Early Childhood Teachers
Trice Atchison leads the Parent Child Garden sessions. Trice holds a full, birth-to-seven, early childhood teaching certificate from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center in Keene, NH, a leading training center recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Center of North America (WECAN) and renowned for its inspiring work with young children. Trice also holds a master’s degree in writing from Emerson College, Boston, a bachelor’s in philosophy and psychology from Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and completed a year-long certificate program in healing puppetry for children through Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts, Colorado. She co-edited A Warm and Gentle Welcome, a book of essays on caring for children during the first three years of life (WECAN publications), and is a certified Simplicity Parenting group leader. She has taught parent-child classes in Great Barrington, Connecticut and Vermont for more than 10 years. Trice also can be found singing jazz classics in and around the Berkshires.
Somer trained as an artist and a teacher, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Parsons School of Design and her Masters in Education at Sunbridge College (Chestnut Ridge, NY). Somer enjoys using puppets to tell stories to her class, frequently making the puppets herself. She is also a parent at the school, with one daughter in eighth grade and one daughter in the eleventh grade at the Waldorf high school in Stockbridge. Somer is an avid Morris dancer who performs at May Day celebrations at the school and throughout the community. She has taught in the Early Childhood at GBRSS since 2007.
Laura holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Laura has taught programs for children since high school, including dance with Jacob’s Pillow and Mandarin Chinese at schools and libraries in the Berkshires. She completed her certificate in Waldorf Education at the Alkion Center, Harlemville, NY. Her two sons are in fifth grade and Early Childhood at GBRSS.
An early childhood teacher for twenty years, Ms. Hascup comes to the Berkshires from Ithaca, New York, where she has been lead teacher in a mixed age kindergarten and faculty chair at the Ithaca Waldorf School. Ms. Hascup holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Education from Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire, where she completed an additional two year certification in healing arts for classroom teachers with a concentration in painting and storytelling. She has led early childhood workshops at the annual Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Ms. Hascup is the winner of the Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “for the promise of exemplary contributions to the teaching profession.” Her appointment at GBRSS is also a homecoming, as she spent a year working with longtime kindergarten teacher Michelle Kuzia at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, to complete her Waldorf early childhood teacher training in 1999. Her daughter Isa will be in the Sun Room kindergarten this year.
Jo received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and began her teaching career that year at a small independent elementary school in Thetford, VT. She received her Waldorf Teacher certification from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA, and–returning to New England–taught third and sixth grades in Lebanon, NH.
She was a founding member of the Upper Valley Waldorf School, and was the school’s original kindergarten teacher. In 1994, Jo and her family moved to Great Barrington to join GBRSS. Her son graduated from the school in 2000. Jo has taught in the Early Childhood programs since that time. She loves to garden and draw, and has illustrated three cookbooks for SteinerBooks, as well as the new WECAN publication Tell Me A Story, a collection of Waldorf Nursery and Kindergarten stories from teachers around the world.
Elizabeth Brady Gadilauskas
Elizabeth earned her Bachelors degree from Smith College in Psychology with a concentration in cognition. Her previous experience in early childhood education includes assistant teaching at Sunnyside Early Childhood Center in Northampton, MA and Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, NY.
Eleana earned her Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts in Forestry at University of New Hampshire. She completed her Masters in Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College. She taught in the grades at two other Waldorf schools before joining the early childhood at GBRSS. She recently completed a certification in the Reiki Healing Arts.
Diane completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Iowa in Theater. She has worked in the Early Childhood program for many years, and her daughter is a graduate of GBRSS. An actress, Diane is well known for her roles in Shakespeare and Company’s theatrical productions every summer, and has also worked in productions at CATA (Community Access To The Arts) in Great Barrington.
Renée earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in NY, is a graduate of our GBRSS Teaching Apprenticeship Program, and has completed additional subject and grade specific trainings at Sunbridge College in NY. In our apprenticeship program she worked for two years completing her foundation studies in Waldorf Education, assisting and substituting in all grades including early childhood, and teaching classes in various grades, including an extended substitution in seventh grade. She has three children, a daughter who graduated from GBRSS in 2016 and is in ninth grade at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, a son in seventh grade, and a daughter in third grade.
A GBRSS graduate, Veronica holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design, with a concentration in Fiber Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of our GBRSS Teacher Apprenticeship Program and has completed additional training courses for the grades at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. Veronica began her teaching career as an intern in the Early Childhood program. She spent the following year working as an assistant in the Nursery program before joining the Teacher Apprenticeship Program. During her teacher training, Ms. Horowitz interned in the first and third grades, and also worked as an assistant in Handwork classes. She took the first grade full time for several months while the class teacher was absent on leave. During her apprenticeship, Ms. Horowitz was also in charge of the afternoon program for the First Grade.
Pamela attended Colby College, and received her Bachelors degree from Empire State College, S.U.N.Y. Albany. A Waldorf alumna, she is a graduate of the Rudolf Steiner School, NYC and completed her apprenticeship at GBRSS. A GBRSS faculty member for over 25 years, Pamela is currently teaching her fourth class.
Tracey received her Bachelor’s degree from Colby College, and completed her Waldorf training and apprenticeship at The Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, where she went on to work for 10 years as handwork assistant, librarian and class teacher.
