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Steve Bennett
School Director: Steve moved from Australia and joined Marin Waldorf School in 2017.  His early training in the arts and teaching has allowed him to develop his creative skills into the organizational arena, where financial management and administrative creativity have allowed him to be of service to three Australian schools, the National Steiner Association and, since moving to the USA, Waldorf Education in North Carolina. He is a composer, bassist, playwright (20 children’s plays), astrologer and presently involved in creating 7 screenplays for television and feature film.  He combines a deep foundation in Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy with a collegial spirit, creativity and an excellent sense of finances and organizational structure.



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Dawn Anderson
Finance & Operations Director:  Dawn brings extensive experience in the education field with specialization in operations and administration. Passionate about providing educational opportunities for youth, Dawn has directed college access and financial aid programs to promote educational equity; facilitated cultural exchanges for youth from around the globe and volunteered on the board of a national youth leadership development program. She has served as responsible officer to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and worked in the district office of the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. Dawn's professional experience also includes an internship in public service in London, England and teaching in Madrid, Spain for two years. Dawn completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University and holds a certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley. Dawn has traveled widely throughout Europe, Australasia, Southern Africa and the Americas. In her free time, Dawn enjoys running, swimming, sailing and tennis with her family.

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Chantal Valentine
Admissions Director:  Chantal was born and raised in San Rafael, and she started working at MWS in late 2011.  After graduating from Whitman College, she served for two years with AmeriCorps in San Jose, CA and Columbia, SC. Her 20+ year non-profit career prepared her for the fulfilling job as an Admissions Director at our school. Chantal and her husband Shane also wrote The Baby Cuisine Cookbook sold primarily in Whole Foods Markets and Shane continues their mission as a Chef Activist. You can find Chantal and her 3 children walking (or running) to school each morning with their wagon.


Megan Neale
Pedigogical Support: 
Megan is the proud parent of two Marin Waldorf School graduates.  Her daughters graduated in 2012 and Megan started the Marin Independent High School later that year.  She was the Administrator of that school for four years and was brought onto the Administrative Team at Marin Waldorf School in 2017.  Megan's teaching background paired with her administrative expertise are assets to her current position.


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Melissa Monterossa
Development & Communications Director: 
Melissa joined the Administrative Team in 2016.  She has 2 children at Marin Waldorf School and has been an active community member since 2011.  She was a teacher for many years before she switched roles to administration.  She loves connecting with parents, grandparents and our extended community.

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Renee Palace
Registrar & Admissions Assistant: 
Renee joined Marin Waldorf School in 2017.  She came to Marin Waldorf with an extensive professional background in business administration, real estate and Human Resources. As the proud parent of a graduate of Woodland Star Charter School, Renee is very familiar with Waldorf Philosophy and school structure. She spent over 10 years as a parent, volunteer, Charter Council Member, class parent and Handwork teacher.  


Justine Highsmith
Justine comes to Marin Waldorf with a strong background in administration and arts education for non-profits and museums. She has worked as an art teacher and reading and writing tutor with grades K-12 for over a decade and is also an accomplished painter, folk harpist, and jazz pianist. Justine is currently pursuing her MS in Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California with a focus on child and developmental psychopathology.