Jeff brings 23 years of Waldorf class teaching experience to WSNO. He has taught at schools in both his native Canada and the United States, having mostly taught in Toronto and, most recently, in Los Angeles. Last year, Mr. Feldman joined us for a year to provide coverage for the 2/3 grade class. Enthused by our school and life in New Orleans, he has embraced a new challenge, that of being our first Pedagogical Administrator. Mr. Feldman is excited about the potential for Waldorf Education in NOLA and eager to help lead us through the next phase of growth, into a permanent location. Prior to being a Waldorf teacher, Mr. Feldman spent several years as a Canadian Radio and Television announcer and reporter, specializing in sports.
Office Manager, Early Childhood Center
Besides working as the office manager at the Waldorf School, Liz helps run a community bike shop in the upper 9th ward (called RUBARB) in which people come to work on and learn about bikes, and kids participate in an earn-a-bike program, art projects, and field trips. Before her New Orleans life, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, got her Master's degree in International Education, and explored South America and Southeast Asia. She enjoys music, food, laughter, traveling by bike, and her favorite Sunday thing to do is attending second line parades. She admires people who grow their own food, build things, and have creative minds. She's grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Waldorf School!
Most recently Lisa served as Executive Director for Luke’s House Clinic, New Orleans’ only free medical and mental health clinic for five years. During her time with the clinic she raised over $750,000 in grant funding and donations, relocated the clinic to a permanent location and increased program services. She moved to New Orleans four months after Katrina to work with Rebuilding Together at the PRC and then spent over three years with The Pro Bono Project as their Deputy Director. Her nonprofit experience has focused on fiscal administration, grant writing and management, volunteer management, strategic planning, mission driven program development and overall operations and administration. In July 2015, she attended her first session of Waldorf Administration Training on Whidbey Island, WA and she plans to complete the certification training program. Outside of work she loves to go picking in Michigan for her antiques/furniture business. In her spare time she showers too much affection on her dog Chumlee.
Erin Reho Pelias
Office Manager, Grades
Erin is a parent at the school and joined the Administrative Staff after a seven year stint as a New Orleans Entrepreneur. She founded and ran her own retail business growing it to a web store and second location and successfully selling the business earlier this year. She has participated in Goldman Sacs 10,000 Small Businesses and was awarded Woman Owned Business of the Year in 2016 by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Erin is a life-long dancer and attributes her determination and work ethic to her dance training. She believes in arts-based education for her children and is excited to work at WSNO during this time of growth and expansion.
Enrollment and Outreach Director
Margaret has been part of supporting Waldorf Education in New Orleans since 1985. Alongside a full-time career in high-end retail, she worked over 30 years to promote locally and nationally the broad spectrum of initiatives growing out of Rudolf Steiner’s work and insights. From 1999-2012 she was on the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Margaret served on the WSNO board from 2007-2016. She is grateful to finally merge vocation with employment as Enrollment and Outreach Director in this exciting new phase of growth and development for the Waldorf School of New Orleans.
Before Care Teacher, Grades
Alyssa is the administrative and billing assistant at WSNO, and also does before care at the grades campus. Previous to this, and before having her daughter, she was a teacher of Russian language and culture in the Chicago Public Schools and various colleges around the country. In the past, she has also done extensive work with horses, and worked as an auto mechanic. Alyssa was Waldorf educated from 1st - 12th grades in Chicago, and is very happy to be part of the growing movement of Waldorf education in New Orleans.