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Faculty and Board Members

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

(She/Her)

Nursery Teacher

In addition to her position as Nursery Team Lead, Holly is also a dedicated Chair to our College of Teachers and an alumni parent.

Carol Cornelius

Carol Cornelius

(She/Her)

Nursery Teacher

Carol joined the Nursery Team in 2023. While new to our faculty, Carol has been a loving and involved parent at our school for many years.

Carole Bennighof

Carole Bennighof

(She/Her)

Kindergarten Teacher

A dedicated teacher with more than twenty years of service, Carole is also an alumni parent. She shares her love for music with her class.

Ivy Merritt

Ivy Merritt

(She/Her)

Grades Teacher

The magic of grace and acceptance are what Ivy sees and cherishes most in our community. She carries these attributes with her into the classroom.

Michelle Lucas

Michelle Lucas

(She/Her)

Grades Teacher

Michelle is a loving witness to the unfolding of our grades students. With a guiding hand, she walks alongside them on their journey.

Rita Meikson

Rita Meikson

(She/Her)

World Language Teacher

As a world language teacher and alumni parent, Rita shares her love for Russian language and culture with our students and greater community.

Jill Garrett

Jill Garrett

(She/Her)

Movement Teacher

Jill brings exciting new activities to our movement classes. She is gentle and engaging, guiding students to build confidence through movement.

Lisa Moyer

Lisa Moyer

(She/Her)

Nursery Teacher

Lisa is a loving and dedicated Nursery Teacher, taking care and time to know each of the nursery children and their families.

Sadhna Malkani

Sadhna Malkani

(She/Her)

Kindergarten Teacher

Sadhna joined Alabama Waldorf School many moons ago. She is also a Board Member representing early childhood education.

Arden McDonald

Arden McDonald

(They/Them)

Kindergarten Teacher

As a young child, Arden attended Morning Garden at Alabama Waldorf School. She is gentle, kind, and her light shines throughout our school.

Chez Knox

Chez Knox

(She/Her)

Grades Teacher

Childlike wonder fills Chez' classroom. Her thirst for knowledge and love for learning are abundant and visible in the experiences she shares.

Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford

(She/Her)

Handwork Teacher

A talented textile artist and musician, Sarah teaches Handwork to grades students and is our dedicated Grades Team Lead.

Maria Antonia Garcia Espinosa

Maria Antonia Garcia Espinosa

(She/Her)

World Language Teacher

Maria ushers all the beauty of Spanish language, art, and history throughout our school.

Suze Mwenja

Suze Mwenja

(They/Them)

Nursery Teacher

As an Alabama Waldorf School Alumni, Suze brings joy and song to her class. Many days Suze is seen singing with her nursery class on the playground.

Andrea Holley

Andrea Holley

(She/Her)

Kindergarten Teacher

Andrea's loving ways, unmistakable laughter, and firm guidance are known and loved by the faculty and families of her kindergarteners.

Beth Blackwell

Beth Blackwell

(She/Her)

Grades Teacher

Holding our youngest grade students, Beth brings a refreshing honesty and years of experience to our school and her class families.

Jodie Bradley

Jodie Bradley

(She/Her)

Grades Teacher

With many years of teaching experience, Jodie serves as a College of Teachers member and AWSNA Delegate.

Melissa Downs

Melissa Downs

(She/Her)

Gardening Teacher

Melissa gently cares for our students and our gardens as they grow. She brings her years of experience to her role of Faculty Chair.

Emily Hoppe

Emily Hoppe

(She/Her)

Music Teacher

Bringing performing arts from our classrooms to our community is one of the many ways Emily cultivates joy and unity. Her students can be heard celebrating in song, ushering us through the seasons.

Board of Trustees

2023-2024

Board Chair

Bri Wright

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Brooke

Secretary

Cassia Kesler

Trustees

Jenn Gray

Zachary Lewis

Janine Mwenja

Enisa Perez

Preschool Representative

Sadhna Malkani

Grades Representative

Lynda Powell

Administrative Staff

Administrator &
Director of Advancement

Annie Damsky

Director of Admissions & Enrollment

Kristin Nunnelley

Director of Operations

Lindsay Parris

Director of Business

Kaitlin Caruso

Director of Marketing & Communications

Jeannie Leighton

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