Our Faculty and Staff
Our experienced teachers are led by Peggy Waterhouse, M.Ed., a Certified Waldorf Educator, and strive to apply Waldorf ideals to the daycare setting. We are committed to enlivening our work and eliciting enthusiasm through artistic expression. We work 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. We strive to create classrooms infused with love and joy where children are cared for with warmth and respect.
Peggy Waterhouse, M.A., M.Ed.
Lead Teacher, Sunflower class (Preschool)
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. Ms. Waterhouse also holds an MA in Music specializing in Vocal Performance. Participating in the conception of The Pine Hill Child Care Center at ConVal High School in 2005, she served as its director for the Pine Hill Waldorf School until its closing in 2013.
Out of this closing, A Child’s Nature—Care and Education was conceived and founded by parents, staff and community members. Under Ms. Waterhouse’s leadership, A Child’s Nature continues its mission to serve children needing full day care in a beautiful and respectful environment with insights provided by Waldorf education. It is with great enthusiasm that she continues this important joyful work. Ms. Waterhouse has been the executive director of A Child’s Nature since July 1, 2013. She has the NH credentials for administration, early childhood master teacher, and early childhood master professional for faculty, mentoring, training and consulting.
What the community says about our Director, Peggy Waterhouse:
“What she offered touched everyone in attendance. Not only the breadth of her knowledge was evident, but also the depth or extent to which she has internalized each stage of early childhood and ways to meet a child's needs at each stage. Above all, her warmth, passion, and presence were felt by all. She is a captivating speaker.” –Becky, Candice and Lisa, Co-leaders of Hillsborough County Holistic Moms Network
Sharon Harless, M.Ed.
Lead Birth-to-Three Teacher, Bluebell class (Infant/Toddler)
Sharon Harless operated her own childcare center, Norah's Depot in
Greenfield, NH from 1999-2011. Since deciding to close the business, Sharon
joined the Pine Hill Child Care Center Infant
Room staff in May of 2011. She served as associate teacher and assistant director through 2013, continuing
to learn more about Waldorf Education.
Since moving to Lyndeborough 28 years ago, Sharon has taught in the NH public school systems of Rindge and Lyndeborough, as well as teaching 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 accepted the lead teacher position at A Child’s Nature in July 2013 and serves on the Board of Trustees as the staff representative.
Associate Teacher, Sunflower Class (Pre-school)
Jo-Ann Maxwell is delighted to join the Staff
of A Child’s Nature. She brings her experience of Waldorf Education, gained
through working at the Pine Hill Waldorf School for ten years. She served in
the office and the school's medical room for seven years. Jo-Ann spent four years as the Pine Hill Summer Program assistant teacher and Kindergarten substitute teacher, and supported
the young children in the school's
Jo-Ann has expanded her knowledge of Waldorf education over the years through a Waldorf Summer Renewal course and other workshops. This year, Jo-Ann successfully attended child development classes at Sophia's Hearth Family Center and is currently enrolled at Manchester Community College to continue her child development education.
Jo-Ann grew up in Massachusetts. As a youth, Jo-Ann co-created, held a board of director’s position, and graduated from an accredited alternative high school. She has devoted the last 19 years to human development work as a mother, artist and actively involved parent. Jo-Ann has held many volunteer roles at Pine Hill, including Parent Council Liaison for eight years and Auction Chair for four years. Jo-Ann lives in Amherst with her husband, Brad, and their two daughters, both of whom are successful graduates of Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Associate Teacher and Floater (all classes)
Erica Slater began work with A Child’s Nature at its inception July 1, 2013, but had worked for the Pine Hill Child Care Center since July of 2012. During that year, Erica completed her Child Development Certification at ConVal High School, which included a one-year internship in the toddler room of the Pine Hill Child Care Center working with children ages 18 months to 3 years. Graduating from ConVal High School in June of 2013, Erica received 6 early childhood credits from Nashua Community College.
In her spare time, Erica works for A Child’s Nature families in their homes, and loves to go fishing with her friends. Erica will further her education in the care and teaching of the young child and looks forward to continuing her career at A Child’s Nature.
Associate teacher, Bluebell class (Infant / Toddler)
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 B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. 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 the Pine Hill Child Care Center in summer of 2006 as an Associate Teacher working with all of the age groups. In 2010, she became 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. She is currently working part-time supporting the Infant/Toddler class and A Child's Nature in general.
Gail Agans has held the books since the founding of A Child’s Nature in July 2013. She joined the Pine Hill Child Care Center staff September 2011 and has worked at the Pine Hill Waldorf School since 2003. Having supported the collaboration of the Pine Hill Child Care Center and Pine Hill for many years in synching the two schools’ books, Gail was delighted to take on the full business role of the office. Gail is committed to the work of A Child’s Nature and finds the balance between a busy office, congenial workplace and service-oriented mission very satisfying.
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.