Molly Parker - Upper Grades (5th/6th/7th)   Molly has a BS in Biology and a minor in Art History from Centre College. She began her Waldorf teaching journey in 2010 choosing Waldorf education for homeschooling her own children. Molly has taught grades K-8 and joins The Garden School as the Upper Grades teacher for 2019-20. She completed the two-year Foundation Studies program through the Center for Anthroposophy in 2015. Molly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and being a Girl Scout leader.

Molly Parker - Upper Grades (5th/6th/7th)

Molly has a BS in Biology and a minor in Art History from Centre College. She began her Waldorf teaching journey in 2010 choosing Waldorf education for homeschooling her own children. Molly has taught grades K-8 and joins The Garden School as the Upper Grades teacher for 2019-20. She completed the two-year Foundation Studies program through the Center for Anthroposophy in 2015. Molly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and being a Girl Scout leader.

Kathee Tomlin - Middle Grades (3rd/4th)   Kathee has been teaching children since she was 14 years old. She has experience in teaching in public and private schools, and has maintained a private studio for teaching voice, piano, and music theory for many years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano, and a Masters' Degree in Sacred Music with a concentration in voice. She is certified T-6 in Music and English, and is certified levels I, II, and III in Orff Music pedagogy. Her interest in Waldorf education began when her children were young. She enjoys watching the creativity and enthusiasm that children bring to the world.

Kathee Tomlin - Middle Grades (3rd/4th)

Kathee has been teaching children since she was 14 years old. She has experience in teaching in public and private schools, and has maintained a private studio for teaching voice, piano, and music theory for many years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano, and a Masters' Degree in Sacred Music with a concentration in voice. She is certified T-6 in Music and English, and is certified levels I, II, and III in Orff Music pedagogy. Her interest in Waldorf education began when her children were young. She enjoys watching the creativity and enthusiasm that children bring to the world.

Melissa Murray - Second Grade   Melissa is a graduate of S.U.N.Y New Paltz with a B.S. in Elementary Education and holds MEd. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. She worked five years as a kindergarten teacher at a private school in Atlanta before staying home to raise and homeschool her three children using a Waldorf-inspired curriculum. She began teaching multi-age classes when The Garden School opened as a full time school in 2015, and is currently teaching our second grade class and holds the position of Faculty Chair. Two of her children currently attend The Garden. She enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her family.

Melissa Murray - Second Grade

Melissa is a graduate of S.U.N.Y New Paltz with a B.S. in Elementary Education and holds MEd. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. She worked five years as a kindergarten teacher at a private school in Atlanta before staying home to raise and homeschool her three children using a Waldorf-inspired curriculum. She began teaching multi-age classes when The Garden School opened as a full time school in 2015, and is currently teaching our second grade class and holds the position of Faculty Chair. Two of her children currently attend The Garden. She enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her family.

Aja Terrell - First Grade   Aja has a decade of experience working with children on the spectrum and with behavioral disabilities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science/Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She has worked as a mental health counselor servicing adolescents. She has four children, one of which attends The Garden School.

Aja Terrell - First Grade

Aja has a decade of experience working with children on the spectrum and with behavioral disabilities. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science/Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She has worked as a mental health counselor servicing adolescents. She has four children, one of which attends The Garden School.

 
Holly Hollister - Kindergarten & Baby Garden   Holly began her career in finance before going back to school and studying Early Childhood Education at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI. She has taught PreK, been a Free Forest School facilitator, and a certified Tinkergarten early childhood educator. She also served on the school board for her older children’s school in MI. She is passionate about play-based, nature-immersive early childhood education and loves the Waldorf approach and Forest School movement. She has four children, two of them attending The Garden School. When she isn’t teaching, she loves being outdoors, hiking, camping, cooking, reading, music, and especially spending time with her children.

Holly Hollister - Kindergarten & Baby Garden

Holly began her career in finance before going back to school and studying Early Childhood Education at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI. She has taught PreK, been a Free Forest School facilitator, and a certified Tinkergarten early childhood educator. She also served on the school board for her older children’s school in MI. She is passionate about play-based, nature-immersive early childhood education and loves the Waldorf approach and Forest School movement. She has four children, two of them attending The Garden School. When she isn’t teaching, she loves being outdoors, hiking, camping, cooking, reading, music, and especially spending time with her children.

Amy Oeschgar - Kindergarten   Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in Education with a certification in school counseling from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She was employed as a secondary school counselor for nearly eight years, working with students ranging from 5th grade through 12th grade. In 2016, she moved to Georgia and took some time off from work to stay home with our two children, who both currently attend The Garden. Amy is thrilled to be a part of the special community here at The Garden and to help with the wonderful educational opportunities provided to students through a student-centered, nature immersive program.

