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.
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.
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.
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.
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
, grew up in Selma, Alabama and attended boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in German from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Irish Steiner Waldorf Association in County Clare, Ireland. After teaching kindergarten for two years in Ireland, she moved to Atlanta and assisted in the school's 5-day kindergarten program before taking her current class in the first grade. Elizabeth has also taught Grade Four at Linden Corner Waldorf School in Nashville, Tennessee. She has directed an extended day program, taught theatrical games and movement, and volunteered in public schools and community programs for elementary school children. Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing, music, travel, and the arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.