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 the Director of Learning and Development at eVestment, a global data and analytics firm headquartered in Atlanta. 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.
L. Thomas Clements
is the managing partner of the Law Firm of Clements & Sweet, LLP. The firm specializes in workers' compensation law but also includes education law, employment law, and personal injury. Thomas received his B.S. From Oglethorpe University and his J.D. From Emory University School of Law. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Workers' Compensation Claimant's Lawyers Division of GTLA. Thomas currently serves as chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Recovery Center, a homeless shelter for men in various stages of recovery, and previously served on the Druid Hills Neighborhood Association Board. For over five years, Thomas has coached girls soccer for the YMCA and girls basketball for Glenn United Methodist Church. He lives near Emory University with his wife of 24 years and their three daughters.
Noreen Crowley, Class Teacher
, was born in New York City and raised in the surrounding area. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies (summa cum laude) from St. John's University in Queens, NY Shortly after discovering Waldorf education in 1996 at the Waldorf School of Garden City, she relocated to Florida and taught math and science at a charter school. As the school expanded, Noreen envisioned and created a middle school program. However, her heart was still with Waldorf education. Hence, she pursued and received her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch New England Graduate School. After teaching at a developing Waldorf school in Florida, Noreen and her family relocated to Decatur to join a more established school community. Having recently graduated from Academe of the Oaks, her son is a thriving sophomore at Oglethorpe University, while her daughter is attending a master's program at Columbia University. Noreen enjoys the close proximity to the mountains and the opportunity for hiking and camping in Georgia.
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.
As a professional writer and editor, Derek D. Hambrick
makes words work. The California native (and Georgia transplant) has made a career developing internal and external communications as well as contributing a bit of wit to the advertising world. Outside of work, Derek has supported youth education as both a national youth group leader in Sukyo Mahikari and as a coach with Triumph Youth Soccer. He earned a self-directed B.A. from Oglethorpe University, shortly thereafter realized that he wanted to write for a living, and returned to his alma mater for a degree in Communications and Rhetoric Studies. Ever since his son started Morning Garden at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, Derek has sought to lend a hand – and some words – through promoting the Annual Fund, Apogee campaign, several auctions, and the WSA Marketing Committee.
was born in Lodi, California and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul holds degrees from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Georgia State University (Cum Laude) and attained his Master's degree in Counseling from Georgia State's College of Education. Professionally, Paul works as a financial advisor with Edward Jones where he provides retirement planning and investment services. Paul lives in Grant Park with his wife, Emily, and two daughters, Eleanor and Ruby Anne, both of whom attend The Waldorf School of Atlanta. In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, maintaining his 100+ year old home and competing in endurance mountain bike events in the Southeast.
was excited to join the WSA Board in the fall of 2014. He and his wife, Elizabeth, strongly support the Waldorf philosophy of education and have a son that attends WSA. Ben has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Georgia and earned his Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In addition to working as a child and youth therapist in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Ben has also been a musician (guitarist) as well as a bar manager (Brick Store Pub). In 2004, Ben was thankful to return to a helping profession when he founded and became owner of Georgia CPR, LLC, a safety training company based in Atlanta.
Sandra Martin, Pedagogical Chair
, comes to us from the Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, where she has been Faculty Chair and Interim Faculty Administrator since 2012. From 1989 through 1996, Sandra was a Class Teacher at the Waldorf School of Milwaukee in Wisconsin where she carried a mixed class starting in grade 2/3 through their 5/6 year, and then picked up the Grade 1 class and was with them through Grade 3. Ms. Martin then spent twelve years in the Milwaukee Public School system, first as a teacher, and then at the District level as a District Math Leader, Problem Solving Facilitator, and finally, District and School Improvement, Student Achievement Supervisor. It was then that she returned to Waldorf education in Pewaukee at Prairie Hill Waldorf School.
