Our Faculty and Staff
Each of our three classrooms is guided by a lead teacher, trained in Waldorf Education. These teachers work together with associate teachers, assistant teachers, graduate and college interns as well as high school students enrolled in the Early Learning Childhood certificate program at ConVal high school. The teachers strive to create a safe and cozy environment for the young child, using materials that are from the earth. Our rooms are warm and beautiful, with space to move and climb in a safe way. We sing and laugh as frequently as possible. We understand that our children need safety, comfort and beauty in order to grow well. They need to feel that the world is a good place.
Peggy Waterhouse, MA, M Ed
Peggy Waterhouse has been working with the young child since 1984. At that time, she specialized in the infant and new parent skills, eventually working for UNICEF and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Europe. Returning to the US in 1996 brought her to the Pine Hill Waldorf School and the Kindergarten. There she was an assistant, lead teacher, early childhood department chairperson, and completed two years as chairperson of the faculty. She received her Waldorf Certification in 2000 and her Master of Education degree at Antioch New England in 2001. Peggy also holds an MA in Music specializing in Vocal Performance. The Pine Hill Child Care Center, founded in 2005, was conceived under Peggy’s leadership and it is with great enthusiasm that she continues this important joyful work. Peggy has been the Director at the Center since August 2006. She has the NH credentials for administration, early childhood master teacher, and early childhood master professional for faculty, mentoring, training and consulting.
Gail Agans, joined the PHCCC staff in September 2011. She has worked at the Pine Hill Waldorf School since 2003. Having supported the Center all these years in synching the two schools books, Gail was delighted to take on the full business role of our office. Originally from Newton, MA, Gail graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the Appalachian Mountain 4,000 Footer Club. Gail's daughters are both graduates of the Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Lead Teacher, Sun Children (Pre-school)
Jamie Hooper began at the PHCCC in October of 2012. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in education from Notre Dame and completed post graduate work including her Waldorf certificate at Antioch University New England. An artist at heart, Jamie believes in the transformative powers of using our hands for works of practical beauty. The same can be said of her teaching. Having worked with all age groups, Jamie is devoted to each individual’s transformative ability. She taught for two years as an assistant at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in their mixed age kindergarten and is very happy to have the Lead Teacher position at the PHCCC in the Sun classroom of 3 to 5 year olds. Jamie has two children, one of whom is in third grade over at the “big school” (Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton). Jamie spends her “free” time as a small business owner of Nova Expressions which creates natural toys for the young child.
Lead Teacher, Star Children (Toddlers)
Rosario Mitusio-Wright was born in Bolivia and moved to California in 1977 to become an early childhood teacher. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and a Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate. Rosario has taught in public school, private school, Montessori, and for the past 22 years has been a Waldorf teacher. Four years ago, Rosario and her family moved to New Hampshire to live and work at Plowshare Farm, a life-sharing community with disabled adults. LIving in Peterborough, Rosario became the Lead Teacher of the Star Toddler classroom at PHCCC in January of 2012. She is delighted to spend time working with the children and their families.
Lead Teacher, Moon Children (Infants)
Lynne Pentler experienced Waldorf education from the parental side as her daughter attended Pine Hill from kindergarten through eighth grade. She believes that the protective nurturing of Waldorf-style education and parenting prepares the children to go off into the world with confidence and compassion. Lynne has a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Biochemistry, as well as being NH lead teacher qualified. She has worked in a variety of jobs from research in biology labs and technical writing, to co-managing a retail arts and toy store at the Pine Hill Waldorf School. Her prior teaching experience consists of four years at a more traditional preschool, four years as a special education aide at the middle school level, and a lot of volunteer work in the classrooms at Pine Hill. Lynne joined PHCCC in summer of 2006 as an Associate Teacher working with all of the age groups. Since 2010, she has been the Lead Teacher of our Infant Program caring for babies aged 6 weeks to 18 months, and in 2012 she completed the early childhood training certificate at Sophia’s Hearth Family Center specializing in the child from birth to three.
