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Lindsey Benton

Lindsey Benton

Lindsey Benton

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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

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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 became OVWS’s graduating class of 2018.

Dana Cudney

Dana Cudney

Dana Cudney

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After initially pursuing music and creative writing in college, Dana completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and worked for ten years in the computer field. She was inspired to become a teacher by her mother and grandmother, both educators who began teaching in mid-life. While her children were young, she completed a Master’s in Education at Virginia Tech and taught a variety of subjects in public and private schools. Her children led her to Waldorf education which tied together many threads in her life, personally and professionally, and she completed the Waldorf teacher training at Antioch NE in 2005. She has been teaching in Waldorf schools since 2002, including teaching in kindergarten at Upper Valley Waldorf School, teaching combined grades classes at Wellspring Waldorf School, and most recently taking a class from first through fourth grade at Lake Champlain Waldorf School. Dana has lived in Vermont for 18 years and has two children, both now in their twenties. She enjoys contra dancing, biking, and hiking. At home she enjoys campfires in the backyard, sing-a-longs, gardening and cooking.

Lottie Maker

Lottie Maker

Lottie Maker

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Lottie received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, where she taught second and third grade at an arts-based charter school. Since returning to Vermont in 2011, she has worked at a small, independent school in Montpelier.

Lottie grew up in central Vermont exploring the woods with her three brothers. Drawing inspiration from the Waldorf lifestyle, her artist mother infused the home environment with a creative spirit. Stories and song were a part of daily life. Participating in festivals at the Green Mountain Waldorf School with her family, Lottie marveled at the thoughtfulness and care expressed in the beauty and simplicity of the Waldorf classrooms. The artwork, the natural materials, and the handcrafts all evoked a sense of wonder and curiosity in her young mind. This contact with the school left a lasting impression and served as an inspiration to learn more about Waldorf education in the years since. Lottie is looking forward to pursuing Waldorf training while teaching at Orchard Valley.

When not in the classroom, Lottie loves to dig in the garden, sing in harmony, and walk in the woods with her husband and three children.