- Lisa Bohn – Ukulele
- Jessica Bromby – Nature Studies, Cultural Connections
- Jonathan Cunningham – Qi Gong
- Jean Ferderber – Handwork, Mentor
- Chrystal Hoffman – Seahorse Nursery Assistant, Aftercare
- Ryan Marti – Grades Assistant
- Suzanne McMillan – Substitute Teacher, Mentor
- Renee Moss – Sandpiper VPK Assistant, Little Clamshells Parent Child Circle
- Geoff Pierce – Games and Forest Teacher
- Amanda Suter – Forest Kindergarten Assistant
- Kalin Wilson – Grades and EC Substitute Teacher
Little Seedlings Parent Child Circle; Meadowlark Nursery
Shivani Lash joins our faculty with a well of experience and diversity in early childhood classrooms.
She has been a midwife, teacher and a mother for over twenty years, serving communities of families and children from conception to kindergarten and beyond.
Shivani has training in a variety of pedagogies including Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Nature Education, the Nurtured Heart Approach and the Art of Mentoring.
She finds delight in children’s delight and has a passion for honoring each child as a unique and shining light in this world. She enjoys skipping rope, baking, singing, playing, and listening deeply to what children have to say.
She strives to model respect and gratitude for our natural world, kindness for all beings and peace that grows from within. Shivani sees the time we share with children while they are young as incredibly sacred and holding of immeasurable potential to contribute to our community and world.
Joanne grew up roaming the Scottish Highlands and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire and is certain where her passion for the natural world and nature/forest education began.
She completed her Nursery nurse/nanny training in the UK and began a career as an English Nanny, a job that afforded her the luxury of travelling the world.
It was this job that brought her to the United States and she began her career as an early childhood educator at a Reggio-inspired pre-school.
As she drew inspiration for her teaching from Reggio Emilia, she also became more intrigued and involved in the Forest school movement that was sweeping across Europe and Scandinavia and fell in love with the pedagogy and passion these educators possessed for nature education.
Joanne began to spend time working with forest and beach school educators and decided that being a certified forest/nature school teacher would be the next step in my journey as an early childhood educator.
She completed her forest/nature school certification with ERAFANS, and met many Waldorf teachers along the way.
During this time she also discovered that she had a real affinity for the Waldorf educational philosophy and that she was already integrating much of their teaching into her daily rhythm with the students she worked with.
Joanne loves storytelling and puppets, imaginative play, nature-inspired art, baking and gardening.
She is thrilled to be continuing her journey as a Waldorf inspired teacher and to spend time with the children connecting to nature and finding joy in the simple outdoor rhythm of their day.
Bluebird Kindergarten Guide
Ms Cat Welch has a Bachelor's Degree degree in Early Childhood, as well as a DCF Staff Credential and FCCPC (Birth-Five Certification). Cat has previously shared her talents in Reggio Emilia settings, and began her Waldorf Early Childhood training last year, in addition to Forest Teacher training through ERAFANS.
“What attracted me to Waldorf education is the gentle guidance and unhurried environment offered. The children are given a safe and nurturing space to unfold at a natural space, to truly develop to their full physical and emotional abilities through play.”
Her interests include spending time in nature, dance, art, anthropology, and astronomy.
Tender Root Forest Kindergarten
Originally from Germany where she was an accomplished nurse, Birte has been a member of our community for over 12 years.
She fell in love with the magic and depth Waldorf education, and once both of her children became of school age, she began assisting Ms. Laura, first in the Nursery and then in the Kindergarten.
Now a lead teacher for the past 6 years, Birte has received Waldorf training from Sunbridge Institute, completed her NECC, and is also a trained Forest Kindergarten teacher, through both Cedarsong and ERAFANS.
Warm, caring, and gentle with the children, Birte is the perfect person to comfort a young child who may be beginning school for the first time.
She is most comfortable outdoors, and loves nothing more than to lead a young group out in the woods.
She believes strongly in fostering a healthy rhythm in the life of the child – daily, weekly, and over the year in the festival life in our school and community.
Birte enjoys fiber arts and spending time in nature in her free time.
Laura has been a teacher in our community for the past 10 years, including Parent/Child classes, Nursery, Kindergarten, and Aftercare.
Prior to this, she taught at Mt. Laurel Waldorf School, in New York and the Housatonic Waldorf School, in Connecticut in various positions in both early childhood and grades classes.
Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a certificate from Sunbridge Institute in Waldorf Early Childhood.
Her training also includes the Waldorf 1st and 2nd grade intensives.
She also holds a Florida State Staff Credential, Director’s Credential and a VPK Director Credential.
She enjoys crafting, travel, and nature.
1st Grade Guide
Bio coming soon
2nd Grade Guide
Andrea Marti is the second grade teacher at Mangrove School.
She has a bachelor’s degree in arts education, a degree in Eurythmy from Spring Valley, and Waldorf teacher certification from Rudolph Steiner College in Sacramento.
She has been teaching for 16 years and has taught in California, Hawaii and now Florida which has been her home since 2016.
Andrea feels very “at home” in nature and believes that developing a relationship with nature facilitates learning and can give children a peacefulness and sense of feeling “at home” no matter where they are through familiar plants, animals and landscapes.
Andrea had always dreamed of sending her children to a Waldorf School.
When she had her first child, not only did she make that dream come true but jumped into Waldorf education herself.
Having an extensive background in Eurythmy allows for a unique opportunity to integrate movement and music into her classroom and Andrea’s class gets to do Eurythmy every day as part of their routine!
Many people see Eurythmy as a form of dance but it is actually an art that makes sounds visible in movement and is deeply tied to Waldorf educational philosophies.
“Music has the capacity to transform and to elevate and ennoble mankind. The children can ride on the wings of music into their higher self. Because eurythmy is visible singing, I had an experience of what it is to sing with my body.”
Another way Andrea brings music to the class is through her flute which she plays to accompany the children singing and to call them for certain parts of their day.
She believes that the way parents are held is one of the most important things a teacher can do because providing their child with a Waldorf education can transform the family in such an intense and wonderful way and Andrea experienced this herself as a Waldorf Parent.
“One of my greatest passions is being part of creating human beings who see the best in one another and the best in themselves.”
3/4th Grade Guide
Krista has been in the field of outdoor education since 1994, working across the country leading people of all ages in various challenges for personal growth and awareness. She has also taught within four walls in three different states from 3rd grade through 12th grade, including a 100% project based high school. Having her Masters degree in Experiential Education has deepened her network and resources for great learning opportunities; Krista feels within everything there is an opportunity to grow and learn. Her background and specialty is being able to create experiences for learning that are unique, active, and engaging in spaces anywhere and everywhere. Krista has also completed grades trainings through the Center for Anthroposophy.
5th Grade Guide
Bio coming soon
6th Grade Guide
Miriam is a local Sarasota native and has been part of our Mangrove community for over 6 years. Beginning with her own daughter in our parent child program, she fell in love with the nurturing, natural, holistic pedagogy of Waldorf education. Over the years she has worked as an assistant teacher within the Kindergarten and Forest kindergarten programs and has taught specialty classes in both mindfulness and gardening. Miriam attended both SCF and New College of Florida, and is currently undertaking her Waldorf teacher certificate program with The Sophia Institute.
Miriam shares a deep care and reverence for the natural world, and is often undertaking new opportunities to learn, grow, and get her hands dirty- sharing what she can from wild foraging classes, cobb-building workshops, eco-village design courses, the Permaculture Design Course, and her experience with Non-violent communication facilitation. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, and Vipassana meditation.
7/8th Grade Guide
Jon received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, followed by a master’s degree in education.
He has been teaching children for over a dozen years, beginning in upstate New York and now in our community in Sarasota since his current class was a 3/4th grade.
Assisting children in uncovering and continuously consulting their own deep wisdom is what education is all about for Jon.
In addition to Anthroposophy, Jon draws on teachings from many cultures to help children grow presence and bring compassion to their approach to learning and being in community.
Bio coming soon
Erin received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Penn State University, then began her career as a chemist.
During her tenure in a windowless laboratory she longed for a career outdoors in nature, guiding young people to discover their personal truths.
After pursuing a master’s degree with a focus in education, she found her passion in developmentally appropriate, nature immersion, whole child education, and creating community through her work at Mangrove School of Sarasota.
Erin strongly believes in the impact of exploration and revelation to foster a deep, meaningful, learning experience for her students.
Her own path of self-development has included Son-Rise, HANDLE, Nature Awareness Training, Florida Master Naturalist, Active Listening, and Waldorf Grades Trainings.