Sara Crosslin – Grade 1 Teacher
Sara grew up in Louisiana, where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Louisiana State University. She was originally drawn to Waldorf Education through her love of fibers and Handwork. After receiving her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England, Sara taught Handwork to grades 1-8 for many years before becoming a grades teacher. Sara joined the Seacoast Waldorf School faculty in 2017.
While Sara loves all things Handwork, she especially enjoys natural dyes, cleaning and processing raw wool and crafting beautiful objects from everyday supplies. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and her son, Owen.
Erica Taylor – Grade 4 Teacher
Erica grew up in the Monadnock region of NH. She holds a Masters degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England, where she focused on literacy and outdoor education. Since 2011, Erica has had many roles at Seacoast Waldorf School; she has taught Spanish, handwork, ensemble, and assisted in the Early Childhood and Grades programs. She began working as a grades teacher in the fall of 2015.
She enjoys crafting, musical instruments, gardening and spending time in nature. Erica lives in Southern, Maine and has three children, all of whom enthusiastically attend SWS.
Wendy Drennan – Grade 5/6 Teacher
Wendy grew up in Wisconsin where she attended a small, liberal arts high school based on the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau, and was first introduced to Waldorf Education during her senior year research project. She went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studied Biology and Literature. While working in a genetics science clinic after college she found that a career in the lab was void of human contact, and was not her life’s work. She switched directions to attend Antioch University in Keene, NH for her Waldorf Teacher Training. Wendy loves that the study of Anthroposophy is a perfect marriage of her interests in science and art.
Wendy has worked in Waldorf schools in Oregon, Wisconsin and Maine. She has three children and is married to Dennis Drennan, also a grades teacher at Seacoast Waldorf School. She enjoys reading, sewing, art and spending time in nature.
Leda Eggold – Grade 7/8 Teacher
Leda was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She earned her degree in Fine Arts from the Delaware College of Art and Design and majored in photography. After graduation she moved to California to attend the Waldorf Institute of Southern California in Northridge to embark on her journey to become a Waldorf Teacher. While attending WISC she assisted in the grades at the Highland Hall Waldorf School. Leda earned her Waldorf Teaching Certificate in 2009 and then traveled to Germany to teach at the Ganztags Waldorfschule in Duisburg. In 2010, Leda moved back to California and took her first class from first through third grade at the Westside Waldorf School in the Pacific Palisades.
In 2016, Leda moved to Southern Maine and began teaching at SWS. She has been teaching her current class since they started fourth grade. Her wife, Lisa Eggold, is also a teacher at SWS and teaches the Periwinkle Kindergarten. In her free time, Leda is a devoted bibliophile and enjoys hiking and kayaking with Lisa in the many beautiful places on the seacoast.
Dennis Drennan – Grade 2/3 Teacher
Dennis attended Anderson University in Indiana where he earned a BA in History and Art and Design. After graduation he worked as a journalist for a small, local paper in Maine and began substituting in local public schools, where his love of working with children began. He has worked as an outdoor educator in the White Mountains and on the North Shore of Massachusetts, as well as in special education. His love of teaching eventually led him to Antioch University, in Keene, NH where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Integrated Learning and Waldorf Education.
Dennis has three children and is married to Wendy Drennan, also a grades teacher at Seacoast Waldorf School. His hobbies and interests include art, education, kayaking, thrift stores, food, travel, post and beam construction and spending time with his family and friends.
Melody Lescalleet – Grades Assistant and Extended Day Teacher
Melody became interested in Waldorf education as the parent of a student at Tidewater Waldorf School. In 2015, Melody became the assistant to the grades program and the Extended Day teacher. Now, she also serves as a student support teacher and teaches the Thursday afternoon art program. She loves to share her enjoyment of cooking, arts and crafts, and the outdoors with the children! She lives with her mother and son on their small goat and chicken farm in Limerick, Maine.
