Sadhna Udharam was born and raised in Suriname, South America. She received a bachelor's degree from the Teaching Institute in Suriname and had plans to teach English to middle schoolers there. However, she moved to the United States with her new husband and started a family. Her love for teaching stayed with her, and in 2002, she was hired for AWS's Extended Care program. She worked in that program for 4 years, then taught in the nursery for 2 years. In the Fall of 2008, she was hired as a Kindergarten teacher. Sadhna brings a love of children and an earnest desire to learn more about the developmentally appropriate curriculum and Waldorf teaching methods. To that end, she is completing the Early Childhood Waldorf Certfication program in the Summer of 2011 at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. "Ms. Sadhna" leads with gentle guidance and is genuinely interested in the spiritual, physical, and mental growth of children and invested in Alabama Waldorf School's mission to educate responsible world citizens. She enjoys singing and can often be heard serenading the "Beautiful Nappers" in the afternoons where she serves as an Early Extended Care teacher.
Carole Bennighoff graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a B.A. in Music. Ms. Carole has taught piano for 20 years and currently teaches 3rd Grade Music at AWS. She's been teaching Kindergarten at AWS since 2006. Ms. Carole takes pleasure in music, ballet, walking, animal rescue, stories and books. She is the mother of three children, one an AWS alum at Shades Valley High School's Visual Art program, and the other two AWS 7th graders.
Samantha 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 Nursery 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 daughters, one AWS alum who is now at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School and two AWS elementary students. Ms Samantha also serves AWS as the Chair of the College of Teachers which represents the pedagogical leadership of the school. She is excited to continue her work in the Kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.
John Huckestein has been teaching 2 1/2 to 4 year olds at Alabama Waldorf School since 1995 when it was The Redmont School in the Waldorf Tradition. He is happy to be working in the 3- to 6-year-old Kindergarten program for the 2013-14 school year. He is extensively trained in the Waldorf methods for the care and nurturing of the young child, including coursework in pastel drawing, the importance of play, and early childhood education. Mr. Huckestein also leads the Early Morning Care for the grades program. A favorite among children, "Mr. Huck" is known for his jocular manner and his storytelling ability. He also serves the school as a Preschool Representative for the College of Teachers.