Grades 1 - 8

Crystal Gibb joined AWS in 2011 as a substitute teacher and Extended Care teacher.  She quickly fell in love with the curriculum, finished her degree at UAB in Linguistics and Italian Studies, and was hired to be the first grade teacher for 2012-13. She will teach a combined 1st/2nd grade in 2013-14. She will complete her second of three Waldorf teaching certification training summers at Rudolf Steiner College the summer of 2013.

Andrea Holley is a certified caregiver through the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources and the "Kid and Kin" Association.  Her childcare experience started at Rainbow Daycare Center.  Her teaching experience started at The Redmont School, now the Alabama Waldorf School.  Andrea worked as a childcare provider for special events and as a substitute at AWS until she came on first as an Extended Care teacher and then full-time as a Kindergarten teacher in 2008.  Since then, she's received training at regular AWS faculty workshops, attended workshops at the Linden Waldorf School in Tennessee and observed for a week in the Kindergarten at The Waldorf School of Atlanta.  In 2013-14, Ms. Holley will serve as the 1st/2nd grade Aide. She never tires of building on the foundation she already has to be the best she can be for the children she teaches.  

Lewis "Luke" Lucas joined·AWS in 2000 and has worked in the Nursery, Extended Care, and Summer programs, and as an Elementary Music Teacher and Class teacher.  He holds a B.A. in Music Performance, and has received Waldorf training for Music.  A certified Waldorf Grade 1-8 Teacher, he currently teaches 3rd grade and serves as the Grades representative for the College of Teachers.

Jodie Bradley has a wealth of Waldorf experience, having served on the AWS faculty formerly as an Early Childhood Teacher (2002-2005),  a Therapeutic Classroom teacher (2010), and as the Class Teacher for the 3rd Grade in 2012-13 and for the combined 4th/5th grade class in 2013-14. Since the time she finished teaching Kindergarten, she has had a second child (who is enrolled in our preschool program this year), and homeschooled her older child using the Waldorf grades curriculum for 4th through 6th grade until he was accepted into the Creative Writing program at Alabama School of Fine Arts for Grade 7.  She also Waldorf homeschooled her nephew for Grades 2-4 and her niece for Grades 6-7. Her niece was recently accepted at both ASFA and Shades Valley Visual Arts Academy; she chose the latter where she continues today.

Ms. Bradley has completed much of the training involving the philosophical basis of Waldorf education including two years of Foundation Studies plus Early Childhood; she is looking forward to continuing her studies toward Waldorf Grades Certification. She enjoys working with Master Waldorf Educator Eugene Schwartz and attending Waldorf and anthroposophic conferences. Ms. Bradley has also enjoyed a leadership role at AWS as a 3-year member of the Faculty Coordinating Committee (which preceded today's College of Teachers) from 2003-2005.

Michelle Fievet Lucas, a class teacher in our Grades Program, holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She has been at Alabama Waldorf School since 2002.  She worked as a Nursery teacher for four years, and a Kindergarten teacher for two years. She completed her Waldorf Grades Certification training at Rudolf Steiner College in 2012.  She has formerly served on the College of Teachers and has acted as faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.  She is the mother of two boys, both AWS alumni, and currently teaches Grade 6 in 2013-14.

Lynda Powell holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Certification. She completed her Waldorf Grades Certification at Rudolf Steiner College in 2009. She has taught at Alabama Waldorf School since 1994 after more than a decade of teaching in public and other private schools. She served as kindergarten teacher for ten years, as Reading Support instructor for 3 years and is now enjoying looping up with her class as the 8th grade teacher in the Grades School. She is the proud mother of twin graduates from Birmingham Southern College and a daughter, who is an instructor at Jefferson State Community College and recently became a mom for the second time! Ms. Powell enjoys music, art, gardening, learning, and her grandchildren. She is member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary organization for outstanding educators.   

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