Sadhna Udharam was born and raised in Suriname, South America. She received a bachelor's degree from the Teaching Institute in Suriname and had plans to teach English to middle schoolers there. However, she moved to the United States with her new husband and started a family. Her love for teaching stayed with her, and in 2002, she was hired for AWS's Extended Care program. She worked in that program for 4 years, then taught in the nursery for 2 years. In the Fall of 2008, she was hired as a Kindergarten teacher. Sadhna brings a love of children and an earnest desire to learn more about the developmentally appropriate curriculum and Waldorf teaching methods. To that end, she is completing the Early Childhood Waldorf Certfication program in the Summer of 2011 at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. "Ms. Sadhna" leads with gentle guidance and is genuinely interested in the spiritual, physical, and mental growth of children and invested in Alabama Waldorf School's mission to educate responsible world citizens. She enjoys singing and can often be heard serenading the "Beautiful Nappers" in the afternoons where she serves as an Early Extended Care teacher.
Andrea Holley is a certified caregiver through the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources and the "Kid and Kin" Association. Her childcare experience started at Rainbow Daycare Center. Her teaching experience started at The Redmont School, now the Alabama Waldorf School. Andrea worked as a childcare provider for special events and as a substitute at AWS until she came on first as an Extended Care teacher and then full-time as a Kindergarten teacher in 2008. Since then, she's received training at regular AWS faculty workshops, attended workshops at the Linden Waldorf School in Tennessee and observed for a week in the Kindergarten at The Waldorf School of Atlanta. Andrea never tires of building on the foundation she already has to be the best she can be for the children she teaches.
Carole Bennighoff graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a B.A. in Music. Ms. Carole has taught piano for 20 years and currently teaches 3rd Grade Music at AWS. She's been teaching Kindergarten at AWS since 2006. Ms. Carole takes pleasure in music, ballet, walking, animal rescue, stories and books. She is the mother of three children, all AWS elementary school students.
Valarie Campbell has been working with children in various capacities for many years, first as a social worker and recently as a substitute teacher at AWS. Ms. Valarie holds a B.A. from UAB and worked in substance abuse and drug prevention programs before having a child. Ms. Valarie has a first grader in the AWS Grades program.