Amy Oeschgar - Kindergarten

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in Education with a certification in school counseling from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She was employed as a secondary school counselor for nearly eight years, working with students ranging from 5th grade through 12th grade. In 2016, she moved to Georgia and took some time off from work to stay home with our two children, who both currently attend The Garden. Amy is thrilled to be a part of the special community here at The Garden and to help with the wonderful educational opportunities provided to students through a student-centered, nature immersive program.

Fatima Azar Bagheri - Kindergarten   Fatima has experience as an early childhood educator and elementary school assistant. Prior to joining The Garden School, she spent a year teaching English in Morocco. She’s passionate about child-centered, nature-based education and the Waldorf approach of nurturing children’s sense of reverence for the world around them. Fatima is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a BA in Studio Art. She also has advanced training and has earned certificates in Montessori and TESOL. She is fluent in Farsi and is learning Arabic. She also teaches in a Classical Arabic language program for children. In her free time, Fatima enjoys being in nature, gardening, reading, playing her harp, baking, and spending time with her family.

Fatima Azar Bagheri - Kindergarten

Fatima has experience as an early childhood educator and elementary school assistant. Prior to joining The Garden School, she spent a year teaching English in Morocco. She’s passionate about child-centered, nature-based education and the Waldorf approach of nurturing children’s sense of reverence for the world around them. Fatima is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a BA in Studio Art. She also has advanced training and has earned certificates in Montessori and TESOL. She is fluent in Farsi and is learning Arabic. She also teaches in a Classical Arabic language program for children. In her free time, Fatima enjoys being in nature, gardening, reading, playing her harp, baking, and spending time with her family.

 
Ieva Regaine - Joyful Beginnings   Ieva has a background in early childhood education. She loves crafts, especially crochet. She enjoys teaching crafts to both children and adults. She enjoys working in small groups where the teaching approach can be adjusted to fit each child’s personality. She invites neighborhood children to join her classes where kids can create things with their hands. Ieva loves the outdoors. Several times a year, Ieva, her husband, and three kids camp in the North Georgia mountains. She loves sitting at the fireplace with her crochet project in her lap.

Ieva Regaine - Joyful Beginnings

Ieva has a background in early childhood education. She loves crafts, especially crochet. She enjoys teaching crafts to both children and adults. She enjoys working in small groups where the teaching approach can be adjusted to fit each child’s personality. She invites neighborhood children to join her classes where kids can create things with their hands. Ieva loves the outdoors. Several times a year, Ieva, her husband, and three kids camp in the North Georgia mountains. She loves sitting at the fireplace with her crochet project in her lap.

Gaby Farrokhi - Joyful Beginnings & Golden Knights   Gaby holds a degree in Business Administration from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has 11 years of experience as a German teacher, 10 of them being in early childhood education. In addition, Gaby spent seven years homeschooling her four daughters, ranging from Kindergarten to seventh grade. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, knitting, making soaps, and doing all kinds of crafts.

Gaby Farrokhi - Joyful Beginnings & Golden Knights

Gaby holds a degree in Business Administration from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has 11 years of experience as a German teacher, 10 of them being in early childhood education. In addition, Gaby spent seven years homeschooling her four daughters, ranging from Kindergarten to seventh grade. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, knitting, making soaps, and doing all kinds of crafts.

 
 
Cerina Wang - Mandarin   Cerina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Georgia State University, and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Teaching Chinese from Kennesaw State University. She has taught both IB and AP curriculum for middle and high school. She believes that education should not only teach skills to the students but also nurture children’s hearts. She started to teach Mandarin at The Garden School last year, and was drawn towards Waldorf education. She would like to help children experience Chinese language and culture and find joy in learning. Some of Cerina’s hobbies include hiking, exercising at the gym, taking ballet class, reading educational journals, and practicing calligraphy. During her spare time she loves to talk with her daughter, family, and friends.

Cerina Wang - Mandarin

Cerina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Georgia State University, and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Teaching Chinese from Kennesaw State University. She has taught both IB and AP curriculum for middle and high school. She believes that education should not only teach skills to the students but also nurture children’s hearts. She started to teach Mandarin at The Garden School last year, and was drawn towards Waldorf education. She would like to help children experience Chinese language and culture and find joy in learning. Some of Cerina’s hobbies include hiking, exercising at the gym, taking ballet class, reading educational journals, and practicing calligraphy. During her spare time she loves to talk with her daughter, family, and friends.