SPECIALTY SUBJECT TEACHERS
Brita Stepe Brand – German Language Teacher
Brita is a Southern California native, but happily became a New England resident after attending college in New Hampshire and falling in love with the region. She has always had an appreciation for the musicality of language and is fluent in Latvian as well as German. After obtaining her BA in German Studies and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, she taught in independent and outdoor schools across New England for several years before going back to school for her MS in Teaching Methodologies. When not geeking out over grammar, Brita spends her free time baking, reading, knitting, playing the trombone, and spending time with her husband and sons in the beautiful NH countryside.
Claudia C. Carlucci, M.Ed – Spanish Teacher
Claudia is from Colombia, South America. Claudia has 17 years experience as a certified Spanish teacher. Beginning her teaching career in New Hampshire, she then moved to California where she taught Spanish in the public school system for 5 years. She has since moved back to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and currently teaches Spanish at the Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine. Claudia is committed to bringing great programming and creative curriculum to all children in Spanish. When she is not in the classroom she is out in nature, creating blogs,and helping others in wellness.
Jasmine Proctor – Handwork Teacher
Jasmine grew up in Wilton, NH and attended Pine Hill Waldorf School for first through eighth grade, and High Mowing School for highschool. She attended the University of NH and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Economics, with a minor in Environmental Conservation.
Jasmine begin assisting in the handwork program at SWS in 2013, when her oldest son was in first grade. She took over as lead teacher in 2017. Jasmine also serves on the Board of Trustees for Seacoast Waldorf School, and is the Chair of the Development Committee.
Jasmine, her husband and their two boys live in Durham, NH.
When she is not at school, Jasmine enjoys spending time at the ocean, skiing, renovating old houses and spending time with her family and friends.
Martha A. Coombs, M.A. – Spacial Dynamics (TM), Movement Education Teacher
Martha has been with Seacoast Waldorf School since 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Education in Early Childhood, Special Needs from the University of New Hampshire. She is a 2011 graduate of the Level I, Spacial Dynamics Institute In-Service Training Program (IS9). Spacial Dynamics Institute, Inc. is located in Mechanicville, NY and operates training programs world wide.
Martha’s career includes work with children and adults of all ages in a variety of educational and athletic settings. She has over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. She also coordinates the Summer Program for Seacoast Waldorf School which offers children’s programming during the months of June and July.
Martha’s career includes work with children and adults of all ages in a variety of educational and athletic settings. She has over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. She also coordinates the Summer Program for Seacoast Waldorf School which offers children’s programming during June and July each summer.
Martha lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband Jeff and two daughters, Drucilla and Isobel.
Alexandra Krauth – Choral Director
Alex holds a BA in Music for Elementary Teachers from Keene State College, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors’ Association. In addition to teaching at Seacoast Waldorf School, Alex has taught students of all ages in a variety of settings including autism programs, adult education classes, the tutoring program at Keene State, and offers private lessons in piano, voice, ukulele, music theory, and aural skills from her home studio. Alex has also performed with various local choruses and ensembles, such as Voices from the Heart, Amare Cantare, and the Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group.
Alex lives in Eliot, Maine with her family. In addition to her love of all things music-related, she enjoys surfing, kayaking, reading, writing, and studying world languages and cultures.
Monica Randall-Getchell – Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Paula Pelletier – Educational Support
Paula Pelletier- Educational Support Coordinator
Paula holds a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce College. After working in the Mental Health field for several years, she married and had two children. Paula was able to stay home and raise her children while running a small home-based daycare. She began working at the local elementary school, while her children were enrolled there, as Title One Reading Tutor/Special Education Paraprofessional. This rekindled her passion for teaching, and she returned to school, obtaining her Dual Certification in General Education and Special Education.
In 2008, Paula left teaching in the public forum to meet the needs of students and their families privately. She opened P.J. Pelletier Special Education Advocacy and Tutoring to provide students and families the support needed to navigate the Special Education system and to work individually with students. In 2016, Paula accepted the role of Educational Support Coordinator for Seacoast Waldorf Schools in order to assist SWS in meeting the diverse needs of those enrolled.
