Faculty Bios

Early Childhood Faculty:

Daisy Garden/Pre-K Teacher: Haeja Kang

Haeja earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California; an Associate of Arts and English Literature from Sonoda Gakuen Women’s Junior College in Hyogo, Japan; and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education/General Studies from San Francisco City College. Prior to becoming a lead Pre-K/Nursery teacher in 2006, Haeja worked as an assistant in our Mixed-Age Kindergarten for five years. Before moving from Japan to the U.S., Haeja was a Korean Dance and Drumming Instructor for children of all ages and adults. Haeja and her husband Andrew Kang-Bartlett are the parents of two Waldorf alumni, Elias (Class of 2004) and Julian (Class of 2008).

Daisy Garden Assistant: Dayna Rouse

Dayna has worked as a kindergarten assistant for four years.  She is now bringing her loving and nurturing presence to the nursery.  Dayna is currently studying at Sunbridge Institute for her Waldorf Early Childhood teachers training and is happy to be deepening her connection to education by serving as a nursery assistant.  She also has a daughter, Lydia (Class Williams).

Marigold Kindergarten Teacher: Kristin Langley

Kristin holds a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio, as well as a Master’s of Art Therapy from University of Louisville. She has a certification in Waldorf Early Childhood Education (birth to 7). Prior to making her way to Waldorf education, she worked as a child and family therapist. She has served the Waldorf School of Louisville as a Kindergarten Assistant, Parent Child Teacher and Daycare Director. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, husband Raleigh and daughter Emma Grace (Class Lanier).

Marigold Kindergarten Assistant: Carol Vetter

Carol brings love and knowledge of Waldorf education to her teaching position. She and her husband, Eddie, have four children: Gabriel, Sebastian (Class Hardy), Jude (Class Queen) and Samuel (Red Rose).

Red Rose Kindergarten Teacher: Evy Royce

Evy graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA in Elementary Education and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California. She also completed the three-year “Uncovering the Voice” singing program in Sacramento, California. Prior to becoming a Lead Waldorf Kindergarten teacher in 1996, she served as an assistant in the Waldorf Kindergarten. Evy’s son Royce Jackson is a Waldorf School of Louisville alumni Class of 2002.

Red Rose Kindergarten Assistant: Valerie Andres

Valerie was introduced to Waldorf Early Childhood education when she and her daughter attended the Parent/Child program years ago.  WSL’s focus on child development and reverence for childhood in general resonated with her, and she eventually began to substitute in the Early Childhood program.  The work was fun, challenging and fulfilling, and she pursued a part-time position as an Early Childhood Assistant.  She spent the past three school years in the Daisy Garden Nursery and is looking forward to joining the kindergarten as she serves in the Red Rose classroom for the coming year.  Valerie takes every opportunity to learn more about Waldorf education, especially as it relates to the young child.  Her daughter, Della, is in Second Grade at WSL.

Grades Faculty:

Class Teacher, Grade 2:  Kyle Queen
Kyle holds a BA in Religion from Converse College in South Carolina, a J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine College and has Waldorf training through Kentahten Teacher Training.  She practiced law for eleven years, then became a full-time mom.  Kyle subsequently became credentialed as a teacher.  She was a Waldorf class teacher for three years at Meadowbrook Waldorf School in RI before returning to Louisville.  Kyle’s children are Ben (born 1990) and Rebecca (born 1992) Jackowitz.  Kyle practices yoga and enjoys reading, cooking, playing piano, discovering new music, gardening (until it gets too hot!), long walks and skiing.   She frequently must remind herself that she also enjoys the gym once she gets there.

Class Teacher, Grade 3: Claire Williams
Claire holds a double major in Psychology and Art with a minor in German from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and a Master’s in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville. She was awarded a Waldorf Teaching Certification for Preschool through Grade 8 in 1997 and became a Waldorf class teacher in 1998. Claire has taken three classes through grade five or six at the Waldorf School of Louisville. She has experience teaching language arts in the parochial system and as an art therapist. Claire and her husband Jim Williams are the parents of Jacob Williams, WSL Class of 2000.

Class Teacher, Grade 4:  Jennifer Sparks

Jennifer has completed a dual certification teacher training program in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Grades 1-8 at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught in public and private child development centers and coordinated a play therapy program for a public school system. Jennifer has worked in several Waldorf schools in California, serving as lead Kindergarten Teacher, Co-Lead Teacher, and Parent-Child Program Coordinator. Prior to becoming a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at WSL, Jennifer served as our Resource Teacher in the grade school as well as a substitute in early childhood. Jennifer is the mother of Noah (Alumni) and Holly (Class Eger).

Class Teacher, Grade 5: Casey Bayne

Casey received her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Bellarmine University and has a B.A. in Art Studio from the University of Louisville. She will be receiving her Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate from Antioch University in 2016.  Casey’s teaching experience includes teaching advanced middle school art for the LVAA, various teaching positions within the public school system and served as Aftercare Director for WSL.  Casey also teaches Waldorf- inspired painting and pedagogy to public school teachers through Kentahten Teacher Training programs.

