EARLY CHILDHOOD FACULTY

Megan Gardner
Morning Garden Lead Teacher

Megan was first introduced to Waldorf education as a student in the 4th grade when her family moved to Vermont, and her future life in education was changed by her 3 years spent at the Green Mountain Waldorf School. In high school she experienced a semester at a Rudolf Steiner school in England. After completing a BA degree in Early Childhood education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Megan was accepted as the Assistant teacher and Lead Aftercare teacher for the Preschool class at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork in Carbondale. There she spent two wonderful years teaching and becoming more awed and inspired by Waldorf education and the essence of Early Childhood. In 2014 she completed her LifeWays training in Boulder and the same year she and her husband Wesley welcomed their first son George Jasper. Megan created and led a Waldorf/LifeWays inspired home daycare for a year before she and her family packed up their home and moved to the Asheville area. Megan’s other interests include hiking, crafting, gardening, and spending time in nature.

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Zoe Rothfuss
Lead Nursery Teacher

Zoe’s introduction to Waldorf Education began at the age of three and has always been an integral part of her family culture.  Since earning a B.Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, she has served young children and their families in a variety of settings. Zoe holds a diploma in Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education from Sunbridge Institute. From her home base in Madison County, Zoe enjoys spending time with her family working in the garden, hiking, dancing, baking, and is blessed to wake up to a birds’ dawn serenade every morning.

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Alice Redrick
Assistant Nursery Teacher

Alice was introduced to Waldorf Education in 1999, in the beautiful Napa Valley of northern California where she had the opportunity to work with a lovely teacher in her home-based kindergarten for two years. She moved to Alaska with her husband where she lived for eleven years and gave birth to four children. Once her eldest child became school aged their family became more involved with the Waldorf School in Anchorage. Alice assisted with the Parent-Tot, Aftercare and Kindergarten programs. She served as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher for two years at Azalea Mountain. Alice feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work along side a variety of Waldorf Early Childhood teachers and holds them all close to her heart. Three of her four children currently attend Azalea Mountain School. Her family enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking and camping.

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Ines Kinchen
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

In 2014 Ines and her son Marquise moved from Chicago to Asheville so that Marquise could attend Azalea Mountain School.  Ines came upon the teachings of Rudolf Steiner via her career path in the holistic health care field and immediately felt drawn to the principles of the Waldorf philosophy as inspiration and guidance for motherhood and creating a family home.  In 2012 she completed her Lifeways Training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  For three years in Chicago she cared for young children in her Waldorf based home nursery program.  During the summer of 2015 she created and lead Honeybee Forest Summer Camp, a Waldorf Inspired outdoor summer camp for children ages 2-12.

Ines’ other interests include the field of Resonance Medicine, storytelling, making toys, exploring in nature, reading, biodynamic gardening, traveling, celebrating festivals, and cooking meals with friends.  Ines and her family share their homestead with a dog, a cat, 27 chickens, and twelve angora rabbits.  She will be leading a 3 day Kindergarten class in our newest room that meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Morgan Hincks
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Morgan was first introduced to the teachings of Rudolf Steiner through a series of internships and relationships with Biodynamic farmers in Norway and Colorado.  Morgan received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 2004 where she concentrated in Environmental Education and wrote her thesis exploring the importance of place-based education.  In 2007 she accepted an assistant position in the Kinderhaus at the Waldorf School on the Roaring fork in Carbondale, CO and was quickly given the lead teaching position for the afternoon program as well.  Her two years at that school were an incredible learning experience and one that she now references everyday while raising her two young boys.  Morgan and her husband Juan, moved to Asheville in 2009 and their first son, Aster, was born a year later.  The birth of her two boys has only deepened her love and connection to Waldorf education.  In the past 5 years, while raising her two young boys, Morgan has worked and trained as an herbalist and lead two small home-based programs for young children.  She loves gardening, hiking, drinking tea and cooking nourishing foods.

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Alyssa Garland
Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Alyssa grew up immersed in Waldorf Education as a student at the Monterey Bay Charter School in California.  She later worked as an Aftercare School Teacher at the Monterey Bay Charter School and a Preschool Teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Asheville.  This past year Alyssa was the pioneer teacher of the Aftercare program here at AMS.  During that time she was given many opportunities to sub in both the Kindergarten and Nursery, where her passion for Early Childhood grew.  She is thrilled to be working as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher alongside such an amazing faculty.  Alyssa holds a BA in Cultural Education and Humanities and a Minor in Performing Arts from the Prescott College in Arizona.  Alyssa loves singing, playing music, gardening, hiking, and dancing.

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Elizabeth Hromada
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Elizabeth was first introduced to the work of Rudolf Steiner in 2004 while working as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Brevard, NC. She felt a calling as she read about cooperative communities dedicated to service of the whole human being: mind, heart, and body. Elizabeth earned her B.S. at UNC-Asheville in Environmental Studies, and found the joy of sharing the wonders of nature with young children during an internship at the WNC Nature Center. In 2005 she relocated from WNC to Sedona, AZ, where she met her husband, Justin. Their daughter, Niya, was born at home in 2007, and Elizabeth soon discovered the riches of Waldorf education while she cared for infants and toddlers in her home.  From 2012 and until the end of the 2015/16 school year, Elizabeth has worked as assistant, co-teacher, and lead teacher at Red Earth Waldorf Kindergarten/Preschool (REWK) under the mentorship of REWK’s founder and early childhood teacher of 30+ years. Also, since 2012, Elizabeth has served as a founding board member for Running River School, a non-profit independent grades program rooted in Waldorf pedagogy. She will complete her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training in July 2016 at Rudolf Steiner College. Elizabeth is filled with gratitude to return to Asheville and join the Azalea Mountain School community in the 2016/17 school year. It is a joy for her to share the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and daughter, and to delight in some favorite pastimes: seeking rare wildflowers, hunting for waterfalls, singing with the rivers, and marveling at fireflies.

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Maria Allen
Lead Nursery Teacher

Maria met Waldorf education in 2006 at Winterberry Charter School in Alaska, working as Music Teacher.  When a class teacher had a baby, Maria “temporarily” took the class and wound up carrying them through 3 grades/years!  During this time, she became convinced that early childhood is the  most essential part of education.  She went on to study Waldorf early childhood education at Taruna College in New Zealand and with LifeWays/Asheville.  Maria also holds a degree in Music Education from Converse College (Spartanburg, SC).  She has previously taught at Azalea Mountain in the Nursery, Morning Garden (Parent/Child class), and as Music Teacher (grades 1-4).  In addition, she taught at Dandelion Hill mixed-age kindergarten and during the Rainbow Mountain School’s summer program for early childhood. She also enjoys teaching adults to sing with young children through LifeWays and (previously) through Rudolf Steiner College’s Community Learning Center in Anchorage, AK. With her dear husband, Butch, and their delightful daughter, Perry Katherine, Maria enjoys homesteading in Barnardsville.  Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, tandem biking with her family, swimming, contra-dancing and singing.

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Amrita Prem
Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Bio coming soon

Kim Maier
Assistant Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher

Bio coming soon