Meet Our Faculty

BWS relies upon an energetic and dynamic team of Waldorf-trained educators. Our teachers come from around the world to share the wonders of Waldorf education with our Brooklyn-based community. Together, we learn from one other’s range of experiences and delight in each of our individual gifts.

Collaboration among teachers, staff, and students is highly encouraged, and BWS faculty work together with enthusiasm to care for the entire community. Maintaining such a mutually-supportive working environment ultimately helps our students develop their own sense of social responsibility.

Early Childhood

  • Gun Blue, Lead Teacher
  • Monika Stanislawek, Lead Teacher
  • Monica Sibrizzi, Lead Teacher
  • Gillian Zagorski, Lead Teacher
  • Claire Christerson, Aftercare Lead Teacher
  • Jenny Lee, Assistant Teacher
  • Hanna Jane Guendel, Assistant Teacher
  • Debbie Campbell, Assistant Teacher
  • Sara Cameron, Assistant Teacher
  • Chloe Engel, Aftercare Assistant Teacher
  • Dawn Warfield, Parent-Child Teacher

Lower School


  • Elise Pizzonia, Grade 1 Class Teacher
  • Marlena Giraldo, Grade 1 Assistant Teacher
  • Coeli Polansky (Interim) Grade 2 Class Teacher
  • Serena Ingram, Grade 2 Assistant Teacher
  • Sojourner Walker Williams, Grade 3 Class Teacher
  • Sarah Casey (Interim), Grade 3 Class Teacher
  • Elana Margolis, Grade 4 Class Teacher
  • Monica Snavely, Grade 5 Class Teacher

Middle School

  • Casey Griffin, Grade 6 Class Teacher
  • Liam O’Brien, Grade 7 Class Teacher
  • Kiana Ward, Grade 8 Class Teacher

Specialty Subjects

  • Chris Castelli, Mathematics & Technology Teacher
  • Finn Bell, Athletic Director & Movement Teacher
  • Eder Curu Souza, Gr 1-4 Games & Movement Teacher
  • Nora Stanley, Music Teacher
  • Sibylle Johner, Music Director & Orchestra Teacher
  • Aliya Khan, Spanish Teacher
  • Paul Gamble, Mandarin Teacher
  • Dorke Poelz, Handwork & Craft Teacher
  • Kannan Mahadevan, Test Prep Teacher
  • Sophie Streitweiser, Librarian & Substitute teacher
  • Chuck Nwoke, Gr 5 Language Arts Teacher

Learning Support Team


  • Naomi Nocera, Director of Learning Support
  • Aleah Black, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Teacher
  • Dr. Keneca Boyce, Guidance Counselor

Parent Association Chairs


  • Kristy McAllister
  • Adrienne Westwood

Board of Trustees

  • Tiana Grimes-Wolfe, Co-President
  • Cynthia Hammond, Co-President
  • Konrad Meissner, Board Liaison
  • Monica Snavely
  • Monika Stanislawek
  • Alex Blades
  • Kojo Campbell
  • John Egnatios-Beene
  • David-Michel Davies
  • Yvonne Perez Zarraga
  • Jelani Mashariki
  • Linda Ogden
  • Christina Pantazis-Blades, Administrative Representative

Faculty Council


  • Monica Sibrizzi
  • Gun Blue
  • Naomi Nocera
  • Casey Griffin
  • Christina Pantazis-Blades
  • Sophie Streitweiser

Administrative Team

  • Christina Pantazis-Blades, Administrative Director
  • Sheila Shaw, Admissions Manager
  • Edward Holtby, Communications Coordinator
  • Manny Vilmatelo, Front Desk Receptionist
  • Morgan Bissett-Tessier, Advancement & Administrative Support Coordinator


Business Office
  • Lena Lvova, Business Office Associate
  • Annie Ng, Business Office Coordinator
  • Alex Exley, Business Manager


  • Lollo Romanski, Facilities Manager
  • Luis Urueta, Custodian
  • Joseph Tsiporin, Building Superintendent
After School
  • Chuck Nwoke, After School Program Manager
  • Alanis Brown, After School Care
  • Stephen Ira, After School Care

Take a look at the Stories section of our website for articles about our faculty and their vast array of impressive talents and gifts!