actively support and promote the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions. Members serve on multiple committees with the collective goal of ensuring our school continues to prosper and run effectively. OVWS Bylaws
I moved to central Vermont from NYC in 2009 with my wife Erica and work as an attorney for the state. Our second-grade daughter has been enrolled in OVWS since she was one-and-a-half years old, making bread in Morning Garden. Our 4-year-old son is now in the Apple Tree Kindergarten. I believe the vitality of Waldorf education is dependent upon each member of the parent body doing their very best to support the school and uphold its mission.
My wife and I have deep roots in Vermont and moved here nearly a decade ago to raise our kids surrounded by values and community. We came to OVWS in grades 2 and 4, and feel blessed every day that our children now learn in a school committed to educating the whole self. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute my time, energy and enthusiasm for the school, and suspect that by participating in the Waldorf community and philosophy I may learn as much as my kids.
When I met my wife Heidi she was a grades teacher at Wellspring Waldorf School. As I got to know the kids in her class I was struck by how engaged in learning and curious they were. When our daughter was born it was clear that Waldorf education was the path for us to follow. She is now thriving in Ms. Case’s class at Orchard Valley. By serving on the Board I hope to help make this incredible educational experience available in central Vermont for years to come.
I came to Waldorf Education at the recommendation of a friend when my first daughter was 4 months old. Walking into that first parent-infant class, I felt a wave of relief, that “ah, this is where we belong” feeling that happens when everything just resonates. Through Waldorf I have found my footing as a parent. Waldorf education and the OVWS community is as much for me as it is for my children. Serving on the board is a fulfilling way to give back to the school.
My wife Ellie and I moved to Montpelier from southern New Mexico because we wanted our children to grow up at Orchard Valley Waldorf School. I feel very strongly that parents should be involved and give back to the OVWS community in whatever way best fits their abilities and/or interests. As a former English Language teacher myself, I have the greatest respect for the amazing job that our Orchard Valley teachers do. I choose to serve on the Board of Trustees because I want to do my part to help OVWS continue to grow and thrive in its second decade.
My wife and I moved to Montpelier in 2015 with our three young children who are now 7, 4, and 2 years old. I am an eye surgeon in private practice in Montpelier. Prior to our move, we lived in Hanover, NH and Philadelphia most recently. Our children attended the Upper Valley Waldorf School and the Philadelphia Waldorf School, and in our search for a place to settle down, finding a town in close proximity to a Waldorf School was a top priority. The Waldorf educational philosophy resonates with us both, and we have seen our kids thrive in this educational system. In joining the Board, I hope to help the school to grow, thrive, and continue to offer such an amazing education to our children.
As the father of six, I have experienced several different school situations for my children: the public school system, home schooling, private boarding school, and Waldorf education. Three of my oldest sons attended the Green Mountain Waldorf School, and my two youngest children currently are enrolled in OVWS. The philosophy behind Waldorf education creates the environment in which my children thrive, and meshes with my own Anthroposophical beliefs. As residents of Heartbeet Lifesharing, a Camphill community, my wife Sara and I feel that supporting OVWS and serving on the board is essential to strengthening the ties between these sister communities, as well as growing and maintaining this local developmentally based Waldorf opportunity for years to come.
We first came to OVWS in 2010 when my eldest daughter was just shy of two, our son began as a little one as well, and we anticipate our youngest daughter to follow right along on this path. My wife, Aja, and I are both native Vermonters and feel so fortunate that such an educational gem is available to us. OVWS provides my children with countless gifts, but above all, they are learning wholeness in humanity. It is important to me to be an active steward of this school, its future, and to give back in any way possible.
I first “discovered” Waldorf education at the age of three – when I began attending a Waldorf school in southern California. I believe that Waldorf schools offer children a sense of wonder and adventure in a safe haven – something that is sorely needed in our times. As a parent of a seventh grader and an OVWS alum, I have been involved with Orchard Valley since its inception. I am excited to be on the OVWS board and want to help our school and community thrive.
Since the 1970s I’ve been fascinated by Rudolf Steiner’s work. First, through the biodynamic farms and businesses I worked with in my native country the Netherlands and later, more closely, by sending our kids to the Lexington and Great Barrington Waldorf schools after we emigrated to the US. The three-fold society put forth by Steiner is a fascinating concept that could become the building blocks of a world where the three realms of education (cultural), business (economic), and politics (legal) can enhance and support each other, leading to a more just and peaceful society. As a grandfather of two OVWS students, I hope my work on the Board of Trustees will contribute to the realization of that vision.
I am the mother of a current seventh grader and a Child’s Garden alum (now in high school). As a lifelong educator, I have taught many subjects and levels in public and private schools and worked with schools as a consultant and administrator. For the past 10 years, my husband Kevin and I have also run a small livestock farm in East Montpelier. I am glad to bring my experience, skills and love for good schools to my service as a Trustee of Orchard Valley.