Class Teacher, Grade 6: Michael Eger
Mike Eger holds a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University as well as a BFA in Ballet and MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. In Kentucky, he has taught for YPAS, Lincoln Elementary, Sacred Heart Academy, and the Governors School and has been recognized by the KY Legislature, City of Louisville and National Association for the Advancements of the Arts for his work with students. He has taught at primary, secondary, or post-secondary public and private institutions throughout the U.S. He has performed, directed, and choreographed throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Some of his other professional and educational pursuits include dairy and poultry farming, agriculture, history/genealogy, and outdoor adventure. He and his wife Connie are the proud parents of WSL third grade student Michael.

 Class Teacher, Grade 7: Rob Lanier
Rob earned a Master’s in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire. He took his first Waldorf class from grade 1 through 5, graduating them in 2010. Prior to becoming a Waldorf class teacher in 2005, Rob served the Waldorf School of Louisville as the Afternoon Care Director and the Music Teacher. His professional background includes leadership, directing, and teaching positions with Louisville Youth Choir and Walden Theatre. He has also serves as a music and anthroposophical studies teacher at the Kentahten Waldorf Teacher Training Institute at Bellarmine University. He is the father of Jesse Lanier, WSL Class of 2009.

Class Teacher, Grade 8: Ed Hardy
Ed Hardy has been a high school teacher of Humanities and English for twenty years in JCPS.  His M.A. is in English from the University of Louisville. His B.A. is from Denison University in Ohio. He completed his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University in the fall of 2013.  Ed grew up in Louisville. His wife is Christine and he has a daughter (Brinly) in the sixth grade at WSL.  His interests include reading, writing, gardening, music, and generally being outdoors.

Full Time Specialty Handwork Teacher: Angela Davis

Angela Davis has been working at the Waldorf School of Louisville since 2001 (pretty sure that is right). In her years at the school, she has taught parent-child, music, woodworking, and handwork. This year she will continue to be the full-time handwork teacher, as well as teaching upper grades chorus. Angela completed her certificate in Applied Arts from Sunbridge College. Currently, she is enrolled in Spalding University’s Adult Accelerated program, pursuing a degree in psychology. Angela is also a published artist whose works can be found, quite sporadically, in local galleries. She counts her most important experiences as that of mother to her four children, aged 24, 21, 12, and 6.

Associate Faculty:

Extra Lesson / Remedial Teacher: Donna Stottmann

Donna Stottmann received her remedial training certification at Rudolf Steiner College in 2013 after being introduced to and studying Waldorf education since 1998.  Her experience in public school included teaching first through fifth grades and instructional coaching.  She graduated from the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in elementary education and my Rank I includes an emphasis in literacy.  When she’s not gardening, cooking or reading, she’s traveling to places she can hike.

Grades Support: Jessica Lam

Jessica earned her B.S. in Industrial Design from Auburn University in 2002.  She went on to work first as a graphic designer and later as a furniture designer before cultivating a specific interest in metalworking.  She has studied under several master metal smiths, and has completed additional training in structural welding.  Jessica has formerly held children’s education positions in the Speed Museum art department and as a production assistant/teacher in a jewelry design studio.  She has taught metalworking to all ages including students from the Academe of the Oaks in Decatur, GA.  She is a mother of twin girls, who attended the Waldorf School of Louisville for the Parent-Child program, Daisy Garden Nursery program, and Red Rose Kindergarten. Jessica has a passion for cooking, scavenging for reusable materials, gardening and is currently working towards her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.  She joined the WSL faculty in fall of 2014.

Sweet Pea (Parent-Child) & Extended Care Director: Jana McNally

Jana McNally has been involved with WSL for the past 15 years as a parent, committee member, class parent and is currently serving as the Parent Child teacher and the Extended Care Director. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University and her M.F.A in Photography from the University of Oregon. She recently completed Sophia’s Hearth Early Childhood Center’s thirteen month Professional Development course in Keene, NH. Her son Noah graduated last spring with the first 8th grade class at WSL and will attend Atherton High School and her son Eliah is in the 4th grade at the Waldorf School.

Music & Violin Teacher: Tamara Meinecke

Tamara Meinecke, our full-time music teacher, comes to our school from the professional orchestra world. She received her Master of Music degree with honors from Yale University School of Music and then joined the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as a violinist. Most recently she played in the Louisville Orchestra in the first violin section from 1997-2014. Throughout her orchestra career, Tamara taught private violin lessons and performed in smaller venues as a soloist and with her chamber music groups. She also participated in the traditional music scene (and still does) as a dancer, singer, and fiddle player in twice-yearly stays at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. She began teaching group violin classes at WSL in the 2010-2011 school year, after participating in Parent-Child classes for two years with her son. Now she works with first through eighth grades as our general music teacher, violin teacher, and Recorder Consort conductor. Tamara and her husband John Knecht have two sons at the Waldorf School of Louisville.

Administrative Staff:

Administrative Diretor: Becky Richards

Becky Richards and her husband Will came to WSL in 2009 with their children Max, now in 8th Grade and daughter, Ali in 3rd.  She is a graduate of Georgetown College and has previously worked in Development and Programming with the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Special Events with The Cabbage Patch Settlement House and as a Preschool Teacher with Highland Presbyterian Weekday School. Becky joined WSL  initially as a Practical Arts Teacher (2010-14) and then as the school’s Administrative Director in 2014.  During this time she has also served on the Board of Trustees as the Chair of Facilities and Grounds.  Becky completed Waldorf teacher training through Kentahten Teacher Training and Waldorf Administrator training through Antioch University, New Hampshire.