I love that my child was enveloped in this wonder-filled place for three formative—and irreplaceable—years of early childhood. It set a solid foundation for a love of song, nature, cooking, outdoor explorations (in all types of weather!) and imaginative play.
Cobb Meadow is a treasure, an idyllic place so rare in our world today, free from the chaos of the mainstream. The school provides a nurturing and nourishing haven, where the experienced and insightful teachers truly care for each and every child. —Rebecca
Anne Branzell-Spiegler, M.A., Head Teacher
Anne’s kind, thoughtful and insightful presence has been at the heart of Cobb Meadow since she became the assistant teacher in 1999. Anne became our head teacher in 2002.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Area Studies from the University of Maryland in 1986 and a M.A. in Education from Antioch University New England with a certificate in Waldorf Education in 2002.
Anne has taken a three-year summer intensive in Puppetry with Suzanne Down and deepened her practice with her participation in the troupe Cobb Meadow Puppeteers, who have performed before international audiences.
Anne annually attends both the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America’s East Coast conference and regional conference, and has attended the International Association of Schools for Waldorf Education’s early childhood conference.
Her three children all attended Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH and Anne is deeply committed personally and professionally to the rewards and practices of Waldorf education.
Anne loves to knit socks, sweaters and hedgehogs. When it is too hot to knit, she goes to music festivals!
Libby Haddock, Cobb Meadow Founder & Assistant Teacher
Libby has been teaching young children for more than 30 years. In 1992, Libby founded Cobb Meadow School where she has taught for many years and provided wisdom and guidance over the past two decades. Her roles at Cobb Meadow have included teacher, mentor, parent-child playgroup coordinator and board member.
For nine years Libby taught at the Well School in Peterborough, and for 20 years she taught at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene. Since her retirement from full-time teaching, Libby has been serving as a mentor for Waldorf Early Childhood teachers in schools throughout New England and mentors students in the Early Childhood Program at Sunbridge Institute in Spring Valley, N.Y.
Libby’s kindergarten training was completed at Forrest Row in Sussex, England in 1991. Libby completed a three-year training program in puppetry and performs along with head teacher Anne as part of the Cobb Meadow Puppeteers.
Libby served on the board of Sophia’s Hearth Family Center for 10 years and is an ongoing board member at Cobb Meadow. She and her late husband, Jim Haddock, are the parents of three sons and eight lovely grandchildren. She loves toy-making, gardening, searching for wild mushrooms, travel and, most of all, children.
Libby, during a performance with the Cobb Meadow Puppeteers
The setting at CMS is about as perfect as you can get. It’s homey. It’s comforting. And it feels familiar. Our son talks about his school nearly every day. It’s a tremendous feeling to know that our son is loved and cared for as much as he is at CMS. We feel so fortunate to have him there. —Ian