Associate Teacher, Star & Sun Children (Toddlers & Pre-school)
Carol Busch graduated from ConVal High School in 2009 with a certificate from the Early Childhood Education Program. Having done her internship here at PHCCC, Carol continued as a summer hire to grow herself as a student and teacher. She is very excited to have a permanent fulltime position in work she loves. Carol has been an Associate Teacher in all of our classrooms but is happy to be part of the toddler team for the past four years. In Summer 2012, Carol began working with the older children in our summer program for grades children and also as a Sun Room (preschool) support teacher. While working, she has completed enough college courses to be a qualified lead teacher. Carol hopes to be the best teacher she can be with help from her co-workers, the parents, and of course the children.
Alisha was an Associate Teach er at Pine Hill Child Care Center from 2007 to 2013 in the Toddler room. She is particularly interested in the special needs child. Alisha loves the winter and spends free time snow boarding. Alisha accepted the co-lead position for A Child’s Nature July 1, 2013 and is looking forward to the challenges and joys of working with this new age group.
Associate Teacher, Sun Children (Pre-school)
Kim Duthie began working as a young girl babysitting neighborhood children. Her love of children guided her to receive her Early Childhood Education Certificate from the first class of the Applied Technology Center at ConVal High School from which she graduated in 1998. Kim has two children, the eldest of whom brought her to Waldorf education through the Cobb Meadow School where children are valued for their play and natural enthusiasm without the pressures of intellectual schooling. Kim continues in her quest to complete a M Ed by taking courses at nearby colleges and hopes to one day achieve her Waldorf certification as well. She has been an associate teacher for the Sun Preschool Room since 2010. Kim joined the Child's Nature Board of Trustees to insure the continuation of quality child care in the Peterborough area.
Sharon Harless, M Ed
Associate Teacher, Moon Children (Infants)
Assistant Center Director
Sharon Harless operated her own child care center, Norah's Depot in Greenfield, NH from 1999 to 2011. Since deciding to close the business, she joined the PHCCC Infant Moon Room staff in May of 2011 and is learning more about Waldorf Education. Since moving to Lyndeborough 27 years ago, she has taught in the NH public school systems of Rindge and Lyndeborough as well as deaf students at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Sharon earned two degrees at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, a BS in Early Childhood Education and a M Ed with specialization in Young Children with Special Needs. Sharon particularly enjoys sharing music and movement with young children and giving them a sense of community by collecting food and donations for both people and animals in need. In her leisure time, Sharon enjoys time with her husband Bruce and her dog Mercy. She loves to walk and garden. Sharon is loving life and feels very fortunate to be able to share it with so many families, children and dedicated teachers. Sharon also works as Assistant Director for the center and has joined the new Child's Nature Board of Trustees as the staff representative.
Associate Teacher, part time, Sun Children (Pre-school)
Alicia Rajaniemi graduated from ConVal High School in 2012 with a certificate from the Early Childhood Education Program. Having done her internship at the PHCCC for two years and also working afternoons at the Center, Alicia continued to grow as a student and teacher. She was hired as a regular part-time associate teacher in the summer of 2012 and she is very excited to have work in an environment that she loves. Alicia has spent time in all of the classrooms but is very happy to be working in the Sun Classroom as the afternoon support teacher. She is enrolled in her first college course this fall and is excited to start her career. Alicia hopes she can be the best teacher she can be with the help of her coworkers.
Associate Teacher, Moon & Star Children (Infants & Toddlers)
Trisha Van Horn started at the PHCCC in her senior year at ConVal as part of the School to Career Program. After completing her 5-month internship and graduating in 2007, she began working part-time and eventually became full-time in our Infant Room. Trish has worked in the retail industry at Hallmark, construction industry, as well as the food industry at Grappelli’s. She particularly enjoyed her work for Tree Free Greetings in Keene, an all natural card making company which ships product all over the world. There she did accounting, order entry and collections. Trish has completed four early child courses from Granite State College which allows her to work as a full time Associate Teacher in both our Toddler and Infant Rooms. She enjoys working with both ages, helping the little ones as they transition from the baby room to the busy toddlers. She continues to take courses as she works toward an Associates Degree.
Assistant, Star & Sun Children (Toddlers & Pre-school)
Ashley Shannon graduated from Triform Camphill Community in June 2005. There she completed the home economics apprentice program learning about nutrition and flower arrangement. When Ashley moved up to New Hampshire in 2005, she helped with the initial work to prepare the Center to open its doors. Ashley has been working with the Star and Sun children, two days a week since our opening. She loves to be with the children and enjoys her time with them thoroughly. Ashley lives at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, a special needs adult community where she also contributes to the well being of others.