Grady Keystone received his Waldorf teaching certification in 2009 after completing his practicum in Edinburgh, Scotland. That same year he took on a First Grade class and led them through to Grade Eight. After taking a sabbatical year to work on music, Grady welcomed a new group of children into his life. Having led them through a part-time Early Childhood program, he is now their Class One teacher for the year 2019/20.
Grady’s previous teaching experience includes more than 40 years of art classes, primarily for adults, outdoor experiential education and adventures for teenagers, and private art lessons for children. His paintings and murals can be seen in Honokaa and on the mainland, and he is a working musician, singer and songwriter. He graduated in the pioneer class of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Zoology and Art. After graduating he attended the Art Student’s League in New York City. Grady is dedicated to providing a learning experience that balances art, music, literature, science, history and math and is presented in a joyful, interesting and challenging manner.
Monika Hennig graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and a minor in Music. She combined her artistic and scientific passions, attending the University of Southern California and receiving an MFA in film production. Her science-themed films were supported by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and “Chasing Patterns”, the child-friendly short about a little boy who doesn’t like math until discovering the beauty of patterns in nature, went on to be distributed by the Spiritual Cinema Circle. As a child, Monika attended Waldorf Schools from 4th grade through high school and credits the education with sparking her curiosity and creating the desire to be a life-long learner.
After moving to Hawaii, Monika completed her certificate for Waldorf Elementary Education and took her first class through grades 1-9. This 2019/20 school year, Monika leads her second class through the Fourth Grade.
Mary Brown brings with her fond memories of a rambling schoolyard where students were encouraged to learn and discover cooperatively together. Spanish language class, inspiring art instruction, even singing and recorder were part of the regular routine, while small class sizes were a benefit. During high school at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Mary kindled a joy in photography that carried through her college years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Hired as a staff photographer for the university’s independent yearbook publication, The Coloradan, Mary completed her junior year as production editor. The 396 page volume published in 1994 is a cumulative study in the fields of art, journalism, business, and print publication. She studied abroad for her senior year in Germany attending the University in Regensburg. She holds a double-major in Germanic Studies and Anthropology from CU Boulder. Mary continued her travels, journeying through West Africa and later, through Central America. She continued working in photography and moved to Hawaii in 2000, where she met her husband and began a small business designing and producing batik T-shirts and more recently beeswax candles. Mary’s calling to work as a teacher arrived with motherhood and living a rural lifestyle she became a homeschool parent. She has also taught at Ka Halle O Na Keiki Preschool and Honokaa Elementary School before joining Keystone Homeschool in 2013. Currently serving as a private tutor and specialty teacher at Keystone Homeschool, Mary is glad to be contributing to a community that reflects the values she would like to see perpetuated in the larger world community.