About Us

As the owner of Waldorf Essentials, I am in a unique position to talk to both families and teachers. In April of 2020, I began receiving panicked emails from teachers all over the world that were faced with losing their jobs or trying to support their students as schools began shutting down.  Parents were equally  concerned and while I can help them homeschool, many were not at all interested in homeschooling. In talking with teacher friends, it was agreed that something needed to be done. But what?  The very same week I had a chat with Melanie.  She had been approached by several families that wanted a class teacher.  We started putting our heads together and pulled in Nicole. The three of us looked at what families needed.  Some needed a full class teacher. Others only needed help with a class here and there.   We knew that we wanted to bring together teachers and help them make a living wage while also having control over their own schedule, allowing them to tend to their families. We were well aware that Waldorf + All Day Zooms did NOT equal happy families.   Our solution is a beautiful hybrid school that supports BOTH teachers and families. 

Meet Melisa & Erik

Founders & Owners Waldorf Essentials

Melisa Nielsen
Seasons of Seven Virtual School Director
Pedagogy Assessor
Lead Coach

Erik Nielsen
Director of Digital Media & Development

Melisa & Erik live in Arizona and are the parents of five homeschooled children. Three are grown and two are still at home. They have owned Waldorf Essentials since 2006 and have coached thousands of families on the homeschool path. Erik has a degree in film and journalism. Melisa has a background in coaching and midwifery. 

 

Meet Melanie

Waldorf Essentials Leader & Coach

Melanie Novakovitch
Seasons of Seven Virtual School Director
Pedagogy Assessor
Coach

Melanie is a single mom homeschooling her son in Florida.  She loves homeschooling with Waldorf education and the deep, rich, satisfying bond it creates with her son. Melanie has a degree in Education, and has been homeschooling & mentoring homeschooling families for several years.

Meet Nicole

Waldorf Essentials Leader & Coach

Nicole Dorsey
Seasons of Seven Virtual School Director
Pedagogy Assessor
Coach 

Nicole is a wife and mother of three children. She and her family live in Colorado. Nicole has experience in  public school, Waldorf charter  and homeschool settings. Nicole has homeschooled and supported  families along their Waldorf Journey's for several years. Nicole is very passionate about serving others, detail oriented and works hard to keep our team focused on reaching our goals. 

 

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