Our faculty and staff join us from all over the United States and abroad, bringing their experience and joy for working with young children and families. We are most grateful for their interest and involvement in the work of Sophia’s Hearth Family Center. The special, intimate and collegial atmosphere present in every event is a hallmark of our conferences and courses, and arises from the gifts of our excellent faculty.
Katherine Scharff is the Director of Teacher Education at Sophia’s Hearth. She is also a preschool and parent-child teacher at the Waldorf School of Saratoga, New York as well as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach. She has completed the Sophia’s Hearth full Waldorf teacher education program and additional training in the Pikler approach. With her background in nursing and specialized training in the anthroposophical approach to nursing, Katherine brings these skills to our teacher education students.
Susan Weber was the Director of Sophia’s Hearth Family Center for many years. She directed and taught in the Waldorf early childhood teacher education program at Sophia’s Hearth as well as at Antioch University. She is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and writer in the field of Waldorf early childhood education. She has focused upon the illumination shined upon the understanding of the first three years of the child’s life as understood in Waldorf early childhood education, especially in the light of the approach of the Pikler Institute.
She has lectured internationally, most recently at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland and in Spring Valley, NY. She also led a multi-year course on the child in the first three years in Khon Kaen, Thailand, for teachers throughout Southeast Asia. Click here for articles Susan has written for publication.
Jane Swain is an associate director and core faculty member of our teacher education program, bringing her life long experience, training, and research into children’s sensory motor development. Jane is a movement specialist and pediatric physical therapist, a graduate of the Level III training in Spacial Dynamics®, certified in Bothmer Gymnastics®, in Sensory Integration Praxis testing and Bobath/Neuro-developmental Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy. Jane has studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest. She has a special interest in the child’s integration of the primitive reflexes. Jane previously taught movement education in the early grades at the Monadnock Waldorf School and has provided classroom consultation and worked privately with children for many years. Click here for articles that Jane has contributed on many themes. Jane is certified by the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau as an Early Childhood Master Professional Workshop Trainer.
Janene is an associate director and core faculty member of out teacher education program. She is also a kindergarten teacher at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Harlemville, NY. She is the founder of the Magical Puppettree community puppet troupe. She is currently the research project leader for work to foster an understanding of and make visible the relationship between contemporary research into brain and neurological development, multiple intelligences, and the learning process, and the practices growing out of Waldorf early childhood education.