Our talented Faculty and Administration love to teach and hold a passion for Waldorf Education. There are roughly 2,000 Waldorf Kindergartens and preschools worldwide, and about 170 Waldorf schools in the U.S. The diversity of our employees confirms the global appeal of Waldorf Education.
While our school is small, our employees bring a wealth of professional and cultural experience to PCWS. With backgrounds in education, marine biology and engineering and the fine and performing arts, our employees share a passion for learning and creative collaboration. Hailing from India, Guatemala, Hungary and Belarus, and also from the West Coast, New England, Mid-Atlantic and the South, our teachers long to create an inspiring educational journey for your child in Northern Virginia. Our Faculty also serves the school on various committees and working groups.
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Mixed-Age Kindergarten Lead, Faculty Chair
Anna has a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with an emphasis on culture, literature and the arts from University of Washington, and a Waldorf Teaching Certification from Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Before arriving at PCWS Anna was a lead Kindergarten teacher at the Waldorf-inspired Monterey Bay Charter School. Prior to that she was a Kindergarten Assistant at Marin Waldorf School. She has volunteered at San Francisco Waldorf School and she has taught Pre-K in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Anna has also worked in After Care and has taught Games in Monterey. Anna grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and the rich culture and natural beauty in that part of the country instilled in her a sacred appreciation for nature and the arts. In her spare time Anna loves cooking with her husband, running with her rascally pup, and hiking with both of them.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Lark Bergwin-Anderson holds an M.Ed from Antioch University, a Waldorf Certificate and a B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA) with an exchange scholar year at Dartmouth. Ms. Bergwin-Anderson is the mom of 3 Waldorf Lifers. She has traveled extensively and speaks several languages. Her three children attended Acorn Hill and Washington Waldorf Schools, where she has volunteered in numerous capacities over the years (and still does). She encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner upon her graduation from college and has been a Lifelong student. An avid gardener and lover of the arts, Ms. B-A has represented anthroposophical artists including a large art show at the NIH.
Mixed-Age Kindergarten Lead, Early Childhood Chair
Wendy Wales Cardany began at PCWS as a parent in 2001 and has been very active in the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Community. She began and led the first parent handwork group and continues to enjoy handwork as a hobby, especially natural dyeing. Ms. Cardany has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and worked for years with children and families in Washington, DC before completing her Waldorf Teacher Training at NOVA Institute. She became our Bluebird teacher in 2013 and in 2015 became the Redbud Lead teacher. In her spare time, Ms. Cardany enjoys spending time with her two children. She is also a Fairfax Master Naturalist and volunteers in the Town of Vienna on a regular basis. In addition, Wendy is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and volunteers with the Wildlife Rescue League of Northern Virginia.
Ildiko Gal was born in Transylvania and has a degree in engineering from the University of Brasov. For seven years, she managed all of the machinery in a beer factory in Romania. She speaks Hungarian, Romanian and English and moved to the U.S. 26 years ago. She started her Waldorf teacher training the following year, and during her training she was a student teacher at Acorn Hill and Washington Waldorf School. Mrs. Gal was one of the first Early Childhood teachers at PCWS and has been at the school on and off for twelve years. Her son, who is now 18 years old, went through Kindergarten at PCWS and her youngest daughter went all the way through 3rd Grade at PCWS. She has seen the school grow and blossom. Aside from teaching, she loves gardening and hiking.
Afternoon Program/Extended Day Assistant
Born in China, Jing is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and conversational in Cantonese. After obtaining her BS in Business Management from University of Maryland College Park, Jing managed and owned several restaurants. On a China tour trip in 2012, she discovered and realized Waldorf Education was what she was searching for to nourish and foster her children. After enrolling her daughter and son in PCWS, she began to work in After Care and as a Kindergarten Assistant in the Oak Tree and Redbud classrooms. At her spare time, Jing likes to cook, read, and do different creative handworks. Jing started at PCWS in September 2016.
Third Grade Main Lesson Teacher
Adriana is a native Spanish speaker who was born in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a Master in Textiles from Universidad de los Andes. She first learned about Waldorf education after having her own children. Her two children attend Washington Waldorf School. She has held several volunteer positions at both Washington Waldorf as well as PCWS, and is currently teaching Spanish and the Second Grade Main Lesson at PCWS. Adriana also assists in the After Care program in the Children’s Garden at WWS.
Katrina Hampton has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, with over seven years of experience in Capital Planning and Investment control for both private and public sectors. She and her family joined the PCWS community when her daughter was enrolled in the Parent/Infant class. She has a strong passion for Waldorf education and enjoys watching her daughter thrive in such a loving, peaceful, and nurturing environment. Her passion led to substituting in the early childhood classrooms for the past two years. Katrina loves spending time in nature, crafting, biking, and collecting nature treasures, and she started working at PCWS in January 2017.
