Waldorf School of Princeton


1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540   |   609-466-1970   |   Contact Us

New Jersey's only Waldorf school, honoring families from toddlerhood through eighth grade


Barbara August



Barbara August has been a nurse at the Waldorf School of Princeton since 2013. She has also acted as the Nurse and Health Director at our Summer Camp from 2014 to 2016. Barbara has over 40 years of nursing experience. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport College of Nursing.

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

1st Grade Teacher

Our class of 2027 will be the third First Grade that Karen has taught as a class teacher. Karen 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.

Sandy Leighton

Front Office Manager, Movement & Games Teacher


Sandy spent the first decade of his career working for leading domestic and global banks in operations and project roles focused on alternative and institutional asset managers. At BNP Paribas he was recognized globally for his volunteer work organizing and promoting the bank's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the North America region. Most recently,he served in a multi-faceted role and was responsible for taking a large scale mixed-use sports and recreation facility in Mercer County from blueprints to launch and establishing and managing daily operations and programs. Additionally, Sandy has served in governance and leadership roles at non-profits including Deerfoot Lodge Adirondack where he helped organize and lead wilderness camping programs for youth of all ages. He graduated from Trinity College (CT) where he studied Classical Civilizations and English and played varsity lacrosse. Sandy resides in Princeton with his wife, Diana, two sons and dog.

Steven Moore

Movement & Games Teacher/ Aftercare Director

Spanish Teacher

Elisabet Mas Porté

Early Childhood Teacher

Laura Branham

Jenni Blythe



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.

Sarina Cirianni-Jones

Leadership Team Member, 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.

Tami Denette

Handwork Teacher

Tami holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and has completed the Applied Arts Handwork Teacher Program at Sunbridge Institute. Before joining our faculty this year, Tami was teaching Handwork at the Philadelphia Waldorf School. Tami is a returning WSP member, as she worked at our school as an Early Childhood assistant from 2013 to 2016.