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Ondria Wasem

Math/Recorder Teacher

Ondria Wasem received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her further trainings include Foundation Studies (WSP), Waldorf High School Math Teaching (Center for Anthroposophy), and Teaching Sensible Science (SENSRI). Since 2006, Ms. Wasem's roles at the Waldorf School of Princeton, where she presently teaches math and recorder and mentors, have also included teaching keyboarding, piano accompaniment, and tutoring. Prior to working at the Waldorf School of Princeton, she worked for fifteen years in the field of telecommunications, during which time she published many papers, earned a couple of patents, and co-founded Network Design Tools in Eatontown, New Jersey. Ms. Wasem's two alumni children attended WSP from 1997 through 2014.

Karen Atkinson

3rd Grade Teacher

Karen Atkinson is certified in Waldorf Early Childhood and Grade School Education. She also holds a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University. Additionally, Karen has completed Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training, and is the Mid-Atlantic regional representative to AWSNA. Karen is coming to us from the River Valley Waldorf School, where she has been a class teacher, the Pedagogical Coordinator for the Lower School and Early Childhood, and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013. Before working at River Valley, Karen taught at Green Meadow Waldorf School, North Spring Waldorf School, Monadnock Waldorf School, and the Waldorf School of Princeton.

Laura Branham

Early Childhood Teacher

Laura began her journey with Waldorf through the birth of her son in 2005. She worked in a Waldorf initiative school for four years while continuing her motherhood journey with the birth of her daughter. She is dedicated to Waldorf education and the work of Rudolph Steiner as a way to bring health and healing to families. She highlights the work Emi Pikler accomplished with her observations of the young child as a compliment to the principles and practices of Waldorf Education.
Laura welcomes parents and children to experience joy in simplicity, security in rhythm, truth in observation and love in community. Along with her 15 years of experience with young children Laura’s gentle nature and attentiveness allows for the parents and children in classes an optimal learning environment.
Laura has been a part of the Waldorf School of Princeton community since 2015. Prior to that she held an in-home nursery program for children birth to three. After earning a Bachelors degree in Art Education, Laura worked in two Waldorf initiative schools in a Seattle WA. She has been studying Waldorf education for the past 13 years and completed Sophia’s Hearth birth-three early childhood training.

Zoe Brookes

School Administrator

Ms. Brookes brings a first-class business background, including an MBA from London Business School, and foundational experience as a consultant at Bain & Company and Deloitte & Touche in London, UK. She has deep experience leading and advising small- to medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Many of the organizations she has worked with, including Outward Bound, Trenton Circus Squad, Destination Imagination, Young Audiences, and Fernbrook Farms, have held experiential learning at their center. Her most recent leadership position was as Founder and Executive Director of the Trenton Circus Squad, a circus-based youth achievement program that brings together young people of diverse backgrounds to build trust and support one another's achievements. Ms. Brookes also served as COO of Isles Inc, a multi-service community development organization in Trenton focused on helping families become self-sufficient. She is committed to working for racial justice and looks forward to ensuring that the Waldorf School of Princeton remains a welcoming and supportive place for New Jersey’s diverse community.

Luke Rodwell

4th Grade Teacher

Luke Rodwell received his bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in mathematics in 2020 from Griffith University (Queensland, Australia). Upon graduation, he would gain further experience as a Primary School teacher while simultaneously pursuing an interest in Waldorf education. Luke made the move to New Jersey in 2021, where he was integrated into the school through teaching subject lessons that would demonstrate another of his passions - movement and sport. Luke prides himself on the warm and caring atmosphere created within his classroom, and is excited by the opportunity to inspire each of the children at our school.

Rachel Ullman

Director of Admissions & Marketing

Rachel Ullman joined the Waldorf School of Princeton community after moving her oldest daughter into our kindergarten program from her local public school in early 2015. She has been an active member of the parent community and now has three children at our school. Rachel earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development from Connecticut College, along with completing her Elementary Education teaching certificate program there and gaining her K-6 teaching certification in CT, NJ, and PA. She has worked in several elementary school teaching positions in those states, the majority of that time as a kindergarten teacher in the Princeton Public Schools. After deciding to leave her tenured position as a teacher to focus on her growing family, she entered the world of e-commerce and new parent education as the owner and operator of a baby carrier retail business and certified babywearing educator. She also served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. Rachel has always had a passion for the study of child development as it relates to and informs pedagogical methods and practice, and finds joy in sharing her enthusiasm for Waldorf education and our school with with parents and families in our area.

Solana Hoffmann-Carter

1st Grade Teacher

Anne Uppal, MPA, BSN, RN

Director of Health Services

Jenni Blythe

Registrar

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Jenni Blythe has been working in school administration since the mid-1990s, when she first began volunteering in her children’s school in Florida. Upon her family’s relocation to New Jersey in 2001, Jenni joined the Waldorf School of Princeton as front office receptionist/office manager, a position she held for six years before going on to work in various capacities at Newark Academy, Princeton Day School, and the Wilberforce School.

Tony Cape

8th Grade Teacher