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 All Day Zooms did NOT make happy families.   Our solution is a beautiful hybrid education that supports BOTH teachers and families. 

About Us

Executive Team

Meet Melanie

Director of School Operations

Melanie Novakovitch
Director of Admissions & School Operations                
Pedagogy Assessor

Melanie Lives in the beautiful seaside town of Neptune Beach, Florida.  She is a trained teacher by trade, but has chosen to homeschool her son with the healing powers of Waldorf Inspired education.  She is amazed by the deep, rich, satisfying bond it creates with her child.  Melanie has a University degree in Education, and has been Coaching & mentoring homeschooling families for several years.  Her dream is to bring Waldorf Inspired education into the hearts and homes of families around the world.  Seasons of Seven and Waldorf Essentials have been able to help make this dream a reality!  

Meet Melisa & Erik

Founders & Owners
Melisa Nielsen LLC

Melisa Nielsen
CEO, Melisa Nielsen LLC
Seasons of Seven Owner & Pedagogy Assessor

Erik Nielsen
CMO, Melisa NIelsen LLC
Digital Media & Development

Melisa & Erik live in Florida 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. 

Success Team

Meet Nicole

Success Team
Social Media Focus & Finance Team

Nicole Dorsey

Nicole is a wife and mother of three children. Nicole has experience with  public school, Waldorf inspired charter  and homeschool settings. Nicole has homeschooled and supported  families along their Waldorf inspired 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. 

Meet Dena

Success Team
Email Communications  Focus & Finance Team

Dena Stapleton

Bio forthcoming.

Meet Our Teachers

Success Team

Family Journey Focus 

Out teachers are a huge part of our Success Team!  Click HERE to learn more about them.