Spindlewood’s dedicated staff is committed to supporting the development of all children and fostering their imaginations and love of learning during their formative first seven years.
Elizabeth Siegel has a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings across several countries and continents, including both Steiner and Montessori schools.
Elizabeth currently lives in Appleton with her husband Ethan and their son Samuel where together they run Heritage Home Farm, a MOFGA certified organic farm specializing in heirloom produce and Katahdin lamb. She helps coordinate and run farm and homesteading activities for children at MOFGA and at the Union Farmers Market.
Elizabeth is passionate about providing children with deep and meaningful life experiences and seeing children as competent and capable individuals. She believes strongly in the importance of valuing children’s work and providing them with an organized environment that supports creativity, independence and resiliency as well as a love and reverence for the natural world. She also enjoys working with and supporting parents in facing the many challenges of raising children in today’s world.
Founding Teacher/Director, Retired ~ Susan Silverio
Susan was the founding teacher of Ashwood Waldorf School in 1986. When the Rockport campus was purchased in 1993 for the development of Ashwood’s grade school, Susan maintained the kindergarten in Lincolnville, Maine near her home and it became Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center, where she continued as lead teacher until 2014.
From 1988-2004, Susan was also the founder and volunteer executive director of Mid-Coast Hospitality House, a shelter for homeless women and families in Rockport, Maine.
Since 2005, Susan has been leading courses in LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development training, in Maine, Connecticut, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for adults who care for young children.
“I believe firmly that in a child’s early years, the foundation is laid for his or her entire life: for their health and well-being, for their sense of relationship with other human beings and with all realms of nature. It is about giving the child the opportunity to play, to explore, to be outdoors, to experience the arts and the spoken word, living images, stories and music. It is about giving them something worthy of imitation, inwardly as well as outwardly. In this way a child finds a sense of inner authority.” Susan
Susan lives nearby with her husband John Silverio.