Faculty and Staff
2nd and 3rd 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!
Sarah is currently on Maternity Leave, and is being replaced by Jeff Feldman.
4/5 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.
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.
Grade 1 Teacher
Rachel Flores was born and raised in New Orleans. She was introduced to Waldorf Education several years ago and knew that she wanted to be a part of this model of education. Rachel was thrilled to join the Waldorf School of New Orleans as the movement teacher and assistant first and second grade teacher in 2014 and was excited to take a first grade class of her own in 2015. Prior to joining WSNO, Rachel worked as an outdoor educator teaching life science to fourth graders. She is currently pursuing her teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.
6/7 Grade 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.
Math Teacher for Grades 4-8
Caroline Delaney has 6 years of lead teaching experience, servicing grades 3-12. She holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction received from the University of New Orleans. She helped co-author a chapter in a teacher resource book, "Bringing the NCTM Standards to Life: High School 2nd Edition". In addition to her work at WSNO, she is currrently assisting in lesson development with the Seymore Foundation.
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.
Movement & Physical Education Teacher
Caryn Hassell was born and raised in Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from Kalamazoo College. She moved to New Orleans in 2008. Prior to joining the Waldorf School of New Orleans, Caryn spent several years teaching life science to elementary students in an outdoor classroom in the Barataria Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. She spends her free time reading, enjoying the natural world, riding her bicycle, and keeping bees.
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.
Most recently Lisa served as Executive Director for Luke’s House Clinic, New Orleans’ only free medical and mental health clinic for five years. During her time with the clinic she raised over $750,000 in grant funding and donations, relocated the clinic to a permanent location and increased program services. She moved to New Orleans four months after Katrina to work with Rebuilding Together at the PRC and then spent over three years with The Pro Bono Project as their Deputy Director. Her nonprofit experience has focused on fiscal administration, grant writing and management, volunteer management, strategic planning, mission driven program development and overall operations and administration. In July 2015, she attended her first session of Waldorf Administration Training on Whidbey Island, WA and she plans to complete the certification training program. Outside of work she loves to go picking in Michigan for her antiques/furniture business. In her spare time she showers too much affection on her dog Chumlee.
Office Manager, Peniston Location
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!
Liz is currently on Maternity Leave, and her replacement has yet to be determined.
Chrissy Anne Purcell
Office Manager, Soraparu Location
Chrissy is a native New Orleanian who attended Benjamin Franklin High School. After high school, she moved back to Washington, D.C., where she attended Howard University and studied Political Science and Kiswahili. Upon leaving college, Chrissy was eager to return to her hometown. Prior to working at WSNO, she worked diligently as the Operations Manager of a nonprofit that provides opportunities to youth through the meaningful work of growing food. Chrissy's career goal is to serve the youth of her hometown by helping to provide quality education and programs as administrative staff. In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and driving to the beach.