our teachers

Elisabeth Ferrero lives in Nobleboro, Maine with her husband Mark and their two teenage sons Gabriel and Norbert.  She believes in the importance of outdoor play, the satisfaction from engaging in meaningful work, and the joy of storytelling.  Prior to her time at Noble Garden, Liz worked in a Waldorf school setting for over 6 years as the Kindergarten Assistant, Extended Day teacher, and grade school substitute.  She has a B.A. in History from the University of Maine and continuing studies in early childhood education as well as training in wilderness first aid, herbal medicine and mythology.  Liz is a gardener and devoted caregiver to animals, especially the ducks, chickens and rabbits of Noble Garden and her cat co-inhabitants.  When not working, she enjoys baking, hiking, canoeing, traveling, and creating felted woolen creatures. Liz is thankful for the opportunity to share her home, joy, and laughter with children and their family and friends.

Joanie Dean lives in Washington, Maine with her husband Forrester.  She has been teaching in Waldorf education since 2003 at schools and homes, as a parent and child, nursery, kindergarten, and handwork teacher.  Joanie graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Anthropology. She holds a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge Institute, as well as a Therapeutic Puppetry certificate from Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts.   With a dear friend, she leads Primrose Puppets, a marionette troupe which travels near and far to bring folk and fairy tales to children.  When not teaching or puppeteering, she is happy to be outdoors as much as possible gardening, hiking, and being on the water.  She is equally happy to be cozy indoors with a book or handwork.  Working with young children and their families brings her great joy!