Elan Leibner is the Chairperson of the Pedagogical Section Council of North America. He has been involved in Waldorf education for almost thirty years, having first taught for eighteen years at the Waldorf School of Princeton, in Princeton NJ. He still lives in New Jersey, and travels widely in support of quality education, placing particular emphasis on the spiritual self-development of teachers and on Responsible Innovation, an approach that empowers faculties and individuals to expand the possible manifestations of Waldorf education, while deepening the connection with its Core Principles.
Frances Vig was born and raised in Britain where she attended Christ Church College, Canterbury (Dip. Ed.) and Emerson College. She is the sculptural arts and metalwork teacher at the Chicago Waldorf school, having two classes from grades 1-8 as a class teacher. In addition to her current high school arts classes, she serves as a student advisor and is actively involved in Teacher Training through Arcturus. She has taught at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, Sunbridge College in New York, Antioch, the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire, Novalis in Minneapolis and The Rudolf Steiner Center in Toronto.
Victoria Reyes is currently co-chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as well as the Chair of the Humanities and World Languages Department at Austin Waldorf School, where she is a member of the AWS College of Teachers and also a parent. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from the University of Texas and is presently a doctoral student in Systems Thinking at Saybrook University. She has a Waldorf HS Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College and a Level I program diploma from the Spacial Dynamics Institute. Victoria enjoys participating in collaborations with Waldorf Schools in her home country of Colombia, and most recently has been a part of a support team for a developing school in Guatemala.
Vernon Dewey has been teaching at The Denver Waldorf School since 2008, graduating with a Waldorf Teaching Certificate and Master’s in Education from Antioch University of New England in 2010. He is a founding member of his school’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. Vernon currently teaches 8th Grade.
Dr. Linda G. Williams was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and received her Waldorf training at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College. She has nearly 25 years of class teaching experience, primarily serving at the Detroit Waldorf School. She also taught for three years at the Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For several years, Dr. Williams was a Co-Director of Elementary Teacher Education at the Waldorf Teacher Development Association in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. She received her doctorate from Michigan State University in 2006 and taught literacy development and urban education as an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University from 2006 to 2014. In 2014 she returned to class teaching at Detroit Waldorf where she also serves on the College of Teachers, the DEI Committee, the Board, and as an AWSNA delegate.
Betty Staley, one of the founders of Rudolf Steiner College (currently the Interim President), founded the Public School Institute, and is the Director of Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program. She has taught for over twenty-five years, all at the Sacramento Waldorf School – kindergarten, handwork, class teacher, and then founding the high school and teaching history and literature in grades nine through twelve. She is the author of eight books including Between Form and Freedom and Adolescence, the Sacred Passage as well as many articles. She consults and lectures world-wide in areas of Anthroposophy, Waldorf education, parenting, adult biography, and curriculum.
Holly Koteen-Soulé Holly Koteen-Soule was a Waldorf early childhood educator for 24 years. She was a founding faculty member of Sound Circle Center in Seattle and was the Director of Early Childhood from 2000-2013. She currently serves on the WECAN Board and provides mentoring and evaluation services and offers workshops and courses for schools and training institutes.
Ina Jaehnig has been teaching in the U.S. since 1974 for various subjects at the Denver Waldorf School: sixteen years as class teacher; music, handwork, German as well. Since 1998 Ina has been a high school teacher for history, also Parzival, and Faust. Since 1998 she has been a guest teacher at the Rudolf Steiner College summer programs, as well as the teacher training in Eugene, Oregon.
Originally from San Francisco, James Pewtherer, became one of the founding teachers of Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, NY after graduating from Emerson College in England in 1973. He took two classes through 8th grade and then taught in the high school. After working as the Eastern Regional Chairman of AWSNA and then Chair of the PSC, he returned to class teaching with a first grade at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA in 2010. He joined the PSC from its beginnings in 1980.
Laura Radefeld is a graduate of Eurythmy Spring Valley artistic eurythmy training, and Emerson College, UK Waldorf Teacher Training program. She has taught in Waldorf schools throughout North America and joined the Green Meadow Waldorf School faculty in 2010. Laura has taught adult education and teacher training courses for many years, is currently on the faculty of the Center for Anthroposophy High School Teacher Training, and Eurythmy Spring Valley Pedagogical eurythmy program.
Jennifer Snyder has been active in Waldorf Education as a subject and class teacher, as well as mentor, adult educator, and occasional lecturer in Sacramento, California. She had the opportunity and delight to found and direct a little two-year independent Waldorf program for 6-8th grade students, and now enjoys class teaching with incredible colleagues in the thriving Alice Birney Waldorf Public K-8 School.
Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas Gerwin is Executive Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA) and founding chair of its Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program. He has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at the university and Waldorf high school level since 1983. Editor of nine books on Waldorf education and anthroposophy, he is also Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE). As Co-Chair of the Delegates Circle (TEDC), a group of seven Waldorf adult education institutes belonging to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Douglas sits on the Association’s Leadership Council. He is also a member of the International Forum (formerly Hague Circle).
Michael Holdrege is a native of Colorado and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He studied a year at Emerson College, followed by two years at the Institute for Waldorf Pedagogy in Stuttgart. He taught at the Rudolf Steiner School in Vienna for seven years, followed by an additional seven years as faculty and board member at the Institute for Goethean Studies in Vienna. Michael returned to the US in 1990 to work as Faculty Coordinator of the Anthroposophical Society in America. In 1994 he returned to Waldorf teaching and currently teaches life sciences, economics and math at the Chicago Waldorf School. He also teaches at the Arcturus Teacher Education Program, and at Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program in Wilton, NH.