Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty

Our Core Faculty constitutes one of the two governing bodies of the school; the other is the Board of Trustees. Members of the Core Faculty meet weekly, support day-to-day operation of the school, and serve as advisors to our students.

Stephen  Sagarin
Faculty Chair, history, math, English
Stephen Sagarin, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, history, math, English, received his doctorate in U.S. History from Columbia University and his BA in Art History and Fine Art from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City, NY, where he taught for 12 years before moving to Massachusetts. He is Associate Professor in Waldorf Teacher Education at Sunbridge Institute and former editor of the Research Bulletin of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He has taught at Teachers College, NY, the City University of New York, NY, and Berkshire Community College, MA. His blog is called "What is Education?" Dr. Sagarin’s most recent book is The Story of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present, and Future.
Ann Genco
math, physics, chemistry, robotics and technology
Ann Marie Genco, math, physics, chemistry, robotics and technology, has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from University of Southern California. She worked as a technical supervisor at Hughes Aircraft Company in laser systems improving components in two optical systems: laser rangefinders and target designators. She taught physics at Santa Monica Community College and middle school computer, science and math in Los Angeles public schools before becoming a Waldorf teacher. She took two classes through first through 8th grade at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, and then the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, before joining our faculty. Her interest in robotics competitions was recently peeked when she led a middle-school team through the 1st Lego League Robotic Challenge, a robotics challenge based on real-world scientific topics.
Beth  Robbins
English, drama, history
Beth Robbins, English, drama, history, has been at teacher at Berkshire Waldorf High for 10 years. Ms. Robbins has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, graduating cum laude. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England, Ms. Robbins was a class teacher at Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, NY. She has been an editor at Steiner Books / Anthroposophic Press. She is currently completing a Masters of Arts in English from Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont. Ms. Robbins directs our annual all-school theater productions and recently studied directing at Shakespeare & Company as part our school’s Shakespeare & Company residency program.
Ursula  Wirth
German
Ursula Wirth, German, is a graduate of the Munich Rudolf Steiner School. She worked as a librarian and research assistant at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also taught German for Siemens, Ltd. She has also worked as a German and English language tutor in Munich. She taught German at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School for 13 years and is a founding member of the Berkshire Waldorf High School faculty. Every two years Frau Wirth escorts groups of our students to Munich, Germany, where they attend classes at the Munich Waldorf School
Sonia Cintrón
Spanish
Sonia Cintrón, Spanish, is originally from Puerto Rico. Señora Cintrón has taught Spanish to students from kindergarten through high school since 2002, including at Hawthorne Valley School, the Crellin Morris Association, and Los Amiguitos Kindergarten. She has completed several courses in Waldorf school foreign language teaching through the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. Prior to her work as a Spanish teacher, Señora Cintrón was an administrative assistant and office manager for several businesses in New Jersey. Last year, she chaperoned a group of BWHS students on a trip to Cuba—our students were the first to have home-stays since the Cuban Missile Crisis—and she plans to return with our students in 2016.
Elizabeth Lombardi
fine art
Elizabeth Lombardi, fine art, has a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College with a major in fine arts, and an art teacher’s certificate from Adelphi University. She has been a Waldorf teacher for more than 30 years as well as a teacher of adults. Mrs. Lombardi has taught at the Waldorf Institute for Liberal Education, Garden City, NY, and she teaches in the Foundation Studies Program of the Waldorf School of Princeton, NJ. Mrs. Lombardi specializes in the watercolor painting of faces and figures. Besides commissions, her paintings have been exhibited in juried shows both on a state and national level, including the American Watercolor Society, and have won many awards including the top award at the New Jersey State Museum. Recently she wrote and illustrated the children's book Jonathan's Journey.
Guy Nordoff
sculpture
Guy Nordoff, sculpture, completed his K-12 Waldorf Education at High Mowing School in New Hampshire. His art studies include the Goetheanum Painting Training in Dornach, Switzerland, and training with Frau Doctor Hauschka in art therapy. To complete his credentials as an art therapist, Mr. Nordoff worked for two years at Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke, a community hospital in Germany. This training included breakthrough work with Herr Reichart in the therapeutic use of sculpture with psychiatric patients. Early in his career, he was an art teacher at a Camphill Village in South Africa.

Visiting Faculty

The Berkshire Waldorf High School has an extensive visiting faculty, specialists in their fields, who help to create a big world of experiences for our students.

