Core Faculty

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Left to Right: Eric Muller, Martina Angela Muller, Andree Ward, Lynne Stolfo, Patrick Stolfo

 

photo by Catdodge PhotographyAndree T. Ward

Alkion Center: Early Childhood Specialization; Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School: Early Childhood Teacher

B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas; M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University. Andree T. Ward is currently teaching Parent-Child classes at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. She has been a Waldorf Early Childhood educator at HVS since 1982, teaching Kindergarten, Nursery, and Parent-Child classes. Her other professional responsibilities include mentoring and evaluating Waldorf Early Childhood teachers and evaluating developing member schools for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Andree participates in the annual WECAN conferences in Spring Valley, NY and has also attended several international conferences in Dornach, Switzerland. She has gained further professional development by attending conferences which focus on specific topics, such as puppetry and birth-to-three. She has attended Association of Waldorf Schools of North American (AWSNA) conferences as the delegate for HVS. She is a member of WECAN, the Anthroposophical Society, First Class, and Pedagogical Section. Andree is a core member of the Alkion Center since its inception and teaches in the two year Foundation Studies program and the annual Summer Intensive. She directs the courses in the Early Childhood Specialization of the Waldorf Teacher Training Program.

 

photo by Catdodge PhotographyEric G. Müller

Alkion Center: Director of Teacher Education, Anthroposophical Studies, History through Music, English; Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School: High School English and Drama

Eric G. Müller was born in Durban, South Africa, and double majored in literature and history at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He attended Emerson College in Sussex, England, where he completed the Foundation Year, with emphasis on drama and creative writing. He studied Waldorf pedagogy at the Waldorf Institute in Witten-Annen, Germany, where he specialized in music education. Together with his family he moved to Oregon, where he became a class teacher at the Eugene Waldorf School, carrying a class through the eight year cycle. During this time he also taught German and music (orchestra, chorus, and individual classes).  He was a co-founder of the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training Program.

Currently he teaches English and Drama at the Hawthorne Valley High School. The blocks he teaches include Eschenbach’s Parzival, Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s The Odyssey, History through Music, and Comedy and Tragedy. He is particularly interested in teaching electives on modern poetry, creative writing, and contemporary literature. For many years he directed the high school chorus.

He is a founding member of the Alkion Center and the director of the education department. He has taught at Simon’s Rock College of Bard as an adjunct chorus director, as well as summer courses at Sunbridge College. Over the years he has served as both faculty and college (council) chair, and sat on numerous committees, such as the Teacher Development Committee, which holds a special interest for him. He has written two novels, Rites of Rock (Adonis Press, 2005) and Meet Me at the Met (Plain View Press, 2010), as well as a collection of poetry, Coffee on the Piano for You (Adonis Press, 2008). His poetry, articles, and short stories have appeared in many journals, anthologies and magazines. www.ericgmuller.com

 

Lynne Blankenship Stolfo

Alkion Center: Eurythmy
B.S. in Education, Southwest Missouri State University; Diploma of Eurythmy, Spring Valley, NY; Diploma of Therapeutic Eurythmy, Copake, NY.

Lynne is a performing, pedagogical and therapeutic eurythmist. Besides having an extensive background in dance, choreography, physical education, early childhood education, and yoga, she has enjoyed teaching color eurythmy for painting courses, high school students in Waldorf Schools, and therapeutic eurythmy at Triform. Currently, she is busy being a long distance parent to six wonderful, adult children and working with the elderly in the healthcare profession.

 

photo by Catdodge PhotographyMartina Angela Müller

Alkion Center: Painting and Drawing, Inner Development, Visual Arts Training, Administrator; Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School: Art Teacher

Always searching for the spiritual in art, Martina Angela Müller is a visual artist practicing in a number of different fields. Apart from numerous exhibits of her work in galleries and various area venues, she has been internationally published as a children’s book illustrator, and taught painting, drawing and sculpture at adult education centers and at the middle and high school level. The main body of her work is abstract painting, fueled by the ongoing question into the nature and expression of color. This work is mostly done in oil, but she also enjoys sculpture, environmental art and installation. Born and raised in Germany she studied art at Emerson College in England, at Ruhruniversität Bochum and at the Institute for Waldorf Pedagogy in Witten Annen, Germany. In her mid-twenties she moved to Eugene Oregon, where she was artist in residence at the Lane County Council of the Arts, and cofounder of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program where she was head of the art department for several years. In upstate New York she was cofounder of Gallery 345, an experimental Arts Collective in Hudson, NY whose mission it was to engage the viewers in dialogue and activites. She is currently working as a freelance artist and teaches at the Alkion Center for Adult Education, of which she is a cofounder, and at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Her graphic work has included a number of logos and letterheads for educational and research institutions. She was a recipient of a Credere Fund grant that she used for her installation “Layers of Light” at Basilica Industria in Hudson, NY in 2009. Her main teachers have been: the late great Hudson River School painter Thomas Locker, Annemarie Martin and Gotthilf Michael Pütz. She and her husband Eric Müller have three grown sons and live in Ghent, NY, where she maintains her art studio.

 

photo by Catdodge PhotographyPatrick Stolfo

Alkion Center: Philosophy of Freedom, Theosophy, Study of Man, History through Art and Architecture, Sculpture, and Alkion Co-Administrator M.A. in Waldorf Education, Mercy College of Detroit; B.F.A. from Wayne State University; Sculpture, Emerson College, England

Patrick is an educator and practicing artist. In addition to university studies in his home state of Michigan, he studied and taught sculpture at Emerson College from 1977-81 under A. John Wilkes. He has taught students at the lower, middle, high school, and adult levels since 1978 in clay sculpture, ceramics, wood and stone carving, drawing, history of art and architecture, philosophy, anthroposophy, and Waldorf pedagogy. His artwork has been exhibited, commissioned, or installed in New York, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, England, and Sweden. Patrick works out of his home-based “Calyx Studio” in Ghent, NY. Click here to view his work.

While continuing to teach guest blocks and mentor teachers in North American Waldorf schools, during his 22 years of full time work at Hawthorne Valley School he taught main lessons in the high school, specialist art blocks across the grades, and engaged in various aspects of school governance and administration, including High School Chair [12 years], Faculty Chair, and the Board of Trustees. Patrick has taught adult courses in numerous Waldorf Teacher Education programs, is a founding and active core faculty member of the Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center, and is an adjunct instructor each summer at both Antioch University, New England and the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire.