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Faculty & Staff

Sarah Bettencourt

Fine Art

M.S. Education, Harvard University
B.A. Visual Arts and English, Trinity College

Sarah’s experience includes nine years of full-time teaching experience in both Visual Arts and Humanities at Andover High School, Andover, MA, and the Match Charter Public School in Boston. She holds a Masters of Education degree from Harvard University and a degree in Visual Arts and English from Trinity College and studied at the School for International Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah’s own work in photography has been exhibited at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, the Gutman Library at Harvard University and as a permanent exhibit at Trinity College.



Ellen Delaney


Marist College, major in American Literature
B.A. cum laude Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University
Certificate, Waldorf High School Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College

Ellie is a full time teacher in our Humanities program, teaching history and English. She was a kindergarten teacher for sixteen years and an elementary class teacher in grades 5-8 for seven years, graduating two eighth grade classes from The Waldorf School, Lexington. Ellie has more than 30 years teaching experience and has spear-headed the development of the high school history curriculum. She has served on the AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) Accreditation Committee, and is a member of the Collegium. 



Stephen Doyle

Financial Manager

B.S. in Business Administration, major in Accounting, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Stephen has 25 years of extensive accounting and non-profit experience, both as a manager and team leader of accounting and clerical staff. Working first for an accounting firm in Waltham, MA, he now enjoys handling the financial operations for non-profit, mission driven organizations, such as Waldorf High School, and holds a similar position for a non-profit organization serving students with special needs. Stephen is the father of three; two daughters currently attending local New England colleges and a son, who is a middle school student.



Joseph O'Donnell


M.A., History, Harvard University
M.A.T. History Education, Boston University
B.A., West Virginia University
Waldorf Teacher Training, Center for Anthroposophy

A native of West Virginia, Joseph received his B.A. in History, English, and Foreign Languages at West Virginia University . While there, he nursed a life-long love of music and theater, directing church choirs through high school and college and performing in children’s and community theater. Joseph moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend graduate school, and he received M.A. in History from Harvard University and an M.A.T. in History Education from Boston University. Joseph spent a year in Paris, France as a Fulbright Scholar. He completed his Waldorf High School teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire. Joseph also taught history, English, and drama at both the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and a public school on Cape Cod. 



Dick "Cedar" Oliver

Director of School and Science, Math, & Design Studio Teacher

University of Michigan
University of Maine
Waldorf High School Teacher Training, Center for Anthroposophy
Spatial Dynamics Training

Cedar Oliver was a full-time Waldorf high school teacher at High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire for 12 years. He is the author and co-author of 21 books on math, science, and computer technology. He developed an aquatic habitat analysis system for the US Bureau of Land Management and has worked with customers and clients in 49 countries around the world applying cutting-edge math and science in diverse scientific, financial and artistic disciplines. In addition to teaching all ages in numerous schools and conducting teacher training programs, he co-founded a Waldorf-based public school community education program in Montpelier, Vermont. Cedar also serves on the Board of Trustees. 



Ellen Ryan

Events Coordinator

Ellen Ryan coordinates special events such as our School Warming, Arts & Exhibition Evenings, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Field Trips, and Commencement as well as providing administrative support behind the scenes. She returns to Waldorf High School this year, bringing a wealth of energy, expertise and experience in event planning, office management, and education. Prior to her many years in educational administration Ellen worked in the executive offices of three international companies with US offices.



Michelle Secor

Guidance Counselor

M.A. Counseling Psychology, Specialization in School Counseling, Lesley University
B.A. Sociology, Human Services Concentration, Framingham State College
Massachusetts State License, School Guidance Counselor, K-12

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has been working in education for over 7 years. She came to us from Wayland public schools where she taught in an Alternative Resource Center providing a safe learning environment for the students in her care. Michelle worked as a Guidance Counselor at the Butler and Burbank Elementary Schools in Belmont, MA where she provided individual counseling to students and completed her internship requirements at Belmont High School. Prior to her work in Education, Michelle spent 5 years at Fidelity Investments and also worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Office of the Governor.



Molly Swanson

Science & Math

Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. Teaching, Tufts University
B.S. Physics, California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Educators License in Physics, 8-12

Molly worked with us during her teaching internship, and has completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University. Molly adds that degree to her Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, and her B.S. in Physics from California Institute of Technology. Molly completed her Massachusetts’s Educator’s License in Physics, 8-12, and has an Initial License for Math, 8-12 and one for Moderate Disabilities, 5-12. Molly is a proponent of and is committed to a phenomenological approach to teaching the sciences. Before coming to Waldorf High School Molly taught at Acera School, MIT Educational Studies Program, University of London Observatory, University College, London, and was a teaching assistant for MIT physics courses.