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
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 aftercare program.
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, Sunflower Class (Pre-school)
Nathan Arnold is 28 years old and has worked with children of all ages for many years. He graduated from ConVal High School in 2004 and Johnson State College of Vermont in December 2008 with a BA in Creative Writing. At JSC, Nathan worked for 2 years at the on-campus pre-school (ages 2-6years). After graduation, he worked for the ConVal District as a substitute teacher, working in any classroom from preschool to high school and everything in between. Nathan also worked at the Pine Hill Child Care Center as a district one-on-one assistant for a special needs student before joining staff in both our toddler and preschool classrooms as both full and part time Associate Teacher.
Nathan completed the Masters of Education Degree program at Franklin Pierce University this spring of 2014. His goal is to work in public middle or high school students, but until then, he is happy to join A Child’s Nature and return to many familiar faces. He enjoys listening to and occasionally playing music, reading and writing fiction, exercising, and Native American history, culture, arts and crafts.
Lead Birth-to-Three 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 the 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, Bluebell class (Infant/Toddler)
Sam Morton has been working with young children since her sophomore year in high school where she interned with the Toddler Classroom at Pine Hill Child Care Center until her senior year in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to pursue her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Nashua Community College which she will complete in December of 2014. She has interned at the kindergarten level at Sunrise Children's Center in Amherst, NH as well as with infants and toddlers at the Early Head Start in Nashua, NH.
Samantha has a passion for learning and being a part of the magic of working with children. She has been drawn to Waldorf Education since her exposure at the PHCCC and is delighted to have her first full time position in a Waldorf environment, beginning as Associate teacher in spring of 2014.
Associate Teacher, Floater for both classes, Summertime
Heather Wilson is excited to be a part of A Child's Nature-Care and Education. She will be with ACN primarily over the summer and school breaks throughout the academic year working in the infant/toddler & preschool classrooms as a floater. This fall she heads off to Lesley University to complete her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. Heather has worked with children from infant to elementary, in various capacities for the past decade. These include dance/nature camps, in-home care, and road trips.
Before joining ACN, Heather worked at Nature's Pathways childcare center in Nashua for the past year. After graduating from Souhegan in 2009, her undergraduate studies included studying dance abroad in Lyon, France, as well as some early childhood classes. Heather continues to enjoy being a part of the unique journey each child takes as they grow. Each child she has worked with has helped her to grow even more as a childcare provider and a person, so she looks forward each day of working with the children. She loves being outdoors, and working on her backyard farm consisting of 40+ chickens and vegetables.
Heather loves what she is experiencing at A Child’s Nature. She sees the Waldorf environment as a great opportunity to grow and develop more teaching skills in new and different ways.
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.
Note from a new young teacher:
“This past week working has been great! I am loving what I am experiencing at A Child's Nature. Adjusting to a new center doesn't happen overnight, yet I am feeling more and more confident with the ins and outs of ACN. This environment is a great place to work with children to guide them as they grow. I foresee this as a great opportunity to grow and develop more teaching skills in new and different ways than I have had to before.” –Heather