Administration & Staff

Cyndy Caughron : Business Manager

Cyndy Caughron

Business Manager

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”.

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Cyndy Caughron : Business Manager
Cyndy Caughron
Business Manager
Josh Chapman : Development Director/Facilities Manager

Josh Chapman

Development Director/Facilities Manager

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Josh Chapman : Development Director/Facilities Manager
Josh Chapman
Development Director/Facilities Manager
Jane Gargett : Enrollment Coordinator

Jane Gargett

Enrollment Coordinator

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Jane Gargett : Enrollment Coordinator
Jane Gargett
Enrollment Coordinator
Lorie Henry : Librarian

Lorie Henry

Librarian

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Lorie Henry : Librarian
Lorie Henry
Librarian
Suzanne Ryan : College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher

Suzanne Ryan

College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher

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Suzanne Ryan : College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher
Suzanne Ryan
College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher
Michelle Schlesinger : Administrative Chair & AWSNA Delegate

Michelle Schlesinger

Administrative Chair & AWSNA Delegate

Michelle has been an active member of the CWS community for over ten years. Her son, Aidan, is in the seventh grade and her daughter, Maya, is in the third grade. 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.

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Michelle Schlesinger : Administrative Chair & AWSNA Delegate
Michelle Schlesinger
Administrative Chair & AWSNA Delegate
Devynn Thomas : Office Manager

Devynn Thomas

Office Manager

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Devynn Thomas : Office Manager
Devynn Thomas
Office Manager
Michael Wright : Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher

Michael Wright

Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher

Michael arrived to CWS from the Tuscon Waldorf School, where he worked from 2008-2010 and 2011-2015 as a class teacher and from 2010-2011 as the faculty chair. Prior to that, Michael worked as either a class teacher or faculty chair at the Toronto Waldorf School and the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School and as a guest Main Lesson Teacher at the City of Lakes Waldorf School. Michael completed his remedial training through the Association for Healing Education. In his free time, Michael enjoys music, drawing and painting, as well as spending time outdoors. We are very lucky that Michael and his wife Kate Walter, our third grade teacher, have joined our community. Inaddition to his faculty chair duties, Michael is also our seventh grade teacher.

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Michael Wright : Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher
Michael Wright
Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher

Early Childhood Faculty

Dianne Bearinger : Parent-Child Teacher

Dianne Bearinger

Parent-Child Teacher

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Dianne Bearinger : Parent-Child Teacher
Dianne Bearinger
Parent-Child Teacher
Sue Horne Lim : Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Sue Horne Lim

Lead Kindergarten Teacher

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Sue Horne Lim : Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Sue Horne Lim
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Regan McMahon : Kindergarten Assistant

Regan McMahon

Kindergarten Assistant

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Regan McMahon : Kindergarten Assistant
Regan McMahon
Kindergarten Assistant
Olivia Ortega : Nursery & Kindergarten Assistant

Olivia Ortega

Nursery & Kindergarten Assistant

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Olivia Ortega : Nursery & Kindergarten Assistant
Olivia Ortega
Nursery & Kindergarten Assistant
Chris Russ : Toddler Lead Teacher

Chris Russ

Toddler Lead Teacher

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Chris Russ : Toddler Lead Teacher
Chris Russ
Toddler Lead Teacher
Leticia Saviani : Toddler Assistant

Leticia Saviani

Toddler Assistant

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Leticia Saviani : Toddler Assistant
Leticia Saviani
Toddler Assistant
Marlena Simon : Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Marlena Simon

Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher

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Marlena Simon : Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Marlena Simon
Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Linda Stearns : Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Linda Stearns

Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher

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Linda Stearns : Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Linda Stearns
Co-Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Lise Stoessel : Nursery Teacher & WECAN Representative

Lise Stoessel

Nursery Teacher & WECAN Representative

  • BSW State University of NY at Stony Brook, NY
  • MEd Sunbridge College
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification, Sunbridge College

Lise joined the faculty of CWS in 1990, spending the first five years working in various capacities in the school’s main office.  Starting in 1995, she assisted Sharifa Oppenheimer in the Nursery classroom. Since 1999, Lise has been the lead teacher in our 3-day Nursery. In addition to her work for CWS, Lise has been a mentor for teachers in Waldorf early childhood training, as well as a Site Visitor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Lise’s three daughters attended CWS in the 1990’s; two of them went on to teach in Waldorf schools. When she’s not working in support of Waldorf education, Lise spends time helping neighbors in the local TimeBank, and helping to develop an EcoVillage in Charlottesville.  She also is an avid fiber artist, potter, jewelry maker, author, gardener and lover of life.