Lee Magadini
life science
Lee Magadini, life science, received her Bachelor of Arts in theater from the University of Washington, and Master of Education specializing in Biology from the Steinhart School at New York University as a resident of the Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program. Lee is currently a faculty member for the Secondary School of Field Research, a summer program partnered with Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. In addition to enjoying a previous and successful career in theatrical lighting, Lee is also an avid scuba diver and has participated in several scientific studies of the coral reef systems of Bacalar Chico, Belize, and Andavadoaka, Madagascar.
Warren Palmer
Athletic Coordinator
Warren Palmer, Athletic Coordinator, after excelling in sports in high school, attended Eckerd College in St. Peterberg, FL, and received a BA in International Relations and Political Science. After graduating, Mr. Palmer headed west, working in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, including medical sales and refereeing soccer. Mr. Palmer eventually returned to his boyhood home, the Berkshires, where he had attended elementary and middle school at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and completed his Waldorf education at Hawthorne Valley School. He is excited to reconnecting with his true passion for sports and encouraging students to lead a healthy and happy life.
Winslow Eliot
English, Globe (student newsletter) Advisor
Winslow Eliot, English, Globe (student newsletter) Advisor, is an author and has written many novels that have been translated into eleven languages and published in twenty countries. Ms. Eliot, a Waldorf school graduate, is a certified Waldorf High School teacher and has taught English to middle and high school students for many years and has held adult seminars and workshops for aspiring and published writers. Apart from two years at the Honolulu Waldorf School, she has been with the Berkshire Waldorf High School since its inception.
Robert Kelly
chorus
Robert Kelly, chorus, is an experienced musician and music teacher. He has a BS in Music Education from Hartwick College, and has studied at the Berklee College of Music and Keene State College. He has been the music director and arranger for the vocal group “Trio” and for “The Wanda Houston Band.” He was a pianist and recording and sound engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard Band. His performing credits include The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Carnegie Hall, NY; and October Hall, Leningrad, USSR. He is an Associate member of International Voice Teachers of Mix. He has taught music at Monument Mountain Regional High School and at several schools in Connecticut, and he currently directs “Berkshire Sings” at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
Dan Bellow
pottery
Dan Bellow, pottery, is an artist and owns Dan Bellow Pottery in Great Barrington, where our students attend class. Mr. Bellow’s pottery is made by hand on the potter’s wheel, one piece at a time. His work is sold in galleries and in Anthropologie stores from coast to coast. He also teaches at IS183 Art School in the Berkshires.
Janet Elsbach
9th Grade English
Janet Elsbach, 9th Grade English, has a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in creative writing from Stanford and a Master's in Education from NYU.  In her pre-family life she was a classroom teacher in NYC and the author of a children's book. She was the first director of the former Interlaken School of Art (now i.s.183), and has been involved with Community Access To the Arts (CATA) for 20 years, originally as board president and a faculty member in fiber arts, and continuing as a member of the creative writing faculty. She edits and writes where and whenever permitted, keeps a blog, "A Raisin & A Porpoise" and has been a presenter at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers for the last four years. Janet's daughter, Pearl, is a member of the Class of 2018, and her husband is Coach Bart Elsbach.
Adam Gudeon
illustration
Adam Gudeon, illustration, is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the illustrator and author of two children’s books. His latest book, published this summer, is called Ping Wants to Play, which received rave reviews from the School Library Journal.
Kristin Barton
painting and pastels
Kristin Barton, painting and pastels, studied art at the New York Studio School. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and Italy. She is currently completing a Master of Education in Waldorf Education at Antioch University, New England.
Jon Graney
blacksmithing
Jon Graney, blacksmithing, is a metal artist and owns J.F. Graney Metal Design, a custom metal fabrication studio specializing in the most demanding site-specific architectural and ornamental iron projects throughout southern New England and New York. He has been serving the architectural community for over 40 years. Our students participate in Blacksmithing with Mr. Graney at his workshop.
Stella Elliston
Eurythmy
Stella Elliston, Eurythmy, lives in the Berkshire Hills and has a private practice in Therapeutic Eurythmy. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Liberal Arts, and her interest in Waldorf education then took her to Emerson College in England. Later she moved to New York to complete her artistic eurythmy training in Spring Valley, NY. She has taught eurhythmy at various Waldorf School. She is a painter and the author of Ezra: A Mother’s Portrait.
Alexander Thorp
Surveying
Alexander Thorp, Surveying, heads ACCORD Engineering & Surveying, LLC, in Great Barrington, MA. Al, with his wife Elizabeth, also runs Indian Line Farm, a CSA in South Egremont, MA, which utilizes biodyanmics in addition to other sustainable farming practices.
Johnathan Williams
Fencing
Johnathan Williams, Fencing, is founder of Berkshire Mountain Fencing Academy and a USFCA certified Moniteur level coach. As a youth champion, he earned 1st place at the Colorado State Games, 1st at the Rocky Mountain Regional’s and 8th at the ’92 Junior Olympics. When not playing with swords, he loves to hike, bike, and read Whitman.
Jill Fleming
Physical Education
Jill Fleming, Physical Education, is the owner of Jill Fleming Fitness. Ms. Fleming began her training while studying dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and running as a high school and college student. She went on to study Special Education and Exercise Physiology at New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Master of Science with a double major in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology. She has also completed a 5-year in-service training certification at the Spacial Dynamics Institute. Her teaching expertise has taken her to many public and private schools in the tri-state area of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut where she taught students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She currently holds a Massachusetts teaching license in Physical Education. Ms. Fleming is also an accomplished triathlete, having completed over 150 events without injury over the past 25 years.
Peter Elliston
history and English
Peter Elliston, history and English, majored in history at Pomona College, graduated from Georgetown Law School, and worked for Legal Aid in New Mexico, before buying and managing a small bookstore in Albuquerque, NM. Ten years later, he attended Emerson College in England, leading to further study in eurythmy, which he completed in Spring Valley, NY. He taught grades 6 through 8 at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and then became a full-time high school teacher at the Hawthorne Valley School through 2005. Mr. Elliston continues to teach history and English part-time at our school and at the Hawthorne Valley School.

Staff

Ramona Bellamy
Office Manager
Ramona A. Bellamy, Office Manager. Before joining the Waldorf High School as Office Manager Ramona A. Bellamy worked at Coleman Psychological Services in Hillsdale. She has also worked as Administrative Assistant at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, and, prior to that, at MetLife Insurance Company in Torrington, CT. She has been Substitute Staff Coordinator for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, Sheffield, MA, and a Teacher's Assistant at the Kent Park & Recreation Department, Kent, CT. Ramona received her A.S. Degree in Business Software Systems from Berkshire Community College.