Our teachers support the unfolding individuality of each child as they guide them through their early years of understanding themselves and each other. The wealth of training, experience, and dedication they bring to our nests every day defines the Mountain School and the unique experience we offer.
LORI GREY, Director
Lori’s first experience at the Mountain School was as a parent. Fast forward to 2015 and Lori is once again singing the morning welcome song, but this time as the school’s Director. Lori joined us from the San Francisco Waldorf School where she spent the previous eleven years as the Enrollment Director and was on the board of the Bay Area Directors of Admissions. Lori’s own children attended San Francisco Waldorf School from kindergarten through high school. She has a deep understanding of, passion for, and absolute belief in Waldorf education. Of her daughter’s time at the Mountain School, Lori says, “She was allowed the time and space to fully engage in joyful, purposeful play and to learn to do for herself and for others. This helped to prepare her for the challenges of school and life.”
GALE MORFIN, Lead Teacher
Gale grew up on Long Island, received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, and completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento. As Lead Teacher at the Mountain School since 1994, Gale’s tremendous experience and expertise in the artistic process of caring for young children comes alive in the Hummingbird Nest. “When I first encountered Waldorf education,” she remarks, “I was stunned. It seemed to hold within it everything I wished I had experienced as a child.”
KIMI KEATING, Lead Teacher
Kimi received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from San Francisco State University and graduated from the San Francisco Waldorf Teacher Training in 1999. She was drawn to the depth and creativity of the Waldorf philosophy: “It nurtures intellectual development and wonder through activities that are practical and well thought through.” Kimi was the Kindergarten Apprentice and Summer Kindergarten Camp Lead at the San Francisco Waldorf School prior to joining us. Kimi spent her first three years at the Mountain School as Assistant Teacher with Gale and in 2005 became Lead Teacher in the Chickadee Nest.
CLAUDIA NORTH, Assistant Teacher
Claudia grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State, and completed the Bay Area Waldorf Teacher Training in 2003 with an emphasis on Early Childhood. “To be in relation to this unique developmental stage of the young child is to step into a profound sense of truth and beauty, and an imaginative intelligence that is vitally perceptive and alive.” Claudia has assisted in the Kindergarten After School Program at San Francisco Waldorf School and has taught seven years as Assistant Kindergarten Teacher at The Greenwood School. As of 2013, Claudia has been the Assistant Teacher in the Hummingbird Nest.
ZANA HOWARD, Assistant Teacher
Zana grew up in San Francisco and received her early childhood teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. She co-ran an in-home Waldorf-inspired preschool, and worked as an Aftercare Teacher for kindergarteners at the Novato Charter School. “To take part in gently cultivating a fertile ground in children’s development that nourishes their creative and transformative forces within themselves is such a joyful and rewarding experience.” Zana has been the Assistant Teacher in the Chickadee Nest since 2014.
SARAH WHITMORE, Director, “Owls’ Nest” Aftercare Program
Sarah is our “Owl Mama.” She grew up in Pacific Grove, California. After studying in Paraguay as a high school exchange student, Sarah traveled through Mexico and later studied fine art in Spain. She began teaching kindergarten at a Waldorf education initiative in Mexico, taught Spanish at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County, and for the ten years up to 2016 was the lead kindergarten teacher at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in Santa Rosa. Sarah was also a member of that school’s board, mentored other early childhood education teachers, and taught parent-toddler classes. Sarah received her Waldorf teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College.