Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and joined AWS' faculty first as a kindergarten teacher (in 2000) and then as a class teacher in 2001. She completed her Waldorf Grades certification in 2003 and graduated a Grades class in May of 2009. In April of 2009, Dr. Grupe began the part-time Waldorf Administrative Certification program and started as the School Administrator in June of 2009. She completed her administrative training in October of 2010. Her passionate belief in Waldorf education centers around the manner in which Waldorf philosophy anticipates the child’s changing developmental needs in social, cognitive, and emotional realms.
Admissions, Rachel Baay, joined the Administrative Team in 2011 after spending 2 very active years on the Marketing Committee. She has two children in the Grades program. After serving as Community Development Liaison, she became Admissions Director in 2014.
Marketing, Cassia Kesler, has worked in marketing and advertising for 15 years, as an account executive, creative director and freelance copywriter. She has helped to rebrand and market schools such as Tallulah Falls, Asheville High, and Carson Newman College. Her first love is writing editorial articles for children’s magazines. Her children have been attending AWS since 2009, and are currently enrolled in the Grades and Kindergarten programs.
Finance, Terri Lowry, owner of Lowry Bookkeeping Services, LLC, keeps the finances at Alabama Waldorf School under control. Her extensive expertise with both people and Quickbooks make her a valuable asset to the Admin team.