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Meet Our Alumni
Our 2017 featured alumni come from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Each January Waldorf School of Princeton hosts an alumni panel, which is open to the entire community, and which gives our former students a platform to share their stories, answer audience questions, and represent the myriad ways that Waldorf Education equips children for their life’s journey. Join us for the 2018 Alumni Panel on Friday, January 12, at 7 p.m. in Hagens Hall.
Joseph McLean ’92
Joseph McLean was a graduate of the Waldorf School of Princeton in 1992. A father of three, two of whom are currently enrolled in WSP. Joseph has a MS in Technology Education from The College of New Jersey, and spent a decade working in corporate environments including Merrill Lynch before settling on being a teacher. He is currently a middle school teacher in the Hillsborough Township Public Schools where he teaches STEM courses which integrate CAD as a design tool, 3D Printers and CNC routers. He also has his own business which provides furniture and desks to the five closest Waldorf schools in the region.
Phil Parish ’02
Phi Parish graduated from the Waldorf School of Princeton in 2002. He continued his studies at Princeton High School, and then Goucher College.In 2009, he spent time in Istanbul, Turkey, studying at Koc University. After graduating college in 2010, Phil worked with WWOOF on a farm in Starksboro Vermont. He also worked in recipe development and production for Half Pint Kitchen, an artisanal ice cream company in the Stockton market, where you can sample some of his inventive flavors today! Phil is currently a Senior Consultant at Navigant Consulting in Manhattan, NY, where he works in management consulting in life sciences.
Thomas Dethlefs ’04
After graduating from the Waldorf School of Princeton in 2004, Tom attended the Lawrenceville School and studied History at Yale University, where he graduated with distinction in the Major. At Yale, he was awarded the Andrew D. White prize for his senior essay, designating it the top thesis written in the subject of American History during the 2011-12 academic year. After picking up rowing in high school, Tom went on to Captain the Yale Varsity Rowing team and has competed for the US National Team since 2008. He has raced internationally on the World Cup circuit and competed in the past seven World Championships. He has won nine international medals and represented the US as an alternate at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
Abigail Gray ’13
Abigail graduated from the WSP’s class of 2013 also under the helm of Deirdre Sciarretta. She will graduate from The Hun School in June and will continue her studies at Colorado College. Abigail was recruited to play soccer and is interested the sciences.
Greta Nelson ’00
In addition to working as our Front Desk Manager for the 2016-17 school year, Greta attended Hillsborough High School and Douglass College, Rutgers University where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 2008, she received her MA in Teaching English from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Greta also holds a certificate in Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching from Duke University. Greta has brought her love of English to the students she has taught as an English teacher at Stuart Country Day School, Desert Academy School in Santa Fe, and The Santa Fe Girls School. Greta is a yoga teacher and integrative health coach for women and girls in partnership with Women’s Healthcare Princeton. In her spare times she enjoys running, writing and reading, as well as hiking, traveling, and exploring.