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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States


Emily Butler


Emily Butler
Director of School Administration

Emily Butler, DVM, CVAc, first encountered Waldorf education at the Waldorf School of Garden City, where she was a student for nine years. She remains deeply thankful for the many years she spent at Glen Brook, learning the value of hard work, collaboration and animal therapy.  As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, she taught English to Middle and High School students in 1988-89. After receiving her DVM from Cornell University in 1993, she practiced veterinary medicine for ten years, both in private practice and later at Cornell. Serving as the Ithaca Waldorf School (IWS) board president for seven years, she helped the school become recognized by AWSNA as a developing Waldorf School in 2008. For three years, she taught English conversation to students in grades 7-12 at the Fujino Steiner School, just outside Tokyo, Japan.  Upon returning to the USA, she initially served as Development Coordinator at IWS before becoming the Director of School Administration in July 2015.  

In 2017, Emily completed her certification in Waldorf Administration and Leadership at the Antioch University in New England. She is currently enrolled in the training of New Leaders Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) at Wellesley College.  In addition to serving as the Director at IWS, she takes great joy in supporting the Farm/Land Stewardship program where the students partake in many of the activities Emily enjoyed as a child at Glen Brook!  She is the mother of two boys, each of whom received over eleven years of Waldorf education, both in the USA and Japan.  In her spare time she enjoys swimming, playing the violin, practicing foreign languages, and tending animals small and large.