Meet Our Team
Dedicated School Community
We’re proud to present our amazing school team. Their care, enthusiasm and dedication to helping students exceed has brought Coastal Waters Chartered Public School from concept to reality. We invite you to take a moment to read their stories below.
Erica Taylor, M.Ed.
Erica is a trained Waldorf teacher, with a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and BA in English and Psychology from UNCC. She has many years of experience teaching a wide range of subjects and ages, and has specialized in the curative aspects of education and meeting the needs of underserved and underrepresented students and families. She is also currently working towards a Masters of Social Work. Past experience on the Board of Directors of a private Waldorf school, serving as the Faculty Chair, and overseeing mentoring and professional development, as well as her Administrative and Leadership training, have been beneficial in her work on the Coastal Waters Development Team. Erica has taken a step away from full-time teaching to serve as a Director at Coastal Waters, but continues to teach our upper grades health curriculum.
When not immersed in her work at school, she enjoys running, gardening, fiber arts, and quiet. Her three children all attend Coastal Waters.
Liz Eldridge holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maine in Orono and has a background in marketing, events, and public relations. She and her partner Andrew are parents to rising 2nd and 4th graders that are so excited to be joining the Coastal Waters community this fall.
Liz's passion project involves collaborating with her partner to create social justice oriented documentary films and was recently accepted as a Fellow at The Peace Studio to support their next project together. She also enjoys pottery, sailing, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and pets- Timber the pup and Ash the kitty. Liz is excited about all that is in store for the coming school year and looks forward to getting to know and supporting the Coastal Waters community.
Payton comes to Coastal Waters with experience in Finance in both the private and public sector. She and her husband Garrett are parents to a rising 2nd grader that is excited to start his journey at CWS this fall. When you don’t find Payton climbing trees, on a quest to vanquish a dragon or playing hide and seek with her boys, she is buying yet another house plant, thrifting furniture to restore or drawing up plans for her husband’s next weekend house project. She is excited to support and grow the Coastal Waters community both professionally and alongside other families.
Kayt Gagneux, M.Ed.
Educational Support Coordinator
Kayt Gagneux graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters of Education in 2018. She has nearly 10 years experience in the field of education. In addition, Kayt has extensive experience with trauma informed care and attachment, and is a certified Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) specialist and a MANDT certified instructor and practitioner.
Kayt is a lover of music, theater, and the arts. She is involved in community theater projects and performances on the Seacoast year-round. In her spare time, she can be found dancing, in the garden, cooking, painting, or curled up with a good book. But Kayt’s greatest love is for her seven-year-old son, Owen, who keeps her on her toes and full of good energy.
Kelsey Murray, Ms.Ed.
Kelsey graduated with her Masters in special education (Ms.Ed) from the University of Maine Farmington. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Family, and Community Studies from Merrimack College, as well as an associate's degree in Human Services. Kelsey holds her teaching credential in Maine and New Hampshire as a special education teacher. She has experience working in special education as a para-educator and special education teacher. Recently, Kelsey completed her student teaching experience working in a public school in Maine. There she acted as the special education teacher and case manager for children in grades 2-4. Kelsey has worked with students in special education with various needs and is looking forward to using the Waldorf Pedagogy to help students reach their full potential.
When not teaching Kelsey enjoys being outside, traveling, camping, hiking, skiing, and going on adventures with her Jack Russell terrier Tynan.
Katy Pease, M.Ed.
Katy is a certified school Counselor and holds eight years of experience providing support to student achievement and behavioral health. In addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology, Katy recently obtained a masters of education in school counseling at Rivier University. Katy has spent the past year working as a school counselor for elementary and high school students. Katy has provided individual and group counseling, classroom guidance and has extensive experience in teaching college and career readiness. Katy is passionate about utilizing strength based approaches and believes that every student has something unique to bring to this world. She is excited to be a part of Coastal Waters!
Katie earned her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine in Orono. Through her career she completed two years of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, worked as a paraprofessional providing one on one support, and most recently co-taught an enrichment program at a nature based school.
She lives in seacoast NH with her partner Dane and their two amazing kids. Her son will be a rising 4th grader and her daughter a rising 2nd grader at Coastal Waters this fall. They share their home with 3 cats Leo, Pippin & Maybelline, their lab Kyon and many chickens!
In her down time she enjoys being with friends and family, exploring the woods, oceans and lakes, and playing board games! She also loves all things crafty and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. She completed student teaching in a kindergarten classroom where she was then released early to take a first grade interim teaching position. She also has experience working with special education students and had the opportunity to be a one on one. Lastly, she has been a pre-school teacher where she became Early Childhood Certified.
