GRADES FACULTY

Stasha Ginsburg 
First Grade Teacher

Stasha received her Waldorf elementary teaching certificate in 2014 in Eugene, OR. Since completing her training, she has taught a temporary year at three previous Waldorf schools. Stasha first discovered Waldorf education in 2002 when she began assisting in the aftercare program at the Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten. She also brought unique camp programs to different Waldorf schools in Colorado and created a “living storytelling” elfin/pixie birthday party business to bring ritual, art & joy to children to mark special transitions.

In addition to Waldorf school teaching, she has taught in Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and homeschooling environments.  Stasha has also taught poetry, memoir, and creative writing programs to children and adults of all ages in schools and beyond. Stasha has a BA in Russian Studies and an MA in Transformative Language Arts with an emphasis on (w)rites of passage and storytelling. She is a previously published poet & author.

Stasha also comes to us with a rich background in performance (storytelling, dance, puppetry, music), and diverse educational experiences abroad and across the U.S. Stasha relocated to Asheville last summer with her co-parenting partner Tony, and her 7-year-old daughter Mila.

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Todd Crowe 
Second Grade Teacher

Todd received his BA in Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. From there he began Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon. He has dedicated his life to teaching about the beauty, truth and goodness in the Waldorf philosophy. Before moving to Asheville he taught at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Todd was a member of the Waldorf Initiative group that sparked the creation of Azalea Mountain School. He is a founding member of AMS and serves as the Faculty Representative to the Business Committee, the Chair of the Grades Hiring Committee and on the Site Committee. He loves living in East Asheville in a cabin with his wife Heidi and young daughter and enjoys playing the ukulele, contra dancing, hiking, reading and surfing.

Waldorf grades teacher, Elizabeth Erb

Elizabeth Erb 
Third Grade Teacher

Elizabeth holds a BS in Nursing, graduated from The Whole You school of Massage Therapy and Body Work, has worked wild crafting herbs and seaweed and with organic growers, and owned and operated her own catering business and taught cooking. She studied handwork Grades One through Six at Fiber Craft Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and completed her Waldorf Grades Teacher training at Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. She served as the Handwork teacher at Azalea Mountain School for two years before taking the First Grade class in 2016. A teacher by nature, becoming a Waldorf teacher was her destined path that grew out of a lifetime of diverse experiences. Elizabeth pours these into crafting a rich and enlivening learning environment for her students. She believes that growing the capacity to “create out of one’s own forces” is paramount, and seeks daily to evoke the love of learning in her students. Passionate about the Waldorf curriculum, Elizabeth meets the unfolding destiny of the children with curiosity and strives to find ways to nourish the indwelling spirit of each child as
challenges and growing strains arise. Elizabeth hails from Texas and New Mexico, and came to Asheville 20 years ago. Her varied interests have called her to travel in Japan, India, the Yukon, and South America. She enjoys tinkering, sewing, hiking, gardening, bee keeping, collecting wood to build simple furnishings and listening to stories.

Waldorf music teacher, Nicholas The Bard Andrea

Nicholas Andrea
Fourth Grade Teacher

Nicholas earned a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Delaware, after which he taught special education, led drumming groups with at-risk youth, and worked in youth ministry at the Unitarian Universalist church. In 2015 a series of synchronicities led him to Azalea Mountain School where he became the music teacher and the aftercare teacher. Hired as a grades teacher one year later, Nicholas’ mission is to foster the unfoldment of beautiful human destinies through Waldorf Education, believing that a spiritually scientific approach is what is needed on planet Earth at this time. Nicknamed “The Bard,” Nicholas is also an avid poet, songwriter, and piper of many varieties, including the Irish penny whistle, the Native American flute, and is learning the highland bagpipes.

Rainer Dornemann
Combined Fifth and Six Grade Teacher

Rainer Dornemann was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He has traveled the world and loves its cultures and languages. After years as a performer and artist-in-residence in Minnesota, he became a teacher in a variety of independent schools, working with students from first grade through high school. The Waldorf pedagogy inspired him to become a class teacher in Minnesota, a high school teacher in New Hampshire, and a class teacher for combined classrooms in Florida. He received Waldorf training for elementary grades through Arcturus, Chicago, and high school training through the Center for Anthroposophy, New Hampshire. He is looking forward to taking this class into the eighth grade, the only grade missing in his Waldorf teaching experience. Rainer loves biking, canoeing, hiking, singing, eating, and being a papa.