our faculty

tracie couch
Administrative Coordinator
tracie couch
Administrative Coordinator

Miss Tracie first came to the Susquehanna Waldorf School in 2004 and quickly established herself as a trusted member of the school community with her warmth, humor and eagerness to help. After being led astray and wandering the wilderness in a desperate search to find her way, she fell gratefully back into the loving arms of the SWS in 2012. She's overjoyed to be back amongst so many beloved and familiar faces and has taken such pleasure in getting to know all the new ones, too. Miss Tracie brings with her years of administrative and school-based experience, as well as a particular handiness with crafts, sewing, cooking and entertaining. She also has spent almost 30 years honing her patience, wit and big-heartedness in her career as a mother to an adult daughter, now based out of Brooklyn, NY.

deborah duke
Business Manager
deborah duke
Business Manager

Deborah Duke arrived to SWS in 2007. To her work she brings her experience from both the corporate and closely held, in sectors profit (exhibit and merchandising design & production) and non profit (community arts organization). Deborah attended the Penn State and Oregon State Universities and is our resident "out of the box" thinker and solution finder. She is the mother of three children (the youngest graduated SWS in 2010). 

salvatore martino
Class Teacher
salvatore martino
Class Teacher

Salvatore is now teaching his twentieth year at the Susquehanna Waldorf School. Through these many years he has learned more from his students than he has taught them. Salvatore's life long love of learning, his dedication to his students and their families and his familiarity with Anthroposophy has sustained him through the many years he has been of service to the school. Salvatore has had many varied experiences, jobs and training over the years. He has marked timber and fought forest fire in the Cascades; has sat long meditation retreats with Zen Master Philip Kapleau and with Tibetan lamas, particular His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, in Boulder and Upstate New York on his way to earning a Master’s Degree in Religion; he has studied Anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy with the likes of Eugene Schwartz, Georg Kühlewind, Jack Petrash, Kim Payne, Roberto Trostli, Robert McDermott, Hans Schuberth, Else Gottgens, Leo Klein and others. With this year's Class of 2014, he completes his third cycle at the Susquehanna Waldorf School.

Sal has learned this from his years of teaching: the moral capacity and intellectual striving of the students are firmly grounded in the rich feeling and cultural life that Waldorf education offers. It is one of the few antidotes to the ills of our modern time.

University of Rochester—B.A. in English
Naropa University—M.A. in Buddhist studies

rochelle dietz
Class Teacher
rochelle dietz
Class Teacher

Rochelle first came to SWS in 2001, and spent 10 years as a class teacher bringing with her a deep and abiding appreciation for the art of teaching.  Before delightedly returning to SWS in 2014 as our Music teacher, Rochelle spent the last several years co-creating a nature based camp program, Heritage Creek Farm Camp.  She is grateful and eager to begin again the magical journey of class teaching!  Her son Gabriel is in the SWS Class of 2019 and is equally excited to have his mom back at school full time.

melissa mcintyre
Class Teacher
melissa mcintyre
Class Teacher

It was during her adventures abroad that Melissa first heard about Waldorf Education. Having Art History and Elementary Education degrees from Rollins College tucked into her backpack, Melissa and her husband, Jim, set off to teach and travel in Europe. Only after she returned to their hometown of Orlando, finished her Master’s degree and became the mother of three boys—Max, Thomas and Colin—did the topic of Waldorf re-emerge. Their oldest son was ready for school, so the McIntyre family headed north to Pennsylvania for their next great adventure. It was upon entering the doors of the Susquehanna Waldorf School that these two parents/teachers fell in love with education as an art and immersed themselves in all things Waldorf. When the youngest son entered SWS, Melissa seized the moment and became the Morning Glory kindergarten teacher. Four years passed and, feeling adventurous again, she said yes to becoming the new class teacher for this past year’s graduating class of 2011. Melissa’s adventurous journey continues as a class teacher for the SWS class of 2019.
Rollins College—B.A.
University of Central Florida—M.Ed.
Sunbridge College: Summer Intensive Studies
Center for Anthroposophy: Summer Renewel Courses

leilani richardson
Class Teacher
leilani richardson
Class Teacher

Leilani completed the three year Waldorf Teacher Certification program at Antioch University and continues to work toward her Masters in Education.  Her first degree is from Rutgers University, a B.S. in Ecology.  She worked for many years in this field, until she came to know Waldorf education more deeply.  Deciding to pursue her long held interest in education she enrolled at Antioch University and completed the internship portion of that program here at SWS.  In her spare time she enjoys yoga, games, knitting/crocheting, reading, herbs and flowers, laughing, music, and being in the company of kindred spirits. 

