Early Childhood Center Faculty

Robin Heindselman

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

Office Manager, Early Childhood Center
After Care, 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! 


Jan Lopez

Nursery Teacher
Parent-Child Playgroup Teacher

Diana Miklos

Jasmine Kindergarten Teacher
Diana Miklos is the Lead Teacher of Jasmine Garden Kindergarten. She had trained in theatre and graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Education.
Diana had taught at Waldorf Academy in Toronto, Canada, since its founding in 1987.  Since joining Waldorf Academy, she had 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 a member of the Board of Trustees of Waldorf Academy in an advisory capacity.
Diana completed her Waldorf training while working at the school 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. Outside of teaching, Diana is the artistic director and founder of Theatre as a Metaphor in Toronto. She helped design and present Waldorf puppet shows at many public libraries in Toronto and created benefit shows and concerts for Waldorf Academy.  In 2015 Diana initiated Progetto Toronto/Saluzzo, a cultural exchange between Italy and Canada. 

Heidi Anne Porter

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

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.