OAKLAND STEINER SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF
At Waldorf schools, a teacher is chosen for a first grade class and often journeys with this class for a full eight years. The children come to know and understand each other in a deep way. The children, feeling secure in a long-term relationship, are better able to learn. The interaction of teacher and parents also can become more deep and meaningful over time, and they can cooperate in helping the child. Since needs of each class are continually evaluated, sometimes a determination may be made whether to continue with the same teacher or to change.
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Parent Child Class - Dzvinka Hayda
Dzvinka Hayda comes to the Parent and Child program with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Dzvinka attended Madonna University and Mercy College. She graduated with a BS in Child Development
and a diploma in Waldorf Education. She has been actively involves in Waldorf Education for nearly three decades as a teacher, lecturer, board member and parent. She is the founder of a Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar and Waldorf Preschool in Western Ukraine. She is also author and illustrator of an award winning children's book.
Star Class Lead Teacher & Parent/Child Lead Teacher - Allyssa Kadlitz
Allyssa Aurellia Kadlitz was born and raised in Michigan and is thankful for its four seasons. She grew up in the Rochester public school systems. After high school she spent years traveling and taking classes in dance, herbalism, art and midwifery. After much searching she came across the teachings of Rudolf Steiner thus leading her to a life long path of Waldorf Education. She has a Waldorf Teacher Certification in Early Childhood from the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. Allyssa started as a kindergarten assistant and substitute teacher in the Oakland Steiner Children's Center. Alyssa is enjoying her sixth year lead teaching the Star Class and the Parent Child Classes. She is an active member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. She feels honored and grateful to be working with children and their families.
Star Class Assistant - Abigail Gavulic
Sun Class Lead Teacher - Judy Amso-Bassett
Judy Amso was born in Bristol, England. She attended the Bristol Waldorf School, where her mother was also a Waldorf kindergarten teacher. She has two brothers and one sister. She has studied Waldorf early childhood education program in England, and immigrated to Michigan in 1992. Judy joined the Oakland Steiner School in 1994 and is presently the lead teacher in the Sun Class.
Sun Class Assistant - Helen Stormer
Helen was born and raised in England. After leaving High School she attained an Associate diploma from the London School of Music. Before coming to America, Helen traveled to and lived in many countries, including Japan, Sweden and Germany. Helen joined OSS in 2002 and is a Children’s Center Assistant.
Grades 1-2 - Amy Wallerstein-Heppner
Amy and her family have recently moved to Michigan from Iowa. She grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Akron where she received a B.A. in Education. Amy taught at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Copley, Ohio and carried her class from grade one to four. During this time she had the benefit of a very good mentoring relationship and was able to study Waldorf pedagogy with her colleagues.
Life called her family then to Iowa, where Amy attended Drake University and received a Middle School Endorsement focused in Language Arts and Social Studies. She taught a combined class of 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at the newly established Des Moines Charter School. She also volunteered with a grade one class in a small community school where she assisted in reading to strengthen her understanding of developing readers.
Amy is currently enrolled at the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM), where she is completing the requirements for her Waldorf Elementary Education Teaching Certificate. Amy will also travel to Sunbridge College this summer for the Grade 1 and 2, grade specific course as well as the Fundamentals & Foundations of Waldorf Education session.
Grades 3-4 Tara McKnight
Tara attended the University of Detroit Mercy where she received a B.A. in Education as well as her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan. As she started a family, Tara worked as a Waldorf class teacher assistant, main lesson block teacher and Movement & Games teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. During this time, she gained valuable experience working with master teachers and children of many ages. Tara went on to teach at the Detroit Community School, a public school that incorporates many elements of Waldorf education. There, she successfully created and developed a Math, Science and Social Studies curriculum that incorporated a Waldorf education approach while meeting the Common Core Standards of the public schools.
Grades 3-4 Assistant Adele Kieras
Adele is a student at the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan and has a wealth of experience which includes assisting and teaching young children up to fourth graders. Before her Waldorf education training, Adele worked for years as a Montessori teacher.
Grades 5-6 Elizabeth Kata
Elizabeth Kata started as a parent at OSS, her two sons attended K-8 and are now seniors, one in college and one in high school. She has done significant teaching in the grades at OSS, starting as the parent/child teacher, then on to the kindergarten where she taught for six years. She has taught math and history in the seventh and eighth grades and took her current class as a combined first and second grade beginning in 2009/10. Her Waldorf journey began while on maternity leave from her clinical microbiology job. She discovered storytelling at the Waldorf Teacher Training Institute which at the time was in Detroit. What began simply as parenting enrichment classes, soon became a new path and new love; teaching.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry and diplomas in Waldorf elementary and early childhood education. She has a Level I certification from the Spacial Dynamics Institute in New York, a movement education and movement therapy training center.
