Jeanette Rodriguez, Founder and Director of Endeavor 21+
Ms. Rodriguez is a leading professional in the field of child development, recognized for her dedication and success. She has a Baccalaureate degree in Music Education K-12 from Susquehanna University and a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University. A fter graduation, she started her career experience in child development, education and Waldorf pedagogy. Prior to founding the Otto Specht School, she worked as a licensed music therapist in pediatrics at Mt Sinai Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in NYC. Ms. Rodriguez provided direct care to patients, participated in medical research and music therapy.
Chela Crane is the Assistant Director of the Otto Specht School where she taught physical education, outdoor education and farming for seven years before moving into administration. The school offers a Waldorf curriculum and hands-on learning for students with learning challenges and developmental delays.
Michael Sweeney - Parent Advisory Board
Mike Sweeney is a Self-Direction Community Developer focused on jobs and housing that result in "Interdependence Communities for the Developmentally Disabled" in New York. He is exploring how Blockchains and Crypto Assets can support the Developmentally Disabled, and he is a supporter of Cornell Blockchain. As the father to Biodynamic Farmer Dustin Sweeney, his passion is driven by creating #AeternusUmbra (shadow forever) for Dustin Sweeney and his friends.
Mike is also on the Parents Committee for ArchCare @ Saint Teresa on Staten Island, which is a pioneering Special Needs community founded by the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Dolan.
Claire Brannon comes to us from the Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck, NY and she is a long time educator in the Camphill and Waldorf systems. Claire is a Member of the Anthroposophical Society and the School for Spiritual Science, and she also brings her Music, Gardening, and Language skills to the Threefold and E21+ community. Clair will be key in developing E21+ programs to support our Young Adults through home and work related challenges. These work and support programs are based on careful observation, listening, and anthroposophical understanding of the developing human being. The goal is to create the fostering of deep, trusting relationships at home and work for our E21+ young adults and the larger Threefold Community.