Grade School Faculty

Anais Adair

Handwork Teacher

Anais Adair is an artist, musician, and actress who was born in Italy and raised between Florida and Germany.  After earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Museum School in Boston, MA she moved to rural Tennessee where she studied woodworking at the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts.  Her love for performing and creative collaboration drew her to New Orleans in 2009.  Before coming to WSNO she worked as an arts educator in a variety of programs including private art camps and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  She is very excited to be sharing her passion for handwork with the New Orleans Waldorf community. 

Lila Campbell

Movement Teacher

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 for her second year as the Games teacher and looks forward to the journey ahead. 

Jill Contento

4/5 Grade Teacher
Grades Faculty Representative

Jill Contento has been an educator since 1995. Her degree is in art education, and she has always been an active artist.  In 2011, Jill became the first-grade teacher for a tiny class of students, and she taught a combined first/second grade class in 2012. Her Waldorf teacher education at the Sunbridge Institute has been amazing and instrumental in her first years as a Waldorf teacher, helping her to reach as a teacher, artist, and human. Being a Waldorf teacher has allowed Jill to teach music, art, poetry, literature, mathematics, science, games, in a beautiful, creative way. She feels that the true joy in teaching and learning has returned to her soul. Jill continues to pursue her own education, particularly in anthroposophy, to further her effectiveness as a Waldorf teacher.

Caroline Delaney

Math Teacher for Grades 4-8
Caroline Delaney has 6 years of lead teaching experience, servicing grades 3-12. She holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction received from the University of New Orleans. She helped co-author a chapter in a teacher resource book, "Bringing the NCTM Standards to Life: High School 2nd Edition". In addition to her work at WSNO, she is currrently assisting in lesson development with the Seymore Foundation.

Rachel Flores

Grade 2/3 Teacher
Rachel Flores was born and raised in New Orleans. She was introduced to Waldorf Education several years ago and knew that she wanted to be a part of this model of education. Rachel was thrilled to join the Waldorf School of New Orleans as the movement teacher and assistant first and second grade teacher in 2014 and was excited to take a first grade class of her own in 2015. Prior to joining WSNO, Rachel worked as an outdoor educator teaching life science to fourth graders. She graduated from teacher training this year at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.

Abigail Mullen

First Grade Teacher

 Abby has worked as a preschool teacher, after-school teacher at City of Lakes Waldorf School, assisted in several classrooms at Raphael Academy, and most recently taught 4th grade special education. During her time at Raphael Academy she found that connecting the head, heart, and hands was the foundation of education. She also read about Steiner’s Anthroposophical work which deepened her interest in Waldorf teaching. Abby intends to gain her elementary education certification through a Waldorf Institute. Abby has a bachelor of fine arts and brings her artistic and energetic nature to the Waldorf School as the first grade teacher.

Rebecca Nelson

8th Grade Teacher

Rebecca holds a MA in Anthropology from Tulane University and a MS Ed. in Waldorf Elementary Education from Sunbridge Institute.  While studying Mayan Archaeology at Tulane, she discovered Waldorf Education.  She assisted at WSNO in the Kindergarten and the Grades, which inspired her to become a class teacher.  After graduation from teacher training in 2007, she took up a sixth grade at Green Meadow Waldorf School, and carried them through eighth grade.  She then moved back to New Orleans and WSNO, where she has become a middle school specialist.  Her class is currently in the eighth grade.

Kasia P. Holmes

Music Teacher

Kasia Paciorkowska has enjoyed a broad spectrum career in music education and performance, holding positions as Associate Conductor/Accompanist of the Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Principal Flute of the Silesian Orchestra, and as Collaborative Pianist at Christopher Newport University. Most recently, prior to moving to New Orleans, she maintained an in demand teaching schedule in Asheville, NC, where she served as Music Program Director for Invest Collegiate Imagine Charter School, Music Director for Swannanoa United Methodist Church, Piano Faculty for Academy for the Arts of Asheville, and Collaborative Pianist at Mars Hill University.

Steve Pauzolis

6/7 Grade Teacher

When he discovered Waldorf education, he was struck by the way subjects were taught and students were treated in the classroom.  Steven's background was in public school and, after discovering Steiner, he wished he had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school.  By then his school days were behind him and he was searching for a meaningful line of work.  Encouraged by what he had discovered, he decided to obtain a Master’s degree in Waldorf Education.  Through the teacher training, he experienced the magic of being in a Waldorf classroom. This year, Steven is excited to bring that same magic and love of learning to his students.

Lesley Rubenstein

Library Teacher

Lesley was born in New Orleans, attended high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from SMU in Dallas with degrees from the history and news editorial/writing programs. Lesley immediately began her career in education by working at SMU and then Jesuit High School in New Orleans.  She was thrilled to discover WSNO and feels blessed to have joined the community in  2007. A bibliophile and lover of literature, Lesley established the school's  library, taught English, assisted in nursery, taught middle school and First Grade. She is currently the Library teacher for all grades classes.

Lisa Vigran

Spanish Teacher
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Lisa was born and raised in California.  She attended the Sacramento Waldorf School K-12.  She graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles before moving to Spain where she lived for several years studying Spanish and teaching English.  She holds the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extrajera (C2) as well as a Diploma de Esudios Hispánicos from the University of Salamanca.  Just before moving to New Orleans she completed her California Teaching Credential and is currently pursuing her master’s in education.  Lisa is excited to be working with the Waldorf School of New Orleans.