GRADES FACULTY

Waldorf grades teacher, Elizabeth Erb

Elizabeth Erb 
First Grade Teacher

Bio coming soon

Waldorf music teacher, Nicholas The Bard Andrea

Nicholas Andrea
Second 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.

Elysia Buss
Combined Third and Fourth Grades Teacher

Elysia has a BA and Masters degree in education.  She also has her Waldorf teaching certificate, which she acquired through Sound Circle Center in Seattle, WA and Antioch University New England.  She is currently wrapping up her Post Graduate Degree in Equine Assisted Learning from Prescott College in AZ.  While still considered a new teacher, Elysia has a drive to create the best learning environment possible for her students.

Elysia has spent the last 15 years as a medical massage therapist for people, horses and dogs but is happy to be transitioning more fully into teaching. Needless to say, helping people and animals is a great passion of hers.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out at the gym, hiking, working with horses, doing random acts of kindness and making people laugh and smile as often as possible.

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Todd Crowe
Combined Fifth and Sixth Grades 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 fiance Heidi and enjoys playing the ukulele, contra dancing, hiking, reading and surfing.