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.
Dayna joined the team as the Development Assistant upon moving to Richmond the summer of 2018. Previously, she was working as the Development Associate at a non-profit university in Blacksburg, VA for two years. She grew up on Long Island, NY, where her favorite activities were going to the beach and eating (the best) pizza. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 where she found her southern roots. After this, she began to travel and explore more roots before landing back in Virginia. Still an avid traveler, beach and pizza lover, Dayna is enjoying living out in the country and working in the River City!
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.
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.”
Noelle began her teaching career in 2000, though she began her career as an accessory designer in New York City after graduating magna cum laude from VCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. She transitioned into teaching by becoming an adjunct instructor at the VCU Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising. During this time she also completed a six-month apprenticeship at an organic farm, received a Master Class in Cooking Certificate from The New School (NY), and owned her own accessory design business. After the birth of her son, she was drawn to the creative freedom of Waldorf Education and completed her Waldorf Teacher’s Certificate from Antioch University in 2014. She has been working happily
as a Handwork Teacher and Grades Teacher since 2011.
When she is not working with children, Noelle keeps busy drawing, painting, playing with textile designs, and sewing. She is a maker and creativity is her core.
“My goal as a teacher is to teach out of love, to individually approach each child’s needs and create an atmosphere for joyful learning, self-discovery, compassion, deep love and respect for themselves, others and our environment.”
Susannah earned her Master of Teaching from VCU in 2000. She taught a K/1 multiage class at a Richmond public school from 2000 until 2014. In 2014, Susannah opened “Wonderings,” an in-home, play-based preschool in her Northside home, where she incorporated Montessori, Reggio-Emilia, and Waldorf methodology. In 2016, Susannah joined the faculty of RWS by becoming the lead Kindergarten teacher of the Oak Class. In 2018, Susannah began her journey as a Waldorf Grades teacher.
Susannah is constantly inspired by the knowledgeable staff at RWS and always feels supported in her efforts to educate the child as a three-fold human being. Her 3 youngest children currently attend RWS. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors with her family.
“Spiritual science makes it possible that when two souls meet and one demands love, the other offers it. If something else is demanded, that other thing is given. Through such true, living wisdom do we create the basis for society…[it] may claim to lay the foundation for the human being’s most beautiful goal—true, genuine love for humanity.” -Rudolf Steiner
Dawn is a native of Knoxville, TN where she co-founded “Mountain Song School,” a Waldorf initiative. She and her family moved to Richmond in 2007 to become part of RWS. Dawn has been involved in Waldorf Education for over 20 years as a parent, teacher, and board member. She has served in many leadership roles, including College Chair, Board Vice President, and Early Childhood (EC) Chair. Dawn taught in EC programs as a lead in a mixed-age class and as a parent/child teacher. She has worked in language programs, teaching Latin and Ancient Greek. Most recently, she has become a middle-school class teacher.
Dawn earned a Master of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, a Master of Waldorf Teaching from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Emory University. She has taught philosophy to community college students and assisted in a Montessori classroom. She has traveled to Greece and England, where she was mesmerized by the Elgin Marbles. Dawn has 3 beautiful daughters with whom she enjoys spending time. She likes reading, jewelry-making, and walking in nature.
Kevin has spent the last 30 years working in public education as a teacher and a school counselor. From 1989 to 1994 he taught history and world geography in Lunenburg County. He then moved on to Varina High School in Henrico County, where he taught psychology from 1994 until 1999. After securing his masters degree in counselor education in 1999, he served as a high school counselor at Douglas Freeman High School until his retirement in June 2019.
During this time, Kevin coached high school and middle school baseball for 25 years because he has a deep passion for the sport. He has been a baseball instructor and a coach at RockIt Sports since 2014, where he gives private baseball lessons and coaches a travel team.
“As someone who enjoys and embraces a team concept, it is a privilege to be a part of the Richmond Waldorf Team.”