Director and Lead Teacher
Molly has worked with young children for twelve years in Waldorf and Montessori classrooms. While living in Barcelona in 2009 she discovered a Waldorf kindergarten and began to volunteer. She felt deeply compelled that it would be her life's work! She loves to travel and has volunteered and taught in kindergartens in India, Spain and Guatemala. Molly completed the Lifeways training and continues to advance her knowledge of early childhood education. She has a BS in Sociology from the University of Missouri. She likes to weave gardening, singing and dance as much as possible into her days.
Teacher and Caregiver
Barbara is the beloved, loving Grandma in our school community. Grandma Barbara wants to help children feel connected and joyful. She is so “for” the child. This is her third year at Wildflower Day Nursery and Willow Tree Play School. Barbara completed the Professionals Intensive training course from Hand in Hand Parenting, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Parenting by Connection. She is also a Simplicity Parenting family mentor. She enjoys growing organic vegetables and flowers in her backyard garden and making quilts. Barbara has a BA in business administration and economics from the University of Tulsa.
Teacher/ Children's Yoga Instructor
My care for children began when I was just a child myself, as my mom had an in-home daycare and I was her assistant from age 10. At MU, I earned my bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Children in Group Settings/Early Childhood Development. Throughout my career, I've worked in many different settings with children: Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Early Head Start/Head Start Center Director, and State-wide Assessment Coordinator for a Quality Rating System for Early Childhood/Before and After-school Programs. When I had my boys (now ages 9 and 11), I opened an in-home playschool for children ages 1-5 and home schooled/unschooled while the boys were young. In both our playschool and our homeschool, our priorities were a familiar rhythm to each day, outdoor nature play, wholesome organic foods, and creative expression through music, art, and high quality stories. Respect and empathy for each child', with mindful attention to their social/emotional development continues to be a main focus for me. For the past six years I've taught yoga with Yoga to Grow and alleyCat to families with babies, toddlers and children, as well as gentle yoga for adults.