Games & Movement/Physical Education
Kristen has a BA in applied history from Carnegie Mellon. She has attended many summer sessions at Waldorf teacher colleges on both coasts and developed a special interest in movement as part of a whole education. In order to bring this powerful and important experience to homeschoolers, she developed and has taught a Waldorf-style Games/Movement class for the last 12 years in the metro area. She loves anything involving the outdoors including camping and boating with her husband and three children. Kristen has a great love for the Grades, having homeschooled two of her three children through 8th grade Waldorf-style. Her third is in fifth grade, and the oldest attend High School at Washington Waldorf.
Virgilio Joven holds a BM and an MM in violin performance from the Juilliard School. In addition to teaching at PCWS, he also teaches strings in the Alexandria City Public Schools and at Levine. In the past, he has taught for the DC Youth Orchestra Program and for Washington Waldorf School, as well. He loves the willingness and imagination of the students here due to their Waldorf education. A Tagalog speaker, he lives in Manassas with his wife, son, 3 border collies, a pomeranian, a shihtzu, and two African greys.
Second Grade Teacher
Victoria Mansuri grew up in nearby Arlington and attended the Washington Waldorf School grades 1-12, graduating with their pioneering high school class. As an undergraduate, her desire to pursue spiritual growth took her to the west coast and Rudolf Steiner College, where she also earned her certification in Waldorf Elementary Education. While completing her BA in English and Dramatic Arts at the University of California at Davis, Ms. Mansuri also taught Handwork at the Davis Waldorf School. Soon thereafter she took her first first grade at the Corvallis Waldorf School in Oregon.
Ms. Mansuri has been teaching and working in Waldorf education ever since. This year marks her twenty-first year since she began teaching Handwork in Davis. She has taught in such diverse locations as California, Oregon, Maryland, Hawai‘i, and Virginia. She has supported the different schools at which she has taught through work on various committees, including chairing the Festivals Committee, being Faculty Chair, an AWSNA Delegate or Representative, a Board member, and a member of the College of Teachers. During this time, in addition to teaching, Ms. Mansuri has also been a freelance mentor and evaluator of Waldorf teachers, worked with the Waldorf homeschool community, and taught summer intensives in a number of Waldorf Teacher training institutes. She became a class teacher at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School five years ago.
Outside of teaching, Ms. Mansuri gets her acting fix leading historical ghost tours in Old Town Alexandria, where you can find her dressed in colonial garb and speaking in a Scottish accent. She also loves to ballroom, contra, and swing dance, sing, walk in nature, and read well-written novels.
Pat Moss grew up in Maryland near the Potomac River where as a child she spent many days exploring the woodland trails near her home. She became a dedicated artist and received her BA in Studio Art from American University. After becoming a full-time mom she discovered Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten in Silver SPring and began to study Rudolf Steiner’s ideas on art and education. She decided to enroll at Rudolf Steiner College where she completed her Waldorf Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Moss started to teach at Acorn Hill in 1997 and is indebted to the mentors she had there. Later, when living in Boulder, CO., she worked at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and at Blue Sky Kindergarten in their afternoon programs. Mrs. Moss returned to Silver Spring and taught for seven years in the Kindergarten and Nursery programs at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. Her interest in the creative process and the role of art in the world today has led her to explore several artistic genres. She has a particular interest in color and has the foundational training for the Collot d’Herbois School of Painting Therapy. She enjoys supporting local artists and musicians and loves traveling.
Early Bird Teacher
Eliza Rowley was born and raised in Washington, DC, and has lived most of her adult life in Portland, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California. Her background is in alternative medicine. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MS from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She’s been a serious student of yoga for many years, and enjoys cooking nourishing foods. Since becoming a part of the PCWS community in 2014, she’s developed an interest in handwork, especially knitting. In addition to teaching the Early Bird program at PCWS, Eliza works as an acupuncturist and herbalist in Arlington.
First Grade Teacher
Russell Sage has worked with children, ages four to eighteen, in both academic subjects and athletics for over twelve years. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a MEd in Special Education from Trinity University. Russell completed his Waldorf Teacher Training at the Nova Institute. Russell and his wife are raising three children in D.C. and are deeply committed to Waldorf Education. In his spare time, Russell enjoys cooking, camping, and playing his ukulele.
Parent-Child and Parent-Toddler Lead, Handwork
Jennifer Scotti received a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. While working for the State Department, she traveled extensively and lived in Uzbekistan for two years. She worked on Soviet nationalities and refugee immigration issues, and helped open embassies in Central Asia and countries of the former Soviet Union. Her children began at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in the first year of the school’s opening, and started in the first year of the Parent-Child class. She received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Nova Institute in Bethesda in 2011. She has been teaching handwork since Fall 2009, and she has been the lead Parent-Child teacher since 2011.