While her work keeps her busy, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Paula is happily married with two grown children. In her free time, Paula enjoys being outdoors- gardening, biking, hiking, snow shoeing, etc. Her family has a small camp in Anson, Maine where they are currently building their forever home.
Santiago Baena Florez – Music and Spanish Substitute
Santiago has enjoyed an international performance and teaching career. Baena started his music studies at the school of music of his hometown La Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia, where served as principal clarinet and woodwind instructor. Also, Mr Baena was member of the Universidad de Antioquia Wind Ensemble, Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latin America Wind Ensemble (Manizales, Colombia), International Youth Wind Orchestra (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lone Star Wind Ensemble (Dallas, Texas), Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Orchestra Woodwind quintet, and others.
As a teaching artist, Baena Flórez has taught masterclasses and teaches lessons internationally in the U.S and Colombia with special emphasis on fundamentals of clarinet performance for developing musicians. He has taught in Colombia at the Escuela de Formación in La Ceja, Antioquia as woodwind instructor and at the Universidad de Antioquia in El Carmen de Viboral as a Professor of Clarinet. He also has taught at the Conservatory Lab Charter School of Music as woodwind artist resident and as Clarinet teaching assistant at Texas Tech University. Mr. Baena currently maintains a private studio in the area of Maine and New Hampshire.
Baena Flórez holds a DMA in Clarinet Performance from Texas Tech University, holds a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance from Longy School of Music and Bard College, and a Bachelors in Clarinet Performance from the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.
Santiago lives in Kittery, Maine with his wife Molly and their dog Parchao.
EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS
Francesca Brescianini – Sandpiper Nursery Lead Teacher
Francesca was born and raised in Modena, Italy and attended the University of Bologna. She worked in the classroom in Italy from 1994 to 2010 before moving to the US. She has been with Seacoast Waldorf School since 2010. She completed the Lifeways Early Childhood Certification Training in Rockport, ME in 2015, and is currently working on the Birth to Seven Certification Program at Sophia’s Hearth in Keene, NH. She has studied Anthroposophy and Waldorf education with courses at Sunbridge in Chestnut Ridge, NY and at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH.
Francesca lives in Durham, NH with her husband Martin, a teacher at UNH, and her son James who graduated with the first eighth grade class of Seacoast Waldorf Waldorf School in 2019! In her free time Francesca loves to knit and spend time in her garden.
Lisa Eggold – Periwinkle Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Lisa Eggold grew up in Illinois and received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2002. She was the lead preschool teacher at Our Savior’s Lutheran School in Springfield, Illinois, before moving to Maine to teach at Seacoast Waldorf School.
Lisa and her wife, Leda, a grades teacher at Seacoast Waldorf School live Southern Maine. She enjoys handwork, making jewelry, reading, being outside, and hiking.
Lisa enjoys handwork, making jewelry, reading, being outside, and hiking. She and her wife, Leda have lived in the area now for one year and have enjoyed exploring their new surroundings and becoming part of our community.
Miss Gina – Lighthouse Teacher and Piping Plover Assistant
Gina began working with young children as she studied Early Childhood and Special Education at Rivier University. After earning her Bachelor’s degree she spent several years teaching and caring for children in childcare settings and homes. Before coming to Seacoast Waldorf School Gina taught preschool, worked in administration and supported families at The Language Enrichment Arts Program in Lexington, MA for fourteen years. Gina is assistant in the Piping Plover nursery and will be entering her fifth year facilitating the Lighthouse program. Attending WECAN conferences in Spring Valley, NY and teacher trainings at Sophia’s Hearth in New Hampshire have enriched her understanding of Waldorf Education. Gina lives in North Berwick with her husband, chickens, and cat, Lily. She enjoys handwork, being outdoors, gardening, and reading.