Leilani and her family moved from the Lehigh Valley to Mount Joy, Pa in order for their son Kevin to join the Rosebud Kindergarten; they feel quite at home in Lancaster County and with the SWS community. 

susan korsnick
Class Teacher
susan korsnick
Class Teacher
Doug Wallace
Class Teacher
Doug Wallace
Class Teacher

Doug holds a BA in English from Gettysburg College, as well as NJ Public & Private Teaching, PA Private K-8 and PA Private 9-12 English licenses. He has a rich teaching experience, having educated Junior High for 12 years, Grade 4 for two years at Sacred Heart School in Camden, NJ, and an additional six years of HS English at two adjudicated facilities, Prospect Grove HS and Abraxas Youth Center in South Mountain, PA. Doug also brings a wealth of theater and literature experience from his years as a Shakespearean actor!

Victoria Hughes
Class Teacher
Victoria Hughes
Class Teacher

Victoria brings another depth of Waldorf education - her own! A 2009 alumnae of Susquehanna Waldorf School (Kindergarten through 8th grade), the Waldorf pedagogy and curriculum inspires her personal and professional life and drew her to become a Waldorf teacher. Miss Hughes has worked with children for three years at Heritage Creek Farm Camp and Samara, both of which are Waldorf-inspired programs. This past year, Miss Hughes was a teaching assistant in the Second Grade (September- June), a substitute teacher as needed and worked in Afternoon Garden and Sunset this spring.

Michele Calabretta
Class Teacher
Michele Calabretta
Class Teacher

She will jokingly say she became the Class of 2025 teacher by accident but deep down, Michele considers her past steps as a purposefully guided path to the Susquehanna Waldorf School.  Her background as an environmental educator, wildlife rehabilitator, fabric artist, outdoor adventure coordinator, college tutor, integrative clinical nutritionist, and of course, mother of two young children has provided a colorful patchwork of experience and understanding of the natural world.  Human placement within that world has been a constant, central point of focus.  She describes in those steps a rhythmical ebb and flow of absorbing information and experience followed by an overflow of sharing as a means of supporting those around her.  While completing her MS in clinical integrative nutrition and working as the Buttercup Kindergarten assistant she was called to take on the role of lead kindergarten teacher in the Buttercup room at the end of the 2017 school year.  Something shifted as she stood before the young children in her class and she realized that this was not just a place to relay knowledge but rather a true calling to impart the same desire to take thoughtful and meaningful steps through the world.  Realizing Waldorf education instills such a sense of purpose in a human being she feels honored to take such foundational steps alongside her first grade class.  What they thoughtfully absorb will be poured back out into the world - where she lives with her two children, husband, and menagerie of animals.

Quinnipiac University, dual B.S. Neurobiology

Maryland University of Integrative Health - M.S., CNS

Sunbridge Institute - Summer Intensive Studies

Lisa Sweeney
Class Teacher & Latin Teacher
Lisa Sweeney
Class Teacher & Latin Teacher

Lisa is an experienced and trained Waldorf teacher - this will be her third year teaching First Grade and her sixth time mentoring First Grade teachers. Mrs. Sweeney has a background in Educational Support and has also taught Algebra support, English composition and Latin as well as being a class teacher at River Valley and Seacoast Waldorf Schools. Most recently, she reinvigorated our Language department through the addition of Latin for our 5th- 8th graders (a role which she will continue to hold this year).

