Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay
An Independent Waldorf High School For Grades 9-12
About Us

Sarah Bettencourt

Fine Art
M.S. Education, Harvard University
B.A. Visual Arts and English, Trinity College

Sarah’s experience includes nine years of full-time teaching experience in both Visual Arts and Humanities at Andover High School, Andover, MA, and the Match Charter Public School in Boston. She holds a Masters of Education degree from Harvard University and a degree in Visual Arts and English from Trinity College and studied at the School for International Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah’s own work in photography has been exhibited at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, the Gutman Library at Harvard University and as a permanent exhibit at Trinity College.

James Booth

Science & Math
Ph.D. Biophysics, Harvard University
B.S. Physiology and Physics, University of Toront

James joins Waldorf High School with experience as a teacher, lecturer and instructor at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. He has authored over 18 research papers and served as a research supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students at Brandeis University and the University of Toronto. James values the phenomenological approach to teaching science practiced in Waldorf schools and is interested in questions of how science affects our day-to-day lives and the decisions we make as individuals and as a society. His key goals are helping students to develop critical thinking and to ask the question “how do we know what we know?” Contact James Booth

Kathleen Casey

Office Manager
B.S. in Business Administration, Trinity College

Kathy has experience in both private school administration and the corporate world. With a Bachelor of Science in Business from Trinity College, she has served in administrative leadership positions at both the Wooster School in Danbury, CT, and the Whitby School in Greenwich, CT. With her high level of administrative skills, years of experience and warm demeanor, we are fortunate to have Kathy as a member of our team.

Ellen Delaney

Marist College, major in American Literature
B.A. cum laude Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University
Certificate, Waldorf High School Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College

Ellie is a full time teacher in our Humanities program, teaching history and English. She was a kindergarten teacher for sixteen years and an elementary class teacher in grades 5-8 for seven years, graduating two eighth grade classes from The Waldorf School, Lexington. Ellie has more than 30 years teaching experience and has spear-headed the development of the high school history curriculum. She has served on the AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) Accreditation Committee, and is a member of the Collegium. Contact Ellie Delaney.

Stephen Doyle

Financial Manager
B.S. in Business Administration, major in Accounting, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Stephen has 25 years of extensive accounting and non-profit experience, both as a manager and team leader of accounting and clerical staff. Working first for an accounting firm in Waltham, MA, he now enjoys handling the financial operations for non-profit, mission driven organizations, such as Waldorf High School, and holds a similar position for a non-profit organization serving students with special needs. Stephen is the father of three; two daughters currently attending local New England colleges and a son, who is a middle school student.

Anastasia Elliott

Chorus Director/Learning Support Coordinator/Tutor
B.A. Music Education, Connecticut College, Certification of Music Education K-12, Minor in Biological Sciences
Anastasia comes Waldorf High School highly recommended by The Williams School in New London CT, for her work as Music Director and science and Latin teacher. With an extensive music and piano background and a BA degree in Music Education from Connecticut College, Anastasia’s specialties are in both vocal and instrumental music. She brings her experience as music director for a variety of musicals and cabarets in independent theater companies and college venues, as well. With a minor in biological sciences and experience as a tutor and classics teacher, she is ready also to lend her skills and energies as our Learning Support Coordinator. Contact Anastasia Elliott

Thom Fries

M.S. and Ph.D. Physics, Tufts University
B.A. Physics, Dartmouth College

Thom’s professional career includes work as a financial engineer for Lewtan Technologies and as Vice President, Analytics for BondSpace.com. His most recent post has been as full-time care-giver for his three children, now all teenagers, while his wife pursued a successful law career. His enjoyment of his time spent with his children led to his interest in teaching; our educational approach and the opportunity to teach math on a part-time basis. Contact Thom Fries.

Alex Nicholl

Humanities, Science, Athletic Director
B.A. History and Secondary Education, Roger Williams University
At Nature's Classroom in Charlton, Massachusetts, Alex led the outdoor education program, conducted nature hikes and taught science.He taught school in England for two years and English as a Second Language in Korea. In college, Alex was a Resident Advisor, responsible for freshman orientation, and an on-air DJ for University's radio station. Contact Alex Nicholl.

Joseph O'Donnell

M.A., History, Harvard University
M.A.T. History Education, Boston University 
B.A., West Virginia University
Waldorf Teacher Training, Center for Anthroposophy

A native of West Virginia, Joseph received his B.A. in History, English, and Foreign Languages at West Virginia University . While there, he nursed a life-long love of music and theater, directing church choirs through high school and college and performing in children’s and community theater. Joseph moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend graduate school, and he received M.A. in History from Harvard University and an M.A.T. in History Education from Boston University. Joseph spent a year in Paris, France as a Fulbright Scholar. He completed his Waldorf High School teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire. Joseph also taught history, English, and drama at both the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and a public school on Cape Cod. Contact Joseph O'Donnell

Dick "Cedar" Oliver

Science, Math, Digital Arts
University of Michigan
University of Maine
Waldorf High School Teacher Training, Center for Anthroposophy
Spatial Dynamics Training

Cedar Oliver was a full-time Waldorf  high school teacher at High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire for 12 years. He is the author and co-author of 21 books on math, science, and computer technology. He developed an aquatic habitat analysis system for the US Bureau of Land Management and has worked with customers and clients in 49 countries around the world applying cutting-edge math and science in diverse scientific, financial and artistic disciplines. In addition to teaching all ages in numerous schools and conducting teacher training programs, he co-founded a Waldorf-based public school community education program in Montpelier, Vermont. Cedar also serves on the Board of Trustees. Contact Cedar Oliver.

