Faculty & Staff


Administrative Staff

Faculty Members

Faculty Members - Early Childhood

Faculty Members - Lower School

Faculty Members - Middle School

Special Subject Teachers - Kealahou Campus

High School Faculty


Administrative Staff

Kelly Brewer - Administrator

Kelly started her Waldorf career in 1980 and has been involved in Waldorf education as a teacher, administrator, consultant and parent over her lengthy career. Most recently Kelly was the Administrator of the Davis Waldorf School before becoming an independent consultant to other Waldorf schools. It is a tremendous pleasure for the Board of Directors of Haleakala Waldorf School to announce the appointment of such an experienced, knowledgeable and distinguished Waldorf professional.

 

Paula Berdal - ENROLLMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Paula, originally from Northern California, has lived in Hawai’i since 1997. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Mills College, CA. Her son Rolando graduated from HWS in 2015 and her son Liam is currently in second grade at HWS.

 

Carrie Fidance - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR 

 

Carrie holds a B.A. in Marketing and Communications as well as a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from the University of Montana. She lives on Maui with her 3 children, Amala, Milo, and Nadira, who are all HWS students. 

 
 
 

 

Naomi Adams - BUSINESS MANAGER

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Carello-Thuro - BOOKKEEPER AND FACILITIES COORDINATOR

Kathie holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Interdisciplinary Studies and brings 35 years of office, bookkeeping, and organizational experience to HWS. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she moved to Maui in 1993. On Maui, Kathie has worked in the fields of property management, janitorial services, and construction. She is a long time teacher and practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and her interests include reading, natural farming, hiking, camping and traveling.

 

 

Lorrie Soriano - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST

 

Jennifer Hamayelian, RDH - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT / HEALTH ROOM ATTENDANT

Jenn holds an Associates of Applied Science, Kennedy-King College, IL. She has completed the Lifeways Training, and furthers her understanding of Waldorf education with AWE classes. Her son Cyrus is in the Pueo Kindergarten & has been attending HWS in the Pulama class & I’iwi class since age 1.

 Dave Luborsky - FACILITIES MANAGER

Dave has worked at several biodynamic and organic farms in Europe and North America, as well as working for small natural food companies, baking bread and selling produce at market.  He has experience working in a Waldorf kindergarten, and has also worked with children and adults with special needs. Here in Hawaii he does landscaping, property caretaking and gardening.

 

Jessie Onuf- HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

 


Faculty Members
 

 

 

 


Faculty Members - Early Childhood
 

 

 

 

Gisele LaLonde - ‘APAPANE PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Gisele is a trained Orff Schulwerk music teacher with skills from classical voice to playing pentatonic instruments. For more than a decade, she worked with families teaching music and movement to children from birth to five years. She then received her teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. In 2006, she came to HWS from the Westside Waldorf School in Santa Monica where she implemented and taught a nursery program. She continues to teach pedagogical music for the young child to Waldorf teachers as she has done for Rudolf Steiner College. Gisele also holds a RIE Foundations Certificate, Los Angeles RIE Center, Advanced Permaculture Educator Certificate, IPEC, Portland, OR and a Simplicity Parenting Group Leader Certificate. Gisele brings an immense love of Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education to our community.

Leslie Leclerc - ‘APAPANE PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT

Leslie was born and grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been in Hawai’i since 1992. She holds a B.A. in Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Early Childhood Certification from University of Hawaii. She is currently working towards completing Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training. Leslie’s two sons Justin (class of 2017) and Connor (class of 2015) attend HWS. Leslie is a wonderful dancer and is known as one of the most optimistic members of our faculty.

 

 

 

 

Julie Ybarra - PUEO KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Julie holds a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Julie has been a Waldorf Educator since 1999 and has taught at HWS in the Early Childhood Department since 2002. She has done advanced training in remedial education and with Nurturing the Roots in Denver CO. She also serves on our College of Teachers. Julie is the mother of one daughter, RubyVal. She lives on a farm in Keokea and has a great love for animals and the natural world. She has done intense study into the Sufi Tradition and is passionate about integrating spirituality into her life and work. She has traveled around the world twice - once in each direction!