Paulyna Rivera - Spanish   Paulyna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Minor in History from Kennesaw State University and has worked as an editor and IT Manager locally for over 15 years. She came to Waldorf education while searching for a more holistic way to educate her three children, who attend The Garden School of Marietta. She is a Trained and Certified Labor and Postpartum Doula (Doula Trainings International), previously working with families in their journey towards parenthood. She has most recently stepped into the role of Spanish Teacher at The Garden School of Marietta, where she has found true fulfillment bringing the beautiful language and culture of her Mexican heritage to her students. Paulyna believes that our children are what guide us towards the future and has found Waldorf education to not only enrich her children’s journey, but also her own journey towards being a better human being. In her free time Paulyna loves to volunteer, cook, travel, read, organize, and spend as much time as possible in the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

Paulyna Rivera - Spanish

Paulyna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Minor in History from Kennesaw State University and has worked as an editor and IT Manager locally for over 15 years. She came to Waldorf education while searching for a more holistic way to educate her three children, who attend The Garden School of Marietta. She is a Trained and Certified Labor and Postpartum Doula (Doula Trainings International), previously working with families in their journey towards parenthood. She has most recently stepped into the role of Spanish Teacher at The Garden School of Marietta, where she has found true fulfillment bringing the beautiful language and culture of her Mexican heritage to her students. Paulyna believes that our children are what guide us towards the future and has found Waldorf education to not only enrich her children’s journey, but also her own journey towards being a better human being. In her free time Paulyna loves to volunteer, cook, travel, read, organize, and spend as much time as possible in the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

Emily Poliner - ASL & Student Support Specialist   Emily has always had a passion for working with people and adventure. She loves to travel, explore and play in nature, and learn about new cultures. She holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Rochester in New York: American Sign Language and Psychology. During her college years, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she worked at a Danish Forest Kindergarten. It when then that her self-directed study of Waldorf education began. After she graduated, she completed the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification Program in Seattle, Washington. Fall 2017 she moved to Boston, MA with Americorp where she served as a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow. Emily is a daily meditator and practitioner of yoga, and she loves to paint, read, dance, and sing whenever possible.  Emily is excited to bring creativity, compassion, and courage to role of Student Support Specialist, as well as the American Sign Language teacher for grades K-8.

Emily Poliner - ASL & Student Support Specialist

Emily has always had a passion for working with people and adventure. She loves to travel, explore and play in nature, and learn about new cultures. She holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Rochester in New York: American Sign Language and Psychology. During her college years, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she worked at a Danish Forest Kindergarten. It when then that her self-directed study of Waldorf education began. After she graduated, she completed the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification Program in Seattle, Washington. Fall 2017 she moved to Boston, MA with Americorp where she served as a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow. Emily is a daily meditator and practitioner of yoga, and she loves to paint, read, dance, and sing whenever possible.

Emily is excited to bring creativity, compassion, and courage to role of Student Support Specialist, as well as the American Sign Language teacher for grades K-8.

 
Sara Walsh- Director of Operations   Sara Walsh joins the school this year as Director of Operations. She has over 20 years’ experience in Waldorf school administration in 4 other Waldorf schools. She has held positions of responsibility in Finance, Admissions and School Director. She is active in the Waldorf School Association as a trainer and accreditation team leader, and has taught in 3 teacher training programs. Her degree is in Business Administration and she spent two years in England studying Adult Education and Organizational Development.

Sara Walsh- Director of Operations

Sara Walsh joins the school this year as Director of Operations. She has over 20 years’ experience in Waldorf school administration in 4 other Waldorf schools. She has held positions of responsibility in Finance, Admissions and School Director. She is active in the Waldorf School Association as a trainer and accreditation team leader, and has taught in 3 teacher training programs. Her degree is in Business Administration and she spent two years in England studying Adult Education and Organizational Development.

Derek Andrew Chriscoe - Director of Finance & Environmental Education   Derek has completed his MBA and Bachelors with a double major in Spanish & Business Administration. As part of his Advanced Language and Business studies he traveled to Spain & Ecuador. During his time there he studied the biodiversity and natural hazards in Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon). He also played basebalI with his peers from Shorter College, Rome GA & from Puerto Rico. Derek is an Appalachian Trail "thru hiker" 2017.  All these experiences have helped cultivate his love for the great outdoors and an enthusiasm to share with new generations his understanding of different cultures, people & experiences.

Derek Andrew Chriscoe - Director of Finance & Environmental Education

Derek has completed his MBA and Bachelors with a double major in Spanish & Business Administration. As part of his Advanced Language and Business studies he traveled to Spain & Ecuador. During his time there he studied the biodiversity and natural hazards in Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon). He also played basebalI with his peers from Shorter College, Rome GA & from Puerto Rico. Derek is an Appalachian Trail "thru hiker" 2017.

All these experiences have helped cultivate his love for the great outdoors and an enthusiasm to share with new generations his understanding of different cultures, people & experiences.

Lesley Lang - Director of Admissions   Lesley holds a degree from the Boston College Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Marketing, and a Master’s In Teaching from Oglethorpe University. She has a background in marketing research and project management. Lesley has also worked as an early childhood educator, as well as spent several years as a teaching assistant and a 4th grade lead teacher. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. Her two children attend The Garden.

Lesley Lang - Director of Admissions

Lesley holds a degree from the Boston College Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Marketing, and a Master’s In Teaching from Oglethorpe University. She has a background in marketing research and project management. Lesley has also worked as an early childhood educator, as well as spent several years as a teaching assistant and a 4th grade lead teacher. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. Her two children attend The Garden.