Grades 7-8 Maureen Shaughnessy
Maureen grew up the middle of five children and in the flower, fruit and vegetable gardens of her four grandparents in Waterford, Michigan. When she re-discovered the fairy folk of her childhood in the biodynamic gardens at the Waldorf Institute in 1981, she knew she had found her way back home. She earned a BA in Education and a Michigan Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from Oakland University (1978) and later completed the teacher training program through the Waldorf Institute in Detroit and Southfield. Maureen was involved in the study group that led to the establishment of Turtle Hollow, a Waldorf Kinder-home, and later to the founding of the Oakland Steiner School in 1989 when she taught the original class or first and second graders. Maureen also holds an MA in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire (1999).
Educational Support - Lori Cataldo
Spanish - Lilia Rivera
German - Gabi Meyer
Gabriele Meyer was born in Soest, Germany. She graduated from the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität in Duisburg with an MA in Medieval History and German Literature and worked as a research assistant in the History Department. She also holds a degree for Teaching German as a Foreign Language (by Goethe-Institut in connection with University of Kassel). Gabriele and her family moved to the United States in 2000. She has been teaching German at the Deutsche Schule Bloomfield Hills for several years before she joined OSS as the German Teacher in January 2012.
Woodworking - Jack Kobliska
Gardening - Maria Yamasaki
Handwork - Mary Tassone
Mary grew up in Chicago and moved to Detroit to complete her degree work at Marygrove College. She has an Art Ed. certification from Wayne State University and an MAT in Middle School Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. In the course of her career she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Art. Currently, Mary is teaching a variety of fiber related classes to adults and children. She also teaches watercolor,fiber dyeing and silk painting. Her artwork can be found in several local galleries and she participates in fiber festivals with her hand-dyed rovings and hand-spun yarns. Mary enjoys singing with the Gilda's Singers at Gilda's Club in Royal Oak. Music has been a part of her life since she first learn to sing and play the piano as a child. Don't be surprised to hear a ukulele or a guitar with singing about knitting or other handwork coming from the Handwork room. Music and song is a great way to remember the directions! Mary is married, has two adult children and two very crazy dogs. She lives in Royal Oak. She enjoys teaching and is excited to be working with the young people at Oakland Steiner School. Life is a wonderful gift, we all have much to offer each other and being a learner in life is a great way to live with each other!
Music (Strings, Orchestra, Ensemble) - Lois Richardson
Math Specialist - Danielle Serlin
Enrollment Coordinator - Toni Kovach
Toni received her BA degree in Counseling and Psychology in 1985 from The Evergreen Sate College in Olympia, WA and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois in 1993. She was introduced to Oakland Steiner School in 2005 when her daughter started the first grade. Toni has been employed at the school since 2008 and since 2010 has held the Enrollment Coordinator Position. Toni enjoys being outdoors: hiking, biking and walking; sewing, knitting, crocheting; and art of all kinds.
Director of Advancement - Mary Chris Foxworthy
Mary Chris has a BA from Marygrove College in Food Science and Nutrition and Communications from the University of Detroit. She has worked in marketing and fundraising for schools, non-profits, and corporations since graduation in 1974. Mary Chris particularly enjoys working in schools. She says the energy in a school is contagious and that she enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of children. Along with her husband, she enjoys spending time with their two adult, adopted Korean children and their Morgan horses. Her husband and children are often seen at Oakland Steiner events.
Bookkeeper - Anne Smith
Administrative Assistant - Janalee Sehi
Administrative Assistant - Uta Karczewski
After Care - Merlyn Brandon
Merlyn was born in Chicago, raised in Minneapolis and then moved to Detroit. She studied early childhood development and child psychology at Eastern Michigan University, as well as psychology and drug abuse courses at University of Michigan Extension. She has three children, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, was a foster mother to fifty-one children in her home over a period of ten years, and has taught preschool children in her home. Merlyn was a director for Gerber Children’s Center, retired, and then returned to work as a teacher and assistant director for My School preschool. After retiring once again, she joined Oakland Steiner in 1995 in our After Care program. In addition to staffing the Before and After Care programs, she substitutes in the Children’s Center.
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