Heinz Rathmann

Heinz Rathmann

Heinz Rathmann

Woodworking Teacher

Heinz lives in Braintree with his partner, Ellen, and their dog, Charlie. He is originally from Germany, but has lived the last 25-plus years in Vermont, a state that he has fallen in love with. Heinz discovered the gift of woodworking at the age of fourteen. After college and an apprenticeship in Germany, Heinz entered the Civil Service and introduced woodworking to folks needing healing therapy from drug abuse. Following his arrival in Vermont, Heinz began his work in the local Waldorf schools among others. He has taught at the Green Mountain School, Wellspring Waldorf School, Upper Valley Waldorf School, Montpelier High School and others. One of his most treasured projects is the Peace Monument next to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in downtown Montpelier. In addition to teaching, Heinz is a professional woodworker who crafts beautiful cabinetry.

Jada Berg

Jada Berg

Jada Berg

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. 

Peggy Roche

Peggy Roche

Peggy Roche

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.

Stephanie Hoelscher

Stephanie Hoelscher

Stephanie Hoelscher

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.

Meg Scherbatskoy

Meg Scherbatskoy

Meg Scherbatskoy

Apple Blossom Teacher

Meg and her husband Jon were introduced to Waldorf education in 1999, when friends invited them to a festival at Green Mountain Waldorf School (formerly in Wolcott). Soon after, she became an active parent volunteer—joining committees, volunteering skills in art and drama, and substitute teaching. Their first child moved to the Three Rivers School (Montpelier), 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 and helped to develop the Central Vermont High School Initiative in 2013. All three of their children are, or have been, students in Waldorf schools.

Meg has a diverse background in education, administration, and the arts, and holds a B.A. through the Adult Degree Program from Norwich University. She has worked as the OVWS Handwork teacher, in the Summer Camp program, and as 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 as coordinator of Educational Support and the International Languages program. In July 2017, Meg completed a three-year program at The Center for Anthroposophy, receiving her certification as a Waldorf High School Art teacher.