The relationship between the teacher and the child is a critical component to Waldorf Education.
A distinction of Waldorf teachers is their passion for individuality and commitment to nurturing individual student’s mind. With a heavy focus on the importance of hands-on experience for their students, rather than standardized testing, Waldorf teachers help their students to explore curricula through diverse activities, with plenty of room to customize lesson plans. The fluidity of this approach provides extensive engagement that leads to lifelong connections with the material taught, the teachers involved and the bigger questions at the heart of each subject.
Parent Child Program Teacher: Raised in a warm family environment, Brenda naturally found a deep connection to the Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. A mother of two, she grew up in New Mexico and studied Humanities at Dominican University of California before being introduced to Waldorf education. After teaching in traditional early childhood centers, Brenda went on to earn her teaching certificate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, Northern California Lifeways Early Childhood Training and is a certified Simplicity Parenting group leader. Brenda came to The Marin Waldorf School in 2013 to lead the Parent-Child program. Away from school, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family in nature, meditation, yoga, reading, cooking, and a variety of creative pursuits
Buttercup Preschool Teacher: Leanne has been a teacher since 1991 and has a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, a Master's in Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate. Her joy of teaching lies with the young child and their parents. She is the mother of three children and loves swimming, hiking, yoga and listening to live music.
Buttercup Preschool Assistant Teacher: Paula has been working in early childhood for 20 years. She has Early Childhood Education units from College of Marin and completed her Waldorf Teacher Training in 1997. She has worked with parent toddler programs, preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades, aftercare for grades and summer camp. She simply loves working with the children and their families in this community as it constantly evolves.