Front Office Staff
Front Office Staff
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.
Little Lambs Director and Lead Teacher
Jada earned a degree in Education and Creative Art Therapy from Goddard College and has been teaching for over a decade, in addition to teacher mentoring. She worked as an Early Childhood teacher and School Cook at Green Valley School, a nature-based Waldorf School in Putney, VT. One of Jada’s passions is holistic healing, including nutrition and herbalism, and she has her own healing practice, Golden Spiral Healing. She is currently finishing a three-year certification program in Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy. Jada is the co-founder of Northern Lights, a Women’s Singing Community. In 2013, she was elected to the board of directors of Circle of Women International. Jada’s multifaceted range of experience make her a dynamic and creative teacher with a focus on progressive experiential heart-centered education honoring the individual.
Apple Tree Kindergarten
Peggy has been in a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom since 2003. Having initially been drawn to the beauty of the Waldorf Early Childhood classroom and the artistic, soulful quality of Waldorf education, Peggy especially enjoys the laughter and joy of sharing snack time together and creating handwork with little ones. She studied fiber arts in college, earning a Master of Fine Arts, and has always believed in the gift of creating beauty for our world. Peggy has traveled extensively in West Africa, Asia and Europe. She taught preschool in South Korea and there her love of the small child was born. She and her husband Moss enjoy camping, reading, and going out to eat with their daughter, Maeve and their son, Rowan.
Director and Lead Teacher
Stephanie Hoelscher is director and lead teacher at the Child’s Garden. She came to Orchard Valley in 2010 when she started the Apple Blossom program, serving very young children. Stephanie received her certification in Waldorf Early Childhood education from Sunbridge and began her Waldorf work with young children at a charter Waldorf School in Phoenix, AZ where she taught in a large, mixed-aged kindergarten. Stephanie finds that her past training as a cultural anthropologist deepens the observational skills important to her work as a teacher and is deeply committed to creating a learning environment where the young child’s need for play, movement, and practical work can find its truest expression. Most recently Stephanie has started an advanced training course in therapeutic movement in order to bring new pedagogical insights to her mixed-aged class.
Apple Blossom Teacher, and Morning Garden Teacher
Marianne earned her BA in Theater and English from Holy Cross College, then earned a JD and a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She served as an Agriculture Volunteer in the US Peace Corps in Paraguay, then returned to Vermont to serve as a VISTA volunteer. She also worked as an attorney for the Vermont Juvenile Defender. Childbirth and motherhood stirred her inspiration toward the craft of caring more consciously for people and for the natural world and brought her to Waldorf Education. For 12 years, while her three children attended OVWS, Marianne developed her own practice as a certified Childbirth Mentor, Doula and Simplicity Parenting Coach. Marianne completed Certification as a Waldorf High School Teacher from the Center for Anthroposophy in 2015. She was a member of the faculty of the Initiative; a Vermont Waldorf High School, for four years.