Ashley loves sports and the outdoors. She played four years of Division II field hockey in college. She is eager to engage her students in hands-on learning and be a part of a Waldorf school.
Olga Purington, M.Ed.
Olga is an experienced teacher with bachelor's degree in elementary school education, master's degree in pedagogy and postgraduate diploma in speech and language pathology. After working for several years in Poland as an elementary school and kindergarten teacher, she moved to New Hampshire and continued working in the field of education, as a special education paraprofessional and program paraeducator. For several years Olga worked as a summer camp program director.
Olga is an amateur watercolor artist who is passionate about art history. She likes to spend her time watching documentaries and reading criminal investigation books. She is a mom to a teenage boy and a wife to a Navy veteran.
Jennifer earned her BA in education from Rivier University. Throughout high school and college she has worked in childcare and completed field work in elementary classrooms. She completed her student teaching in a first-grade classroom giving her experience teaching in the classroom as well as remotely. Her first year after graduating she worked as a special education paraeducator supporting students in third and fourth grade. She is beyond excited to start her teaching career here at Coastal Waters. She is committed to providing a successful and safe classroom community. Jennifer’s core education values align with Waldorf education and restorative justice. I am excited to meet everyone in the fall.
Mallory Goudin, M.Ed.
Mallory has been teaching for four years. Last year Mallory taught kindergarten at Moharimet Elementary School. She was a lead teacher in a mixed pre-k and kindergarten classroom at Great Bay Kids' Company for her first two years. Mallory has also worked in the Epping School District as a paraprofessional. Mallory has a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University. She completed her bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire with a major in sociology and a dual minor in French and Justice Studies. Mallory is excited to transition to working in a Waldorf school. She is especially excited to loop with her students, as it has been a goal since becoming a teacher (in part inspired by Mr. Feeny, fictional teacher extraordinaire). Mallory loves integrating arts into her lessons, and using student artwork to help make her classroom beautiful and inviting.
Mallory loves reading, crocheting, and spending time with friends and family. She has a tuxedo cat named Addie, who she enjoys spoiling.
Anna has been teaching for four years. In 2018, she received her degree from Plymouth State University in Elementary Education with a minor in Elementary Mathematics. She is on her way to complete her master's in Curriculum and Instruction. From the moment she stepped foot into her second grade classroom when she was 8 years old, she knew she was bound to become a teacher. Anna puts her heart and soul into her craft of teaching and is always open with communication. Working in a Waldorf school is a big change, but Anna is extremely excited to be a part of the hands-on learning she and her students will engage in daily.
Anna thoroughly enjoys reading a good book on the beach while listening to the waves crash around her. She loves to make connections with her students and their families. Anna is extremely excited to be a part of the CWS community in the fall!
Mary graduated from Plymouth State University in 2021 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics Education. She was a middle school math teacher at Hill View Montessori in her first year teaching, and a camp counselor for about 6 years. She decided to go back to elementary level because of her love of all subjects, and teaching younger students.
When Mary isn't at school you can find her curled up with a book, or on a bike at her spin studio. Mary is very excited to meet the entire Coastal Water community, and expand her teaching skills in a new environment!
Justin Stone, MA
An alumna of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, MI, Justin’s experience of transferring to a Waldorf high school was deeply transformative. The way that their teachers encouraged them to grow, learn organically through experience, and think critically about the material inspired Justin to become someone who could encourage that same level of growth and transformation in others. While attending college, they truly fell in love with the humanities and discovered the interdisciplinary field of Comparative Religion. This field of academic study allowed them to explore their many academic interests, such as social history, historical literature, holistic wellness, and folklore. Through this path of study, they earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Kalamazoo College and an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University. Justin is passionate about teaching the whole student, and encouraging critical thinking and self-expression. Their teaching experience prior to joining Coastal Waters has been with a variety of older students, as well as at the university level.
Justin is also a veteran theater kid, a fencer, an RPG enthusiast, and an avid consumer of horror fiction media.
Jake Gerber, MA
Jake is an energetic teacher-learner with a wide range of educational experiences from his BA in Biology, an MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, a Life Coaching Certification, and time spent studying meditation, horse therapy, and now, Waldorf teaching. He has engaged in ecology field research internationally, taught mindfulness in Mexico, and most recently, he taught K-12 at his former public school.
Jake is excited to transition to a pedagogy more in line with his ideals and to bring his academic as well as personal interests such as hiking, chess, and stories into the classroom. His endless curiosity and love of learning guides his teaching of science and math at Coastal Waters.
Laurie Jarmolowicz, M. Ed.
