Megan is the lead teacher of the 3-day Early Childhood program. She has been teaching at RWS since 2006 in this role. Megan has a degree in Music Education from VCU and has also taught at the Charlottesville Waldorf School in the Aftercare program. She has had 3 children attend RWS and appreciates the school’s philosophy of teaching the whole child. Megan has also taught singing to children in the Grades and enjoys bringing as much music to the program as possible. Her favorite part about working at RWS is the deep relationship she has developed with her students and families over the years.
On her days away from RWS, you will often find Megan at Manakintowne Specialty Growers, a local farm, with her hands in the dirt and educating children on the importance and know-how of caring for our earth in a sustainable and loving way.
Nancy comes to our school with a relationship started in 2011 when her grandson enrolled. She began volunteering and joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. Nancy\’s granddaughter is now currently enrolled. Nancy\’s education and experience include a Master of Education from VCU, certification in Orton-Gillingham dyslexia training, and 25 years at Dominion Energy in positions directing Executive Training, Process Re-engineering, Strategic Planning, IT, Power Systems Administration, and Human Resources. She also worked as VP Human Resources, and Health Care at Westminster Canterbury responsible, too, for their Child Development Center and Volunteer Program. Nancy enjoys reading and knitting.
Rachel joined the RWS administrative team in January of 2020. Though born and raised in Richmond, and a 2008 James Madison University graduate, Rachel has spent the past decade living and working in both New York City and Philadelphia. After several years working in corporate marketing and event planning roles in NYC, Rachel returned to school to follow her passion for education, and received a Master of Education from Hunter College. Since 2014, she has taught grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade in the public school system.
Upon making the happy return to Richmond this past year with her family, Rachel began exploring philosophies of education that felt right for her 2 young children. Soon after, she discovered Richmond Waldorf School, and has since found a home here both professionally and as a proud parent to a student in the Early Childhood Acorn class!
LaToya has been on the administrative team for RWS since 2011 as Administrative Specialist. She enjoys her work with the RWS community, providing support to parents, children, teachers, and members of administration. In her spare time, LaToya enjoys spending time with family and attending music events.
Lorraine Graff was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island. She found bookkeeping was her passion when she studied shorthand in high school. Over the years, she has taken a variety of college courses ranging from accounting at J.S. Reynolds to The History of the Motion Picture, History of Architecture, Latin, Human Spirituality, and Introduction to the Old Testament at VCU.
Lorraine and her husband of 50 years came to Richmond when everyone else, it seemed, was going to Woodstock. Since coming to Virginia, she spends weekends with her husband and 2 children exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, camping in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and an occasional visit to New York to visit family, former classmates, and the city life.
Throughout her years of working in accounting, payroll, and bookkeeping, she has always held an interest in other activities such as archery, drag racing, knitting and crocheting, theatre, and music.
Lorraine recently attempted to retire, but found that it wasn’t really for her. Instead, she has turned her focus to her latest 10-year plan: attending her granddaughter\’s high school graduation.
Sarah has a degree in English from the University of Mary Washington; her background is in teaching middle and high school English and French in public school and tutoring privately. Despite teaching secondary school, she loves children of all ages and became interested in Waldorf Education while researching preschools for her own children. She found Waldorf to offer the ideal program: holistic, gentle, developmentally appropriate, thoughtful, and beautiful. As a parent she has fallen in love with the school and is incredibly honored to begin teaching here.
Valerie joined the RWS administrative team in 2017 as the Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator. Valerie has a passion to connect with people and a drive to be the best she can be. She has worked in corporate, nonprofit, and school settings prior to her work at RWS; she enjoys learning new things and meeting new people, which she gets to do every day! Valerie grew up in southwest Virginia and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.
A lover of nature, music, and good people, Valerie discovered RWS upon moving to the area and immediately identified with the Waldorf approach to learning. Each day she is inspired by the talent, dedication, and passion of the faculty and loves coming to work each day. When not working, Valerie loves exploring Richmond’s parks, museums, restaurants, and festivals, and spending time with family and friends. She loves cooking, hiking, gardening, and traveling to new places.
Michelle was born and raised in Mexico City. Surrounded by art and a holistic environment, she gravitated toward the arts and acquired a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Visual Arts. Having children inspired Michelle to start teaching and she has always found alternative ways to do so. She completed a certification as a yoga teacher in addition to a specialization in Kids Yoga. For over 10 years, Michelle has shared her talents passionately with students ranging from toddlers and pre-schoolers to middle-school kids. Her students learn Spanish not only through proper grammar rules, but by being immersed into the culture. She strives to engage her students in deeper learning through alternative methods such as art, food, mindfulness, and movement in order to make her classes rich in learning and creativity.
Michelle enjoys her free time cooking, creating mandalas, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and pets.
Lucy holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Shenandoah College & Conservatory. She currently works as an assistant teacher in the Magnolia Kindergarten Class. During her 10 years at RWS, she has gained a sense of nurturing the unhurried childhood. Through the daily rhythms of play, classroom chores, and imaginative stories, this underscores an importance of growing the child within. Being a Waldorf Teacher not only has allowed Lucy to grow within as an observer and participant, but also allows for her favorite hobbies (crafting with wool, spinning, sewing, and of course, music) to be put to use.
“Each day is like a present. I like to witness a child opening their new present each day.”
Samantha is a new Aftercare program assistant. She received a master’s degree in social work from VCU and has a background in theatre studies. Before coming to RWS, Samantha served as a hotline specialist for the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline, a sexual and domestic resource hotline for survivors of violence in the area. She is new to Waldorf education and is very excited to be a part of this welcoming community. She enjoys movies, crosswords, and the James River.