OUR FACULTY STRIVES to work and study together artfully, out of the indications of Rudolf Steiner. We share beliefs that guide us in our work: a willingness to grow and develop, both individually and as a school; to work mindfully; to teach creatively and with love; and to nurture a supportive and active community.
Early Childhood Faculty
Morgan Wade, EC Lead Teacher
Morgan grew up in Virginia. She attended Waldorf teacher training programs in Seattle and Vancouver where she received her Waldorf Early-Childhood Teaching Certificate. She has been active in early-childhood classrooms for more than five years, most recently as the lead teacher at a Waldorf-inspired farm preschool.
Tamara Rosenthal, EC Assistant
Tamara grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her Waldorf Early Childhood teaching certificate in Eugene, OR where she then worked as as an assistant in a Waldorf Forest Kindergarten and lead a parent & child playgroup prior to having her two daughters. Tamara loves spending her time outside in just about any capacity: biking, canoeing, finding new wildflowers, gardening, hiking and playing in the snow. She also enjoys knitting and working with wool.
Marianne Bockli, Extended Day Teacher
Marianne is originally from Switzerland, where she received her B.A. in Early Childhood teaching. She also holds a Waldorf Grade School Teacher certificate. Marianne has worked at Ashwood in various capacities for more than two decades as lead kindergarten teacher, class teacher, parent & child playgroup teacher, board member, and leadership council member. She enjoys hiking, reading, cinema, travel, and languages.
Grade School Faculty
Class One-Two: Elizabeth Doshi
Elizabeth has experience teaching in Waldorf schools from New England to Singapore. She earned a master’s degree in Waldorf education at Antioch University. Elizabeth says: “The story of my Waldorf teaching journey covers many states and continents! Each school bestowed upon me the many gifts that only loving parents, children, and colleagues can give. The community of a Waldorf school can be very supportive and protective, and it can also be a wonderful challenge. I have experienced these things and much more. Traveling around the states and living overseas has allowed me to experience an immense diversity of people and work environments. I am grateful for these opportunities and believe they have made me a richer person and teacher.”
Class Three-Four: Michelle Buczacz
Michelle completed her Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University, New England. Prior to that adventure, a native Mainer, she received her bachelor’s degree in theater at the University of Southern Maine. In the rare event that she finds herself with free time, Michelle enjoys watching her daughter’s grow and learn. She also enjoys reading, painting, felting, and being social.
Class Five-Six: Robert Kaczor
Robert studied at Green Mountain Valley School and Mohawk Valley Community College. During his undergraduate work in elementary education, he realized he wanted to teach in a different environment with a different philosophy. While he was describing his ideas about education to a friend, she told him he was describing Waldorf education. He looked into it and his excitement was renewed! Robert went on to Antioch New England where he received his Waldorf teaching certificate. His internship was at Pine Hill Waldorf School. Robert joined the Ashwood faculty in 2005.
Jeremy earned a B.A. in psychology with a Spanish minor, and considered becoming a teacher. After a friend with children at a Waldorf school mentioned that his values might fit well with Waldorf education, Jeremy applied to Antioch New England Graduate School in the Waldorf education program. After an internship and substitute teaching at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Jeremy came to Ashwood in 2006. He graduated his class of eighth grade students in 2011.
Jeremy’s other interests are hiking, canoeing, skiing, cycling, traveling, reading, gardening, and whitewater rafting.
Strings Teacher: Sophie Davis
Sophie holds a B.M. in violin performance and a B.A. in environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She has been a featured performer on the National Public Radio program, “From the Top”. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra (JOrchestra) in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in Samoa where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. In addition to pursuing research, Sophie taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa. Recent awards include: the Louis and Annette Kaufman Prize in Violin (2017) and the Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship (2017).
Movement Teacher: Rose Swan
Rose joins our faculty with a background in environmental education for children. She was the service learning coordinator and a teacher at Tanglewood 4-H Camp, and the special projects coordinator for Trekkers. Rose is participating in a five-year Spacial Dynamics training, a program of study that provides a strong foundation for approaching the Waldorf movement curriculum.
Donna completed an A.A. in Graphic Design at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. A friend introduced her to Waldorf education, and they both enrolled in Foundation Studies. Donna has been Ashwood’s handwork teacher since 2004. She received Applied Arts certification from Sunbridge Institute/Fiber Arts Studio, Threefold Educational Center in Spring Valley, NY. She wishes that all children had the opportunity to experience education the Waldorf way, and feels it is truly a privilege to be here and watch the children learn.
