Faculty and Staff
5th and 6th Grade Teacher and 6th Grade Main Lesson Teacher
Rebecca was born and raised in Virginia. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a true passion for archaeology, Rebecca was accepted into the graduate program in Mayan Studies at Tulane University. She went to Mexico to work with the Projecto Archaeológico de Chichén Itzá, then spent six months in Belize running a field crew for the Xunantunich Archaeological Project, later backpacking in the rainforest of southern Belize, where she excavated a series of Mayan tombs.
As much as she loved the fieldwork and teaching, the realities of academic life were not what she had envisioned for herself. In 2003, Rebecca began work in the kindergarten of the Waldorf School of New Orleans. Eventually, she was employed as a classroom assistant for the combined fourth, fifth, and sixth grade class. Rebecca loved every minute of her time there, feeling that she had finally found what she was meant to do with her life.
In 2007, Rebecca received her Master's in Waldorf Elementary Education from the Sunbridge Institute in New York. She spent three happy years as a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Spring Valley, New York. Rebecca and her husband Nick felt tied to New Orleans, however. In 2010, not only did she get a chance to once again rejoin the Waldorf School of New Orleans, she found herself the class teacher of some of the very same children who she had first met in Miss Heidi’s kindergarten. Rebecca began teaching her new combined sixth and seventh grade class that August, and she and her husband joyfully welcomed their daughter Victoria Grace into their lives the following October. Rebecca feels truly blessed to be on this incredible journey of discovery.
3rd and 4th Grade Teacher
Jill has been an educator since 1995. Her degree is in art education, and she has always been an active artist. Dunnellon Elementary School in Dunnellon, Florida, was her home from 1997 to 2009, where she enjoyed the action-packed life of a public school art teacher.
Jill moved to New Orleans because she loves music and art, and she finds New Orleans the most interesting place she has ever lived. Jill joined the Waldorf School of New Orleans in 2010 as the seventh-grade art teacher, the assistant in the nursery, and the summer-camp director. She appreciates the feeling of reverence for education that is apparent in Waldorf education.
In 2011, Jill became the first-grade teacher for a tiny class of students, and she taught a combined first/second grade class in 2012. Her Waldorf teacher education at the Sunbridge Institute has been amazing and instrumental in her first years as a Waldorf teacher, helping her to reach as a teacher, artist, and human. Being a Waldorf teacher has allowed Jill to teach music, art, poetry, literature, mathematics, science, games, in a beautiful, creative way. She feels that the true joy in teaching and learning has returned to her soul. Jill continues to pursue her own education, particularly in anthroposophy, to further her effectiveness as a Waldorf teacher.
1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
Sarah Clark hails from the West Coast, growing up in Nevada and California. After college in the Los Angeles area, Sarah made her way east. She traveled internationally and lived in New York City before finding New Orleans in 2003. It was in NYC that Sarah began formally teaching. Around the time of Hurricane Katrina, Sarah and the Waldorf School of New Orleans met. In 2005, Sarah became the First Grade Assistant to the class teacher and took on a Second/Third Grade class in the fall of 2006. She completed her Waldorf teacher training through the Rudolf Steiner College and the Alkion Center. Sarah has been a Waldorf class teacher at both WSNO and the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf school in upstate New York. She most recently worked at the Louisiana Children’s Museum as a program director. There she directed and facilitated a children’s literacy program held throughout the school year. Sarah also trained and managed the teaching staff for the various educational programs provided by the museum. Sarah is thrilled to be back in the classroom and teaching full time again. First Grade is one of her favorites, and she is so happy to be welcomed back by the (growing) WSNO community and surrounded by such sweet and imaginative first graders each morning. Some of Sarah’s favorite things include painting, drawing, sewing, cooking, crafting, reading, and dogs!
Heidi Anne Porter
Heidi has been with Waldorf School of New Orleans since 2002. After participating in several meetings and events designed to promote Waldorf education in New Orleans, she was honored and delighted to be offered the task of creating the school’s kindergarten, which began welcoming children in August of 2003. Heidi received her Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.
Before becoming a Waldorf teacher, Heidi taught in Westchester, New York, and for seven years in Orleans Parish Public Schools, teaching children with special needs. She was awarded several grants to support her innovative work in the classroom with language development and young children. After becoming a mother, Heidi left the classroom for a few years. She ran a small childcare program in her home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She also created and taught a dance class for toddlers and their parents.
Heidi’s son attended Waldorf School of New Orleans for nine years. Heidi believes that her job as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher offers her the perfect opportunity to indulge in her love of storytelling, child development, sewing, gardening, singing, dancing, community building, and working with parents.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Brian Fabry Dorsam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Bard College and is currently in pursuit of his Master of Arts degree in English from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. He began working at the Waldorf School of New Orleans in 2009 as the after-care coordinator, a substitute teacher, and student aid. He has taught in the kindergarten since 2010. Brian is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the New Orleans-based theater group, Skin Horse. When he gets a moment, he enjoys reading about astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience.
Music teacher (voice and all instruments)
Jan is a flutist, singer, and music educator. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education at the Ohio State University, and a Master of Arts in woodwind performance through Antioch University. She has taught instrumental, vocal, and general music at all levels in Ohio, Florida, and greater New Orleans. "Ms. Z." loves musical theatre, playing all sorts of musical instruments, and working with the Waldorf School of New Orleans students.
Lena Kolb has been the handwork teacher at the Waldorf School of New Orleans since 2010. She hails from Philadelphia, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Temple University. Lena has held a lifelong interest in handwork. She is skillful in knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, and other handwork activities.
Prior to her work at WSNO, Shäna Hartmann specialized in policy research and development, public relations, grant writing, and organizational development. Her professional focus in New Orleans has also included community outreach, helping businesses respond to government RFPs, and helping small non-profits evaluate their social impact and organizational efficiency in order to improve their chances of attracting funders.
Shäna was educated at the University of Washington in Seattle, and has also worked in France, Germany, Romania, and Australia. She and her husband have lived in New Orleans since 2006.
Ginny Kaczmarek has been an active member of the WSNO community for seven years, as a parent as well as an event coordinator for Starry Night; a writer and editor for the WSNO website, the WSNO Facebook page, and printed marketing materials; and co-chair of the annual craft fair and children's activity for the Arts Market in Palmer Park.
Professionally, she's owned and operated her writing and editing business for over 14 years, with clients such as Argosy Publishing, Microsoft, the SF Weekly, Literary Mama, CNet, and others. She also has experience with project management, client database management, collaborative leadership, customer service, and marketing. She likes to solve problems creatively, roll with the unpredictable, and work with a variety of personalities in a collaborative process.
Ginny and her spouse Ian Johnson raise their two sons in the Irish Channel with a houseful of pets and any number of in-progress creative endeavors.
Besides working as the office manager at the Waldorf School, Liz helps run a community bike shop in the upper 9th ward (called RUBARB) in which people come to work on and learn about bikes, and kids participate in an earn-a-bike program, art projects, and field trips. Before her New Orleans life, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, got her Master's degree in International Education, and explored South America and Southeast Asia. She enjoys music, food, laughter, traveling by bike, and her favorite Sunday thing to do is attending second line parades. She admires people who grow their own food, build things, and have creative minds. She's grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Waldorf School!