Executive Director

Enrollment Director, Linda Shepherd

Bookkeeper, Laura Pannone

Administrative Assistant, Mira Starr

Education – Pacific University, B.A. Elementary Education

1Q01013Mira grew up near Denver in a family that was very supportive of both academics and the arts.  She decided in elementary school that she would be a teacher, and fell in love with Waldorf education in college.  She came to Alaska in August 2013 and spent the school year teaching in a bush school.  At the end of that year she came back to Anchorage and became involved in the AWS community.  She is currently taking the 1 year Foundations course from the Center for Anthroposophy and is applying to the Master’s program at Antioch for a degree in Waldorf Education.

Keeper of the Castle


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The Anchorage Waldorf School administrative staff is here to serve you. In order to better facilitate answering your questions and fulfilling your needs, please see our individual areas of responsibilities listed below:

Administrative Assistant,

  • Answers general questions and/or directs to appropriate person, coordinates & directs information flow
  • If a student is ill or hurt, makes sure they get the care they need; notifies parent(s) if appropriate
  • Manages database & phone directory
  • Handles student record requests
  • Supports the Executive Director in the administrative realm


  • Facilitates new families’ entry into the school (admissions process)
  • Conducts informational events – school open houses , tours and Grandparent’s Day
  • Oversees and edits publication of the newsletter
  • Leads  Marketing& Enrollment Team
  • Coordinates communication with alumni and annual Alumni Night event
  • Supports the Executive Director in promoting and articulating AWS ‘s vision and purpose to our greater community


  • Manages tuition contracts and oversees re-enrollment process
  • Manages fiscal budget, bank accounts, cash flow and insurance policies
  • Responsible for financial policies, payroll and reporting, and business reporting – Federal, State, non-profit, and AWSNA
  • Facilitates annual audit
  • Supports Budget/Finance, and Tuition Assistance Committees
  • Reviews accounts receivables, payables, reimbursements and check requests
  • Supports the Executive Director in establishing and enhancing  the fiscal health of the school

Executive Director,

  • Upholds the vision, purpose and core values of the school
  • Strengthens the school’s relationship to Waldorf  education and underlying principles
  • Builds trust in the school community
  • Brings clarity to policies, processes, and communication
  • Fosters a culture of active participation and collaboration
  • Ensures the stability of the school by effectively administering the daily operations in the realms of facilities and infrastructure, finances, enrollment, development, fundraising, public relations, personnel and educational programs