Kate Hopkins -Lighthouse Teacher
Kate grew up in York, spending her summers as a camp counselor and enjoying the beach. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelors degree in Family Studies with a young child specialization, followed by a Masters degree in Elementary Education. Prior to coming to Seacoast Waldorf school, Kate taught kindergarten at a public school and preschool in a head start program. Kate joined the Seacoast Waldorf School in 2014 as the Beach Pea nursery assistant. She is thrilled to be teaching lighthouse as well as continuing with the Beach Peas. Kate lives in Eliot with her husband, two daughters, and their cat, Annie. She spends most of her free time knitting, gardening, and enjoying the beautiful seacoast!
Jennifer Coad – Piping Plover Nursery Lead Teacher
Miss Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Early childhood education administration and has completed her Lifeways certification as part of her Waldorf training. She has been working in the early childhood field as a teacher and administrator for 18 years. Before relocating to the Seacoast from New Jersey she was teaching in a mixed age Waldorf inspired kindergarten in Pennsylvania.
She now resides in New Hampshire with her husband and two dogs and is very grateful to have found the SWS community. She has a love of cooking, gardening, swimming, and spending time outside with her family.
Beth Lunt – Seastar Nursery Teacher
Beth grew up as a Navy captain’s daughter, and made her home in many ports over her younger years.
She attended Bay Path University in MA after her graduation from high school in CT in 1972.
She has five grown children, three of whom attended Waldorf schools, and four grand daughters.
She apprenticed with a Master Kindergarten teacher during the time her family lived in Hawaii, and has been a Kindergarten teacher and an avid student of anthroposophy since 1989. She has been working in Waldorf Early Childhood settings for 22 years.
She is a WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood of North America) site visitor, and enjoys mentoring young teachers.
Beth loves reading, crafting and studying alternative healing modalities.
Karen Albert – Director
A New Hampshire native, Karen grew up in Lebanon, NH. After studying Travel Administration at Bay Path College, she moved to Mount Washington Valley, where she met her husband Tom, raised their two daughters Mabel and Maggie and started a Computer business. They came to know Waldorf education at the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany, NH when searching for a preschool for their daughters and continued into the grades. Both Karen and Tom were deeply invested in the growth and development of the school, where their daughters were among the first groups of 8th grade graduates.
Karen studied Business Management and Strategic Leadership Planning at Granite State College and completed the Waldorf Administration Training course at Antioch University. She has continued her training in Collaborative Leadership at Sunbridge and Leading with Spirit Training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley, NY. Prior to becoming Director at Seacoast Waldorf School, Karen spent most of her 12 years as a parent at White Mountain volunteering in Outreach and Development and for 6 years held the positions as Administrator and Director of Development. Karen lives with her husband in Center Conway, NH. She loves being with her family and enjoys the outdoors on the coast, lakes and in the mountains.
Karen Wiese – Operations Manager
Karen owned and operated a popular restaurant for years in Portsmouth prior to working at Seacoast Waldorf School. She has worked in our aftercare program, was Administrative Assistant for a number of years and Office Manager. She is one of the founding families; her son, Sam attended Tidewater Waldorf School from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Karen is an avid reader, walker, house fixer-upper and loves to travel when she gets the chance.
Alison Petersen – Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator
Alison is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Plant and Soil Science. Although this degree is a far cry from enrollment, her many pursuits have brought her to this place.
Melanie Leland – Business Manager
Melanie lives in Dover, NH with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Melanie has been the Business Manager at Seacoast Waldorf School since 2009. Melanie enjoys gardening, reading and living near the ocean.
Jacqui Boyko – Administrative Assistant
Jacqui lives in Wells, Maine with her wife and two sons (both attend SWS). She has been a Grant Writer for Seacoast Waldorf School since January of 2015. Jacqui enjoys raising chickens, cooking, studying and enjoying family time.