Holly ThompsonHolly Thompson graduated from UAB with degrees in Psychology and Biology with an emphasis in child development. She spent several years studying Neurobiology as a research assistant before being called to the teaching profession. Since 2003, Holly has worked in various capacities at the school, including in the Kindergarten and Nursery, and as faculty representative on the Hiring Committee and the Board of Trustees. She loves being surrounded by children and getting to share in their excitement as they discover earthworms beneath the tree stumps, strawberries in the garden, and all of the other simply extraordinary things about daily life. She appreciates how Waldorf education nurtures the whole child along with a strong sense of community. Outside of school, her interests include crafts, gardening, spending time in nature, and laughing with her two sons, Oskar and Charlie.

Ben KnoxBen Knox has worked as a substitute and Extended Care teacher at AWS for two years, and now joins our Preschool faculty as a Nursery teacher working alongside Ms. Holly. Ben received a BA in History from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a National Science Foundation Fellowship for the UAB Anthropology Fieldschool in Fiji. He was also a goalkeeper for the UAB men's soccer team, and has worked as a camp counselor and soccer coach. Ben is enthusiastic about Waldorf education and philosophy. 

Samantha HallSamantha Hall has been a parent at AWS since 2000. In 2001, she began leading the Morning Garden playgroup and joined the Nursery Team in January 2004. Ms. Samantha has been a childcare provider since 1982 and continues to enjoy learning and growing along with the preschool children. She has a particular interest in healing work and hopes to pursue an education in homeopathy and anthroposophical healing. Ms. Samantha is the mother of three AWS alumni, who currently attend the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School and Shades Valley High’s Visual Arts & Communications program. Ms. Samantha also serves as Nursery lead teacher.

Erin UnderwoodErin Underwood
is thrilled to again be working under lead nursery teacher Samantha Hall. She is a native of Birmingham, and a suma cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. She has been a registered volunteer with Girl Scouts Inc. since 2010, as both a co-leader and GS cookie sale coordinator. She also was on a committee that shaped the nursery/preschool curriculum at HUMC. She has served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Family Association since her children began attending AWS four years ago. Her daughters are currently emrolled in the AWS grades program. She loves reading, board games, and trivia (especially 80s music trivia); conversely, she hates going to the grocery store, refueling the car, and daylight savings time.

Ben Knox
Ben Knox