Early Childhood Center Faculty

Robin Heindselman

Faculty: 
Nursery Assistant

Robin is an Arkansas native and first arrived in New Orleans to attend UNO. After earning an English degree followed by an M.A. from SUNY Binghamton, she spent several years here as a musician and several more in Austin as a newspaper copy editor. She returned to NOLA in 2013 and joined Waldorf in 2016. Robin is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching at UNO.

Liz Lichtman

Faculty: 
After care Teacher, Early Childhood Center
Staff: 
Office Manager, Early Childhood Center

Liz started working at The Waldorf School of New Orleans in January 2013, as the Office Manager at the Soraparu Campus.  After a short break for maternity leave, she began again as Office Manager at our Early Childhood Center on Peniston Street.  She is currently also the After Care teacher and her child, Simbi, is a proud member of the Nursery class!  Besides her roles at The Waldorf School, she helped found and is a member of RUBARB, a community bike shop in the 9th ward and is one of the organizers for Girls Rock New Orleans.  

Jan Lopez

Faculty: 
Nursery Teacher
Parent-Child Playgroup Teacher

Diana Miklos

Faculty: 
Jasmine Kindergarten Teacher
Board: 
Early Childhood Faculty Representative

Diana Miklos is the Lead Kindergarten Teacher of Jasmine Garden, EC Chair and Board Member. She has taught at Waldorf Academy(AHWS) in Toronto, Canada, since its founding in 1987 and joined WSNO during 2016-17 school year. While working at Waldorf Academy, Diana has served as the Chair of Early Childhood section and also as the school’s representative for Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). She is currently a Board Member for Waldorf Academy in an advisory position. 

Diana had trained in theatre at the School of Performing Arts/Directing program and graduated from Ryerson University/Theatre School in Toronto, in 1987. She holds a Bachelor of Education.

Diana completed her Waldorf training while working at Waldorf Academy and has participated in numerous professional development opportunities around the world, including the International Early Childhood Conference in Dornach, Switzerland, where she studied therapeutic story writing. She designed and directed the original after school program for Waldorf Academy as part of the Oxford School of Art, Music and Theatre. Outside of teaching, Diana is the artistic director and founder of Theatre as a Metaphor in Toronto. In 1988, Diana joined Angel Wing Puppet Theatre and helped design and present Waldorf puppet shows at many public libraries in Toronto. In 2015 Diana initiated Progetto Toronto/Saluzzo, a cultural exchange between Italy and Canada. 

 

 

Monique O'Toole-Vige

Faculty: 
Jasmine Kindergarten Assistant

Monique is a Louisiana native and began working with young children in the U.K, at Iver Nature Study Center, teaching environmental studies and Buckinghamshire County Council, teaching families cooking and nutrition. Most recently with K-12 with Edible School Yard New Orleans,  in gardening and culinary classes. Monique has a degree from The School of Culinary Arts, at The Colorado Institute of Art. She and her family have been committed to the Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf education movement for over 8 years now, with her own child attending Kings Langely Rudolf Steiner School in UK, Raphael House in Wellington, New Zealand and joining the WSNO community in 2012. " We are proud to call this school home and it is an honor to work with these families, teachers and children".

Heidi Anne Porter

Faculty: 
Kindergarten Teacher
Parent-Child Playgroup Teacher

Heidi has been with Waldorf School of New Orleans since 2002. After participating in several meetings and events designed to promote Waldorf education in New Orleans, she was honored and delighted to be offered the task of creating the school’s kindergarten, which began welcoming children in August of 2003. Heidi received her Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.

Before becoming a Waldorf teacher, Heidi taught in Westchester, New York, and for seven years in Orleans Parish Public Schools, teaching children with special needs. She was awarded several grants to support her innovative work in the classroom with language development and young children. After becoming a mother, Heidi left the classroom for a few years. She ran a small childcare program in her home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She also created and taught a dance class for toddlers and their parents.

Heidi’s son attended Waldorf School of New Orleans for nine years. Heidi believes that her job as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher offers her the perfect opportunity to indulge in her love of storytelling, child development, sewing, gardening, singing, dancing, community building, and working with parents.

Frances Roche

Faculty: 
Kindergarten Assistant

Frances Roche is an Assistant Early Educator with Heidi Anne Porter in the Peniston Kindergarten class. She graduated from Tulane University in 2013 where she spent time outside her own coursework tutoring and assisting in New Orleans classrooms. She has always loved school – the schoolwork, the teachers, the exploration, the company of students. In 2016 she came to us seeking a classroom where each child could grow and be valued, creating balanced foundations for the exciting years of learning ahead. A creative herself, Frances fuels projects with enthusiasm, experience, and joy. She lives in the Irish Channel and when she is not at school prepping a project for the week, she can be found making her way to Audubon Park, working on an illustration, or enjoying all that this great city has to offer.