Emily Zebel
Communications Coordinator
Emily Zebel
Communications Coordinator

A graduate of the York College of Pennsylvania with a BA in Professional Writing, Emily has many creative passions, including graphic design, photography, videography and illustration. Prior to coming to SWS, she has worn many hats. She worked as an intern at American Rivers' Camp Hill field office, served with AmeriCorps as a backcountry trail crew member in Arizona, was Program Manager for the Perry County Council of the Arts, and worked as an assistant for the Council's Arts in Education program. In addition to her work here at SWS, Emily also freelances and works part time for Pennsylvania Downtown Center, a non-profit based in Harrsiburg. She currently lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband and young daughter, and when not at a desk, spends as much time as possible in the woods on bike, foot, boat or skis!

michelle wann
Director of Admissions & Marketing
michelle wann
Director of Admissions & Marketing

Michelle discovered Waldorf education in 2009, when her oldest son entered Pre-Kindergarten at SWS. After a 20 year career in sales and marketing for Xerox and Johnson & Johnson, Michelle is delighted to bring her experience to our Admissions program.

Now with two sons in the grades at SWS, Michelle loves sharing her passion for waldorf education and SWS to our surrounding communities. Working with our new and current families makes each day a special one for her.

Outside of school, Michelle loves to travel, exercise, and find new experiences to share with her boys.

University of Richmond, BS/BA- International Business and Marketing. Minor in French.

barbara freiberg
Fiber Arts Teacher
barbara freiberg
Fiber Arts Teacher

Barbara Freiberg has worked on and off for the Susquehanna Waldorf School for twenty years. She has worn many hats, kinder assistant, parent and child teacher, receptionist and parent. 

Barbara lives with her husband of thirty two years. He is a certified biodynamic farmer. Together they made sure that both of their daughters graduated from Waldorf Schools. Barbara feels discovering Waldorf Education has been a fabulous journey for herself and her family.

linda heywood
Kindergarten Teacher
linda heywood
Kindergarten Teacher

Linda is from Wisconsin, a northern place, full of wind, wilderness, cold and lakes. She has always loved adventure. Moving to Pennsylvania, with its mountains, rivers and forests, she met her expectations for new possibilities—hiking, canoeing and a home in the woods.

When the opportunity arose to help begin a Waldorf school and teach its first class, love, courage and the blessings of the world buoyed her enthusiasm and energy. And so it began – a little school alongside a big river.

Twenty-some years later, this deeply joyful adventure into sharing life with young children continues, informed by Anthroposophy and the children themselves. Linda still feels the lake-like liftedness of daily joy and work, and usually—but not always—the wind is at her back, whispering, sometimes howling, encouragement.

jessie whitaker
Kindergarten Teacher
jessie whitaker
Kindergarten Teacher
Kerry Clements
Kindergarten Teacher
Kerry Clements
Kindergarten Teacher

 

Kerry grew up in a little brick farm house in southern Lancaster County Pennsylvania. She is a lover of all creatures, great and small, and has committed herself to being a good steward of the earth and all who live on it. Kerry is mother of four children who all live at home with her and her loving husband Allen. Kerry and her family keep a small homestead in Marietta where they grow their own food in their garden and keep a few chickens in the backyard.

Kerry is passionate about Waldorf Education and is honored to serve the school community and its families as a Kindergarten Teacher.

Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Temple University, where she majored in ceramics. She is currently continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education through Sunbridge Institute and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Hui Ling Singer
Mandarin Chinese
Hui Ling Singer
Mandarin Chinese

Hui-Ling is a native of Taiwan. She lives in Lititz, PA with her husband, Thomas, and her daughter, Joy. She has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from Towson University, MD, and previously worked at WGAL as a camerawoman for the early morning news.

Hui-Ling has always been very interested in healing arts and the connections between body, mind, and spirit. She decided to quit WGAL and become a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and also a certified Qi Gong instructor in early 2002. In April 2015, she was certified as a Life Coach.

