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

M.Ed Antioch University. Waldorf Certificate. B.A. Anthropology Wheaton College (MA) with exchange scholar year at Dartmouth. Mom of 3 Waldorf Lifers.



Rachel Bleicken

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

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

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.



 Lynn Turner

Lynn is a native Washingtonian, wife and mother of two young children. After enrolling her youngest in school, Lynn became a regular substitute teacher at Acorn Hill in the Fall of 2011. In 2012, Lynn joined the faculty and staff as an Assistant Teacher at Acorn Hill 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 Sweet Briar, VA 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 this June. Lynn loves to spend time in her garden and cook for her family and friends.



Chimay Posavec

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.



Specialty Teachers


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.