wecan-logoAcorn School is a Developing Member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

Waldorf Early Childhood programs provide children and families with a warm and nurturing experience. Free play alternates with group activities, such as circle time for songs, finger plays and games, movement, painting, beeswax modeling, crafts, cooking, storytelling and puppetry. Children experience all the activities with a sense of joy, yet each develops capacities, including fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and language. Daily outside play encourages children to engage in larger, more active movement. The seasons of the year are observed and celebrated with festivals.

Our Faculty

Motria Shuhan

Motria Shuhan

 A graduate of Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education at Sunbridge College, Motria has fourteen years of experience working with young children including Director and Founder of the Acorn School, a developing member of WECAN. She spent nine formative years at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, NY. There she worked in the nursery and kindergarten and served as the Pedagogical Chair for three years. She also serves as a student mentor and teacher educator for WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association) and Sunbridge College. With a special interest in the art of puppetry, Motria has staged shows for conferences, festivals, and other community events. Mrs. Shuhan completed a three-year Advanced Therapeutic Course for Early Childhood Educators taking place in Denver, Co., where she continued to deepen her understanding of the young child. She lives with her husband and two sons in Accord, NY.

Mia Reed - Acorn After Care Teacher

Mia Reed

Mia Reed is presently enrolled in the Waldorf Teacher training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley, New York. She has been working with Motria  at Acorn School for the last 4 years. She lives with her two daughters in New Paltz, NY.

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Melanie Indelicato

Melanie Indelicato completed her Elementary Education studies as well as an A.A. in Theater Arts at SUNY New Paltz. She has completed two years training for the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Certificate at the Alkion Center, a branch of the Hawthorne Valley Association. She will finish her requirement for this training on May 2017. Melanie has been a beloved and trusted assistant teacher at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School since 2010 in the Kindergarten and Nursery, including many opportunities step in as a lead teacher when the need arose. Melanie has also been a faculty member of the Acorn School Summer Camp for the last 4 years. Melanie and her husband, Joe, and son, Anthony, live in New Paltz. Anthony is graduating the 8th grade at MLWS this year and will be attending the New Paltz High School in the fall.

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Sigrid D’Aleo

Sigrid D’Aleo was born and raised in the beautiful, Austrian Alps. Most of her childhood was spent out of doors in the rich natural world  and a beautiful old fashioned small village life. Sigrid studied Waldorf Education at the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in the 90s,where she received her Certification as a Waldorf Early childhood Teacher. She worked many years at the Waldorf school of Saratoga Springs as Kindergarten Assistant, Kindergarten Teacher , Nursery Teacher, Parent Child Teacher and her greatest joy was starting “the Forestkindergarten “,with her dear colleagues. She is blessed with a beautiful daughter,Lucca who is a graduate of the Waldorf school of Saratoga Springs. Sigrid is a Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Colon Hydro Therapist in private practice in Stone Ridge. In her free time she enjoys walking and hiking, yoga ,playing her harmonium and going to Kirtans. She loves cooking, gardening, knitting, traveling and curling up with a good book and blanket on a rainy, wet day!

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Minka Wasylyk Hrechniw

Minka is a sincere and eager student for all things Waldorf-inspired with a keen eye and a penchant for organization. She brings joy and warmth to our circle that is infectious and much appreciated. Her kind inquisitive nature is a pleasure to be around. Before embracing her role in the Acorn family, Minka enjoyed a successful career in the graphic design industry for over 20 years. These days, when not at Acorn, she also works alongside her husband, Taras, as a finisher to his custom base-making in their home-based studio — both are graduates of the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Over time, Minka and Taras have come to a mutual obsession with all things lighter-than-air. They currently live in a house built of their own design in the Heights of the Catskill mountains, with their cat, and take great pleasure in occasionally flying off their front lawn in their solid blue hot-air balloon, BluRadius.

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Helen Stubblefield

Since playing “Swiss Family Stubblefield” with her brother and four cousins as a child, Helen has been engaged with nature and play.  She has worked with the elements of the natural world as an artist for 25 years; clay, handmade paper from plants, and fiber arts. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Memphis College of Art and has studied child development at the graduate level in the Art Therapy and Creativity Development program at Pratt Institute. She is currently writing her thesis to complete her Early Childhood Waldorf Certification through the Alkion Institute of Hawthorne Valley.  She lives and makes art in Stone Ridge with her two children and cats, Ollie and Leeloo.