Early Childhood Facultyadmin2021-01-21T13:33:42-08:00
Early Childhood Faculty
Roots and Shoots
Kate Hammond, Roots and Shoots Director/Lead Teacher
Kate Hammond is a Waldorf graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Applied Linguistics. She began studying Bothmer Gymnastics in England in 1995. While class teaching at the Calgary Waldorf School, she completed her movement training with the Spacial Dynamics Institute in 1999. She graduated from Emerson College with a certificate in Waldorf Teacher Training specializing in Early Childhood Education, and has taught kindergarten, preschool, parent and child classes, and infants.On the weekends she teaches for LifeWays North America and on Waldorf teacher training courses. She has been a lifelong student of Anthroposophy and is the intrigued mother of two teenage boys who both attend Summerfield.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 311
Rosebud TK Program
Catherine Schlager, Rosebud TK Teacher
Catherine was raised in Wisconsin, attended college in Chicago and graduate school in Boston. She has worn many hats over the years: professional actor, baker, small-business owner, professor of nutrition and international health, and program manager for an international field research organization. Her love of children, handwork, and music as well as her concern for the future of humankind inspired her to take up Waldorf teaching with the very young child. She considers herself privileged to be working in this realm. When not in school Catherine enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and traveling with her two children, Noah and Amelie.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 322
Red Rose Kindergarten
Adriana Livingston, Red Rose Teacher
A Sonoma native, Adriana Livingston brings a wealth of experience to the early childhood village. A Waldorf alumna and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she holds a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. After marrying her longtime love, Josh, she relocated to the hills above Sonoma to raise their son, Clyde, and care for chickens, a vegetable garden and explore natural dyes. Before coming to SWSF, Adriana taught at the Marin Waldorf School and the Waldorf School of San Diego. Adriana enjoys spending time singing with the children, gardening, hiking, woodworking, engaging in artistic activities and finding moments of synchronicity. She feels a deep connection to the guidelines from Rudolf Steiner to “Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and let them go forth in freedom.”
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 315
White Rose Kindergarten
Rachel McGarva, Early Childhood Mentor
Rachel has extensive Early Childhood training: she did the Foundation Year through Rudolph Steiner College, the LifeWays Early Childhood Training and the Center of Educational Renewal Teacher Training. During these years of study, Rachel also had a home program for young children and then went on to work as an assistant in the White Rose Kindergarten here, leaving to have her third child. Working with children in this magical time of their lives and being able to offer them stories and games that make their eyes shine with wonder is one of Rachel’s greatest loves. She is delighted to return to the children and to a school that offers an education that cultivates a child’s blossoming self at each moment of their lives.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 318
Delia van der Plas, White Rose Teacher
Delia grew up in San Francisco and Frankfurt, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music from UC Berkeley. Delia taught piano for many years, worked as an International Student Advisor, and as an Interior Designer. After enrolling her daughter, Daphne, in a Waldorf school, she decided to delve deeper into understanding the foundation of Waldorf Education. She recently completed her training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. When she toured Summerfield as a parent, she felt called to work in the Early Childhood Village. She was the Assistant Teacher in our Roots & Shoots program, was a lead Aftercare teacher, and has substituted in Kindergarten both at Heartwood Educational Collaborative and at Summerfield.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 318
Yellow Rose Kindergarten
Saree Heydenfeldt, Yellow Rose Teacher
Saree brings to the children a deep love of nature, singing and play supported by her years of working in beautiful settings with plants, people and food. Her early career was in the medical field, working in radiology in a little town in Iowa, but she soon found her love for teaching while serving at-risk teens, and adults with special needs. After receiving her BA in Iowa, Saree moved to Northern California where she studied Permaculture and Motion Theatre. Before coming to Summerfield, Saree worked at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center as kitchen manager and was also the Director of the Afterschool program at Monte Rio School and a paraeducator for grades K-8. On discovering the Waldorf Teacher Training at Summerfield, Saree instantly fell in love with Waldorf Education and the Summerfield community. She graduated from the Waldorf Teacher Training while simultaneously working in Roots and Shoots and the Kindergarten Village. Saree is just over the moon she has found a place that will foster her love for learning and play.