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Alumni

“Waldorf education addresses the child as no other education does… By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of discoverers, and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet.”

— Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College

Waldorf education focuses on the whole human being; the mind, the heart and the will, so that as adults they are capable of discovering their own unique happiness and success. Waldorf graduates hold the ability to integrate thinking and to comprehend information as opposed to memorizing facts. They are flexible, creative thinkers willing to take intellectual risks and find solutions. They are leaders with high ethical and moral standards who take initiative. And most importantly they develop a lifelong love for learning and passion to reach their goals. Waldorf graduates are highly sought after in higher education.

In 2018 Maple Village graduated their first class. The families of these children saw the value of Waldorf Education and together, with their pioneering spirit, their generous hearts and relentless passion, helped to create the school we know today. This spirit carries on in our parent community as we grow to reflect our evolving common values. We strive to create a safe and nurturing environment for students and their families, while preparing our students for life beyond Maple Village. Our families face the same choices and challenges as any family does. Ultimately our students will have to make their way in the larger world outside of “Waldorf”. Our goal is to help them to know who they are so that they can go forward with confidence and equipped to thrive. We help them engage the larger world in a healthy way that allows them to develop their independence and good judgment. Our alumni represent inspiration in action.

Maple Village  Waldorf School Alumni are the legacy of our school. Whether you attended in early years of Pre-K and Kindergarten or 8 years in the Lower School through Middle School, or any combination of the above, you are an alumnus of MVWS and part of the MVWS family.

We want to stay connected with you, to keep you informed about current happenings and help you stay connected. Here are a few ways to connect back with the school, your teachers, and classmates:

  • Let us know about you and what you’re doing. We’d love to include the news in our Friday Bulletin.
  • Stay Connected.
    • Open the door for future MVWS alums by supporting the Annual Fund.
    • Follow our Facebook page.
    • Follow us on Instagram.
    • Subscribe to the Friday Bulletin.
  • Don’t be a stranger.
    • Volunteer for events or other needs at MVWS.
    • Come to the Harvest Faire.
    • Come to the Spring Gala Fundraiser & Auction

Waldorf Alumni Around the World and Throughout History

Today, there are more than 1,000 Waldorf schools and over 2,000 kindergartens in 83 countries worldwide. These schools exist in large cities and small towns, suburbs and rural enclaves. They have grown in response to the demand for education that truly meets the needs of childhood at all developmental levels.  Waldorf education is far reaching in its ability to spark successful careers of all kinds. Here are just some of the Waldorf Alumni who have made their mark on the world. 

  • Thomas Sudhof, Neuroscientist and 2013 Nobel Prize Winner
  • Kenneth Chenault, CEO, American Express
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer
  • Luke Donald, professional golfer
  • Uma Thurman, actor
  • Sandra Bullock, actor
  • Jennifer Aniston, actor
  • Julianna Margulies, actor
  • Big Sean (Sean Michael Leonard Anderson) American rapper, singer and songwriter
  • Stefan Behnisch, Winner of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Sergio Arno, renowned chef
  • David Blackmer, inventor, creator of DBX
  • Gavin Carr, conductor
  • Austin Chick, filmmaker
  • Kate Christiansen, author
  • Frances Cobain, artist
  • Georgina Earl, gold-medal rower
  • Winslow Eliot, author
  • Tim Daly, actor
  • Chris Elliott, actor
  • Michael Ende, author
  • Eva Gronbach, fashion designer
  • Jessica Hart, model
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel, filmmaker
  • Nancy Huston, author
  • Tomas Maier, designer
  • Aaron McMillan, classical pianist
  • Meret Oppenheim, surrealist artist
  • Mark Vos, professional poker player
  • Veronica Webb, model/actor
  • George Hume, journalist
  • Joanna Newsom, musician
  • Hugo Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Charles Rose, architect
  • Thomas Mauch, cinematographer
  • Peter Lutz Prokosch, marine biologist
  • Jamiri, comic artist
  • Peter Wurtenberger, CEO Yahoo Germany

Waldorf Parents

  • Nina Rothschild Utne, CEO
  • Russell Schweickart, astronaut                    
  • Joanne Woodward, actor
  • Sam Shepard, playwright
  • Clifford Stoll, astronomer
  • Eric Utne, editor
  • Tom Waits, musician
  • Alan Parsons, musician
  • Robert Plant, musician
  • Karen Allen, actor
  • Sandra Bernhard, comedian
  • Anthony Edwards, actor/director
  • Melissa Etheridge, musician
  • Art Garfunkel, musician
  • Ethan Hawke, actor
  • Harvey Keitel, actor
  • Alison Krauss, musician
  • Jessica Lange, actor
  • Phil Lesh, musician
  • Cheech Marin, comedian
  • Matthew Modine, actor
  • Rosie O’Donnell, talk show host
  • Todd Oppenheimer, journalist
  • John C. Reilly, actor
  • Frances Fisher, actor
  • Mackenzie Phillips, actor
  • Elizabeth Perkins, actor
  • Thom Beers, producer
  • Lucien Freud, painter
  • John Byrne, playwright/artist
  • Ingmar Bergman, filmmaker
  • Liv Ullmann, actor
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer
  • Princess Irene of the Netherlands
  • Helmut Kohl, German Chancellor
  • Charlotte Rampling, actor
  • Jean-Michel Jarre, composer
  • Saul Bellow, author
  • Lenny Kravitz, musician
  • Harrison Ford, actor
  • Glenn Frey, musician
  • Clint Eastwood, actor
  • Lisa Bonet, actor
  • Greg Allmann, musician
  • Charlotte Church, opera singer
  • Paul Newman, actor 

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