Laurie is a lifelong learner raised by two teachers (is there a teaching gene?) She graduated from Keene State College with a B.S. in Geology, as well as a minor in music. She spent some time as a paraprofessional in a local middle school. She earned her master’s degree in elementary education from Southern New Hampshire University, and has worked as a paraprofessional and and literacy specialist in a variety of middle school levels. She then went on to teach 6th grade reading and writing, with science and social studies, for two years. She helped out with the chorus and ran after school clubs in crochet and traditional playground games.
Laurie is an avid reader, primarily of romances and sci-fi/tech thrillers. She enjoys crochet, puzzles, board games, sewing, singing, theater/chorus performance, and Irish dance. She is an avid gamer, having played video games since 2009. Laurie loves spending time with her husband, father, and stepson, as well as their five cats.
Aerin Commins, Ph.D.
Aerin received her PhD in Global Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she combined her love of literature with that of international security studies through an exploration of Albert Camus' political writings. Prior to this, she went to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts for a BA in Literature and UMASS Lowell for an MA in Criminal Justice. Through a program at Harvard University, she was also able to study religion and literature at Doshisha University in Japan. She has spent recent summers working at the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House in Concord. An avid traveller, she has recently returned to the States from Japan, where she spent several years teaching literature at international schools in Tokyo and Nagoya.
Cindy Mower, MAT
Cindy graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and French, focusing on trombone performance, and Teacher’s College Columbia University with an MAT in Early Childhood Music Education. Cindy taught K-12 music for 5 years, including classroom music, chorus, and band. She then taught musical theater in Manchester, NH, once her daughter was born. Most recently, she has taught private music lessons at home while raising her two children, and loves singing with local choirs. Cindy started singing in church at age 3, playing English Handbells at age 7, the trombone at age 9, and performing in brass ensembles at age 14. She performed multiple times with the Massachusetts All-State Band and Orchestra, and she hasn’t stopped performing since! Cindy loves musical theater, playing in the pit orchestra, directing/teaching, and being on stage. She is excited to create music with the Coastal Waters community.
Ron is an alumnus of SNHU and a former DII soccer player. He is a three-sport referee: twenty years of college soccer, seven years of high school lacrosse, and four years of middle school basketball. He is also a swim instructor, lifeguard, and soccer coach. In his free time, he likes to take trips to campgrounds and adventure parks with his two sons, Finnegan and Jameson, and wife, Chelsea. He has worked in Exeter School district for the past three years, Manchester School district for four years, and private schools in Maine for three years. He looks forward to expanding into charter schools.
Jacob is an educator, storyteller, and skilled outdoorsman with 14 years of experience in nature’s diverse classroom. He and his family come to Coastal Waters from Camp Glen Brook, a Waldorf-inspired educational program and summer camp. While there, Jacob founded and directed Gap at Glen Brook, a farm-and-forest based gap semester program for young people to come together through shared hands-on learning and reflection both playful and profound. He also worked for 2 years as School Program Director for Glen Brook’s diverse school programs, hosting week-long experiential education programs for classes from grades 3 through 12. Before Camp Glen Brook, Jacob helped found the Pasadena Waldorf High School, working as the Assistant Administrator for 2 years.
Ever curious about the human experience, Jacob brings to his work a deep study of the human psyche, a theatrical spirit, and reverence for the transformative potential of participating in a learning community. Jacob holds a self-designed B.A. in Environmental Philosophy from Bates College, and is a current scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School, as well as of the Westcountry School of Myth. He is Wilderness First Aid certified, and a certified Lifeguard.
Chloe studied Classical Civilization and German Studies at Emory University as an H. Prentice Miller Scholar, studied German language and Austrian history at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria as a Max Kade scholar, and worked as an academic researcher at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) as a SIRE grant recipient and a Viola Westbrook endowed scholar. She also studied Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Chloe earned her FiA Nam MD German teacher training certification in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany at the Goethe Institut, a division of the German government. She taught German language and culture in Atlanta, Georgia and served as Treasurer of the American Association of Teachers of German before moving to her home state of New Hampshire. She has worked with children of all ages and loves teaching, food, and being outside.
Tori received her BFA in Fibers from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2012, although her love of fiber arts did not begin there. Tori likes to think handcrafts are in her blood, having come from a long line or quilters, crafters, and sewists. After graduating, Tori had her own small business for 4 years where she focused on natural dyeing methods. In addition to selling naturally dyed goods, Tori taught workshops on the natural dyeing process. She has also explored other creative avenues over the years that have taken her to Whole Foods Market as their Store Graphic Artist, Stonewall Kitchen as their in-house Photo Stylist, and most recently a gourmet food company as their Creative Manager.
Tori is an avid runner, certified yoga teacher, loves spending time outdoors and working on her own textile projects. She is excited to share her knowledge of fibers in the Handwork classes at Coastal Waters!
Bio coming soon!