Business Office Manager
Ashley Blair is a new addition to the Waldorf School of Princeton community, coming on as the Business Office Manager in the early summer of 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has a wide breadth of business knowledge spanning across the nonprofit, medical and legal sectors.
Ashley’s previous experience in sports media and event planning will suit her well as she will also play an integral role in our development and fundraising efforts. Her superior interpersonal and communication skills will be an asset as she looks to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff and administration.
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.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Teacher
Sarina Cirianni-Jones has been a mixed-age early childhood teacher at the Waldorf School of Princeton since 2002. She studied early childhood special education at William Paterson University in New Jersey and received a certificate in Waldorf early childhood education from Sunbridge College in New York. Prior to coming to Princeton, she taught at the Michael House Waldorf School in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Ms. Cirianni-Jones brings a wealth of experience as a parent educator and childcare provider. Her warmth, patience, singing ability, and sincere interest in her students contribute to her success with both children and their parents.
4th Grade Teacher
Charlie Denby grew up within walking distance of WSP in Skillman. He and his family have just relocated back to the area from Northern California. Charlie has been an independent school educator for over fifteen years, serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, and coach. After completing Waldorf teacher training this summer, he is thrilled to be joining the faculty at WSP as the fourth grade class teacher.
6th Grade Teacher
Susan Eggers received her bachelor’s degree in education from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a master’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. She has a diploma in eurythmy from Eurythmy Spring Valley and a certificate in pedagogical eurythmy and therapeutic eurythmy. Prior to working at the Waldorf School of Princeton, Ms. Eggers was a class teacher at the Four Winds Waldorf School in the suburbs of Chicago. Ms. Eggers’s experience and training in special education helps her understand and meet children with a wide range of abilities. Ms. Eggers loves teaching, bringing her enthusiasm to the children in both chorus and eurythmy. Creating community, whether it be among children or parents, is a gift of hers.
3rd Grade Teacher, College Chair
Ms. Foster brings 25 years of well-rounded experience in Waldorf schools. She began her teaching career in Early Childhood, then moved to grade school, spending the majority of her years as a Eurythmy teacher and, most recently, a class teacher in first grade. Ms. Foster’s ability to bring movement to her lessons and harmonize a class through music have brought her much success. She spent ten years teaching in Seattle, and the past two years at Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire. Ms. Foster returned to WSP in August 2020 to teach the 1st Grade class.
Director of Strings/Orchestra
Anita Hill received her training from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she studied with Marion Feldman. Ms. Hill has performed with various piano ensembles in the New York Tristate area. She teaches music privately as well as with the New York Pops Salute to Music program out of Carnegie Hall. While living in New York, she was a member of the Staten Island Symphony and Richmond Choral Society. She currently is the music director at Waldorf School of Princeton, and is an adjunct teacher at Peddie School in Hightstown as well as Pennington School. She is also a member of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra.