The Faculty at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. All teachers have had Waldorf training. At the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach for his or her highest potential. Feel free to contact our office if you would like to speak to one of our faculty members about Waldorf Education and the programs at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School.

Here is my hope for the future: that good teachers and their allies will find their voices. Already there are a few signs. The research community and some thoughtful journalists are beginning to take seriously what teachers have known for a long time: that they can never replace the human dimension, the teacher’s voice telling stories that feed the child’s imagination; the teacher’s hand helping the child to grasp the butterfly net; the teacher’s eye and heart that sees, as no machine will ever see, the spark of recognition in a child’s face.

Ed Miller, The Alliance for Childhood


Faculty Bios


 Lark Bergwin-Anderson, Second Grade

M.Ed Antioch University. Waldorf Certificate. B.A. Anthropology Wheaton College (MA) with exchange scholar year at Dartmouth. Mom of 3 Waldorf Lifers. Ms. Bergwin-Anderson has traveled extensively overmuch of the world and speaks several languages. Her 3 children attended Acorn Hill and Washington Waldorf Schools throughout where she also volunteered in numerous capacities over the years ( and still does so). She encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner upon her graduation from college and had been a Lifelong student. An avid Gardener, a lover of the arts, among Ms B-A ‘s many former hats was representing anthroposophical artists including a large art show at NIH.


Rachel Bleicken, Bluebird Co-Teacher

Rachel Bleicken has been working with young children for over ten years. Ever since she first became a nanny when she was a teenager, she has known that she wanted to work with children. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at University of Maryland, she became an assistant teacher in the five-day nursery class at the Waldorf School of Baltimore in Fall 2013. The following year, she relocated and worked as an assistant in the Redbud class here at Potomac Crescent. She is now the co-teacher of our Bluebird nursery class.

 Wendy Cardany, Redbud Lead

Wendy Wales Cardany began at our school as a parent in 2001 and was very active in the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Community. She began and led the first parent handwork group and continues to enjoy handwork as a hobby, especially natural dyeing. Ms. Cardany has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and worked for years with children and families in Washington, DC before completing her Waldorf Teacher Training at NOVA Institute. She became our Bluebird teacher in 2013 and then in 2015 became the teacher for the Redbud class.

In her spare time, Ms. Cardany enjoys spending time with her two children. She is also a Fairfax Master Naturalist and volunteers in the Town of Vienna on a regular basis. In addition, she is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and volunteers with the Wildlife Rescue League of Northern Virginia.


Stella (Za) Dawson, Third Grade

BS in Marine Science, Eckerd College; MEd and Waldorf Teaching Certificatation, Antioch University New England. Za has taught children in Waldorf and mainstream school settings since 2008 and holds a deep appreciation for the kind, inquisitive, and creative students at Potomac Crescent. Za enjoys traveling, quilting, being outdoors, and supporting the art and music community in Baltimore, where she resides.



Mercedes Estevez, Afternoon Program Lead

Mercedes was born in Guatemala, and while growing up she lived in many different countries. As a young adult she earned a degree in French language while living in France. She became a photo and language editor for Américas, a cultural magazine published by the OAS. She then helped establish a non-profit organization while working for Conservation International in the rainforest of  Guatemala, benefiting local residents while preserving the environment. Her journeys later took her to India, Nepal, Indonesia, and the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, where she studied cultural Anthropology. She discovered Waldorf Education after her son was born, and became passionate about it. She has taught at Potomac Crescent and Washington Waldorf schools. She has a Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts certificate, as well as course work on Teaching World Languages (Grades 1-5) both from Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH; a certificate from Lifeways North America (ME), and Early Childhood Waldorf Kindergarten coursework from Sunbridge College (NY). Mercedes is fluent in written and spoken English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and is a certified interpreter for Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught languages to both children and adults. A lifelong vegetarian, she loves animals, cooking, the outdoors, travel, and holistic healing.

 Lynn Turner, Bluebird Co-Teacher

Lynn is a native Washingtonian, wife and mother of two young children. After enrolling her youngest in the school, Lynn became a regular substitute teacher at Acorn Hill Waldorf School in Silver Spring, MD in the Fall of 2011. In 2012, Lynn joined the Faculty at Acorn Hill as an Assistant Teacher and worked in the Young Nursery and Kindergarten classrooms until 2014. Lynn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education from Trinity University in Washington, DC.  Lynn is currently pursuing a three year Waldorf Teacher Training and will receive her Certificate in Early Childhood at The Sunbridge Institute in New York in June 2016.  Lynn loves to spend time with her family and friends, working in the garden, and exploring the world!



Chimay Posavec, Redbud Assistant

Chimay is originally from Woodstock, New York. She has recently been living in the Bay Area while completing her three-year Waldorf teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College. During that time she also worked at the San Francisco Waldorf School. Inspired by the artistic element of Waldorf education, the unique community and the integration with nature, as well as having worked wtih children for most of her life, she believes Waldorf is the perfect fit. She has spent much time as a volunteer with children doing art and community building in South and Central America. Chimay loves traveling to different parts of the world, gardening, crafting and doing art, and spending time in nature and with friends and family.

Anna Skidmore, Oak Tree Lead

Anna has a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with an emphasis on culture, literature and the arts from University of Washington; Waldorf Teaching Certification from Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Before arriving at PCWS Anna was a lead kindergarten teacher at the Waldorf-inspired Monterey Bay Charter School. Prior to that she was a kindergarten assistant at Marin Waldorf School and volunteered at San Francisco Waldorf School. Anna has also taught pre-k in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and worked in after care and taught games class in Monterey. Anna grew up in the Pacific Northwest. The rich culture and natural beauty in that part of the country instilled a sacred appreciation for nature and the arts. In her spare time Anna loves cooking with her husband, running with her rascally pup, and hiking with both of them. 

Specialty Teachers

Carol Kelly

Carol Kelly, our new music teacher, was a Waldorf Class teacher and music teacher for 12 years at The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and The Hawthorne Valley school in upstate New York. She studied music at Emerson College in Forest Row England, where she was exposed to world music and improvisation, which she brings into her lessons with children. She is a singer, choir director and camp director, and works as a priest in The Christian Community in College Park, MD. Carol has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University, teaching music curriculum to prospective Waldorf teachers for 20 years. She is a mother and grandmother, plays flute and guitar and is a great storyteller!

Adriana Gomez

Adriana is a native spanish speaker. Was born and grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a Master in Textiles from Universidad de los Andes. She first learned about Waldorf education after having her own children. Her 2 kids attend Washington Waldorf School. She has hold several volunteer positions at both waldorf schools in the area and is currently teaching Spanish in PCWS and assists in the after care program in the Children’s Garden at WWS.


Kristen Henley-Hills

Kristen has a BA in applied history from Carnegie Mellon. She has attended many summer sessions at Waldorf teacher colleges on boath coasts and developed a special interest in movement as part of a whole education. In order to bring this powerful and important experience to home-schoolers, she developed and has taught a Waldorf-style Games/Movement class for the last 12 years in the metro area. She loves anything involving the outdoors including camping and boating with her husband and three children. Kristen has a great love for the grades, having homeschooled two of her three children through 8th grade Waldorf-style. Her third is in fifth grade, and the oldest attend high school at Washington Waldorf.