Governance

The Hartsbrook School is legally organized as a non-profit corporation under the name Pioneer Valley Waldorf School Association, Inc.

Leadership at The Hartsbrook School is overseen by the Faculty Conference and the Board of Directors. These two groups jointly hire the Pedagogical Chair and Administrative Chair, who provide leadership and oversee communication, coordination, and planning.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Hartsbrook School holds fiduciary and legal responsibility for the school and maintains ultimate oversight of the school; pedagogical and administrative functions are delegated to the Faculty Conference. The Board and the Conference share responsibility for the fulfillment of the school’s mission, long-range planning and community relations. The Board is composed of parents, faculty, and friends of the school. Its members are voted into office by the members of the Corporation.

Janis Abbingsole, Chair
Natalie Adams
Swansea Benham Bleicher, Vice Chair
Jan Baudendistel
Maria José Botelho
Lindsay Hunter (ex officio)
Olivia Dreier

Robin Harris
Thomas Heineman
Noah Kahn
Jessica McCormack
Virginia McWilliam (ex officio)
Brennan Smith
Noah Smith, Treasurer
Nicole Thurrell
Anne Woodhull

The Faculty Conference

The Faculty Conference is responsible for the Hartsbrook School’s pedagogical functions, including the school’s spiritual foundations, program, staffing, work with students and families, and the administration necessary to fulfill these functions. The Faculty Conference is composed of faculty members with a long-term commitment to the school who are prepared to take on additional responsibilities in the life of the school. Policies and decisions regarding personnel, economic and legal matters are often delegated to the Pedagogical Chair, Administrative Chair, or Department Chairs.

Jan Baudendistel
Heather Damon
Leslie Evans
Thomas Heineman
Naomi Henderson
Brian Jacques

Rosemary McNaughton
Virginia McWilliam
Elyce Perico
Valerie Poplawski
Nicki Robb
Chris Shaw

Pedagogical Chair

The Pedagogical Chair provides pedagogical leadership on behalf of the Faculty Conference.  The PC carries the initiative to ensure that decisions and policies of the Conference are developed and executed in a timely way in personnel matters, pedagogical matters including program development, student well-being and discipline, and family relations with the school. The PC works closely with the Early Childhood, Elementary School, and High School department chairs to oversee the pedagogical work of the teachers. The Pedagogical Chair reports to the Faculty Conference and the Board of Directors and is an ex officio member of the Board.

Administrative Chair

The Administrative Chair oversees the non-pedagogical functions of the school:  day-to-day operations, enrollment, development, communications, business office, and facilities management. The AC works jointly with the Pedagogical Chair on implementation of Conference decisions and policies, personnel matters, family relations with the school, school budget planning, and legal, financial, and administrative matters. The AC works closely with upper level administrative staff in handling the day-to-day administrative affairs of the school. The Administrative Chair also reports to the Faculty Conference and the Board of Directors and is an ex officio member of the Board.