   
 

Wendy Patterson- PULAMA TEACHER and ECD AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROVIDER

 


Faculty Members - Lower School

                                              

 

Katie Fransen- GRADE 1 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2026

 

 

LINDA JENKINS - GRADE 2 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2025

 

Jemma Della Croce - GRADE 3 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2024

Mrs. Della Croce led a class from first through eighth grade here at HWS (graduating class of 2010), taught first grade at the Honolulu Waldorf School, and worked as the HWS educational support teacher. Jemma holds a degree in Theatre Arts and infuses her teaching with enthusiasm and a love of learning. She obtained her Waldorf teaching certificate through the Kula Makua program at the Honolulu Waldorf School in 2002. Jemma and her husband Peter, a musician and Waldorf teacher, are the proud parents of son, Brendan who is an HWS student (class of 2031).

 

 

 

 

 

Arne Kaiser - GRADE 4 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2023

Arne was introduced to Waldorf as a child, and is an alumni of Steinerskolen I Bergen, Norway, and the Geert Groote School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Arne worked at the Zonnehuizen Veldheim in Zeist, The Netherlands, an Anthroposophical institute for youth psychiatry. While in Zeist he obtained his Bachelors of Education at the Waldorf teacher training at HS Helicon before starting work at the Geert Groote School in Amsterdam. After taking two classes through from 5th and 6th grades, he moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he worked for 13 years at the local Waldorf charter school, Pine Forest. Arne has taught all grades from 1st to 8th, and has consulted and advised Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. He came to HWS in the summer of 2015 to teach the first grade, with his wife Berber, who is currently teaching 8th grade.

Richard Weis, M.A. - GRADE 5 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2022

Richard earned his Waldorf teaching certificate and a M. Ed. from Antioch New England Graduate School. He holds a B.A. in Psychology. Richard started at HWS in 2014 and is currently the second grade class teacher. He has 16 years of class teaching experience in Waldorf classrooms on the Big Island of Hawaii, Arizona and Colorado. He has two children who graduated from Waldorf schools and live in Colorado. Richard enjoys living with Aloha, teaching, surfing, yoga, volleyball, and graphic arts.

Sarah Nelson - GRADE 6 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2021

Sarah returns to HWS from Vancouver, BC where she recently took a class from first through sixth grade. She left Maui in 2007 after 9 years here at HWS teaching classes from Preschool through Grade Six. Sarah holds an M.A. in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School, a B.A. in Child/Adolescent Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and a Waldorf Teacher Certification from the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. She has two daughters who have attended HWS, Pippin who graduated from the Vancouver Waldorf High School in 2011, and Sage who graduated from King Kekaulike High School. 

   


Faculty Members - Middle School

Ingrid Almquist - GRADE 7 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2020

Ingrid did her Waldorf Teacher Training at the London Waldorf Teaching Training Seminar. She holds an MA in Renaissance Drama from Kings College in London, a B.A. in Theater Arts/Mythology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Directing from the East 15 Drama School in London. Ingrid comes to us from the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New York where she has taken a class from the 1st through the 8th grade. Her daughter Mirabai is in the Sixth Grade.

 

Berber Kaiser - GRADE 8 TEACHER, CLASS OF 2019

Berber Kaiser was born and raised in The Netherlands, a small country in Europe. She was introduced to Waldorf education when she entered the Waldorf School in Amsterdam as a child. Since then, she has never really left; graduating from Waldorf High school and then completing Waldorf Teacher Training. Berber also has a degree in Elementary Education/Waldorf Education, and a degree in Special Education. In her 20 years of teaching, she spent 4 years as the director of Special Education in Driebergen, The Netherlands and 4 years as a grades teacher in an institute for children with special needs in Zeist, The Netherlands. She was a grades teacher at Pine Forest School in Flagstaff, AZ for 12 years. When she is not teaching, she loves to ride horses, travel, read, work in the garden and go for long walks on the beach.

   


Special Subject Teachers - Kealahou Campus

Maka’ala Palmore - MIDDLE SCHOOL ART SPECIALIST

Maka’ala studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Santa Monica Institute for Art and Design, and with master painters in Hawai’i. She has had her paintings exhibited in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and her work hangs in many private homes and public venues in Hawaii and internationally. She has studied Waldorf painting techniques with Iris Sullivan, Art Therapist, and Art Teacher trainer, as well as lazure painting with Gunther Weiss. She is also a certified Creativity Coach. As an artist she strives to continue to develop her own individual conversation and relationship with color, light, form and the evolution of the soul.

