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: Fernanda earned her Waldorf teaching certificate, completing the three-year program in 2016. She found her passion for Waldorf education when her children started preschool in the Buttercup classroom. Fernanda has been working as a substitute teacher in the early childhood at Marin Waldorf for the past three years and as a first grade substitute Spanish teacher. Fernanda grew up in São Paulo, Brazil where she earned a degree in Business and Languages. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. She enjoys crafting, trail running and going to the beach with her family.