Faculty & Board
Debra Marcotte, BA2nd Grade
Ms. Marcotte was first introduced to Waldorf Education many years ago, when she was a nanny for two children who attended the Tomte Gubben School (now the Monadnock Waldorf School) in Nelson, NH. She hoped that one day, when she had a family of her own, her children could attend a Waldorf School.
As it happened, she did not live in proximity to one, and so that was not a possibility. She lived on the seacoast, but Tidewater was not yet born, and her children were too old to attend when it came into being. However, when she decided to home school her youngest son, a Waldorf-based curriculum was the next best thing, and so her journey toward becoming a Waldorf teacher continued.
Through the years, Ms. Marcotte worked with children of all ages in many capacities – as a Sunday school teacher, church youth leader, camp director, acting teacher, literacy coach and para-educator.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing from Granite State College the same year her youngest son, whom she still homeschooled, graduated from high school. She entered the world of public education as a Title One Reading teacher, and after one year, knew she needed to work with children in a different way.
And so, she decided to apply to and was accepted into, the Waldorf Teacher Certification program at Antioch University of New England. Her training brought her to Tidewater as an intern. Now she is very happy to continue on her Waldorf journey with this year’s First Grade class.
Ms. Marcotte has two grown sons, both of whom still live in the area. She looks forward to adding the title of Grandma to her name when her oldest son and daughter-in-law decide to make that possible!
She enjoys her children and family, the theater, especially musical theater, singing, sewing and crafting, camping, hiking and the outdoors, and my wonderful group of lifelong friends.
Daniela KulikSea Star Kindergarten, German Teacher (1st Grade)
Daniela is delighted to be part of the Tidewater Waldorf School and apply her skills as both the Sea Star mixed age kindergarten teacher and first grade German teacher. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher with more than thirty years of experience working with children at the preschool level both here in the United States and in Europe. Teaching German provides her a very special opportunity to share her language, culture and materials from her home country and her childhood.
Over the years Daniela has studied many different teaching styles and philosophies because she enjoys expanding her skills and abilities and believes there is always something new to discover. After all her years teaching she finally feels that she has found what she has always been looking for. Being a Waldorf teacher just feels right for her.
Daniela was born and raised in Austria. Since she was five years old she always wanted to be with children and to become a teacher. While in high school she decided to pursue a teaching career. Upon achieving her diploma with certificate for teaching preschool children from the Federal Institute for Kindergarten Education in Oberwart, Austria, Daniela set out on her career. She worked in numerous teaching positions in Austria at both the preschool and elementary levels. For almost fifteen years she was the directress of the Montessori Kindergarten Europahaus in Wiener Neustadt, Austria where she was responsible for 40 children ages 3-6 years old and a team of seven teachers and assistants.
While on an adventures biking trip to the Greek islands, Daniela met her future husband – an American from New Hampshire. After getting married Daniela moved to the United States in 2004 where she began a new career and life.
In addition to her teaching background Daniela loves practicing, studying and teaching Yoga. She is a certified RYT 500 senior Yoga teacher as well as a certified Reiki master.
Tricia’s background is in the theater, the corporate world and baking and she left these endeavors to pursue her interest in working with children. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in NY. She worked for 14 years as a production stage manager, company manager and actress throughout New England. She helped open Sweet Dreams Bakery in Stratham and worked there for several years. While in California for nine years, Tricia worked for Whole Foods Market in their marketing department. She has completed the LifeWays Training, was Tidewater’s extended day teacher for two years and now she is the Beach Pea Nursery teacher and LightHouse parent/child teacher. She has a special fondness for the very youngest children and hopes to work with babies and toddlers when Tidewater is ready to design a program for that age group.
When not at Tidewater, Tricia works in the gardens at Strawbery Banke as a garden interpreter. She enjoys reading, swimming and working in her yard. She lives in Cape Neddick, very near the ocean. In January she will be starting her seventh year at Tidewater.
Erica TaylorHandwork Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Sea Star Assistant
Erica comes to Tidewater holding a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in English and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was previously both a librarian and a birth doula, and continues to be active in the perinatal field. Erica is currently enrolled in a Foundation Studies group at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in preparation for a Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education.
Her experience with Handwork and Spanish go back to her earliest childhood. Erica was raised in a family of knitters, quilters, seamstresses and musicians, and she has spent her life learning and loving these and other art forms. She began studying Spanish in the fourth grade and continued through college and beyond. She also spent some time living in Quito, Ecuador studying the many active volcanoes of the region.
Erica lives in Kittery, Maine with her husband and two young children, the oldest of whom is a very enthusiastic Beach Pea this year. Erica enjoys crafting, music, gardening, and spending time in nature.
