Ashland, Oregon, USA

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Teachers

 

Shannon

I have lived in Ashland for over 20 years and have a family of two sons with my husband. My sons are in 8th and 5th grade at the Siskiyou School. I have a background in natural history and outdoor and science education (BS in Botany, MS in Environmental Education) and have a lot of experience teaching elementary through adults in different program settings. 

Since having my own children, I have immersed myself in learning more about the needs of young children and the Waldorf way of nurturing their growing bodies and minds. I have done a number of early childhood trainings and conferences at the Rudolf Steiner College, and continue to take advantage of mentoring and professional workshops. In 2016 I completed the Cedarsong Nature School teacher training with Erin Kenny, pioneer of US Forest Kindergartens. 

I ran and taught my own Waldorf inspired preschool in my home for more than five years and assisted the ACORN program of outdoor discovery for first graders at the Siskiyou School for two years. Co-creating and teaching Little Gnomes Nature School has been a dream come true and it is so fulfilling to see the benefits of nature immersion reflected in the children we teach.

I welcome children with a grounded and calm presence, love for the wonder of early childhood, and a passion for nature immersion, the Waldorf curriculum, movement and sensory development, and the amazing natural world that surrounds us here in southern Oregon.

Anousckha

Fifteen years ago I moved to Ashland from Germany. Here I have made a home with my husband, Aaron and our four children. Kaia is 21 and lives in LA., Tristan is a senior at AHS, Ronin is a 5th grader and Leonidas is a 2nd grader at the Siskiyou school.

My background is in traditional pedagogy and over ten years ago I have found my love for Waldorf education. I have taught in many different settings, ranging from nursery to high school. With time I have found that I am most comfortable with children ages 2-6. Over the last eight years I have taught a Waldorf based, in-home preschool. I regularly visit workshops to further my education, locally and annually at the Rudolf Steiner College. During my training in Germany I had the opportunity to volunteer many hours in a forest kindergarten that my daughter was attending. 

The importance of nature and outdoor education have been strong in my teachings, with my own kids and others. The love that little ones have for mother nature is striking and contagious. As a teacher I am mostly driven by my motherly instincts and by the children’s need. Integrating Waldorf curriculum with the natural world is a true passion of mine for many years. It fills my heart to see the children in nature on a daily basis and brings me joy to see them grow outdoors. I am so pleased to be offering a nature immersion program to this wonderful place  called Southern Oregon.