Early Childhood Coordinator
Maggie 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 has her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification from Sunbridge Institute. Maggie enjoys music, travel, writing and being a mother of three RSSAA students.
Kindergarten – (Bluebird)
Wendy Abate has been a lead kindergarten teacher of the Bluebird class here at RSSAA for the past four 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 expanded her family last year having her first child, a daughter named Apple. Her interests and hobbies include cooking, baking, running and felting however, spending time with her daughter and husband take top priority now.
Kindergarten – (Redbird)
Nealia Fil is delighted to return to this beloved school community as a teacher; as a child she attended the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor for second through fifth grade. Prior to leading the Redbirds, Nealia was the Bluebird Assistant and substituted at the school. She has studied at the University of Michigan, Thomas More College, and is continuing her education in Early Childhood Development. She will receive her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan in December 2014. She interned at a Waldorf school in Germany and has years of experience caring for children and helping at summer camps. As one of seven children, Nealia enjoys spending time with her dear family, walking the beautiful trails through Ann Arbor’s woods and along the river, and keeps busy with countless art, handwork, and woodworking projects.
Pre-K – (Chickadees)
Angela Gladstone started her teaching career at RSSAA in 2008 working as a Bluebird 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 the Chickadee teacher. Angela received her 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.