1st Grade Class Teacher
Rebekah Hopkinson joins LCWS this year from Merriconeag Waldorf School where she worked as the 1st Grade Assistant and Lead Aftercare Teacher for the school’s K-8 extended day program. She graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Education and Waldorf Certification from Antioch University New England. She holds a Bachelors of Art from The Evergreen State College, where she first encountered her interest in teaching through creating and leading a program at Lincoln Elementary School in Olympia, Washington. This project worked with grade school students around social issues of conflict and inequality through a curriculum of gardening, art, cooperative dialogue, and community service. These passions and her love for children led her to Waldorf Education. Ms. Hopkinson has lived on both coasts of the country as well as her native, Hawaii. She loves New England and is thrilled to join the LCWS community!
2nd Grade Class Teacher
Leah was born and raised in Middlebury, VT. Her father was an art professor at Middlebury College so she grew up with a close connection to many of the artistic and cultural offerings at the college. Her parents are both avid nature lovers so she also spent a great deal of time exploring VT via canoes, skis and hiking trails. She knew that her path would one day bring all of these early influences and passions together. Leah’s journey lead her to Africa twice to study dance in Ghana and environmental issues in Kenya, to teach English in a Mayan village in Mexico, to teach in a preschool in Bend, OR, to work on an organic farm in Ecuador, and ultimately to Essex, NY where she worked at an organic farm/land conservation organization. There was a Waldorf preschool at this farm. She was so moved by the magic and wonder she saw in the eyes of the children, that she fell in love with the philosophy of Waldorf education which seemed to bring her many passions together into one. Leah completed her Waldorf teacher training and Masters degree in education from Antioch University in 2011 and started teaching at LCWS in 2012. She earned her bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Saint Lawrence University in 2005. Leah’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking and fly-fishing.
3rd Grade Class Teacher
Ms. Garlieb joined the LCWS faculty in 2003, after teaching at the Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee, the nation’s first public Waldorf school, for four years. It was her interest in social justice and a desire to provide balance to inequalities, as well as a sense of responsibility to the earth, that led her to a career in education. Waldorf education appealed to her because of the empathy she saw in the community among students, faculty and parents, as well as its emphasis on arts and movement and the sense of health and vitality she noticed in students.
A native of West Allis, Wisconsin (a working class suburb of Milwaukee), Ms. Garlieb majored in elementary education and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and then received her Master’s in Waldorf education from Antioch New England Graduate School. She is working on her second first through eighth grade cycle at LCWS!
4th Grade Class Teacher
Ms. Markow joined the LCWS faculty in 1993, and recently completed her second cycle of being a Class Teacher. Ms. Markow previously taught English as a foreign language at a Waldorf school in Nurnberg, Germany and at a university in Slovakia. She was also a first grade teacher at a public school in her native St. Louis. She became involved in education because she wanted to make a positive difference in the world, and was attracted to the Waldorf approach because it serves the whole child. She loves witnessing the children unfolding and is nourished by the partnerships that form in the school community with colleagues and parents. Ms. Markow received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and M.A. in education from Washington University in St. Louis. She received Waldorf training while in Nurnberg, Germany. She is married to former LCWS teacher Stephan Vdoviak and they have two children, Emma and Madeline.
5th Grade Class Teacher
Colleen has been a class teacher at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School since 2010. She fell in love with LCWS and Waldorf Education shortly after moving to Vermont from New York City in 2007 while researching graduate programs in education. Colleen completed her Waldorf teacher training and Master’s degree at Antioch University in 2009. Colleen received a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Sound Recording Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2002. Colleen was born and raised in Rochester, NY with her seven siblings. Colleen has always been around young children and loves teaching. She especially appreciates the freedom and inspiration that the Waldorf curriculum offers.
6th Grade Class Teacher
Ms. Verman came to LCWS in 1990, after teaching in a public elementary school and YMCA preschool. She always wanted to be a teacher, like her mother, and in addition to her classroom experience she was an early childhood developmentalist for a few years. Because Waldorf education embraces beauty, reverence, community, and love, Ms. Verman felt she did not have to split her career and spiritual life. She grew up in Larchmont, New York, attended George Washington University, and received degrees in Arts & Sciences, elementary education, and human development and family studies from UVM. She is married to Howard Verman, who is also an educator and has two sons, Stephen and William, as well as a cat and chickens.
7th Grade Class Teacher
Mr. Diehl-Noble joined the LCWS faculty in 1995, after teaching music at a public elementary school in Maine and at Michael Hall Rudolf Steiner School in England. His parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles were teachers, and he too felt called to this vocation. He was initially drawn to Waldorf education by the high value placed on the arts and the deep dedication he experienced in the teachers he first observed. Mr. Diehl-Noble grew up in Castleton, Vermont, the oldest in a close-knit family of five children. His parents are professional musicians as well as teachers, and played in the Vermont Symphony, taking their children around the state on weekends. Mr. Diehl-Noble received a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and then received elementary education certification from the University of Southern Maine. While in England he completed Waldorf teacher training at Emerson College. Mr. Diehl-Noble also actively performs as a cellist in the area. He and his wife, LCWS teacher Abigail Diehl-Noble, have three children, Benedict, Flora, and Simon.
8th Grade Class Teacher
Mr. Foster joined the LCWS faculty in 1995 and is currently in his second cycle of being a Class Teacher. Previously he taught fourth grade at the Highgate, Vermont, Elementary School and was also a special education teacher and substitute at several schools in northwestern Vermont. He says that for him teaching is a vocation, not a job. He loves the anthroposophical light on the developing human being, working with children, and cultivating the art of teaching. Originally from Rochester, New Hampshire, Mr. Foster moved to the Burlington area when he was eight and has never left. He studied arts and crafts, as well as education, at Trinity College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He holds certificates in elementary and special education. He enjoys sports, racquetball, playing guitar, writing music, and most of all, fathering—he is the father of LCWS students Emily and Sophia.
Upper Grades Teacher and Enrollment
Abigail Diehl-Noble has taught middle school and high school humanities at LCWS for ten years. She has a B.A. in English from Macalester College and an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University; she received her Waldorf teacher training from Antioch New England and the Centre for Anthroposophy. She continues her excellent work in the Enrollment office. Ms. Diehl-Noble loves to be outdoors, has directed Waldorf-inspired after-school programs, and is currently the Summer Camp Director at LCWS. She lives in Vergennes, Vermont with her husband and three children.