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Cyndy Caughron
Cyndy Caughron and her husband, Dr. Sam Caughron, have been with CWS since 1998 when their daughter entered the Early Childhood program. Their daughter Anna graduated the 8th grade at CWS in 2010 and Cyndy is now serving as Business Manager at the school. What Cyndy enjoys most about her work here is hearing the children play outside her office door and her daily interactions with families, faculty, and other members of the Admin team. Some folks are surprised at all the silent letters in her last name. Caughron is pronounced like a core in an apple “Core-In”. 


 

Jen Edelson
Jen continues to enjoy her experience at CWS, first as a parent to Benny, Leo, & Will, and now, also, working in the main office as a part of the administrative team.  She grew up not too far from C-ville, in D.C., moving, eventually, as a young adult, to New York where she received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.  Not quite having her fill of school yet, and besotted with the works of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, Jen migrated to the U.K where she received a master’s degree in Victorian Literature from Oxford University.  Teaching high school English upon her return afforded Jen with the ideal career -- one which provided application of her studies, genuine mentorship opportunities, continued learning, and participation in the vibrant culture of a school community.   After the birth of her first son (Will!) Jen took a 10 year “break” from working outside the home, and enjoyed the majesty and mayhem of motherhood and homelife.  These days her time is filled with work and play -- when not busy in the flurry of office activity, Jen can be found knitting, curling up with a book and a cat/or son, or socializing with family and good friends.

 

Jane Gargett, Development Director
Jane comes to us with a degree in space systems engineering and experience as a flight controller for the International Space Station as well as a love of the theater, her current venue being the Four County Players. In addition to her background in managing big projects, she is passionate about volunteering and seems to have the knack for encouraging people of all dispositions to find the volunteer inside of them. Her daughter Brennan is in Ms. Masterson's first grade.

 

Elizabeth Hale, Enrollment Director
Elizabeth is a welcome addition to our staff. She has been a substitute teacher at CWS for many years and has participated in the Foundation Studies program this past autumn. Her daughter Maezie attended our kindergarten several years ago and is currently in Mrs. Ryan's 3rd grade class.

 

Suzanne Ryan
Suzanne joined the CWS faculty after eight years as a class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City and one year at the Goderich Waldorf School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College and a masters degree in elementary education from Teachers College, Columbia University; taught English at Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, China, for two years; and taught first and second grades at a public school in New York City. She has spent years nurturing her skills in the fiber arts by serving an apprenticeship on a sheep and goat farm, spinning, knitting, crocheting and most recently teaching herself how to use a sewing machine. This year has brought many new aspects to her life with a new family, the start of a training in remedial education, and a new position as faculty chair.

 

Michelle Schlesinger, Administrative Chair
Michelle has been an active member of the CWS community for over seven years. Her son, Aidan, is in the fourth grade and her daughter, Maya, is in kindergarten. Michelle is a certified public accountant and has lent her financial and management expertise to our school since 2009, first as a board member, then as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for three years, and currently as the Administrative Chair. In 2014 she graduated from the Foundation Studies Program, a two-year introduction to anthroposophy and the arts that was held on campus.