Tracey is a well-respected master teacher, with 26 years of experience in Waldorf education. 16 years of her teaching career have been at GBRSS, during which time she led two classes from first through eighth grade. Her three children are also GBRSS graduates.
Rebecca returned to GBRSS as a grades teacher in 2012, formerly serving as the school’s Eurythmy teacher for many years. Rebecca was born in Wales but spent much of her childhood in Africa and later in England. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvannia State University. Her work with children began in 1985 as Director of the YMCA summer camps. In 1992, Rebecca attended Sunbridge College, NY where she began her studies in Waldorf Education. The inspiring work of Rudolf Steiner led her to study Eurythmy and upon completion of the four-year training begin to teach this rejuvenating and expressive form of “dance.” Rebecca has taught pedagogical eurythmy to young children for the past 18 years as well as artistic eurythmy to adults with special needs. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch in Keene, NH and at Alkion Center in Harlemville, NY. Her daughter graduated from the GBRSS class of 2014.
Julie comes to us from the Azalea Mountain School in Asheville, North Carolina, where she was a first and second grade teacher. Prior to that, she taught 4th grade at the Rainbow Mountain Children’s School, also in Asheville, and 4th, 6th and 8th grades at the Novato Charter School in Novato, California. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University and completed her Masters of Arts from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She has completed classwork in Waldorf training from the Center of Anthroposophy, the Rudolf Steiner College, the Sunbridge Institute, and the Micha-el Institute in Portland, Oregon.
Mark received his Bachelors in Education from Central Michigan University, majoring in Special Education, and taught nine years in public and Montessori schools. He received his Masters in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. His first class at GBRSS graduated in 1997. In 2015, his third class graduated. Mark is back to teach the class of 2018 for their final two years.
Kirsten grew up in Germany, where her father was instrumental in starting and teaching at the Freie Waldorf Schule Oldenburg. A Waldorf alumna, Kirsten went on to complete a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education at the University of Oldenburg. In the United States, she completed an Associates degree in the teaching of foreign languages and completed her Masters in Education at Sunbridge. Before joining the GBRSS faculty, Kirsten taught German at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and was a class teacher at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Vermont. Her daughter is a graduate of the GBRSS class of 2015.
Krista earned her Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Wittenberg University, OH, and is certified in Spacial Dynamics by the Spacial Dynamics Institute in Mechanicville, NY. Krista also holds a handwork certification from Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, NY. A Waldorf alumna, she is a graduate of the Garden City Waldorf School.
Warren Palmer, Athletic Coordinator, after excelling in sports in high school, attended Eckerd College in St. Peterberg, FL, and received a BA in International Relations and Political Science. After graduating, Mr. Palmer headed west, working in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, including medical sales and refereeing soccer. Mr. Palmer eventually returned to his boyhood home, the Berkshires, where he had attended elementary and middle school at GBRSS and completed his Waldorf education at Hawthorne Valley School.
Elmer received his law degree from Universidad Santiago de Cali and teacher training from the Rudolf Steiner Seminary, Sao Paulo. At the Cali Rudolf Steiner School he taught woodwork and clay modeling, and was Council Chair and a Board member. Elmer’s wife, Maria Wolff, is the school’s Spanish teacher. Both of their children are graduates of GBRSS
Patti Regan teaches Eurythmy to all the grades and the kindergarten classes. Patti was a music teacher at Green Meadow and recently finished her Eurythmy certificate at Spring Valley.
Maria holds a law degree from Universidad Santiago de Cali, and received her Waldorf teacher training at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Before joining the GBRSS faculty, she was a language and class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in Cali, Colombia. Maria’s husband, Elmer Orobio, is the woodworking teacher at GBRSS. Both of their children have graduated from the school.
Hadley holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her agricultural training from the Hanover County Master Gardening Program in Hanover, Virginia, and is certified in Biodynamic Farming by the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Hadley has over eight years of experience working at various small farms and habitat preservation organizations. She is the owner and head landscaper at Small Farms Rising, an edible landscaping company that utilizes biodynamics to design and maintain landscapes of heirloom vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs, and children’s learning gardens.
Jean received her Bachelors degree from Oberlin College and her Waldorf teacher training from the Rudolf Steiner School, NYC. She is one of the founding members of GBRSS, and graduated her first class in 1983. During her time as a class teacher, Jean wrote many plays for her students, and those plays are still performed by GBRSS grades students today. She is an accomplished painter, and her artwork can be found hanging throughout the school.
A Waldorf educator for 18 years, Lynn teaches, mentors and evaluates Middle School students, grades 6-8, in chemistry, physics, earth science, biology and math. A seven-time honoree in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Lynn’s research on the metabolic process of the female Denning polar bear and desalinization led to her collaboration with leading polar bear researchers. She attended Cal State Northridge, Cleveland Chiropractic School and the Center for Anthroposophy, and is the creator of math and science curricula currently in use by the University of California as standards for other schools to follow. Lynn vounteers for her own nonprofit, Women for H20, as well as the water and education project Sisters for Peace. Her three children are graduates of Highland Hall Waldorf School in Los Angeles.