Brynn Metzger Hare

Brynn Metzger Hare

Brynn Metzger Hare

Co-Chair

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.

Todd White

Todd White

Todd White

Co-Chair

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.

Chris Byrne

Chris Byrne

Chris Byrne

Treasurer

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.

Karen Vatz

Karen Vatz

Karen Vatz

Secretary 

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.

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle

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.  

Andy Hatch

Andy Hatch

Andy Hatch

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.   

Joshua Jennings

Joshua Jennings

Josh Jennings

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.

Joan Kahn

Joan Kahn

Joan Kahn

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.

Sjon Welters

Sjon Welters

Sjon Welters

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.

Paule Bezaire

Paule Bezaire

Paule Bezaire

Main Office Admin
Volunteer Coordinator

Paule was born and raised in Quebec. She earned a BA in Theater at UQAM, and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Besides raising five beautiful children in Waldorf education, she has also worked as an interpreter for the Vermont Refugee and Resettlement program, was a faculty mentor for Goddard College’s homeschoolers’ program, and taught French at Pacem. Having discovered anthroposophy in 2005, she chose to get involved with the Green Mountain Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and has been the secretary since 2010. After earning her Certified Grant Writer degree from The American Grant Writers’ Association, she pondered ways to bring her love for anthroposophy and Waldorf education to the forefront of her work. While volunteer grant writing for OVWS among others, she enrolled in the Waldorf Administration and Leadership Development program at Antioch. Paule has been part of the OVWS community since the beginning and is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community.

Erica Zimmerman

Erica Zimmerman

Erica Zimmerman

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.

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Director of Operations

Born and raised in Central Vermont, Kathy attended Trinity College and UVM, majoring in biology and business administration. She’s worked in a range of educational settings, and also ran a childcare center in her home while raising her daughter. Kathy came to OVWS in July 2004 through her daughter, Mary Kathryn (OVWS class of 2008), working first as a part-time office secretary then moving into full-time work as the Office Manager. She was later named Administrative Coordinator in 2010, and as Director of Operations in 2015. Kathy also manages her husband’s electrical contracting business. Kathy enjoys listening to and creating music, gardening, home renovation projects, and spending time in the natural world hiking, skiing, swimming, canoeing, and camping. During solo time, she can often be found reading a good book.

Cathy Donohue

Cathy Donohue

Cathy Donohue

Communications Coordinator

Cathy and her family came to 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. She enjoys many seasonal sports, hikes with the puppy, travel, and playing games and reading with her boy.

Lindsey Benton

Lindsey Benton

Lindsey Benton

Faculty, Grades

Lindsey received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. After spending time traveling the country as an environmental educator, Mrs. Benton realized her life’s calling was to be a teacher. She was particularly attracted to Waldorf education for its artistic methods, developmentally minded curriculum, and philosophical foundations.  This led her to earn her master’s degree in Waldorf education from Antioch University New England. Drawn by the vibe of central Vermont and the students she would be teaching, Mrs. Benton joined OVWS in April 2012.

Libby Case

Libby Case

Libby Case

Faculty, Grades

Teaching has always been the career of choice for Libby. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Ed. and spent ten years directing and teaching for Lesley College in an Environmental Ed. BA and MS program. It was during this time that she first was introduced to Waldorf Education and found its holistic approach to be a match to her ideals about education. When her own children were ready to begin school, Libby and her husband Ben, chose a Waldorf school. After completing a Foundations Studies program, Libby began assisting in the Kindergarten and running a summer program for 4-8 year olds in MA. In 2000 the family settled in Vermont and in 2001 Libby became the lead Kindergarten teacher for the Montpelier Child’s Garden. The next few years were spent administering and teaching, adding a nursery program, and helping facilitate the creation of the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in 2004. In 2010, after 14 years of early childhood education, Libby began her career as a class teacher teaching 1st graders who will become OVWS’s graduating class of 2018.

Cathie Ely

Cathie Ely

Cathie Ely

Director of Enrollment and Outreach

From a young age, Cathie knew she wanted to be a teacher. She never strayed from this goal, remaining in her beloved Green Mountains for teacher training and the start of her career. Cathie first taught 3rd and 4th grade at the Orange Center School and then entered the Peace Corps, serving in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she met her husband, Ken. Upon returning to the states, Cathie continued teaching public school 4th and 5th grade in Hartland and Quechee, until the birth of her first child, Hannah. Her family moved to the Adirondacks where their second child, Audrey, was born. It was through a parent/child playgroup that Cathie was introduced to Waldorf Education. She appreciated the beauty, love of nature, and the view of the whole child that are the cornerstones of Waldorf pedagogy. From here Cathie entered trainings and became a first grade teacher at Northern Lights School in Wilmington, NY. The discovery of OVWS called Cathie and her family back to Vermont in 2007 when she joined the faculty as a first grade teacher.

Georgeanne Baker

Georgeanne Baker

Georgeanne Baker

Educational Support Teacher

Georgeanne grew up in Waterbury, VT with her parents and three sisters, and credits her grandmother for her creativity and teaching prowess. Each weekend there was always a surprise waiting, such as a sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting, or cooking lesson, while her father worked the family farm. She loves to sew, record family history with picture and word, paint, and handwork. Georgeanne attended Trinity College and received a bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in History. She then attended the University of Vermont, receiving her masters in Curriculum Development. She currently holds her license in elementary (K-6) and early education. She lives in Waterbury with her husband Don and her daughter Cecilia a student at UVM majoring in international business. She is honored to be a member of the OVWS community.
 

Claudia Reinh​ardt

Claudia Reinh​ardt

Claudia Reinhardt

Faculty, Grades

Claudia grew up in a small Bavarian village where she enjoyed a wonderful childhood of roaming the woods. She graduated from pediatric nursing school in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1995 and was drawn to the creativity of the Waldorf philosophy when her now teenage sons were young children. She started teaching at the Waldorf School of Louisville in 2002, first as a German teacher, later also leading the Parent-Child program. Claudia completed her Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in 2007. From 2008 to 2016 Claudia successfully journeyed through grades one to eight with a vibrant class of amazing students at the Richmond Waldorf School in Virginia. Claudia is deeply committed to offering a culturally diverse curriculum and to promoting inclusiveness in the classroom. She loves to read and share stories from around the world. Knitting with heirloom yarns and drinking coffee help her maintain her equilibrium.

 

Kate Camilletti

Kate Camilletti

Kate Camilletti

Handwork Teacher

Kate grew up in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, mostly following her older siblings into the woods. As the youngest child she learned early to pay attention, observe how things are done, then do. Perhaps the same can be said of Kate's introduction to teaching. At first, she assisted Sue Cheyenne, Orchard Valley's original Handwork Teacher. Later, Kate also assisted Meg Scherbatskoy with Handwork, Heinz Rathmann with Woodwork, and Jessica Rubin with Earthcrafts. After nearly ten years of assisting she began the Applied Arts Training at the Fiber Craft Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY, finishing in March 2017. 

Kate holds a BA in Archaeology from Boston University, working in the field following graduation in 1991. After traveling the lower 48 states in a small camper with Paul Betz, they settled in Central Vermont in 1995. Kate built a pottery studio and made functional stoneware while gaining vegetable farming experience on the crews of local farms. She helped Paul establish a small farm operation on an old hill farm in Woodbury. Their two children have grown up attending OV and the Montpelier Farmers Market.