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Lise Stoessel : Nursery Teacher & WECAN Representative
Lise Stoessel
Nursery Teacher & WECAN Representative

Grades Faculty

Summer Anderson : 2nd Grade Teacher

Summer Anderson

2nd Grade Teacher

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Summer Anderson : 2nd Grade Teacher
Summer Anderson
2nd Grade Teacher
Bethany Craig : 5th Grade Teacher

Bethany Craig

5th Grade Teacher

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Bethany Craig : 5th Grade Teacher
Bethany Craig
5th Grade Teacher
Matthew Curreri : Middle School Math Teacher

Matthew Curreri

Middle School Math Teacher

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Matthew Curreri : Middle School Math Teacher
Matthew Curreri
Middle School Math Teacher
Vivian Jones-Schmidt : 1st Grade Teacher

Vivian Jones-Schmidt

1st Grade Teacher

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Vivian Jones-Schmidt : 1st Grade Teacher
Vivian Jones-Schmidt
1st Grade Teacher
Virginia Masterson : 4th Grade Teacher & AWSNA Delegate

Virginia Masterson

4th Grade Teacher & AWSNA Delegate

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Virginia Masterson : 4th Grade Teacher & AWSNA Delegate
Virginia Masterson
4th Grade Teacher & AWSNA Delegate
Suzanne Ryan : College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher

Suzanne Ryan

College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher

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Suzanne Ryan : College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher
Suzanne Ryan
College Chair, 6th Grade Teacher
Kate Walter : 3rd Grade Teacher

Kate Walter

3rd Grade Teacher

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Kate Walter : 3rd Grade Teacher
Kate Walter
3rd Grade Teacher
Robyn Weatherford : 6th Grade Assistant

Robyn Weatherford

6th Grade Assistant

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Robyn Weatherford : 6th Grade Assistant
Robyn Weatherford
6th Grade Assistant
Michael Wright : Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher

Michael Wright

Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher

Michael arrived to CWS from the Tuscon Waldorf School, where he worked from 2008-2010 and 2011-2015 as a class teacher and from 2010-2011 as the faculty chair. Prior to that, Michael worked as either a class teacher or faculty chair at the Toronto Waldorf School and the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School and as a guest Main Lesson Teacher at the City of Lakes Waldorf School. Michael completed his remedial training through the Association for Healing Education. In his free time, Michael enjoys music, drawing and painting, as well as spending time outdoors. We are very lucky that Michael and his wife Kate Walter, our third grade teacher, have joined our community. Inaddition to his faculty chair duties, Michael is also our seventh grade teacher.

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Michael Wright : Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher
Michael Wright
Faculty Chair, 7th Grade Teacher
Karen Zvarych : 8th Grade Teacher

Karen Zvarych

8th Grade Teacher

  • BA University of Virginia
  • MFA Hollins University

This is Karen's tenth year at CWS. She has taught grades fourth through eighth and is with her third class currently. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in creative writing. Karen serves on the College of Teachers and is involved with other various committees at the school. She enjoys running, writing, and gardening in her free time.

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Karen Zvarych : 8th Grade Teacher
Karen Zvarych
8th Grade Teacher

Specialty Subjects Faculty

Giovanni Degiorgis : Spanish (Grades 1-3)

Giovanni Degiorgis

Spanish (Grades 1-3)

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Giovanni Degiorgis : Spanish (Grades 1-3)
Giovanni Degiorgis
Spanish (Grades 1-3)
Justin Esposito : Orchestra & Music

Justin Esposito

Orchestra & Music

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Justin Esposito : Orchestra & Music
Justin Esposito
Orchestra & Music
Barbara Jolly : Handwork Teacher

Barbara Jolly

Handwork Teacher

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Barbara Jolly : Handwork Teacher
Barbara Jolly
Handwork Teacher
Dana Pauly : Gardening Teacher

Dana Pauly

Gardening Teacher

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Dana Pauly : Gardening Teacher
Dana Pauly
Gardening Teacher
Jose Rodriguez : Spanish (Grades 5-8) & Woodworking

Jose Rodriguez

Spanish (Grades 5-8) & Woodworking

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Jose Rodriguez : Spanish (Grades 5-8) & Woodworking
Jose Rodriguez
Spanish (Grades 5-8) & Woodworking
Andrew Wilkinson : Movement & Athletic Director

Andrew Wilkinson

Movement & Athletic Director

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Andrew Wilkinson : Movement & Athletic Director
Andrew Wilkinson
Movement & Athletic Director

Aftercare Faculty

Shilpi Bajpai : GS Aftercare Teacher

Shilpi Bajpai

GS Aftercare Teacher

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Shilpi Bajpai : GS Aftercare Teacher
Shilpi Bajpai
GS Aftercare Teacher
Patricia Illgner : EC Nap & EC Aftercare Assistant Teacher

Patricia Illgner

EC Nap & EC Aftercare Assistant Teacher

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Patricia Illgner : EC Nap & EC Aftercare Assistant Teacher
Patricia Illgner
EC Nap & EC Aftercare Assistant Teacher
Trisha Rosario : EC Nap & EC Aftercare Lead Teacher

Trisha Rosario

EC Nap & EC Aftercare Lead Teacher

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Trisha Rosario : EC Nap & EC Aftercare Lead Teacher
Trisha Rosario
EC Nap & EC Aftercare Lead Teacher
Holly Russell : Toddler Nap & Aftercare Teacher

Holly Russell

Toddler Nap & Aftercare Teacher

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Holly Russell : Toddler Nap & Aftercare Teacher
Holly Russell
Toddler Nap & Aftercare Teacher