Born and raised in Atlanta, Patrick Foster
, President holds an MBA in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech and a BA in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. He has managed technology, strategy and operations for Turner Broadcasting for 20 years with expertise in Internet systems and analytics. With an interest in community organizations and volunteering, Patrick has served as Board Chair for Decatur's Wylde Center, formerly the Oakhurst Community Garden Project. He recently completed the Center for Anthroposophy's Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts, and also enjoys playing guitar. Patrick and his wife, Angela, are raising their two daughters in the City of Decatur. Both girls attend The Waldorf School of Atlanta.
Michele Shauf, PhD, Vice-President
joined the WSA Board in 2012. Michele is a special-projects internal consultant at Invesco, Ltd., a global asset management firm headquartered in Atlanta with a presence in 22 countries. Her professional engagements focus on learning and leadership development, employee engagement, corporate culture and internal communication. She holds a PhD in Semiotics from the University of Delaware and has served on the faculties of Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of Central Missouri and the Georgia Institute of Technology, teaching graduate courses in semiotics, ethics, art history, literature, creative thinking and user-centered design. Her daughter, Sachi, attends WSA.
Meg Boswell, Treasurer
CPA, joined the Board in 2012 after serving on the Finance Committee. In a professional capacity, Meg serves as Vice President of Accounting Policy for Automobile Protection Corporation in Norcross, GA, where she has held a leadership role in the accounting function for eight years. In a volunteer capacity, Meg serves as Treasurer of the Wylde Center, formerly the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and is the past Treasurer of the Dunwoody Nature Center. Meg holds degrees from Hofstra University, Boston University and Montana State University, Bozeman. Meg is currently studying with the Atlanta cluster of Foundation Studies through the Center for Anthroposophy. Her interests include biodynamic gardening, music, cooking, yoga and knitting. Meg and her husband, John, have a daughter who attends WSA.
has had an interest in Waldorf education since first hearing of it about twenty years ago. By the time their first child came along he and his wife, Elaine McCall, had already decided to pursue Waldorf for their family. Since moving from Boston to Atlanta in 1998, John has been a technology consultant working primarily with the local advertising and design community, and was Director of Operations at The RetroTechs before leaving to become co-founder of Complete Technology Partners in 2003. John has worked with WSA in the past on technology solutions. John and his wife, Elaine, are the parents of two WSA students.
Joshua Gartland, Class Teacher
, was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was raised in the suburbs of New York City. He began tap dancing at the age of six, competing occasionally at the national level. He began acting in high school and received a BFA in Theater Performance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Joshua then moved to New York City where he worked on a number of productions with the Present Company Theatorium as well as a national children's tour with the Chamber Theater. He became a mime for a brief while and studied under Paul J. Curtis in the American Mime Theater. It was September 11th, 2001, however, that gave Joshua perspective. Soon after, he shifted focus and began working at OM Yoga where he eventually became the senior manager of one of the largest yoga facilities in the country. Joshua received a degree in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College before eventually taking a first grade through four years at the Waldorf School of Garden City in Long Island, NY. Joshua now lives in Decatur with his wife, Sara, and his two daughters, both of whom are WSA students. Joshua enjoys books, athletics, singing, dancing, and of course, performing.
joined the WSA Board in 2013. With 17 years of experience, Kate is a seasoned fundraising professional who has a proven success record of building capacity at nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area. Currently, Kate is the Senior Director of Development at Meals On Wheels Atlanta. Prior to joining Meals On Wheels Atlanta, Kate worked at several organizations including Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Hands On Network, Arthritis Foundation (National Office) and the Alliance Theatre Company. Kate also spent several years at The Waldorf School of Atlanta helping build non-tuition revenue through the Annual Fund. She and her husband, Josh, are the parents of a Waldorf student. Kate is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in French.
Not only does Laura Keys, Class Teacher
, spend her days with an amazing group of seventh graders singing, dancing, and playing with fractions, she is a local storyteller and currently serving as the Vice President of The Southern Order of Storytellers. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University, and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Texas Woman's University. She completed her Waldorf Certification at Sunbridge Institute. She has previously taught students from preschool through high school, and has taught a variety of subjects, including creative movement, ESL, reading and math enrichment, American literature, and theater arts. Laura loves her class, folk dancing, and pie - in that order. Laura has an adult daughter who graduated from Academe of the Oaks, the Waldorf high school.
and his wife, Lindsey, had always planned to nurture their children with a Waldorf education. After witnessing the maturity, balance and creativity of friends who were WSA graduates, it was a natural decision for their family to begin the Waldorf journey. Alvin is a Professor of Religion at LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA and also works in the fields of sustainability and student engagement. In addition, he is the Pastor at Martha Brown United Methodist Church in East Atlanta Village. Alvin also coaches the WSA boys middle school Basketball Team. Alvin joined the board in 2012 and has 2 children at WSA.
After teaching and traveling extensively in Asia, Peter Michelson
returned to the USA to earn his Masters degree in Waldorf education. Immediately upon graduation, he was hired as a Class teacher at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, where he taught for five years and graduated the second eighth grade in the school's history in 2001. During his tenure as a class teacher, he also served as Faculty Chair and Board Member. Peter's wife, Sara, continues to teach at the school, both in the Morning Garden parent/toddler program, in the Parent Enrichment Class, as well as running a home based preschool. Upon graduating his class, Peter decided to return to his construction roots. As a fourth generation construction professional, he grew up helping out with the family business in the Boston area, and later worked as a carpenter for various remodeling companies in San Francisco and the Hudson Valley region. In 2001, he rolled his family background, Waldorf education and work experience into a new endeavor, Renewal Design-Build. As a business owner, he has built Renewal Design-Build into one of Atlanta's premier home renovation companies. Peter is delighted to bring his deep understanding of Waldorf education, his direct experience as a Waldorf Class Teacher, and his success of developing and running a multi-million dollar company to his work on the WSA Board. Peter and Sara are the parents of two boys, both students at WSA.
Francisco Moreno, Specialty Teacher
, was born in Colombia, South America and moved to the United States as a child. He grew up in New York City where he studied at the High School of Art and Design.
He continued his studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and the Atlanta College of Art. Francisco was one of the founding parents at WSA. In 1996, he became the first woodworking teacher at WSA, later joining the faculty full-time in 2000 when he also became the Games Teacher.
Francisco teaches Games to all grade school students and Woodworking to students in Grades Five to Eight. Francisco completed the Spatial Dynamics program at Sunbridge College in 2006.
Francisco has three adult sons, all of whom reside in Atlanta. They all participated in WSA's beginning playgroups and kindergarten programs. His youngest son was a member of WSA's first graduating class in 2000. Francisco has been involved with the Boy Scouts for more than ten years and has shared his love of nature and survival skills with countless boys.
Elizabeth Roosevelt, Faculty Chair
, is the primary contact for parents for issues that remain unresolved after a parent has communicated directly with the teacher. This includes questions and concerns about the curriculum, parent/teacher relations, and any other pedagogical issues that may arise. She represents the school at most public gatherings, and serves on several leadership groups, including the Core Faculty, the Planning Committee, and the Board of Trustees.
Sara Walsh, Administrator
, joined our school in May 2011 from the Waldorf School of Garden City in Garden City, New York. The Administrator facilitates and coordinates non-pedagogical school matters, and ensures timely and effective communication among the individuals and groups in the school community. The Administrator works to draft, develop, and execute the policies and procedures of WSA. Thorough active participation in each group, she becomes the information bridge among these bodies. Sara Walsh serves on many committees, including the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and the Core Faculty.