Violet Garden Teachers and Staff:

Director Jody Bothe: 

Jody, 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.

Lead Teacher and Parent Child Teacher Angela Gifford

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.

Assistant Toni Cox

A graduate from Lewis & Clark College as well a student of art in Italy. Toni has experience working with children as a caregiver nanny as well as a teacher in several different roles, including as an English teacher while studying abroad in Italy and supporting children with disabilities. Toni works with Kalikasan Solidarity Organization, a PDX based org that fights alongside environmental defenders in the Philippines in their struggle to defend their lands and cultures and win freedom from foreign intervention and domestic exploitation. Toni has a gentle and joyful demeanor and is very excited to be part of our team.



Summer School Teacher   Paulette Marchand

I have been an early childhood educator for over 25 years.
I love guiding the young child and their family  through this wondrous stage of development.
I am a kinder garden teacher at Cedarwood Waldorf School, as well as have operated my own in-home preschool, since completing my Waldorf teacher training through Micha-el Institute. For the last 8 years I have enjoyed co-running “We Gather Together” Waldorf Preschool, which was located on an organic flower farm in N.E. Portland.
When not in the classroom I can be found embracing nature through hiking, gardening, or crafting with natural fibers.