Hui-Ling began to teach Mandarin to both children and adults in January 2002 and became very passionate after Joy was born in 2005 because she wanted to create a Chinese environment for her. She started the Chinese Language and Culture School in February 2006 and ran the Chinese Cultural Summer Camp from 2006 to 2013. She also taught Chinese lessons at home under the name of “Joy of Learning Chinese”. In 2008, she started the Mandarin Chinese program at Linden Hall, and taught there until 2014. She was also on the committee for the ACS (Association of Chinese Schools) 2007 Annual Teacher Conference. 

nina radanovic
Music Teacher
nina radanovic
Music Teacher

 

Ithaca College—Bachelor of Music
The American University—M.A.
Sunbridge College—Music Programs

michael cameron
Orchestra Teacher
michael cameron
Orchestra Teacher

Michael Cameron serves as Conductor of Orchestras at the Susquehanna Waldorf School. He was cellist and General Manager of the Marian Anderson String Quartet from 1989-2002. He holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music, Northwestern University and Rice University. As a member of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, Mr. Cameron won the 1991 Cleveland Quartet Competition, which enabled him to study cello and chamber music at The Eastman School of Music for three years. He has performed with the Maryland, York(PA) and Pan-American Symphony (DC) Orchestras and has taught cello and chamber music at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University (TX) and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his responsibilities at SWS, Mr. Cameron serves as both Contributing Faculty (Cello) and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Director of the Mercersburg Academy String Ensemble (Franklin County, PA) and teaches cello at the Cumberland Valley School of Music. He also teaches many private cello students who reside in the Harrisburg/Lancaster region and beyond.

Tabea Steinbeisser-Fitz
Parent Child & Stepping Stone Teacher
Tabea Steinbeisser-Fitz
Parent Child & Stepping Stone Teacher

Tabea first experienced Waldorf Education in her native Munich, Germany, before moving with her young family to Pennsylvania in 2006.  She soon found a supportive community through parent-child classes at the Susquehanna Waldorf School and moved to Marietta with her husband, Chris and children, Noah and Joana, who are now in the grades at SWS.

Tabea trained and worked as a midwife in Germany before moving to the US and working with children in various professional settings. She assisted in SWS’s kindergarten for two and a half years while coordinating and supervising a Waldorf-inspired program for children in struggling low-income families in Harrisburg. Since its beginning in 2011, she led summer camps at Heritage Creek Farm Camp for children ages 3-12, where she also started an outdoor parent-child-program.

An avid crafter and musician, Tabea enjoys knitting, needle felting, baking and cooking, playing recorder and violin, gardening, hiking, biking, Yoga, fermenting concoctions and…dark chocolate. She is inspired to create the same supportive, learning community that first welcomed her as a new parent, now as the new teacher for parent-child classes and 2-3 year olds.

Tim Altieri
School Administrator
Tim Altieri
School Administrator

Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science (Lock Haven University) and Master’s degrees in Environmental Education (Arcadia University) and Educational Leadership (Millersville University). His credentials also include the Pennsylvania PK-12 Principal certification. Tim recently retired after 27 years from public education in the School District of Lancaster, where his roles included teacher, small learning community facilitator, and assistant principal. Early in his career, Tim worked as a naturalist with the Lancaster County Environmental Center, teaching groups of all ages and leading educational hikes in parks and natural areas. Tim also lived in the Central African Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 

Cary Miller
Spanish Teacher
Cary Miller
Spanish Teacher

Cary's love for the Spanish language began whilst sleeping on a windy rooftop in the Dominican Republic. In 2001 and 2002 she traveled to the D.R. where she helped doctors to run free medical clinics in a low income barrio. There they slept on the roof of a kind and generous local doctor. During that trip, Cary saw how she able to use Spanish to connect and communicate with a whole new culture; and that's when she fell in love with foreign languages. She then went on to study Spanish language and culture at the Universitat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain and has learned beginner's Portuguese. After Spain, Cary moved to Ibarra, Ecuador where she conducted research and provided aide in conjunction with the U.N. to Colombian refugees. She met up with local musicians there and performed Latin and American pop music around town!  Cary has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and studied Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco. Cary has worked in Waldorf Education since 2010, serving as a classroom assistant, subject teacher, and class teacher. Cary left full-time Waldorf teaching in 2016 to start her own business, The Voice Within, an innovative team-building company that combines improv, mindfulness, and yoga to generate more cohesive and efficient work environments rooted in trust. Cary has trained and performed in the theater and as a musician for 25 years. She has studied mindfulness and meditation for 10 years and practiced yoga for 5 years. She lives in Lancaster City with her basketful of Spanish-speaking puppets, who often sneak into her briefcase and teach her Spanish classes.