Our community of devoted and accomplished faculty and staff members strives to create an environment of warmth, enthusiasm, and inspiration for our students each and every day.


To find out about current open positions, visit Work at Sanderling.



Early Childhood


Megumi Caverly

Sweet Pea Lead Teacher

Megumi was born and grew up in Fukushima, Japan. She came to the United States in 1995 to study Anthroposophy and Waldorf education, graduating from Rudolf Steiner College in 1999. Since then, she has taught in both Japan and the U.S. In addition to being our Sweet Pea Nursery/ Kindergarten teacher, she is also the mother of a son enrolled in San Diego Waldorf High School. She loves young children, singing and making things, and is a self-described bookworm—in both English and Japanese.

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Peggy Waterhouse

Marigold Lead Teacher

Peggy Waterhouse is a native to California and first met Waldorf education while living in Germany with her family where her son and daughter attended Frei Waldorf Schule Mainz.  Upon returning to the United States, 10 yrs later, she completed her Waldorf teacher training at Antioch New England and began a 20-year career as an early childhood teacher and administrator at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire where her children attended and then graduated from High Mowing. During this same period, she was adjunct faculty at the Antioch Waldorf teacher training program, teaching Waldorf kindergarten curriculum, early childhood development and supervising interns. She returned to California in 2015 working for three years as a kindergarten teacher and Preschool Teacher/Director at the East Bay Waldorf School. Peggy loves music, holding an MA in Voice, dancing and hanging out with friends and family. She is delighted to serve as the Marigold N/K teacher beginning 2018.


Lori Mcgrath

Rose Class Lead Teacher


Hanna Pellegrino


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Jodi Abelow

GRADE 1 Lead Teacher

Jodi was born and raised in Nebraska in an active, athletic family. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Planning at the University of Vermont before making a move to the West Coast. She taught Environmental Education to children in the Santa Cruz mountains for five years, during which time she discovered Waldorf education. Jodi began her teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in Marin, CA while also working in the aftercare program and substitute-teaching at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos. Halfway through the training, an opportunity arose to study abroad in Australia, so Jodi spent the year learning, working, and traveling to Australian Waldorf schools before returning to California and relocating to San Diego in the summer of 2006. She worked as an assistant and substitute teacher at the Waldorf School of San Diego before joining our faculty in 2007. Jodi enjoys traveling, swimming, cycling, and running, and is often training for and racing in triathlons. She is the mother of two children, a son and a daughter.

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Angelica Rubano

Early Childhood Aftercare Director

Angelica was born in San Diego and was a student in the very first kindergarten class of the Waldorf School of San Diego. Her family then moved to New York where she attended elementary, middle, and high school at the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She worked and then traveled in Europe before moving back to the west coast. Her parents soon followed and have been involved with both Waldorf schools in San Diego County. Angelica is the mother of three (growing, lively, beautiful) boys who attend school at Sanderling. She enjoys singing, crocheting, cooking, being in nature, and watching the unfolding of each developing child.



Elementary & Middle School


Rajee Rajamani

Grade 2
Lead Teacher

Rajee has recently moved to the States having spent 10 years in Singapore before this, where she first encountered Waldorf education through artistic workshops, study groups and lectures. She did her initial teacher training in the Phillipines with Master teachers from Germany, and helped start the teacher training with some of the same mentors in Singapore which is where she completed her training. She has a keen love of Waldorf education, and enjoys working with its rich insights into child development in her first grade class. Music and reading, dancing and board games, walks in nature and deep conversations are some of her favorite things. She is looking forward to the journey through the grades with her class, growing and maturing with them along the way. 


Melissa Nilsen

Grade 3
Lead Teacher

Melissa received her Waldorf certification, and her master’s degree in education, from the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute.  This is Melissa’s fifth year at Sanderling. After graduating an eighth grade two years ago, she came back to first grade to start the journey again. Melissa loves to see the light of discovery and learning in the eyes of her students. She looks forward to the many adventures she and her class will have together on their way to graduation. Melissa enjoys reading, writing and hiking in the woods with her daughters, Twila (grade 6) and Jada (grade 2).

