I have lived in Ashland for over 20 years and have a family of two sons with my husband. My sons are in 11th and 8th grade at Ashland High and 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.