Collegium

Gradalis Collegium & Adjunct Faculty

The collegium of gradalis is made up of Waldorf educators who have dedicated their lives as teachers, administrators and innovators in Waldorf trainings, as well as both public and independent schools in the waldorf movement. these experienced instructors are here to support students on their journey as they become waldorf teachers, artists and leaders within their schools and school communities.

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Bonnie River, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Department Chair

Bonnie River has led numerous teacher-candidates over a 40-year career in Waldorf education. She designed the Gradalis Teacher Training implemented at Rudolf Steiner College (RSC) where she directed this program as RSC Hybrid Teacher Training motivated to meet the world's demand for trained Waldorf teachers.

Donna Newberg-Long, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Instructor

Donna Newberg-Long joined Gradalis in 2015 while teaching at Rudolf Steiner College. She founded an independent Waldorf School in Hawaii while receiving her Waldorf training and M.Ed. at Antioch University. She was a class teacher for 24 years, a school administrator, as well as a principal in the public Waldorf school movement. Donna received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver.

Prairie Adams, B.A.

Arts Department Chair & Eurythmist & Instructor

Prairie Adams is Author of the Gradalis Curriculum Frameworks which will be available to schools in Fall 2020. She is a founding member of Gradalis and was Pedagogical Director of a large Public Waldorf School.

Thom Schaefer, M.A.

Grades Department Chair & instructor

Thom Schaefer, also a founding member of Gradalis, has been a lifelong educator, teaching and administering from elementary school through college. He has taught at elementary and high school levels both public and private Waldorf settings. Thom is currently Pedagogical Director at Credo, a Public Waldorf High School in California.

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Bonnie River M. Ed.

Early Childhood Department Chair

Bonnie River has led numerous teacher-candidates over a 40-year career in Waldorf education. She designed the Gradalis Teacher Training implemented at Rudolf Steiner College (RSC) where she directed this program as RSC Hybrid Teacher Training motivated to meet the world's demand for trained Waldorf teachers.

Martha Gollogy, B.A.

Field Mentor & Instructor

Martha grew up in Austria & completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Training in Germany. She has been a kindergarten teacher & director in independent and public Waldorf education. She shares her love of music with students in the training.

Cristina Drews, M.S.Ed.

grades one & two instructor & Field Mentor

Cristina has been an educator since 1975 & has taught in public and private elementary & Waldorf schools, adult literacy programs, and teacher trainings. She did her Remedial Training at RSC and completed her Master's in Curriculum/Instruction, Reading & Children's Literature.

Janis Willliams, M.A.

grade three & Field Mentor

Janis has been involved in Waldorf education for over 30 years as a parent, class teacher, mentor, curriculum specialist, and administrator. She is currently Pedagogical Director at Sanderling Waldorf School and has contributed to the Public Waldorf School movement in many ways.

Sandra Kirschner, B.A.

Grade Four instructor & field mentor

Sandra led two classes (1-8) at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. She is currently teaching at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.

Thesa Callinicos

Grade five & Visual Arts

Born and raised in South Africa, Thesa attended Johannesburg Teachers’​ Training College before graduating from Emerson College in Sussex England. She's been a Class Teacher & mentor for 35 years.

Donna Newberg-Long, Ph.D.

Grade Six & Field Mentor

Donna Newberg-Long joined Gradalis in 2015 while teaching at Rudolf Steiner College. She founded an independent Waldorf School in Hawaii while receiving her Waldorf training and M.Ed. at Antioch University. She was a class teacher for 24 years, a school administrator, as well as a principal in the public Waldorf school movement. Donna received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver.

Jane Mulder, B.A.

Grades Seven & Eight instructor & field mentor

Jane has taken two classes through the full 8-year journey at Live Oak Waldorf School where she has also been active in leadership and administration. She was a mentor for teachers at Rudolf Steiner College and is a member of the Pedagogical Section. She graduated from Stanford University with honors.

Helen Lubin

Speech Arts

Speech artist/educator Helen Lubin has taught in Waldorf teacher education and worked with anthroposophic therapeutic speech arts for 35 years. She has brought some 250 'school speech visits' to dozens of Waldorf schools, where she works with classes, teachers, individual students, faculty groups, office staff and parents. Helen also has 10 years experience in anthroposophical curative education, is a certified TESOL instructor, and freelance editor/translator.

Karl Johnson, M.A.

Field Mentor & Instructor

Karl has been an educator for 35 years and has taught in the Waldorf movement since 1986. He is currently Pedagogical Director at Santa Fe Waldorf School. Karl teaches science and music in the Gradalis training program. He has a B.A. in Music and is passionate about Outdoor Education.

Van James

Visual Arts

Van James, B.F.A. (USA), Arts Dip. (England), Visual Arts Dip. (Switzerland) He is an international advocate of the repeat lecture and teaching experience globally. He has been a Hawai’i-based teaching artist at the Honolulu Waldorf School for over thirty-five years. As an artist, he has exhibited in Europe, America, and Asia where his work has received awards and is found in numerous collections. He is active as a painter, freelance graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, teacher and writer.

Andrea Pronto

Singing & Instrumental Music

At age fourteen Andrea met Anthroposophy through a Waldorf teacher who became her lifelong friend and tutor. The Anthroposophical impulse led her to study special education in Camphill, where my combined interest in the social realm, Anthroposophy and music therapy met she deepest interests.

Alice Stamm

Eurythmy

Alice has been teaching eurythmy since 1975. She began her eurythmy training in Eckwalden, Germany and finished with Else Klink in Stuttgart.

Jennie Baudhuin

Watercolor Painting Grades 1-8

As both a founder and teacher at Santa Fe Waldorf School, Jennie Baudhuin has dedicated her adult life to Waldorf education for over 35 years.