Neil Pischner

Ph. D. Candidate, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
M.A. French Studies, State University of New York at Albany
B.A. Environmental Science, Boston University
Neil has taught Spanish and French at both the high school and college level and has eight years of international immersion in Peru, Ecuador, and France.  He has won several teaching awards, including an "Excellence in Teaching" award from SUNY at Albany.  Neil is also the founder and facilitator of "Short Film Coffeehouse" at St. Francis House, a day-time shelter for the homeless in Boston, where he leads and facilitates a weekly gathering where guests can enjoy coffee, view short films, and discuss the themes and issues raised by filmmakers from around the world.  Contact Neil Pischner

Dan Raizen

Projective Geometry 11th Main Lesson
M.S. Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College
Before becoming a teacher at the high school, Dan was a software engineer for twenty years. He has taught college level computer classes, and computer and physics blocks in the 7th and 8th grade at The Waldorf School, Lexington. He was responsible for the development of the Waldorf High School math curriculum. Dan has completed the course requirements for a Waldorf High School Teaching Certificate at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. Also, Dan is a member of our Board of Trustees and he continues to teach a course at WHS during his retirement.

Michelle Secor

Guidance Counselor
M.A. Counseling Psychology, specialization in school counseling, Lesley University
B.A. Sociology, Human Services Concentration, Framingham State College 
Massachusetts State license, School Guidance Counselor, K-12
Michelle comes to us from the Wayland public schools where she taught in the Alternative Resource Center providing a safe learning environment for the students in her care.  Before coming to Waldorf High School Michelle worked was a Guidance Counselor at the Butler and Burbank Elementary Schools in Belmont where she provided individual counseling to students. Michelle did her internship at Belmont High School.  She has also worked at an investment firm and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Office of the Governor.  Contact Michelle Secor

Molly Swanson

Science & Math
Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. Teaching, Tufts University
B.S. Physics, California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Educators License in Physics, 8-12
Molly worked with us during her teaching internship, and has completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University. Molly adds that degree to her Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, and her B.S. in Physics from California Institute of Technology. Molly completed her Massachusetts’s Educator’s License in Physics, 8-12, and has an Initial License for Math, 8-12 and one for Moderate Disabilities, 5-12. Molly is a proponent of and is committed to a phenomenological approach to teaching the sciences. Before coming to Waldorf High School Molly taught at Acera School, MIT Educational Studies Program, University of London Observatory, University College, London, and was a teaching assistant for MIT physics courses.  Contact Molly Swanson 

Tuija Voutilainen Lynch

Admissions Director
B.S. International Business and Finance, Suomen Liikemiesten Kauppaopisto, Helsinki, Finland
Tuija has more than 23 years of Waldorf administration experience.  Most recently she has served as Admissions Director at the Waldorf School, Lexington, and prior to that, she was Business Manager/Treasurer at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, Georgia.  Additionally, Tuija is fluent in four languages: English, Finnish, German, and Swedish. Her knowledge of Waldorf education is extensive and she is skilled at making the admissions process as seamless as possible.  Three of Tuija’s four children attended and graduated from Waldorf High School, giving her first-hand knowledge of the Waldorf high school parent experience. Contact Tuija Voutilainen Lynch

Laura White

Marketing & Communications Director
B.S. International Business, Roger Williams University
Spanish Language Immersion Program, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
Prior to joining Waldorf High School, Laura’s talents were valued at TechTarget, in Newton, MA as Marketing Campaign Manager, International Program Manager, and Product Marketing Manager. Laura is experienced in product portfolio management, social media marketing, and website management and performance evaluation. She was awarded the TechTarget Excellence Award in 2014.  Contact Laura B. White

Mara D. White

Director of School, Humanities
Sociology, Suffolk University
Waldorf School Administration and Community Development, Sunbridge College
Waldorf High School Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College
Mara has been involved with non-profit organizations for more than 30 years. She was the Administrative Chair and Community Relations Coordinator at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School from 1991 to 1996. Mara was a founder of DANA, the Development and Administrative Network of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America), in 1993 and served as its Co-Chair through 2010. Mara served on the AWSNA Leadership Council for four years. She was a core faculty member of the Waldorf School Administration and Community Development Program of Sunbridge College and adjunct faculty of the Administrative Course at Rudolf Steiner College from 1996 to 2008. Contact Mara White.

The strengths of Waldorf High School are many. One is the acceptance of all students and the welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Another is capturing the interest of students; it is real experiential learning.
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