Preschool/Kindergarden Teacher | Ms. Gwyn Schmidtberger
I have finally landed and work with the children, parents and faculty I am meant to be with.
Waldorf education is something that whispers and waits for the person to hear. My journey started in 2000. While living in NYC a colleague exposed me to the education. Once I had moved to Germany in 2003, I continued to befriend those involved in this kind of schooling. While in Germany, I realized that Prairie Moon was just being born around 2005. I knew that if I ever did end up back in Kansas, I would be a part of that school.
I am an educator and have taught in a variety of ways.
I am wholeheartedly dedicated to Prairie Moon and my love for Waldorf education is unwavering. I am so blessed to work in a school that is committed to Anthroposophy while I look forward to every in-service, actually every weekly faculty meeting as well, for our book study, artistic activity, song and fellowship. I see our school, the only one in Kansas, as the pioneering front for bringing an education of abundance and dedication to the whole child to the heart of our nation—where love for education exists but can be greatly transformed in the now.
Preschool/ Kindergarten Teacher | Ms. Kate Gonzalez
Biography and photo to come.
Preschool/ Kindergarten Assistant Teacher | Ms. Maya Weil
Biography and photo to come.
1st Grade Teacher | Mr. Matthew Steinle
Matthew's bio and photo to come.
2nd Grade Teacher | Ms. Christen Napier
Christen's bio to come.
3rd/4th Grade Teacher | Mr. Ireneo DeLeon
Ireneo De Leon started teaching after he had graduated from University of San Carlos, Cebu City, in the Philippines where he took up his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1998. He took up his Master’s Degree in Psychology the following year as he worked at a private school for boys. Realizing that he needed to professionalize his teaching career, he studied education and got his license as a teacher in 2003. He has had experiences as an educator both in the academe and administration for different private schools, including serving as a principal for a number of years, until he discovered Waldorf education in 2006. It was not until 2011 when his relationship to Waldorf education had become deeper when he enrolled his daughter in a Waldorf Kindergarten school in the Philippines. Since then, he started reading and studying what Waldorf can offer to the different families in his home city. To further understand the application of its philosophy, Ireneo underwent training in Gamot Cogon Institute, a center for Waldorf education studies in the Philippines.
Ireneo is currently finishing his Masters in Education with a certificate in Waldorf Education at Antioch University New England in New Hampshire.
“The greatest thing that I have realized in teaching children is that it is a great privilege to be chosen by my students to guide and nurture them in this world. This privilege is accompanied by a great responsibility to carry on a noble duty, a duty to guide children to discover themselves with freedom. This reminds me to carry with a deep sense of reverence for each child I face.”
3rd/4th Grade Short-Term Substitute Teacher | Ms. Holly Hangauer
Holly Hangauer joined Prairie Moon Waldorf School in 2013. She thoroughly enjoys blending her love of arts, handwork, music, the natural world and children in her teaching. True delight comes her way when the children enjoy a lesson she brings them. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Holly has a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and has completed two years of the Midwest Regional Waldorf Teacher Preparation Course. When she's not lesson planning, she loves to rearrange and paint her house, create jewelry, sew and knit, hike, and take her two adorable children on long walks.
5th Grade Teacher | Ms. Molly Mackinnon
In her 6th year at Prairie Moon, Molly teaches the 5th grade class and French to all grades students as part of their 2nd World Language block. She also serves on the Middle School committee as well as the Professional Development committee. Her two younger sons, Jasper and Cormac, attend Prairie Moon, while her older son, Henry, keeps Limestone's kitchen going and her daughter Ruby teaches herself how to make shoes in her family's artisan shop, Celestina. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Molly moved to Lawrence to pursue a Masters in Polish Literature. Once in hand, she moved on to a second Masters in Education. She has attended the Midwest Waldorf Regional Teacher Preparation course for three years as well as many summer trainings, geared especially toward adolescence and world languages. When she isn't teaching, you can find her in the prairie looking for hawks and things to draw.
6th/7th Grade Teacher | Mr. Bret Schacht
Since 2006, Bret Schacht has enjoyed teaching the grades students at PMWS. He was inspired by the spiritual world-view and vision of Rudolf Steiner he found in researching biodynamics while working on an organic CSA. All that he wished to learn he found in the Waldorf school curriculum, created out of Steiner’s philosophical principles. One principle states that teachers are to form the curriculum from observing the children in front of us. He found a proclivity and immense joy for this teaching English in South Korea. Upon return to the United States, he earned his Master's in Education and Waldorf Teaching Certificate. Again, he struck out overseas to teach at an internship in Christchurch Waldorf School in New Zealand. This rich experience at a fully developed lower and high school helped him step into a grades position at White Mountain Waldorf School in New Hampshire and then his current position at Prairie Moon Waldorf School.
Grades Handwork and Aftercare Teacher | Ms. Raven Harper
A member of PMWS since 2010, Ms. Harper enjoys teaching and learning from the children as she guides them to use their hands to create beautiful work. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Textile Design from The University of Kansas and completed Prairie Moon Teacher Preparation with Robin Bacchus in the summers of 2012–2014. She enjoys doing all handwork media and taking walks with her husband and dog.
"Prairie Moon Waldorf School is a welcoming, rich community where loving, beautiful families come to grow, learn and share. In the years that I have been teaching here I have grown so much in my inner life and I've seen amazing growth in all the children that I have taught. We as teachers really care and really love; we see a need and we want meet it. I am so thankful that I found
Grades Woodwork Teacher | Mr. Brian Langham
Grades Movement Teacher and Admissions Director | Ms. Megan Corcoran
A faculty member of PMWS since 2007, Megan Corcoran appreciates Waldorf Education for its beauty, richness, child-centered approach and for the compassionate commitment from the faculty, board and parent communities. Megan grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and as an undergraduate studied Psychology and Women's Studies at Luther College in Northeast Iowa, spending junior year abroad, at the University of Nottingham in England. After working in social services with children and families in Oregon and in Iowa, she taught English for one year in Daegu, South Korea. Megan earned a dual master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire. She completed four years of the five-year Waldorf Movement Teacher Training, in New York, with Jaimen McMillian at the Spacial Dynamics Institute and attended portions of the Midwest Waldorf Teacher Preparation Course at PMWS. Megan enjoys the outdoors, time with family and friends, practicing yoga, traveling, and being with her two children who happily attend PMWS. Megan also serves Prairie Moon as Admissions Director and Early Childhood Administrator.