GRADES FACULTY

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Todd Crowe 
First Grade Teacher

Todd received his BA in Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. From there he began Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon. He has dedicated his life to teaching about the beauty, truth and goodness in the Waldorf philosophy. Before moving to Asheville he taught at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Todd was a member of the Waldorf Initiative group that sparked the creation of Azalea Mountain School. He is a founding member of AMS and serves as the Faculty Representative to the Business Committee, the Chair of the Grades Hiring Committee and on the Site Committee. He loves living in East Asheville in a cabin with his wife Heidi and young daughter and enjoys playing the ukulele, contra dancing, hiking, reading and surfing.

Waldorf grades teacher, Elizabeth Erb

Elizabeth Erb 
Second Grade Teacher

Elizabeth holds a BS in Nursing, graduated from The Whole You school of Massage Therapy and Body Work, has worked wild crafting herbs and seaweed and with organic growers, and owned and operated her own catering business and taught cooking. She studied handwork Grades One through Six at Fiber Craft Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and completed her Waldorf Grades Teacher training at Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. She served as the Handwork teacher at Azalea Mountain School for two years before taking the First Grade class in 2016. A teacher by nature, becoming a Waldorf teacher was her destined path that grew out of a lifetime of diverse experiences. Elizabeth pours these into crafting a rich and enlivening learning environment for her students. She believes that growing the capacity to “create out of one’s own forces” is paramount, and seeks daily to evoke the love of learning in her students. Passionate about the Waldorf curriculum, Elizabeth meets the unfolding destiny of the children with curiosity and strives to find ways to nourish the indwelling spirit of each child as
challenges and growing strains arise. Elizabeth hails from Texas and New Mexico, and came to Asheville 20 years ago. Her varied interests have called her to travel in Japan, India, the Yukon, and South America. She enjoys tinkering, sewing, hiking, gardening, bee keeping, collecting wood to build simple furnishings and listening to stories.

Waldorf music teacher, Nicholas The Bard Andrea

Nicholas Andrea
Third Grade Teacher

Nicholas earned a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Delaware, after which he taught special education, led drumming groups with at-risk youth, and worked in youth ministry at the Unitarian Universalist church. In 2015 a series of synchronicities led him to Azalea Mountain School where he became the music teacher and the aftercare teacher. Hired as a grades teacher one year later, Nicholas’ mission is to foster the unfoldment of beautiful human destinies through Waldorf Education, believing that a spiritually scientific approach is what is needed on planet Earth at this time. Nicknamed “The Bard,” Nicholas is also an avid poet, songwriter, and piper of many varieties, including the Irish penny whistle, the Native American flute, and is learning the highland bagpipes.

Lynzie Allyn
Combined Fourth and Fifth Grades Teacher

Lynzie Allyn was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she spent her formative years immersed in the study of both classical ballet and Stanislavski technique.  This early exposure to the performing arts provoked a fascination with the human experience, which in turn fostered a love for esoteric study and practice.  She first encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner as a precocious and curious teenager, and has maintained an intense personal study of his work, a practice which has deepened over time.  Shortly after returning to Los Angeles from NYU – where she studied musical theatre and politics – she became a young mother, a most monumental life event which led directly to her work as a Waldorf educator.  She began working in Early Childhood classrooms in Los Angeles while a student at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, where she received her formal teacher training.  She has led a Waldorf Early Childhood homeschool cooperative in West Los Angeles, taught preschool at Swallowtail School in Portland, OR, and for the last five years, has been a main lesson substitute and grades assistant at the Waldorf School of San Diego.  She is working to become a member of the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science at the end of 2017.   Lynzie’s family was thrilled to relocate from sunny Southern California to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North

Lynzie’s family was thrilled to relocate from sunny Southern California to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, and is very much looking forward to making a home in Asheville.  Ms. Allyn is pleased to have inherited such a vibrant and dynamic class of combined fourth and fifth graders, and looks forward to a positive and productive school year.  Two of her three children will be joining the AMS community as students; the third will be attending Grade 8 at WSSD, where he’s been a student since Grade 3.  An avid reader and occasional freelance writer, she is equally passionate about fiber-crafting and upcycling.  She enjoys making and listening to music, hiking, biking, running, dancing, and practicing yoga.  With gratitude and delight she joined the faculty at Azalea Mountain School.