Arts and Handwork, Remedial Support, Faculty Mentor
Elizabeth Auer, M.Ed, is a graduate of the Waldorf Teacher Training program and the Remedial Resource Waldorf Teacher Training program and holds a diploma in Art and Design. She taught wood, stone metal and glasswork for ten years and subsequently took on a class from grade one through eight. Elizabeth currently works as a freelance mentor, tutor, artist and consultant. She teaches drawing and handwork courses at Antioch University in Keene, NH, as well as various workshops in the arts. Elizabeth is the author of Creative Pathways and Learning to See the World Through Drawing and has illustrated several books.
Grades 5/6 Class Teacher
Amy Hilbert is the Class Teacher for Grades 5 and 6 and the Faculty Chair. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Tufts University and Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of New Hampshire in both English and Anthropology. After obtaining her M.A.T. she taught Grades 6 – 8 at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, where she first learned about Waldorf education. Upon moving to Littleton, MA, with her young family in 2000, she discovered the Evergreen Garden Playschool program, which her children attended. Since then she has been actively involved in bringing Waldorf inspired education to children and their families in this area through both Evergreen Garden Playschool and Oxbow Schoolhouse.
Tara Rachel Jones
Tara Rachel Jones, M.Ed. has been working professionally with young children since 1989. She received her B.A in Early Childhood Education in 1991 from Simmons College, Boston. She received her M.Ed. in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 2009 from Antioch New England Graduate University in Keene, NH. She has led yoga programs for children from nursery through high school in public and private schools and youth organizations. She has maintained a stronghold in the field of education by bringing yoga workshops to teachers and parents in schools. In 2011, she started a Yoga Teacher Training course for those aspiring to teach yoga to children, youth, teens and families. She is also a certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist.
Grades 3/4, Chorus, Music and Violin Teacher
Christina Kennedy has been teaching professionally for over twenty-five years in a variety of settings, from private studios, church basements and libraries to junior high school band rooms and college classrooms. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maine, and spends her summers learning about new and interesting curricula, methods and materials to bring to her students at Oxbow and in her home music studio. The mother of three children, including one Oxbow student, she also sings with and is assistant director and a board member of the Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra. She loves to read and to cook, and can sometimes be seen walking her dogs on the sidewalks of Devens.
Lisa Langevin joined the staff as Oxbow Schoolhouse’s Administrator in 2014 and is accountable for the smooth operation of the school in areas of finance, enrollment and operations. She came to Oxbow as a parent in 2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors on the Finance and Executive Committees.
She has volunteered in fundraising, outreach events, bookkeeping and the Parent Committee. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Michael’s College and enjoys working with her thoughtful & creative colleagues. She is so grateful for the nurturing and vibrant education her children are receiving at Oxbow.
Melissa LeBlanc provides Educational Support as needed for our students. Melissa has a background in special education where she has experience working with children and adolescents in the classroom and residential milieu. Additionally, Melissa has worked in public school classrooms as an intern and substitute teacher. Melissa enjoys arts and crafts, horseback riding, and spending quality time with her family.
Grades 1/2 Class Teacher
Sara Martin is the Class Teacher for Grades 1 and 2. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University. Over the past 20 years Sara has worked extensively in education and non-profits, most recently as a teacher at Evergreen Garden Playschool, a Waldorf preschool program. She has also taught in the Maynard Public School system and directed the Concord Youth Theater Program for many years. Sara has established her own successful non-profit organization, ReAct Theater Project, bringing performance opportunities to children ages 6 to 18.
Kelly Niemaszyk is the Aftercare teacher at Oxbow. Kelly holds a B.A. in Elementary Education. In addition to teaching the aftercare program here at Oxbow Schoolhouse, she teaches an Adult Crafting Class with a children’s playgroup at Evergreen Garden Playschool and serves on the Evergreen Garden Board of Directors. Kelly is a professional handcrafter, specializing in Waldorf style crafts, including Waldorf doll making and felting. She enjoys learning about sustainable homesteading techniques, foraging wild edibles and sharing her passions for both. She is eager to bring her crafting and gardening interests to the aftercare program. She loves getting outdoors with her family to hike, bike ride, kayak, and downhill ski. Kelly is the mother of two Oxbow students, who are enjoying their thoughtful, artful, profound education immensely.
Mandy Roberge is the Oxbow Schoolhouse Enrichment provider and brings with her decades of experience working joyfully and creatively with children. Having worked her entire life with children in a variety of capacities — from nanny to preschool teacher to mother — her passion is for creating fun and engaging experiences to share with kids and teens. As a certified Kids’ Yoga instructor, professional Henna Artist and longtime freelance journalist, she incorporates her skills and talents into her work with kids. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Rhode Island.
Nickie Wentworth is the Apprentice Teacher for Grades 1 and 2. Nickie has enjoyed teaching and learning in a variety of environmental education settings throughout her life. She has found great joy in observing that her students truly thrive in educational settings that create a secure environment full of warmth and care, foster a sense of wonder and goodness, spark natural curiosity, and nurture the vital connection between the young child and nature. Before coming to Oxbow, Nickie had the great privilege of teaching a mixed age group of 3-6 year olds at the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten Program on the Natick Community Organic Farm in Natick, MA. She holds a M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Learning at Lesley University and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Waldorf Education at Antioch University. She has had the pleasure of watching her oldest child develop and thrive in the dynamic learning environment that Oxbow provides.
Emily West teaches Spanish classes at Oxbow. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As part of her education, Emily lived in Spain and the Philippines. Emily has been teaching Spanish for more than 12 years at Hingham High School and Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School. She left full-time teaching to start her family, and is excited to come back part time to Oxbow and work with younger children on learning Spanish language and culture. Emily also works with AFS Intercultural Programs and the Centers for Cultural Interchange to bring exchange students from around the world to schools in Massachusetts. In her free time, she loves to cook and work with a variety of community youth programs.