Lottie Maker

Lottie Maker

Lottie Maker

Faculty, Grades

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.

Susan Hand

Susan Hand

Susan Hand

Front Office Staff

Susan, who has two children attending OVWS, job shares the Front Office Staff position with Danielle. Her connection with Orchard Valley began in 2009 when she attended a Morning Garden Program with her eldest daughter. Susan brings a wealth of administrative skill and experience after a long career with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she served as an MS150 Bike Tour Coordinator, IT Support Staff, and Team Lead in Application Support.

Danielle LaFleur Brooks

Danielle LaFleur Brooks

Danielle LaFleur Brooks

Front Office Staff

Danielle, who has two children attending OVWS, job shares the Front Office Staff position with Susan. Her connection with Orchard Valley began in 2009 when she attended a Morning Garden Program with her eldest daughter. Danielle has been working in the field of education for over 30 years as a teacher, administrator, and writer. In addition to her work at OVWS, she teaches allied health classes for the Community College of Vermont and co-authors two medical terminology textbooks.

Meg Scherbatskoy

Meg Scherbatskoy

Meg Scherbatskoy

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, and her three children are OVWS alums.

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 Torrens

Roberta Torrens

Roberta Torrens

Administrative Assistant

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.

Jada Berg

Jada Berg

Jada Berg

Sweet Clover Nursery Director and Lead Teacher
(formerly Little Lambs Early Care Center)


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.

Marianne Perchlik

Marianne Perchlik

Marianne Perchlik

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.