“The (Waldorf) school will have its own administration run on a republican basis and will not be administered from above. We must not lean back and rest securely on the orders of a headmaster; we must be a republic of teachers and kindle in ourselves the strength that will enable us to do what we have to do with full responsibility. Each one of you, as an individual, has to be fully responsible.”

— Rudolf Steiner

Maple Village Waldorf School is a self-administered, collaboratively led institution. Its leadership is divided into three governing bodies and one supportive body: the Board of Trustees, the Pedagogical Committee, Administration, and the Parent Village. Together these groups work collaboratively to support our unique and comprehensive Waldorf education and assume responsibility for the integrated, yet distinct, areas of school governance.

The Board holds the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the school, the Pedagogical Committee holds the pedagogical aspects of the school, the Administration is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and the Parent Village is a supportive body that serves as a voice for the parent community as well as communicating information from the governing bodies to the parent community.

Meet our current Board members:

Angie Hendrix

Angie joined the MVWS Board as of August 2019. She has a background in education, with a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University…

…She taught middle schoolers for 4 years in Paramount & Culver City before utilizing her teaching skills in the corporate world. Angie has 20+ years of relationship management experience, and sales experience in financial services and corporate environments. Her strengths are effectively managing communication, navigating organizational efficiency, presenting to large groups, and connecting people. She currently works for Microsoft as a Client Executive, supporting enterprise clients on the West coast.

Angie was raised on a working farm in Indiana where she was intimately connected to the earth and the seasons. Home in Indiana fostered her love of the outdoors, animals, and sports. She excelled at academics and athletics in high school, and she continued to play basketball on scholarship in college. She even dabbled in sports broadcasting for 10 years at Loyola Marymount University after moving to Venice, California post-graduation. Ever the athlete, she next picked up field hockey and enjoyed it so much she went on to coach for the USA youth development program.

Long Beach has been home to Angie since 1998. She loves the sense of community one can feel while in our big city. She and her wife, Jo, were led to Waldorf when their daughter was 18 months old. Immediately they knew they had “found their people” when they connected at Maple Village. They began parent/tot classes and now have a rising 3rd grader. The more Angie learns about Waldorf education the more she appreciates how it is aligned with her own ethos. She believes in the philosophy, the teachers, and what this school can offer our children. Angie volunteered for the Board because she is passionate about helping the school thrive and to ensure its long-term success. She also helps chair the school’s Fundraising Committee.

Angie also volunteers as the Director of the PFLAG Speakers Bureau, where she shares her own story and organizes educational panels for audiences across Orange County and Long Beach in support of LGTBQ education and equality. She enjoys traveling across the globe, hiking, learning, watching sports, studying self-awareness & personal development materials, and enjoying our fabulous southern California weather.

Elizabeth Seward, PhD
Vice President

Elizabeth has been in a Waldorf classroom (independent and public charter schools) since 1984 as a parent volunteer…

…handwork assistant, High School teacher, lead handwork teacher, class teacher, teacher educator and mentor, and evaluator.She co-directed the Waldorf Institute of Southern California for three years, and opened the San Diego program. Elizabeth was instrumental in bringing the practices of Council, and of consensus decision–making to her school, and has served locally and nationally as a consensus facilitator. She is now delighted to be supporting Maple Village as a Board Member. Originally from England, Elizabeth earned her Master’s degree in Linguistics (second language learning, and medieval literature) from the University of Freiburg in Germany; a PhD in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education from Claremont Graduate University; and most recently an interdisciplinary M.A. in Spirituality and Education from Claremont School of Theology. Elizabeth shares her enthusiasm for Waldorf Education with parents of young children, home-schooling parents and graduate students. She established and co-directs annual conferences and retreats for Waldorf Handwork teachers, and for parents and homeschoolers. She has recently published a book Teaching Through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit, and an article in the RIWE Bulletin on School and Classroom Design. All three of her children are securely and happily finding their own individual paths, for which she credits Waldorf Education. All four grandsons attend Waldorf schools. She is delighted to see the very positive results of this education in her own family.

Paola Schouten
Faculty Liaison

Paola was born, raised and educated in the Netherlands. She was exposed to the Waldorf Festivals since childhood, which ignited her…

…interest in Waldorf Education. After High School, she studied at the Vrije Pedagogische Academy (Steiner Teacher Training College) in Zeist, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She then moved to the US and began her career as a Waldorf teacher in Pasadena.