 

Shellie Smith - HANDWORK TEACHER

Shellie has been an elementary teacher for over 11 years in both public schools and Waldorf schools. She graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula, with a BA in social work and earned her teaching license in Colorado. After teaching in public schools for 5 years, running summer camps and after school programs, she went on to study Anthroposophy and graduate from the Waldorf Handwork Teacher certification program at the Rudolf Steiner College. She is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Her most recently published book is entitled, A Twisted Tangled Tale.

 

 

Joseph Palmore - MOVEMENT EDUCATION TEACHER & ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Joseph was previously a Waldorf Class Teacher at HWS for sixteen years, taking two classes through 1st -8th grade. He is currently completing his training in Spacial Dynamics. Joseph is a Tang Soo Do Instructor, Theatre, Drama and Improvisational Theatre Workshop Teacher and has taught Dramatic Arts to improve Reading Test Scores through collaboration between MAPA and the DOE. Joseph holds a BA in Elementary Education. He enjoys Pina Colodas and getting caught in the rain, is into health food, and is into fine champagne.

 

 

 

Kim Dukes - GARDENING TEACHER

Kim began working at HWS in 2004 in a variety of capacities. Kim currently provides year-round maintenance of our gardens, and is also an independent landscaping design and maintenance landscaper, Kim previously maintained all of the School landscaping. Kim and Russell have two daughters, Cassidy and Jesse.

Maka’ala Palmore - HAWAIIANA TEACHER

Maka Ľala, (known as “Anake” by the children, which simply means “Aunty”) has been trained in the arts of hula by kumu hula Gordean Leilehua Bailey, of the Aunty Ma’iki Aiu Lake lineage for the past 20 years, and graduated through a traditional ‘uniki process and ceremony as a kumu hula in 2011. Anake has developed and directed the Hawaiiana program at HWS since 2004. She is the founder and kumu hula of Halau Hula Wehena o ke Ao. Her deepest commitment is to honor her kupuna (elders), and especially her beloved teacher in all that she does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Levinson - LANGUAGE ARTS, STUDY HALL, EDUCATION SUPPORT TEACHER

Originally from South Africa, Paul holds a Business degree from the University of Capetown, an M.Ed. from UH Manoa, and has completed two years of Anthroposophical Studies at Emerson College in England. He helped start Three Rivers Waldorf School with Bonnie River, and was also one of the founding teachers at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. Most recently Paul has worked at MCC in the Educational Opportunity Center directing a federal college access program for disadvantaged local residents. Paul is married to Sharon Mielbrecht and has two sons, one of whom is the Eurythmy teacher at the Austin Waldorf School. Paul’s personal interests include gardening, hiking, music, birds, bocce, reading and CATS!

   
 

- GRADES AFTER CARE

 

 


High School Faculty

Matthew Clement- High School Arts, Science, & Humanities Class of 2018 Sponsor

Matthew was a Waldorf student and graduated from the Boulder Waldorf School. He studied fine arts at Oberlin College and completed his BA in Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Matthew is also the former HWHS Coordinator, former HWS Facilities Manager, and current Design and Construction Consultant to the Board.

 

 

 

Virginia Fish - HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

Virginia holds a BA from Ohio state university, a MA from IUPS university in Transformative Education, and a Therapeutic Education certificate from Gradalis instituite. She has worked at HWS since its early days. Virginia’s hobbies and special interests include education in the 21st century and Ecological lifestyles, Hiking, all ocean activities, Gardening, and Writing children’s stories.

 
 

Karla K Okazaki NBCC - College Counselor

Karla holds a B.A. from UCLA, and a M.Ed from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has worked as a college counselor on Maui for many years. Karla is the mother of 2 young children, Kana and Kinsley. Her hobbies include surfing, stand up paddling, yoga, traveling, staying active and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Jackson Lathe - High School Mathematics and Science Department Chair Class of 2019 Sponsor

Jackson has a BS in Chemistry and Secondary Education from the University of Nevada. He is also a Waldorf graduate himself.

 

 

Kieran Devanney - HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CLASS OF 2017 SPONSOR

Kieran holds a BS in Education from the University of Central Florida. He moved to Maui in 2012 to teach windsurfing, and later started a small custom board company. He has a background in engineering, computer science, and fitness. Keiran teaches math, physics, and phydical education. He is the 12th grade class sponsor, basketball and surf coach, and athletic director.

 

 

Kelsey Sadler - High School English Teacher

Senior Sponsor BA English Literature, Santa Clara University Florence, Italy 2008, Syracuse University