Meet the Team
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. (She/Her)
Erica is a trained Waldorf teacher, with a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and BA in English and Psychology from UNCC. 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.
When not immersed in her work at school, she enjoys running, gardening, fiber arts, and quiet. Her three children all attend Coastal Waters.
Shannon Anderson (She/Her)
Upper School Math Teacher
Shannon received her B.S. in mathematics and minor in education from the University of New Hampshire. Her love for teaching was sparked while tutoring in college. She has since taught students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in various settings including K-12 public education, summer enrichment STEM programs, and now, Waldorf education. Shannon is excited to further explore and enlighten students about the beauty of math and its connection to the world around them.
Beyond the classroom, Shannon is an avid trumpet player and traveler who loves exploring new places nearby and abroad. You can always find her outdoors skiing, golfing, hiking, or enjoying a good book at the beach.
Ms. Renda Brooks (She/Her)
K-12 Art Teacher
Ms. Renda is so excited to be part of the Coastal Waters community! She brings decades of experience as a professional Fine Artist, exhibiting from Maine to NYC. Her artist training focused in sculpture but enjoys all the disciplines that The Arts provides along with a degree in Graphic Design. She also has experience playing and teaching piano. Ms. Renda is certified with Mental Health for the Arts, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Kindness Rocks Facilitator as well as an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention training facilitator and Volunteer.
Ms. Renda is also a single mom of three wonderful young adults, 5 dogs, 2 cats, bunnies, chickens and ducks. To see more of Ms. Renda’s artwork, visit www.msrendasartwork.com
Jenn Carrier (She/Her)
3rd Grade Teacher
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.
Aerin Commins, Ph. D.
Upper School Humanities Teacher
Aerin received her PhD in Global Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she combined her love of literature with that of international relations. 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. She taught at UMASS before moving to Japan in 2018, where she spent several years teaching literature at IB & Cambridge international schools in Tokyo and Nagoya.
Aerin is an avid traveler and loves exploring during the summers!
1st Grade Teacher
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!
Molly Dewar (She/Her)
Molly fell in love with the Coastal Waters and the Waldorf curriculum when she enrolled her daughter last year. Molly is so enthusiastic to join Coastal Waters again this year as the kindergarten teacher! Last year she worked as a paraeducator. Molly's daughter will be joining Mx. Goudin class. Molly is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Education. Recently Molly received her alternative teaching certification from the state of New Hampshire.
Did you know Molly has taught Irish dance since she was 15 years old? When not teaching Molly loves to travel, spend time with her husband, daughter, and fur babies.
Anna Furlone (She/Her)
5th Grade Teacher
Anna has been teaching for five 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 was a big change, but Anna has fallen in love with the hands-on learning she and her students 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 happy she found the CWS community!
6th Grade Teacher
Ross is a lifelong learner and educator. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of English and Franklin Pierce with a Masters of Education. Ross has worked with youth in academic, recreational, home, and community settings for the last twenty years. His educational philosophy centers around putting students at the center of their education. With an emphasis on holistic development and learning, he draws from a variety of disciplines and philosophies. When not teaching, Ross can be found studying world religions or playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Audrey graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2020 with a Bachelors in Spanish and International Affairs. Her passion for language led her to teach English as a Second Language in Andalusia, Spain for two years after graduation. Audrey taught in a bilingual primary school for the first year, and moved to a bilingual high school for the second year. She is excited to share her passion for the Spanish language and culture with the Coastal Waters community.
Audrey adores going to the beach, taking her dog on walks, traveling, and spending time in Northern Maine with her family.
Stephen comes to our team with experience working as a athletic director, teacher assistant, after care program coordinator, Phys. Ed teacher, coach and school administration. Stephen loves working with children and helping them grow as an individual and reach their highest potential. He has experience coaching Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Tennis. When Stephen isn’t at school, you will usually find him at a basketball court or soccer field playing his favorite sports. Stephen loves to be active and stay busy.
4th Grade Teacher
Mallory has been teaching for four years. Before teaching at Coastal Waters, they taught kindergarten at Moharimet Elementary School for one year and two years at Great Bay Kids' Company before that. Mallory has also worked in the Epping School District as a middle school paraprofessional. They have a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University and are certified to teach grades K-6 by the state of New Hampshire. She completed her bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire with a major in sociology and dual minors in French and Justice Studies.
Mallory loves working at Coastal Waters and is enjoying the opportunity to teach with the same students for multiple years. When she isn’t teaching, Mallory loves reading, crocheting, and spending time with friends and family. They live in New Hampshire with their tuxedo cat Addie!
Laurie Jarmolowicz, M. Ed.
Grade 7/8 Teacher
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.
Caroline graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2022 with a BA in Music Education. Since graduating, she has held long-term substitute positions at Lincoln Street Elementary School in Exeter, NH and Windham High School in Windham, ME. She has also worked as a music educator for middle school-aged students at Maine Arts Camp. Caroline is a dedicated educator who's views on education align with the Walford style of teaching. She is also a talented musican with extensive live performance experience on the saxophone.
When not teaching, you can find Caroline playing shows around the seacoast with her band (FILM-V), hitting the ski slopes, or hiking through beautiful New England.
She is beyond excited to join the Coastal Waters team and share the joy of music with it's students.
2nd Grade Teacher
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.
Kelsey Murray, MS. Ed. NREMT
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. Kelsey is also a National Registered EMT. Kelsey has experience working in special education as a para-educator and special education teacher. 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.
Justin Stone (They/He)
Humanities Upper School Teacher
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.