Over the past 30 years she has contributed to the growth of many schools. She has carried two classes all the way through the grades and finished various classes through eighth grade.

Paola likes to travel, camp, hike, read and make jewelry. She plays guitar, writes songs and enjoys singing. She also has a great appreciation for nutrition and cooking.

Angie Perez 
Faculty Liaison

Angie Perez was born, raised and educated in Colombia. She earned her BA degree in Social Work. While in college, Angie gained experience…

 …working with kids with behavioral challenges. Currently, she is working toward her Waldorf teacher certification. In her free time she enjoys cooking, a passion discovered while living in Italy for many years. She also likes reading, feeling the wind in her face while she rides her bike, traveling and learning more about different cultures. She also enjoys singing to her cat. By living in different countries she became trilingual, she is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English… and basic Portuguese. Angie started her career at Waldorf as a little after care assistant and playgroup-bridge assistant/lead teacher at Waldorf School Orange County. She fell in love with the Waldorf education the second she first observed a kindergarten class, and knew that being a teacher here was a job with purpose, and a role that would bring her joy every day. Angie has a smile and warm attitude whenever she goes. Lately, she is interested in the art of storytelling and therapeutically approaches for children with sensorial and social challenges. She now lives in Long Beach where she enjoys its diversity and sense of community.

Henry Lau 

Henry is a studio director, project manager, and architectural designer with over 20 years of experience leading large project teams…

…and implementing successful strategies to deliver a variety of large-scale and complex sports architecture projects. He knows how to work with partners and clients, manage resources (and a budget), drive initiatives, and develop opportunities.
Henry was born in the tropics of Malaysia. The son of a Geologist and a Nurse, and sibling to two brothers. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 1982, where he discovered sub-freezing temperatures and his love of maple syrup. He spent the rest of the 80’s exploring hip-hop culture, learning traditional Chinese watercolor, and riding everywhere on his 12-speed Italian racing bike. In 1992, he attended Carleton University to study architecture and explore the built environment. His education has led him to travel the world and see it through the lens of wonderment and inspiration.
After graduating, he migrated south to Houston to start his career and ended up planting roots in Los Angeles. His passion for riding bikes extended to exploring the great outdoors of California and snowboarding in the Sierras – he was hooked. He met his wife-to-be in 2006 and became a family man in 2012.
From building environments to embracing nature, he now looks forward to serving his community.

Non-voting Attendee

Andi Levine was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University and the University of Manchester…

in England. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from PSU and headed to NYC to work in television. After working on Late Night with David Letterman and a few other productions, Andi made her way to Philadelphia to work on Trading Spaces, A Dating Story, and a slew of other TLC shows. Life led Andi up the east coast to Boston to work in advertising production where she met her now, wife, Carissa, an advertising guru, and wicked awesome human.

After spending a few years in Boston, the couple headed west to Los Angeles to work, play and relish in their new love for avocados, live comedy, and saying things like, “I’m stuck in traffic on the 405.” After a successful career in production, Andi was ready to start a family. When their first daughter was born and the preschool search began, Andi toured a Waldorf school and was immediately drawn to the Whole Child approach. Upon relocating to Long Beach and enrolling in the Parent/Tot program at Maple Village, she quickly realized she had found a group of like-minded parents who were making very conscious choices for their children. She also saw people from all walks of life – there was more diversity in that little class than she saw in her entire childhood. The people, the stories and songs, the warmth drew her in and upon reading more about Steiner and the Waldorf pedagogy, she knew this was the right place for her family.  

Lisa J. McCarthy
Non-voting Attendee

Lisa has been a Waldorf Educator for 25 years. Although she loved being in the classroom, she has found so much joy and…

…fulfillment in her role as Dean for past six years, working with teachers, students, parents, administration, the Board and the community. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury England and a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She started her Waldorf journey as an Early Childhood Education teacher and then focused on teaching Language Arts in elementary and middle school. Lisa founded Maple Cottage Retreat (Waldorf-inspired parent/toddler class) and taught this program out of her home before co-founding Maple Village Waldorf School. Lisa continues to teach Language Arts to the middle school as well as reading with our elementary students. She is passionate about parent education and continues to lead classes for MVWS families and the community. She also puts great importance on having strong connections with students and will stop everything to help a child through a hard day. Dedicated to the environment, Lisa has been instrumental in several Long Beach schools (including MVWS) receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award. She loves to run, sing and write and has delighted in raising three boys in a home where they grow food, bake, create art and music, build, tell stories and dream.