Specialty Class Faculty
Specialty Class Faculty
Julia Gray taught handwork at the Ithaca Children's School and the Stone Circle School from 2007 through 2010. She completed her handwork accreditation at Sunbridge College in the fiber craft studio by 2012. She happily returned to the Ithaca Waldorf community as a handwork teacher in 2014, teaching the same students, then in grades 7 and 8, that she had taught to knit in grades 1 and 2. Having the chance to see the children come full circle and to see how they mature is wonderful. The intelligent conversations and empathy are apparent.
Mrs. Gray is the mother of two boys, ages 11 and 14. She has lived in Ithaca and the Ellis Hollow area for over 20 years. "I love that I have found a job that is also my passion: teaching, fiber, and natural color are what surround my life." Additionally she finds joy in pottery and photography. She has a marketplace on Etsy for plant-dyed fiber and hand-spun yarn as well as needle felted gnomes.
Reading Support Tutor
Risa has been teaching school aged children to read in a variety of settings for the past thirty years, including at the Landmark and Carroll Schools for students with dyslexia, the Shady Hill School in Boston, and a private practice in Ithaca. While having thoroughly enjoyed teaching classes in early math, science, juggling, and small engine repair, she has found supporting children to master literacy to be her most rewarding and creative endeavor.
Certified in Special Education as well as Reading, she continues to enjoy learning about current research and best practices in the field of literacy instruction, always looking for new ways to help the ongoing practice that her students need be both engaging and enjoyable. She especially likes to match them with hand picked books that grab their unique interests and imagination, and help inspire them to plow through any challenging parts of the process.
Away from teaching, she enjoys being in nature, reading poetry, and learning about natural forms of healing.
Movement & Games
Maria Carolina Marraccini
Farm & Land Stewardship
Maria Carolina Marraccini is a native Spanish speaker from Chile. She worked as a high school philosophy teacher in a school in Chile. She was also one of the storytellers at the library she was in charge of in the same school. She has been working at the Ithaca Waldorf School since fall 2014 as the Spanish teacher for students in grade 1-8, and it has been a wonderful experience!
Outside the Ithaca Waldorf School she tutors students of varying levels in Spanish. She also loves to dance salsa, cook, and craft.
Ann planted her first garden at the age of 19 after digging up her best friend’s backyard. She was eager to learn that her love of being outside and for ecology could come together in agriculture.
She has affected the lives of many whom she has worked with, as she was recently chosen as an ‘Inspiring Ithacan’ by a local high school group. Ann’s background includes earning a BA in Environmental Studies from Prescott College where she studied Restoration Ecology as well as Fine Arts. She has interned, apprenticed and been employed on several farms on the east and west coasts, gaining a diverse set of skills and knowledge. She has completed training in Biodynamic Agriculture, Permaculture, and brings experience from studying carbon and nitrogen cycling in agro-ecosystems utilizing nitrogen fixing cover crops, while working as a research technician.
Ann is also an aspiring tap dancer, knot tier, and pastry chef. She dreams of living in a world where kite flying is taken more seriously. If it was not for farming, she would probably have ended up as the first mate of a sturdy ship, immune to sea sickness.