Teachers

Violet Garden Teachers and Staff:

Director: 

Jody Bothe, a Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher since 1986, brings her experience, creativity and warmth to the school.  Jody has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch Graduate School in New Hampshire.  Aside from keeping all the ducklings lined up at the Violet Garden she additionally works as a college admissions counselor for high school students.

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Caitlyn Moe is trained in both Waldorf and Montessori early childhood education, with an emphasis on the spoken word and singing. Building on a life-long love of poetry, a literature degree, and her experience as a performer, she works from the belief that artful language is a powerful vehicle for the spirit, facilitating our connection to one another and to our natural environment. Her approach to education has been strongly influenced by her study of perma-culture and human ecology, as well as her experience working in Zen Buddhist and Franciscan schools. She holds a perma-culture design certificate with a focus on the home environment, as well as a masters degree in education with a focus on outdoor play environments. Caitlyn has worked in a variety of school settings and with a wide range of ages, from infant to adolescent, and also with adults in the context of parent-child classes. She is currently in her second year as scriptwriter for the Portland Revels children’s show, a theatrical production for children ages 3 to 6 in celebration of the winter solstice. Like many teachers in the Waldorf tradition, she believes strongly in the power of festival to create meaning in our lives and to draw communities together. Caitlyn is also a student of yoga and Ortho-Bionomy, an energy-centered body work.

Tree Day Assistant

Johanna Wearsch comes to the Violet Garden preschool with 15 years of experience nurturing young children and supporting families in both home environments and early childhood programs. Johanna loves Waldorf Education for its holistic approach to child development that places value on a child’s expression of “head, heart + hands” within the context of loving, supportive community. She is a proud parent of a thriving 6 year old kindergartener at Cedarwood Waldorf School.
Alongside teaching at Violet Garden, Johanna offers Craniosacral Therapy and movement education for babies, children and adults in SW Portland. She is passionate about many aspects of life some of which include: Family woodworking time with her partner and daughter, Afro-Latin + Improvisational dance, Fermentation + kitchen projects, Sustainability practices and reverence for our Mother Earth.

Two Day Lead Teacher, Afternoon Teacher and Parent Child Teacher

Marcianna Ranson trained with the Portland LifeWays North America Program. Marcianna brings a background in music, sports medicine, interior design and private family care. She has been part of The Violet Garden family for many years as a parent and then teacher. Further studies include LOVE Approach to Discipline and Effects of Technology on Human Development. Marcianna brings an intentional practice in parenting as well as simplicity into the home and school environment. A lifelong passion for singing and handwork as well as a natural connection to a holistic lifestyle. Additionally, she is a handwork artist who offers the families workshops throughout the year.

2 Day Assistant

Angela’s passion for working with young children has spanned many years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Child Development and taught as a Montessori Teacher for 16 years in rural Northern California. Living off the grid gave her a deep understanding of nature and the valuable resources we consume. Angela spent several years working in the field of Special Education in the public elementary setting before returning to Early Childhood Education. She worked with Head Start for one year before discovering the beauty of Waldorf Education. Nurturing spirit, not only for connection but as a bridge to the unfolding of our true potential truly resonated with her teaching practices. Angela was the Lead Nursery Teacher at Berkeley Rose Waldorf School for seven years. During this time she completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College.

Angela’s passion for working with young children has spanned many years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Child Development and taught as a Montessori Teacher for 16 years in rural Northern California. Angela spent several years working in the field of Special Education in the public elementary setting before returning to Early Childhood Education. She worked with Head Start for one year before discovering the beauty of Waldorf Education. Angela was the Lead Nursery Teacher at Berkeley Rose Waldorf School for seven years. During this time she completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College.