I completed my teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College, in Fair Oaks, California. Rene Querido was my teacher. During the time of my training I worked at the Sacramento Waldorf High School, directing the High School Musical. I then attended a Kindergarten Seminar in Bern Switzerland. After that I took a class at the Marin Waldorf School, working with the same group of children from Kindergarten through to Eighth Grade.
During my time as a kindergarten and then grades teacher I became more and more aware that there were a few children in my care for whom my best wasn’t good enough. These students needed more than I had been trained to provide for them. Although they may have received every kind of therapy I know of nothing really changed their condition thoroughly.
This was the question I took into my sabbatical; what do we do for the children who need more? I went to work with Sunny Baldwin, who then had Somerset School, near Colfax, California. Sunny’s program was based on Steiner’s Curative Education. As soon as I went to work with her I realized I had finally found something that changed lives. The children who came to Somerset got better. Healing happened. Although my original intention was to stay a year, I ended up staying for four years. This was my training in Curative Education. After four years at Somerset I started Mulberry Classroom. Mulberry Classroom was formed in 2003 and continues to thrive in Santa Rosa, CA.
Ten years ago I started a training for Curative Educators. The interest in this training keeps growing, and so I am growing the program to meet these needs.