Head of School
Kirsten’s passion for Waldorf education was sparked when a parent whose child was under her care told her, “You should become a Waldorf teacher.” As a result of that conversation, Kirsten visited the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, MN. With her BA in International Communication and German, Kirsten enrolled at Antioch New England University and graduated in 1996 with her M.Ed. and a Concentration in Waldorf Education K-8.
Kirsten taught at the Waldorf School of Milwaukee and then at the country’s first Waldorf-inspired public school, the Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2002, she began teaching at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. She has served as faculty chair, mentor, Interim Administrator and Expansion Coordinator. Kirsten has also been a mentor at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Copley, Ohio and the Portland Village School in Portland, Oregon. As Head of School, Kirsten brings a strong commitment to Waldorf education and lifelong learning, a desire to cultivate mutually respectful relationships, and a love for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh community.
Bob Roberson’s first engagement with Waldorf Education came when his daughter enrolled in a pre-school class at Acorn Hill in Washington, DC. Both of his children continued their Waldorf Education when they moved to Pittsburgh in 1999. Bob has served on the Board of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh for five years and on the Finance Committee for all but one year since 2000. He was also part of a strategic planning group for the school in 2003.
Bob received his BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also born. Over the course of his career, he has served in a diverse range of capacities in both business and non-profit environments, Investment Advisor, Operations Manager, Technical Support Manager, and Client Support Director to name a few.
Devon Wood has served as Enrollment Coordinator since 2011. She wears a second hat (figuratively and literally) at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh as a beekeeper for the school’s rooftop honeybee hives. Devon received her B.S. from Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on early childhood development. Devon has over twenty years’ experience working for non-profit agencies, serving in management level positions in community mental health and faith-based services both in Pittsburgh and Central Pennsylvania. Devon and her husband came to the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh in 2005, when their first child was 18 months old, for the parent-child Morning Garden program. She likes to say she used her degree and education the most with the discovery of Waldorf Education and firmly choosing WSP as an educational home for her two children. Devon is passionate about the environment and her family’s eastern suburb community of Forest Hills where she has spearheaded progressive laws as an elected Councilwoman since 2009. She also enjoys raising awareness and money as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. Devon, her husband, and two children are often found year-round in transit to, coaching, cheering for, or playing either baseball or fast pitch softball.
Brendan Froeschl joined the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s administrative team as facilities manager in 2007. Brendan attended St. Vincent College, which included two years studying in Germany, and graduated with a BA in history with minors in English and German. After his undergraduate work, Mr. Froeschl delved more deeply into the field of historic preservation. An interest in hands-on preservation work led to a training program in building preservation at Belmont Technical College. This training and his work experiences at the Jekyll Island Museum perfectly matched managing the unique needs of the school’s historic building. Outside of work Brendan enjoys biking, playing guitar, and reading about old things.
Miss Laura was born in California and grew up as a military brat, but she considers Pittsburgh her adopted hometown. She earned two degrees from Pitt, a BA in Creative Writing and German and an MA in German. After graduation, she moved to New York City and worked in theater administration for four years. She moved back to Pittsburgh in 2017 with the goal of finding not just a job, but also a community, so she is thrilled to be a part of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Laura is also a freelance translator and is currently working on translating a novel from German into English. In her free time, she enjoys reading, attending theater, and getting stamps in her National Parks passport.