Faculty and Staff
Monica Vegelj (2016 to present) - Grade One
Emma Hamlin (2015 to present) - Grades Two and Three
Emma is an alumna of the Aurora Waldorf School in Western New York, and holds a B.A. in English from Queens University of Charlotte. In college she furthered her love of vocal music, earning a minor in Music, and has been a member of several professional ensembles. She earned her MEd in both Waldorf and progressive public education from Antioch New England, interning at Surry Village Charter School and Hartsbrook School. After completing her masters, Emma took an position at the Upper Valley Waldorf School first as interim third grade class teacher, then as fifth grade class teacher through the remainder of the year. She and her partner Matt live in Temple, and enjoy any athletic endeavors that take them outside.
Darcy Drayton (1996 to present) – Grade Four
Darcy grew up in Maine and attended Northeastern University in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program. She graduated from the Waldorf Teacher Certification program at Antioch University New England and was the woodwork teacher and business manager at Lexington Waldorf School for over eight years. Darcy graduated her first class at Pine Hill in 2004, returning in 2005 to take another class after a year's sabbatical. During her sabbatical she taught sixth grade at Highland Hall Waldorf School for nine weeks and traveled to Kenya and worked with elementary schools in Nairobi. In addition, she studied Kiswahile in Tanzania. Darcy studied classical painting techniques with master painters in the Boston area, and had a career as an artist before taking up class teaching. In addition to teaching her own class at Pine Hill, she has taught middle school art for many years. She also writes poetry. She is a facilitator for Alternative to Violence programs in prison. Both of her sons are Waldorf graduates.
Julia Kerr (2014 to present) – Grade Five
Julia holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goucher College and has completed her Foundation Studies. Having long worked as a camp administrator and counselor, Julia found her way into Waldorf Education through her own children, who attended the Waldorf School of Princeton. Julia spent 17 years there as a parent, administrative assistant, assistant teacher, substitute teacher, handwork and math teacher and, lastly, as a class teacher. She taught grades one through four at Princeton, then moved to New Hampshire, where she took a class from fourth through eighth grade at Monadnock Waldorf School. While there, Julia also led the high school a cappella ensemble, and she conducted several adult choirs and choruses prior to teaching. Her three sons all attended the Waldorf School of Princeton through grade eight, and her youngest son is a recent graduate of the Monadnock Waldorf High School's class of 2014. Julia's husband, Danny, is a summer camp director and lives with her in Keene. Julia enjoys sharing the wonders of the Waldorf curriculum, singing, and being outdoors with her students.
Bruce Darby (2011 to present) – Grade Six
Bruce grew up playing in the desert in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a BA in Music History from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, a state teaching credential from Dominican University, Marin, California and Waldorf certification from Antioch University, Keene, New Hampshire. Before settling into a career as a Waldorf teacher he composed music for a variety of media: dance, film, video, art installations and performance in New York City, Montreal and San Francisco. In 1991 he received a National Endowment for the Arts to produce Trigram, a robotic opera. Prior to Pine Hill, Bruce worked for eleven years at Stone Bridge School, a Waldorf methods charter school in Napa, California, as the aftercare director, class teacher, upper grades science teacher, and games teacher throughout the grades.
Jen Kershaw (2011 to present) – Grade Seven
Jen has a B.A. in Theater from the University of South Florida and a Masters of Science in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. In the theater world, Jen performed and acted with Metro Theater Company from St. Louis, Missouri, performing and teaching workshops to young people across America. A Wheelock graduate of the Teaching Students with Special Needs Program, Jen began her teaching in residential programs with at risk special needs adolescents. It was there that she fell in love with mathematics and made it her mission to become an innovative, creative math teacher. She received an Excellence in Education Award in 1999 for mathematics and has nine years of classroom teaching experience, six of which are in the area of middle school mathematics. For the past two years, Jen has been working as a freelance curriculum writer and specialist, designing and publishing math curriculum for students and teachers. After becoming a parent, Jen found and fell in love with Waldorf Education and discovered a new path, which led her to the Waldorf Certificate Program at Antioch University New England. Her son and daughter attend Pine Hill.
Christine Cassagnau (2013 to present) – Grade Eight
Christine began teaching in West Africa, developing curriculum and teaching Environmental Education in French and Bambara to elementary-aged children in government and community schools. After returning to the U.S., she served as an itinerant art teacher (Art on a Cart) in several suburban D.C. area public schools for three years. Her interest evolved to a more wholesome, art-focused /heart-based class teaching and she pursued Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon. During her training, she substituted and held part-time roles at French immersion schools in Eugene. After completing her training, Christine took on a first grade class in Ashland, Oregon where she was a class teacher and arts and crafts teacher at The Siskiyou School. She then returned to NY to further her explorations in the arts. In Harlemville, she studied color theory, painting and puppetry in the Free Columbia art course while also working with classes at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School ranging from first grade to high school.