Board of Trustees
Highland Hall’s Board of Trustees is mandated to act in the best interests of the community and ensure that the school operates in a way that is legally sound, fiscally responsible, and that it achieves its overarching purpose. That purpose is reflected in the Ends statement, created by the Board in collaboration with the College (the pedagogical leadership group at our school):

“Students will be educated in the Waldorf curriculum to become free human beings with the will to impart purpose and direction to their lives, and to have the option to pursue a wide range of vocational and educational opportunities upon graduation.”

The members of the Board include parents, teachers, alumni and friends of the school. The Board is not involved in day-to-day management or pedagogical decisions. Rather, it grants authority to the Pedagogical Chair to work collaboratively with the College, and the entire faculty and staff to achieve the Ends in the way they agree is best. At its monthly meetings, the Board discusses, and accepts or responds to reports from the Director of Advancement and Operations and the Pedagogical Chair, providing counsel when requested. The Board approves major financial and capital improvement decisions, and focuses its time on policies and strategies that are future oriented. The school is deeply grateful for the work of its trustees:

Nader Salehi President

Lynn van Schilfgaarde – Secretary

Bruce Pinckney – Treasurer

Yulee Haimovich

Yoko Mimura

Sasha Guild

Emily Kaplan


Contact the Board of Trustees at [email protected]
The College

The College of Highland Hall Waldorf School works out of anthroposophy and strives to hold the spiritual inspiration of the school. It works to ensure the strength of the pedagogy and the quality of instruction throughout the school.

The College has responsibility for the Personnel and Teacher Oversight Committees. In that role, it affirms teacher hiring recommendations, supports the ongoing mentoring and professional development of teachers, and makes teacher termination decisions.

Working in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, the College sets the direction of the school and provides guidance for the pedagogical aspects of the operating budget.

Made up of teachers and administrators from all sections of the school, it includes the Pedagogical Administrator, the Administrative Director, and the chairs of the Early Childhood Center, Lower School and High School. The College meets weekly. Along with other members of the faculty and staff, the members of the College are also involved with various committees throughout the school.

Ariel Sortun
Kathy Andersen
Mimi Devens
Kira Fuchs
Ken Lavner
Annie Pinckney
Sasha Guild
Cara Lisco
Kayti Henry
Hiroko Horie
Shanda Cox
Sandra Storti
Contact the College through Ken Lavner at [email protected]
Communications Overview
Highland Hall Waldorf School strives to foster healthy human relationships between all members of the community. An important aspect of this is direct, open, two-way communication. The school welcomes parental feedback and understands that parents play an important role as advocates for their children and can partner with the school by enriching the community with their ideas, suggestions, talents, resources, and concerns.