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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 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 a member of the Washtenaw County Early Childhood Director’s Association. Maggie is also 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 for the past six 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 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 discovered Waldorf education 13 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 WhiteRachel 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 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 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 two daughters who attend RSSAA. She enjoys travel, reading, knitting and spending time with her family.

Tara McKnight

Tara McKnightTara McKnight took her first early childhood class in 1997. Filled with direction and purpose, the following 10 years were dedicated to learning biodynamic gardening, studying the healing arts, earning a diploma from the Waldorf Institute of South Eastern Michigan, and graduating from University of Detroit Mercy as Magna Cum Laude. Tara worked with many early childhood centers where she had firsthand experience with the younger child, all the while raising her own daughter and son. Tara has worked as a first grade teacher at Detroit Community schools and dedicated two years at Oakland Steiner School as a class teacher. Tara has also earned her professional education certificate for grades K-8 this school year. She is delighted to join the RSSAA early childhood faculty this year.

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.