Early Childhood Center Faculty

Lila Campbell

Movement Teacher
Before & Aftercare (Early Childhood)

Lila Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master's degree in Physical Education, both from the University of Maryland. A graduate of the Washington Waldorf School, Lila is thrilled to join the Waldorf School of New Orleans this year as the Games teacher and looks forward to the journey ahead. 

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.

Jan Lopez

Nursery Teacher
Parent-Child Playgroup Teacher

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.