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RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Meet Our Teachers

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 has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Child Development from SUNY Empire State College and a Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification from Sunbridge Institute. 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. Maggie is currently a member of the Washtenaw County Early Childhood Director’s Association and she is a Regional Representative for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. She 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 since 2010. 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 who is a student at RSSAA. Wendy’s interests and hobbies include cooking, baking, and running and felting however, spending quality time with her daughter and husband take top priority now.

Paul Trombley

Paul TrombleyPaul Trombley gained his Waldorf Teaching Certification in Elementary Education in 2007. He began working at the Detroit Waldorf School (DWS) at that time as a substitute, then as a class teacher for 4th and 5th grade. After that, Paul worked at DWS as a Kindergarten Assistant with a master teacher.  He became a lead Kindergarten teacher at RSSAA in 2015.  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.

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 and she is also a lead Parent-Child facilitator. 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 RSSAA student.

Anne Birney

Anne BirneyAnne 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 WISM.  She has many 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.  She started at RSSAA as a lead prekindergarten teacher in 2015. Anne has two daughters who attend RSSAA. She enjoys travel, reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.

Allyssa Kadlitz

Allyssa KadlitzAllyssa Kadlitz is a Lead Kindergarten Teacher here at RSSAA. She has ten years of experience working in Waldorf Education. Previously, she had worked at Oakland Steiner School where she gained experience teaching Parent and Child classes, Pre-school and a mixed age kindergarten. Allyssa completed a year of Foundation studies through the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan. After learning more about the Waldorf Pedagogy through these studies, she knew she wanted to devote her time to becoming a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator. This led her to the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA where she achieved her EC Certification. Allyssa has been an active member of the Anthroposophical Society and Waldorf early Childhood Association for over 15 years. Allyssa feels that working with children is a great gift, they teach her as much as she teaches them. Some of her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, enjoying nature, learning new things and traveling.