RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Meet Our Staff

Maggie Crawford

MaggieMaggie Crawford serves as the Early Childhood Coordinator at RSSAA. She has been working with families for almost two decades as a childbirth educator, doula and Early Childhood parent mentor. She previously worked at The Brooklyn Waldorf School in NYC in the Early Childhood and Admissions departments and at the Detroit Waldorf School teaching in the Early Childhood and working on the Outreach Committee. She received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification from Sunbridge Institute in New York and is currently on the steering committee for Washtenaw County Early Childhood Director’s Association. Maggie enjoys reading, music, travel, writing and being a mother of three RSSAA students.

Wendy Abate

Wendy Abate has been a lead Kindergarten teacher at RSSAA for the past five years. She has taught at the Detroit Waldorf School, assisted at the Kinderhouse, in the Kindergarten classroom at the Oakland Steiner School and in the first grade at the RSSAA before getting her first lead position. She also worked for seven years as a nanny for a family in Birmingham, Michigan and at various summer camps. Wendy has her Early Childhood Development degree, and her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification. She has a young daughter, Apple, who will soon be a student at RSSAA. Wendy’s interests and hobbies include cooking, baking, and running and felting however, spending time with her daughter and husband take top priority now.

Paul Trombley

Paul Trombley discovered Waldorf education 12 years ago when he sent the first of his three children to the Detroit Waldorf School. He began the teacher training program soon after, and gained his Waldorf Teaching Certification in Elementary Education in 2007. Paul began working at Detroit Waldorf at that time as a substitute, then as a class teacher for 4th and 5th grade. For the past five years Paul has worked at DWS as a Kindergarten Assistant with a master teacher and is now a Lead Kindergarten teacher at RSSAA. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of Detroit Mercy. He enjoys reading, writing, biking, playing music and spending time with his family.

Rachel White

Rachel White is so pleased to be teaching Kindergarten at RSSAA. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and earned her Waldorf Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education from the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan in 2011. She first stepped into a Waldorf kindergarten classroom in 1999 in London, England. She was, and continues to be, inspired by the children, the community and the curriculum. Rachel taught Games at the Brighton Steiner School in Brighton, England for one year, has been a substitute Teacher at the RSSAA for several years and an assistant teacher in grades one and two at the RSSAA from 2013-2015. She is the proud mother of two RSSAA students, has bicycled through much of Europe, and loves to garden, sew and spend time outdoors.

Angela Gladstone

Angela Gladstone started her teaching career at RSSAA in 2008 working as a Kindergarten assistant and Afternoon Care Coordinator. In 2010, she and her husband made a move to northern Virginia where she taught Pre-school at the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Arlington, VA. After two years, she was happy to return to Ann Arbor and rejoin the RSSAA community as a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Angela received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan in 2010, and is now delighted to teach future teachers as a faculty member of the WISM teacher training. She enjoys singing, cooking, puppetry and starting each morning in the woods with the children. Angela is also the mother of a future RSAA student.

Anne Birney

Anne Birney is a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher at RSSAA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon and her Waldorf Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification from the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan. She has 15 years of experience working with children in a variety of childcare and home settings. Anne was the coordinator of a program working with children with developmental disabilities. She was also an assistant at a Waldorf inspired child care center and in the Aftercare at RSSAA in 2010. Anne has stayed at home with her two daughters, Sophia and Ruby, starting in 2010 when Sophia was born and is now excited to rejoin the RSSAA community. She enjoys travel, reading, knitting and spending time with her family.

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