“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, the 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:

Elizabeth Seward, PhD
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.

Cori Amendt
Faculty Member

Cori Amendt is a Multiple Subject Credentialed Teacher, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development. 

She studied Waldorf education at Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. She enjoys spending time in nature with her family (hiking, biking, lounging), reading, writing, and traveling. Learning is a lifelong enjoyment and pursuit for her, particularly in her journey to bilingualism in the Italian language. Her professional career began as a Counselor for young children in crisis. Eventually, this work led her to the classroom, where she felt she could be of bountiful service to the youth in her community. She has been in education for over a decade, in public, private and charter schools. After she met her husband, an Italian national, she went on to teach in Italy at Lycee Francias for 2 years, as the English Department Coordinator and Foreign Language Teacher across the grades (K-8). Upon returning to the US, she found what she considers her truest calling, that of a Waldorf teacher. Under esteemed mentorships, she took a class through grades 1-3 at Ocean Charter School in Culver City before coming to Maple Village as the Laurel Tree teacher three years ago. After taking time to be home with her children, she is eager to return to the Laurel class to continue this meaningful work. 

Allison Stovall
Faculty Member

Allison Stovall began her journey as a teacher in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in theater education.

In wanting to expand her craft, she pursued a Master’s degree in teaching in elementary education. Her friends encouraged her to look into Waldorf Education since her interest was in integrating the arts into teaching. When she attended a showcase for teacher training in Kentucky, she immediately recognized the value and importance of Waldorf Education. As she finished her Master’s program, she began attending Waldorf workshops that eventually led to a teacher training program. 

Although she integrated Waldorf Education into her public school classroom, she decided she wanted more freedom within the curriculum so she decided to fully commit to the work of a Waldorf class teacher. She found her first class of spirited children with a vibrant love of learning at the Brooklyn Waldorf School and took them from 1st – 5th grade. From imaginative stories from diverse backgrounds, to active math lessons involving thousands of acorns that were ultimately turned into pancakes, to class plays in three different languages, to constructing an igloo, she has cherished every year for different reasons. While she was sad to leave the Brooklyn Waldorf School after five years, she is ready for the next adventure and looks forward to getting to know and work with all the families of the Redbud class.

 

Henry Lau 
Member

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.

Allen Oakes
Member & Finance Committee

Allen Oakes joins Maple Village School to serve on our Board and Financial Advisory Committee. Allen has an Accounting and Finance… 

…background, consulting with businesses large and small to help them achieve their financial wellbeing goals. Allen has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Business Consulting, having held roles such as Founder, CEO, CFO, Controller and Lead Accountant for a multitude of industries. Allen brings a passion for supporting the greater Long Beach Community. When he is not buried in spreadsheets, you can find Allen at El Dorado Park playing disc golf with his two kids and rescue dog.

Ed Eadon
Non-voting Attendee

Ed Eadon is excited to return to the private Waldorf school environment as he joins the Maple Village community and helps the school…

…continue to thrive. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Governance Committee at Ocean Charter School, a public Waldorf school in Del Rey. As the Administrative Director at Highland Hall Waldorf School, he helped create a strategic plan, initiate a capital campaign, complete AWSNA & WASC accreditation, and establish a retirement program for employees. While there, he studied at Sunbridge College where he received a Certificate in Waldorf Administration and Community Development. He received a BS in physics at the University of Alabama, studied meteorology at San Jose State and earned an MS in Astrogeophysics at the University of Colorado. He retired as a Colonel from the USAF after a career in meteorology and space physics. He has taught high school physics in Watts at a charter school, Pasadena at the private Waldorf school and a public school, and was recruited to teach part-time at a private school in Beverly Hills. Ed looks forward to utilizing his experiences and knowledge as he transitions from a Board member at Maple Village to Interim Administrative Director and building upon the foundation that has been laid.

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.