Spirit of Waldorf Award

Bruce Travins entered our community in 1977 as a parent when he and his wife Barbara enthusiastically enrolled their son Luke '87 in 3rd grade. Two years later, they enrolled their other son Seth '93 in nursery. In 1988, Bruce became the School's librarian and for over 20 years, he was a constant source of support and resource to our teachers. Even though he retired in 2010, Bruce continues working with many recorder ensembles, volunteering throughout the school and attending class plays and high school assemblies.

Distinguished Faculty Award

In 1989, Jo Ann Shaw became a lower school class teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City. She served as a class teacher for the classes of 1996 (grades 6-8), 2001 (grades 4-8), 2002 (grade 8), 2006 (grade 5), 2011 (grades 1-8) and, 2016 (grades 5-8). A beloved teacher to many students and mentor to many colleagues, Jo Ann served the Waldorf School with distinction on the College of Teachers and numerous other faculty committees.

Rebecca Soloway initially joined the faculty at the Waldorf School of Garden City in 1989 as a middle and high school math teacher (and served as the class advisor to the class of 1994) but in 1993, she began a journey as a class teacher, taking on the classes of 2005 (grades 1-8), 2010 (grades 4-8) and 2017 (grades 6-7). Rebecca also served the school with distinction on the Faculty Council, College of Teachers and numerous other faculty committees.

Outstanding Alumni Award*

A graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City (class of 1990) Nicholas Croce, was the president of Inference Data. Prior to forming Inference, Nick served as president of Doar Litigation Consulting, where he was responsible for driving Doar’s introduction of groundbreaking technologies for courtroom presentation used by the nation’s largest law firms and Fortune 1000 corporations. Nick was also directly involved in helping set industry standards for courtroom technology within the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC).

A stellar student and proud alumnus of the Waldorf School of Garden City, Nick played on Waldorf's soccer, basketball and baseball teams and sang in the Waldorf Singers. During high school, he held the lead roles in two Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas: Iolanthe and H.M.S. Pinafore. After graduating from Waldorf in 1990, he attended Hofstra University where he majored in computer engineering. He returned to Waldorf several times to speak with high school students' about his Waldorf education, college experience, and his career.

*Awarded Posthumously

Franz E. Winkler Leadership Award

Marilyn Cranin is the longest standing member of the School's Board of Trustees. A landscape designer and horticultural therapist, the Waldorf School is proud to be counted among the institutions that have benefited from her fundraising insight and enthusiasm. Marilyn is the mother of three Waldorf alumni: Jonathan '72, Andrew '75, and Elizabeth '80 and the grandmother of a current student.

Hans R. Brechbühl Service Award

John and Kristin Miller have been supportive of the School in different capacities.

An alumna of the Waldorf School in Reutlingen, Germany, Kristin Eisert Miller began her Waldorf teacher training in Stuttgart, Germany and later continued at Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, New York. In 2001, she joined the Waldorf School as a teaching assistant (for the class of 2009) and later became a class teacher for the class of 2014. In 2006, she joined the school's Board of Trustees and has since been an active member on the Development Committee.

Kristin's husband, John D. Miller, is a former Waldorf trustee and was chair of the school's highly successful $2.1 million "Opening Worlds of Opportunity" capital campaign to renovate the library, increase the Scholarship & Endowment Fund, and refurbish the Glen Brook facilities. He is a founder of Arterial Vascular Engineering, Inc. (AVE), which began as a startup medical device company in 1991 and was acquired by Medtronic Corp in 1999.

John’s sons Andrew '09 and Peter '09 attended the Waldorf School from 1999-2004. Kristin and John’s daughter Emeline is currently enrolled in the Parent-Child Program and will start nursery in the fall.

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