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. 

Jill Contento

4/5 Grade Teacher

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 1/2 Teacher
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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 is currently pursuing her teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.

Stacy Jones

After Care Teacher

Rebecca Nelson

7/8 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 seventh and eighth grade.

Steve Pauzolis

5/6 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 my 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, and taught middle school. She is currently teaching first grade main lesson.

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.