Martha A. Coombs, BS, M.Ed.Spacial Dynamics(TM), & Movement Education
Martha has been with Tidewater School since 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Education in Early Childhood, Special Needs from the University of New Hampshire. She is a 2011 graduate of the Level I, Spacial Dynamics Institute In-Service Training Program (IS9). Spacial Dynamics Institute, Inc. is located in Mechanicville, NY and operates training programs world wide.
Martha’s career includes work with children and adults of all ages in a variety of educational and athletic settings. She has over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. She also coordinates the Summer Program for Tidewater Waldorf School which offers children’s programming during June and July each summer.
Martha lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband Jeff and two daughters, Drucilla and Isobel.
Maggie Moses is the newest addition to the faculty at Tidewater. She is a graduate of York High School who brings a strong positive energy, creativity, and a love of children to the classroom. Maggie began her career in child care while still in high school. For two years she was in charge of the aftercare program at the Herne School in York. She simultaneously apprenticed under local artist Will Cung where she refined her wonderful artistic abilities.
After graduating high school, Maggie sought a new challenge that would expand her world view, and so set off for Munster, Germany where she was an Au Pair for 1 year. Maggie loved learning about a different culture, making new friends, and gaining a new perspective. She is excited for the upcoming year and looking forward to teaching using the Waldorf approach.
Karen Wiese, AAOperations Manager
Karen owned and operated a popular restaurant for years in Portsmouth prior to working at Tidewater. She has worked in our aftercare program, was Administrative Assistant for a number of years and recently was appointed Office Manager. She is one of the founding families; her son, Sam attended Tidewater from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Karen is an avid reader, walker, house fixer-upper and loves to travel when she gets the chance.
Seacoast Waldorf Association Board of Trustees
"The Waldorf Schools offer small classes, individualized instruction, and flexible, child-centered curricula which can accommodate the child. Teachers and children create their own curricula and books. The teacher has to grow and learn with the children, a very positive example of what good teaching and learning should be."
David Elkind, Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk
BOARD CHAIR: Deirdre McEachern
Deirdre McEachern is a former software industry executive, now Master Certified Life Coach and owner of the business, VIP Coaching. She is also author of the book "You Only Live Once: Create the Life You Want" published in 2011. Before serving on the Tidewater School Board of Trustees she served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Women in Business Connection in Cambridge MA. She lives in Kittery with her husband and two children, Aidan age 6 and Maeve age 4.
TREASURER: Joe DeFelice
Joe DeFelice is a seasoned technology professional with the last 10+ years spent in various IT leadership roles. He is currently Director of Network Engineering at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, MA, where he is responsible for Akamai's voice and data networks and also oversees the company's global Help Desk operations. Joe lives in Hampton, NH with his wife, Julie, and their five-year old daughter, Emily, and is actively involved in fundraising for The Jimmy Fund.
SECRETARY: Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional with over ten years of technical management experience. He is currently the Operational Excellence Manager with Serco-NA in Portsmouth, NH where he is responsible for his contract’s Quality Management System, Project Management Office, Training Department, and Software Development Team. He lives in Kittery, Maine with his wife Erica (a Spanish and Handwork teacher), his daughter Aubrey (a big Beach Pea), and his son Brendan (a Sandpiper). When he’s not in the office or at home, you can find him doing the “-ings” – biking, hiking, and kayaking.
TRUSTEE: Dave Fortier
Dave Fortier has owned a technology business in the seacoast area for the last 5 years working nationally with wireless carriers on network and process optimization - prior to that he worked for 10 years as the Senior Vice President of Professional Services with a telecommunication consulting firm in Boston. Dave also serves as a Board member in Newburyport, MA supporting the local K-8 basketball organization and he and his family are very active outdoors during all seasons of the year. He lives in Newburyport, MA with his wife Tracey and two children, Elizabeth age 13 and Anna age 9 - both children attended Tidewater and their family has been actively involved with the school for over 6 years with Anna just finishing her 3rd grade class in 2011.
TRUSTEE: Julie DeFelice
Julie DeFelice is the proud mother of Sea Star student Emily, is the Chair of Tidewater's Development Committee, and is a previous member of the Tidewater Leadership Council. In addition to her various roles at Tidewater, Julie also serves on the Board of Trustees of Annie's Angels, a Seacoast area 501(c)3 charitable foundation that is dedicated to helping families struggling with life-threatening diseases and disabilities. She is also an active fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund. Prior to Emily's birth, Julie was the eCommerce Director for an investment newsletter located in Salem, MA, where she honed her marketing skills and completed her Master's degree in e-Marketing. Julie lives with her husband Joe and their daughter Emily in Hampton, NH. This is her second year of Tidewater's Board.
TRUSTEE: Patricia Frey
Patricia teaches Beach Pea and LightHouse at Tidewater. Full bio above.
TRUSTEE: Deb Marcotte
Deb teaches 2nd Grade at Tidewater. Full bio above.
Board of Trustees Committees
- Development & Outreach – Visit our Development page.
- Facilities Committee
- Finance Committee
- Parent Association