Ms. Martin's colleagues in Wisconsin and beyond could not say enough about her enthusiastic love of Waldorf education, her vast reserves of equanimity, and her impressive collaborative capacities. Ms. Martin has been the Prairie Hill AWSNA Delegate and is a Member of the Pedagogical Section of the Anthroposophical Society. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute (a Waldorf teacher training institute in the Great Lakes region).
Annie Sommerville-Hall, Kindergarten Teacher
, has been teaching preschool/kindergarten at WSA since 1993 and taught in our Morning Garden program for several years. Born in New York, and raised in Atlanta, GA, Annie attended Georgia State University and the Southeastern Center for the Arts. She received her Waldorf certificate in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College in 1998. Annie has been a teacher of many subjects, including swimming, art, barn management, horseback riding, and beekeeping. Annie taught art at The Friends School of Atlanta and had a Waldorf playgroup in her home prior to joining WSA as a preschool/kindergarten teacher. Annie has been married more than 30 years, and has two daughters, both of whom have graduated from WSA. Her oldest, one of the first graduates of WSA, received her Masters in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her youngest, a graduate of Academe of the Oaks, the local Waldorf high school is currently at Brenau University studying for a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
is an Australian citizen, born in Sydney. He joined Unilever in 1983 after completing his high school education, ultimately becoming the youngest State Manager. He left Unilever in 1991 to develop an innovative software solution that specialized in Consumer Goods Company processes. He built this business beyond his home shores, with offices in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany, Japan and the USA. Scott was on the board of two Waldorf Schools in Australia, where his three daughters attended from kindergarten. In early 2012 his business was acquired and Scott, his wife Lulu and the three daughters relocated permanently to Atlanta where he continues his role as Chief Technologist. His hobbies include fishing, golf, learning to fly and more recently learning guitar.
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.
Abby Wright, Class Teacher
, was born and raised in Talladega, Alabama. Looking for a change of scene after high school, she attended Grinnell College in Iowa and majored in French and linguistics. While in college, she worked in the theatre department's costume studio and has been designing and sewing her own clothes ever since. After graduating from Grinnell, Abby went on to pursue graduate study in linguistics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While there, she was introduced to Waldorf education by volunteering with the handwork teacher at the Emerson Waldorf School. Eventually, her interest in Waldorf education overshadowed her interest in Vowel Nasality, her dissertation topic, so she decided to pursue her Waldorf teaching certification at Antioch University of New England. While in New Hampshire, she also worked in the young adult department at the Nashua Public Library. Abby spent her years in New England pining for the South and moved to the Atlanta area with her husband, Aaron, as soon as her teacher training was finished. She spent a year learning the ropes as the first grade assistant at The Waldorf School of Atlanta before taking this class. Abby enjoys fiber arts of all kinds, cooking, and gardening.
Linda Wright-De Agüero
is the Associate Director for Prevention Science in the Office of Science, Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta,Georgia where she is responsible for ensuring that scientific integrity, rigor and public health ethics are maintained in research and programmatic work. She has 25 years of experience in public health focusing on HIV/AIDS and the influence of social and environmental factors on health and wellbeing. She has worked both domestically and provided technical assistance to numerous countries in Africa, Central Asia and Asia under the President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to strengthen program planning and development, implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions, program evaluation and research. She has conducted research and published numerous articles and reports on a variety of topics. Earlier in her career, Linda worked extensively in Latin America and was on the faculty at the University of Missouri, the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College. Dr. Wright-De Agüero holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois-Urbana and received her doctoral training in sociology and rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Ohio State University and her master of public health from Emory University.
Emily Zdan, Community Chair,
assumed this role in the fall of 2013. Emily has a B.A. from Emory University and a Masters in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has also completed the two-year Foundation Studies course through the Center for Anthroposophy. Emily has had a private therapy practice, counseling children, adults and families. She is a Kindermusik teacher, and for ten years, also taught music to children at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Emily currently has four children enrolled at WSA, and for many years, was an active volunteer in the community before assuming her current role.