Meet our Graduates ~ Alum Profiles Caroline Winter (8TH 1993) “Journalism is something I fell into by accident,” says Caroline Winter, a member of The Hartsbrook School “pioneer class” of ’93 (8th Grade), the first graduating class. “My Waldorf education, with its emphasis on exploration and imagination, was instrumental in helping to prepare me for this compelling work.” Valentina Valentini (8TH GRADE 1998) Because ‘no’ was rarely part of the Waldorf curriculum or ethos (except when it came to logos on shirts – to which she still adheres), Ms. Valentini never thought that it wasn’t a possibility to hit a challenge head on and succeed. Casay Yamazaki Heineman (HS 2011, 8th Grade 2007) Casay credits the Hartsbrook High School exchange program with other Waldorf school around the globe as being a unique and life-altering component of the school’s Waldorf-based education. Elena Nietupski (HS 2013) Elena points to the importance of Hartsbrook’s smaller class environment that enables deep class community bonding combined with a supportive, academic community. She believes these factors help shape students who will become adults capable of embracing life and its challenges. Ian Curtis (HS 2008, 8th Grade 2004) Ian is on his way to an academic career in French, an interest born at Hartsbrook in his many years at the school ; he started at its nursery school and graduated from its high school in 2008, before going on to Kenyon College, Paris and now Yale University for a doctorate. Tess Harrison, ’08 What stands out the most about my time at Hartsbrook is the accepting and supportive community. Both the students and teachers welcomed me with such warmth and expressed genuine interest. They truly wanted to know me as an individual and what I had to say. Ty McCormick ‘02 (8th Grade graduate) A winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ty has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, New Republic, and National Geographic. Kiara Ana Perico (HS 2007} Kiara Ana speaks of Hartsbrook’s profound influence on who she has become. She appreciates the connections and relationships developed at Hartsbrook that she brings into the world and credits the Hartsbrook environment to having developed self-awareness, and her own truth, direction, and confidence. Doran Catlin Morgan (8TH '93) Doran has become a leader in public-school education administration, and she credits much of her success to Hartsbrook. Elizabeth Mealey (HS '10, 8th '06) A Hartsbrook student from third grade through high school, the school’s creative approach and embracing community of students and faculty offered the best opportunities for Elizabeth.