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.
2nd 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
4th 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.
1st Grade Teacher
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.
Eileen Gendimenico has been a nurse at the Waldorf School of Princeton since 2006. Eileen received her BSN from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, and has over 40 years of nursing experience. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses, and the New Jersey State School Nurses Association.