Donna’s enjoys art, painting, gardening, reading, any and all crafts, and the outdoors.
English & Chorus Teacher: Laura Purdom
Laura came to Ashwood in 2006 after careers in writing and graphic design. At Ashwood, Laura builds upon her lifelong love of theater, song, language, and life’s big questions: she has been a class teacher, director of marketing & outreach, and a specialty teacher. She particularly delights in teaching and performing traditional music from around the world and in guiding student theatrical productions.
Laura has traveled in South Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and published four travel guidebooks. She lived in Paris while pursuing theatrical studies and performed with improv comedy troupes in Boston and beyond. She has a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. In her spare time, Laura enjoys thinking about what she might do if she had any spare time.
French Teacher: Mary Kate Small
Mary Kate has experience as a teacher of French and music as well as many years in human services professions. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. During college she spent extensive periods of time studying in France. Mary Kate brings a natural love of language and culture to her students. She loves speaking French, singing French music and cooking French cuisine. She recently had the great pleasure of knowing, working and playing with various members of a Congolese family who were visiting the area. Before coming to Ashwood Mary Kate taught freshman through senior French at Belfast Area High School.
Woodworking Teacher: Forester Valle
Biography coming soon!
School Director: Jody Spanglet
When her daughter Lisa was eight years old, the family moved to Charlottesville, VA. As Jody began courses at UVA in sociology and philosophy of education, Lisa was enrolled in the local public school. Unhappy with Lisa’s experience, they explored other schools and discovered the Waldorf school. After a few phone calls and a visit, Lisa was enrolled. A month later Jody became the after-care teacher, and began attending a study group and considering her future profession.
Jody received a B.A in Sociology, SUNY Binghamton; M.S.Ed., Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia; and pursued 20 years of coursework in Waldorf education and anthroposophical study at AWSNA-accredited institutions. She has been the school director since 2005, and previously was a Waldorf class teacher for grades 1–8, then for 5–8. Jody’s other interests are her grandchild, cooking, hiking, swimming, biking, gardening, baking, and travel.
Business Manager: Betty Wyman
Betty has an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering degree, and a B.Sc. in Accounting and Finance with a CPA designation. Her children attended summer camp at Ashwood Waldorf School and the whole family fell in love with the school. She has been an Ashwood parent since 2009. After her role in the Parent-Community Council as both co-chair and chair, she happily joined the business office as business and operations manager. She was born in Hungary, and has traveled extensively around Europe. For 17 years, she has lived contently in Rockport, where the mountains meet the sea. If she is not busy taking care of her 2 children, running a fitness class, or working on her website, you can find her in the flower garden, hiking on the trails, paddle boarding, or kayaking on the lakes with her two sons.
Marketing & Outreach Director: Laura Purdom
See Laura’s biography under Specialty Teachers.
Administrative Assistant: Sarah Ewing
Sarah has a B.A in English from Earlham College. After college she spent a few years working in intentional communities in Maine, Vermont, and New Zealand before returning to settle in the midcoast. Before coming to Ashwood she worked at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, where she held positions from machine operator to marketing director. In her free time she loves to work with wood, do almost anything outside, eat, play music, and spend time with her family.
Development Director: Julia Dodge
Julia is a Maine native, born in Portland and raised in Gorham. She earned a B.A. in History from Colby College and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, Orono. Her introduction to Waldorf education came via the persistence of a cousin with three children enrolled in a Waldorf school. Julia quickly sensed a unique and vital approach to educating children and decided to provide that for her own children. She firmly believes that more children with access to Waldorf education will do wonderful things for the world; thus, she is thrilled to direct the development team and excited to help secure as much funding for the school as possible. Julia has volunteered untold hours to Ashwood’s incredibly successful Serve-a-Thon fundraiser, while leading the effort for many other school fundraisers as well. Julia has been a class parent and has been active on the Ashwood Parent Community (APC). She is a warm and enthusiastic professional with a great deal of commitment to Ashwood.
Board of Trustees
Ashwood’s Board of Trustees is made up of members drawn from the parent body, faculty, and community. The board oversees the legal and fiscal life of the school, with primary responsibility for fundraising and budget approval. Board meetings are held every month and are open by request, in advance, to the board president.
- Betsy Morrell, President
- Vera Roberts, Treasurer
- Annie Mahle
- Nancy Harris Frohlich
- Barney Hildreth
- Robert Kaczor
- John Morin
- Lisa Newcomb
- Alden Robinson
- Valerie Shepard
- Jessica Wheeler
- Jody Spanglet, School Director
Contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org.