Lower Grades Faculty

Laura Cox

Laura Cox

Grade 2 Teacher

lcox@seattlewaldorf.org

Originally from Connecticut, Laura moved to Baltimore to attend the Johns Hopkins University where she obtained her BS and later completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching program, earning her K-8 teaching certification. She taught grades 3-5 in public school for three years before staying home with her young children. Parent to two Washington Waldorf School (WWS) ‘lifers’ (EC-12th grade), Laura has worked at WWS since 2006 in several capacities including serving as a grade school substitute and teaching middle school English skills. She began class teaching in 2009 after completing her Waldorf Teacher Training through the NOVA Institute in Maryland. Moving to Seattle fulfills a 30+ year dream for Laura, who felt immediately as if she was returning home when she first visited the city. She looks forward to further exploring the PNW as a resident and becoming an active member of the SWS community.

Lynn Aaberg

Lynn Aaberg

Grade 3 Teacher

laaberg@seattlewaldorf.org

Lynn Aaberg became involved in Waldorf education when her own children attended a Waldorf school in Oregon, where she gained an appreciation of the importance of teaching to the whole child and honoring each child at their own stage of development. Lynn has degrees in botany and biology from UC Riverside and UCLA, and received her Waldorf certification at Sunbridge College. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham dyslexia tutor, and has completed her coursework for Extra Lesson through the Association of Healing Education. Lynn was a class teacher for grades 1-8 at Honolulu Waldorf School for eighteen years, and enjoys teaching all grade levels, whether it’s singing and dancing the times tables in the early grades or making sparks fly in middle school physics. Living in Hawaiʻi for more than 20 years has given Lynn a feeling of responsibility for helping connect children with their environment and honoring the land they inhabit. She is moving to Seattle with her husband and Australian Shepherd, and is looking forward to muddy hikes and reconnecting with the Pacific Northwest.

Simone Blanchard

Simone Blanchard

Grade 4 Teacher

sblanchard@seattlewaldorf.org

Simone (she/her) was born and raised in California. Simone received a Bachelor’s in English Teaching from Brigham Young University as well as a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University. Simone also has a background in teaching English and Korean as a second language. Simone joined Seattle Waldorf School in 2021 and has developed a love for the misty weather and verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys traveling, writing, reading, and singing.

Andria Keegan

Andria Keegan

Lower Grades Assistant Teacher

akeegan@seattlewaldorf.org

She earned a Master in Teaching From the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA with an emphasis on anti-bias education. She has developed this calling throughout her adult life in a variety of educational settings on both east and west coasts, in alternative, tribal, independent and public schools, and across all grade bands. Years later as a parent, she came to Seattle Waldorf School where her continued involvement has deepened her understanding of the Waldorf pedagogy. In her free time she can be found enjoying the company of loved ones and working on projects in-house or in the ground.

Amanda Sept

Amanda Sept

Lower Grades Assistant Teacher

asepts@seattlewaldorf.org

Amanda holds a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies, with an emphasis in Reconciliation Studies. She has spent 8 years working with children, and 2 years working in formal education.

Daisy Tsang

Daisy Tsang

Mandarin Teacher

dtsang@seattlewaldorf.org

Bio coming soon. 

Megan Owens

Megan Owens

Games Teacher, Faculty Co-Chair

mowens@seattlewaldorf.org

Bio coming soon.

Daichi Hirata

Daichi Hirata

Lower Grades Assistant

Ayase Saxman

Ayase Saxman

Piano Accompanist, Early Childhood Assistant

asaxman@seattlewaldorf.org

Ayase was born in Osaka, Japan. At 18 years old, she moved to the United States, studied the piano, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Michigan State University. It has been a great joy working as a music therapist and assisting children of all abilities and talents. She joined Seattle Waldorf school in 2021 as a eurhythmy piano accompanist, and recently became a teaching assistant in the Early Childhood program.   She is always open to learning from the children and the ever-evolving field of music. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, listening to music, baking, and learning french. 

Ms. Diethelm

Ms. Diethelm

Handwork Teacher

ydiethelm@seattlewaldorf.org

Ms. Diethelm is an artist and educator who has been working in Waldorf education for the last 15 years. She started her schooling at the Denver Waldorf School, which she attended through third grade. She received her Waldorf Teacher Training in Honolulu and has worked as a high school art teacher at Panyotai Waldorf School in Thailand and as a handwork teacher at Kona Pacific Charter/Waldorf School on the Big Island of Hawaii. Growing up in Seattle and attending the University of Washington, Ms. Diethelm was drawn to visual culture and art, receiving a Comparative History of Ideas degree emphasizing Native American Studies. Along with teaching, she is currently working on a Master of Fine Arts. She has taught students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds worldwide and has a passion for inspiring youth through the arts.