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Tammy Power

Grade 6
Lead Teacher

Tammy relocated with her wife and dog to the United States from the United Kingdom. Tammy was born in Yeovil, Somerset, UK. She moved around a lot as a child and has lived in many places including London, Devon, Wales, Bristol, and Buffalo, NY. Tammy trained at the University of Plymouth UK and received a B.A. (honors) in Waldorf Education. She taught at both Exeter Steiner School and Bristol Steiner School before coming to Sanderling and joining her class as their first grade teacher in 2014. She loves art, music, nature and photography. Tammy is passionate about Waldorf Education and feels it is a great gift to journey from Grades 1–8 with her class in such a lovely school.

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Pat Caverly

Grade 8
Lead Teacher

Pat grew up in New England, in the middle of a clamor of five children. She studied physical geography, graphic art, and early childhood education in college, and obtained her Waldorf teaching diploma from Rudolf Steiner College. She has trained teachers internationally, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Lizdani, Latvia, and instructed in the summer training programs at Rudolf Steiner College, including a year long instruction of the public school teachers for the first public Waldorf magnet school in Sacramento. Pat has two grown children—Jesse, a graphic artist in San Diego, and Loriel—a botany scientist living in Arcata. Pat is delighted to be teaching at Sanderling. In her spare time she enjoys a good read and riding her bike around Oceanside, and is happy to be spending more time with her family in San Diego.



Specialty Subjects

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Amy Schick


In 1996, Amy was the founding teacher of the Hummingbird Parent-Child class which later grew into Sanderling Waldorf School. (Her daughter was also part of the first class.) Amy completed her Foundation Year at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, followed by a four-year training in Eurythmy at Spring Valley, NY. She then completed her pedagogical Eurythmy Training at Emerson College in England. Amy has taught Eurythmy at Waldorf Schools in Santa Barbara, San Diego and at the Journey School, a charter Waldorf School in Aliso Viejo, CA. She has been teaching Eurythmy at Sanderling since 1999.


Annette Andranian


Annette (or "Frau Andranian", as she's known to students) lives in Cardiff with her husband, their three children, a dog, and five chickens. A native of Berlin, Germany, she has lived in Encinitas for ten years. She moved here after graduating from the Free University in Berlin, where she majored in Elementary Education and teaching English as a Foreign Language. Annette taught first grade at La Costa Meadows Elementary School before leaving teaching to start a family. In her free time, Annette loves to walk and play at the beach, explore with her children, and meet her friends over a cup of tea. She's thrilled to be teaching at Sanderling, especially since the Waldorf environment reminds her so much of her own school experience as a child. She is excited to share her native language and culture with her students.


Susanne Hoover


Susanne (Frau Koch Hoover) grew up near Frankfurt, Germany and studied biology in Germany and the US. She holds a Ph.D. from UCSD in Immunology. She has extensive science teaching experience at the college and high school level. She started teaching German in 2004, and has raised her two children bilingually. She regularly travels with her family to Germany and other countries to instill a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation for language. Learning a language opens the door for global understanding and builds the heartfelt wish to experience new things! She enjoys spending time with her family and many animal friends, and relentlessly trains for triathlons to raise money for cancer-related charities. 


Veronica Cardoso


"Señora" Veronica joined our faculty in 2015.

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Thea Mason

Movement & Games

Thea was born in an Indiana suburb of Chicago to two educators. Along with her three sisters, she attended the only K–6 Montessori school in the region. While she admired the philosophy of Maria Montessori, as a mother to three sons, she found deep resonance with the philosophy and pedagogical intelligence of Rudolf Steiner. Thea is a graduate of the level one Spacial Dynamics program, founded and led by Jaimen McMillan in Upstate New York and she recently completed the Bothmer Gymnastics certification through ABGA, Association for Bothmer Gymnastics in America. Thea has almost twenty years of movement teaching experience, eleven of them teaching children at Sanderling. She loves movement, the joy it brings to the body, the spirit, and the community that benefits from the participation and engagement of capable, joyful people.

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Amy Hite


Amy is a strong advocate of community and local regeneration, which she feels deepens San Diego’s sense of regional and personal identity. She blogs at peoplespath.com and is the owner of Organic Hammer, a sustainable landscape design company and retail store offering workshops and supplies for the urban homesteader. Amy feels that children have an innate connection with nature, and that by encouraging this bond we can foster a sustainable future. In addition to being our gardening teacher, she is also a mother of two daughters who attend our grades program. She lives with her family in Encinitas.