Carol St. John
Afternoon Program & Extended Day Lead
Carol was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, where she learned how to grow vegetables, knit, sew, and prepare meals from fresh food grown on the farm. Upon graduation from SUNY Plattsburgh, Carol moved to Long Island and began her career as a math teacher. After receiving her master’s in education she became a public high school guidance counselor and later a district administrator. Carol started a counseling service for Women in Transition in Rochester, NY and served as a volunteer in the CASA program advocating for foster children. It was her volunteer work with foster children that reacquainted her with education. After attending Waldorf Teacher Training in 2003, she returned to the classroom to work at Acorn Hill as lead kindergarten teacher until 2013 and part-time enrollment coordinator until 2015.
Today Carol combines her advanced early childhood Waldorf education training and Biodynamic Agriculture training completing a full circle from her early beginnings on the farm.
Carol resumes her Waldorf teaching in the afternoon and aftercare program after taking a one year “Gap Year” where she explored Biodynamic farming.
Editha Tendencia holds an MA in Broadcast Journalism and holds a BA in International Studies from American University. Her undergraduate studies took her to Beijing, China for a semester abroad to study all aspects of the country. The trip included a visit to Tibet and the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River, a cleanup of a small portion of the Great Wall, as well as teaching English to Chinese elementary students. She returned home to complete her scholarship fulfillment and taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students at the University of Guam. Ms. Tendencia has since been a television news producer for Eurovision Americas, Inc. in Washington, DC for more than 15 years.
Ms. Tendencia first came upon Waldorf Education when she started looking at preschools for her daughter. Now, two children later and into their fourth year as a PCWS family, these seeds of wondrous early childhood experiences have taken root and compelled her desire to understand Waldorf Philosophy and Anthroposophy through deeper study. She is in the midst of completing her Certificate in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts through the Center for Anthroposophy. She is also an avid participant at PCWS’ study circle since its start in 2015.
Ms. Tendencia grew up on the island of Guam where her afterschool activities consisted of free-range explorations of nearby beaches, and mango and cotton picking. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and their dog Pixie Dust. She enjoys seeing the light of wonder in her children’s eyes by ‘befriending’ fairies and a few mischievous gnomes who bring magic to their garden.
Fifth Grade Teacher, Grades Chair
Za Welmers holds a BS in Marine Science, Eckerd College; MEd and Waldorf Teaching Certificatation, Antioch University New England. She has taught children in Waldorf and mainstream school settings since 2008 and holds a deep appreciation for the kind, inquisitive, and creative students at Potomac Crescent. Za enjoys traveling, quilting, being outdoors, and supporting the art and music community in Baltimore, where she resides.
Director of Administration, Administrative Chair
Claire Tran has a BA in German from Colby College and an MBA from American University in International Finance and Non-Profit Management. Prior to coming on board at PCWS, she has worked for various environmental and international development nonprofits in the DC area. Her daughter Lucy (Redbud) has been a student at PCWS since Parent-Child. Her daughter Nora will start Parent-Child in Fall 2016. She is a Kung Fu and Tai Chi practitioner. She is drawn to Waldorf Education because it’s play-based with structure; it looks at the whole child’s development — not just academic development. A long-term vegetarian, she is interested in bringing her experience to help the school achieve its goals.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Kismet Al-Hussaini holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in Music and French from Skidmore College, where she graduated cum laude, winning several awards for violin performance. Kismet taught eight sections of college-level English as a graduate student and submitted a creative thesis under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Tate. She was a Suzuki violin teacher for 15 years prior to arriving at PCWS. She has registered training for all 10 Suzuki Books and other pedagogy courses, including Mark O’Connor’s fiddle method. Additionally, Kismet has performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood and internationally. She has lived abroad twice, and studied with several renowned classical and fiddle teachers. Her poetry appears in journals such as American Letters & Commentary and New American Writing, and she has won several awards for her writing. Kismet first learned about Waldorf Education on a brief visit to the Hawthorne Valley School as a teenager, and she loves connecting with those who are called to this philosophy of education.
Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator
Torie Gorges holds an MA in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology from Williams College. She has pursued additional studies in Waldorf Education at Antioch University New England. Prior to joining the staff at PCWS, she worked as an education researcher for Minds Incorporated, a DC-area nonprofit offering mindfulness programs in schools, and SRI Education, a large research institute. She has also worked in schools in the US, Costa Rica, and Chile. Torie’s two children are in the Grades at PCWS. She and her family reside in Vienna, and enjoy spending as much time as possible in the woods, both in the DC area and in the Adirondacks in New York State.
Imagination, courage for the truth, responsibility of soul, initiative, interest in the world, integrity, and freshness of soul–these are the seven “virtues” that the Waldorf teacher strives to practice.
Christof Wiechert, “The Seven Virtues of the Art of Teaching.”
Even the wisest can learn incalculably from children.