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Joe McNalley

Cello, Violin & Viola

Joe began bass violin studies at the age of eleven, and started writing orchestral music in his early teens with Edwin Barker, Ran Blake, Miroslav Vitous and Hankus Netsky at the New England Conservatory of Music. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Arts in Music from UC San Diego. Widely acclaimed for his stylistic versatility, Joe maintained a stimulating and varied performance schedule as principal bass of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Irvine Camerata. He also played with the Hawaii Symphony and Honolulu Symphony and Opera Orchestras. Jazz has also figured prominently in Joe’s career. He has been honored several times for his solo and ensemble playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and has performed with a variety of notables of Jazz and Blues. Joe has taught music at every level from elementary to college, and currently is an adjunct professor at San Diego City College in addition to teaching at Sanderling. He is also executive producer of “Second Fiddle”, a film by Oscar-winning director Cynthia Wade about the life and work of Carleen Hutchins.


Karina Bezkrovnaia


Karina Bezkrovnaia, born in Riga, Latvia is a third generation of professional musicians. She started piano lessons at age 3, and at 6 she was admitted to the violin class at Emila Darzina Music School for specially gifted children. In 1986 Karina continued her education at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory College of Music. California in Mexico resulted in 9 CDs, one of which was nominated for 2001 Latin Grammy. In 2003 Karina received Merit Diploma from prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. As an active freelance musician in San Diego she continues to perform with California Chamber Orchestra, Classics 4 Kids Philharmonic and just completed her 11 season as a Concertmaster at the Old Globe Theater and her past engagements included former SD Chamber orchestra, SD Symphony and Lyric Opera San Diego. She become a member of Sanderling’s string faculty in 2015. Her students achievement includes Concertmaster position at the upper division in SD Youth Orchestra and international recoding artists among others.

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Terri Power

Middle School Math


Priscilla Dulin


Priscilla was raised in San Diego where her childhood days were filled with reading, creating, and exploring the natural surroundings. After earning a B.A. in Literature and Writing Studies, she worked for Poway Unified School District. She is a student in the teacher training program at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, and before becoming our handwork teacher, she was the Marigold classroom assistant in our Nursery/Kindergarten for several years. She has also worked for the Waldorf-inspired LifeWays center A Child’s Garden of Thyme. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and creating all types of handwork, especially knitting and doll-making.





Doug Reiss

Executive Director



Doug joined Sanderling as its first Executive Director in April 2019.  Prior to joining Sanderling, Doug had recently served the San Diego nonprofit community as the Chief Financial Officer at Episcopal Community Services, as the COO at Harmonium and as the Director of Operations and Finance at the San Diego Jewish Academy.  He has also served as an Executive Director and Director of Fiscal Services and Transportation for nonprofits in New York. Doug comes to Sanderling with an MBA and JD degree as well as a MA in Education and experience as a high school teacher and curriculum director.  

Over the last 30 years, Doug has been responsible for building a K-8 private school in San Jose, California and the San Diego Jewish Academy, a K-12 private school in San Diego.  He is looking forward to building his third school for Sanderling in Encinitas.

Doug is married and along with his wife, Kathleen, they have 6 daughters and twelve grandchildren.  He and his wife live in Carlsbad with their three dogs and two parrots. Needless to say, he is a dog person.



Elizabeth Sainz is our bookkeeper. She can be reached at ELIZABETH.SAINZ@SANDERLINGWALDORF.ORG

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Lara Wiseman

Enrollment Director

A native to North County San Diego, Lara was born and raised in the coastal beach town of Leucadia. Lara earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent her junior year studying abroad in Padova, Italy, and her final class studying in South Africa prior to graduating in 2001.  Her passion for travel brought her to British Columbia, Canada where she worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager of Red Mountain Resort. She returned to North County San Diego in 2010 where her birth experience with her first son inspired her to become a HypnoBirthing Practitioner.

Lara discovered Sanderling Waldorf in 2017 and believes it has been one of the greatest gifts she has been able to provide for her children. Lara is inspired every day to share with families the beauty that is Waldorf education in the hopes that she can positively impact the lives of children in the same way that Sanderling has for her family.


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Tracy is our morning receptionist at the Grades campus.


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Patti Schnick

Registrar & Scrip Coordinator

Patti is the mother of two boys and is a San Diego native who returned to the area after living in Boston for 10 years. She worked in software development for The MathWorks in Natick, MA and as a GPS engineer for SPAWAR in Pt. Loma. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her interests include literature and libraries, playing in the hand bell choir and adventures in nature.