Teachers

 

Celia Kahle

As all who have young children know, early childhood is a magical and wonder-filled time of life. It is also a time of great change and learning where the foundation for the rest of life is laid. I feel a great honor to be a part of these young children’s lives and to help guide them as they begin their journey.

I am especially interested in helping children learn to express their feelings (including the difficult ones) in safe ways and empowering them to make choices that enliven them. I love to see the development of friendships and confidence as the children grow. I also love dancing, puppet shows, storytelling, singing, and laughing with the children. I believe as adult models our words and actions have great power and that it is my job to help convey the beauty, goodness, and truth in the world through story, song, speech, and in all that I do.

I have been a teacher for fifteen years; teaching children in public and Waldorf schools on the east and west coasts. I attended Rudolf Steiner College and am a certified Waldorf Handwork teacher. I have a CA teaching credential, a Bilingual certification, and a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Grinnell College.

I am thrilled to be working at Juniper!

Kate Curlis-West
I am from rural Wyandot County, Ohio and was raised on the family farm there.  The early
experiences of being in open, wide, natural spaces left an impression on me.
Professionally, I had the pleasure of working with teachers and students with the Peace Corps in
Thailand.  I completed a Peace Corps Fellowship with DePaul University in Chicago, while
working with young children with special needs in urban neighborhoods.   I hold a Master’s
Degree in Special Education and a B.A in English.  I continued to teach children with special
needs in the public schools of Boulder, Colorado, after meeting my husband, David, there.
After giving birth to our two daughters, Violet and Clementine, I left the Columbus City Schools
to practice motherhood full time.  I’m humbled to be returning to the classroom again…. at The
Juniper School!  When not tending to my family, I enjoy sewing, writing poetry, hiking and
reading.  I practice meditation and volunteer with the Shambhala Center of Columbus.
Witnessing the Juniper School Community grow and take care of each other has been delightful.
In a sense, I feel like it is raising me!   Here’s to appreciating the earth, ourselves and each other.

 

Nicole Graf

I am originally from Dayton, Ohio. I have taught young children in public schools in Western Australia, California and  Minnesota. It has always been my intention to create engaging environments and authentic learning experiences for my students.  For the past four years I have stayed home to take care of my small children and provide childcare for dear family and friends. Parenting has provided the ultimate education! I have a true love and respect for the unique experience of childhood. Many of my  summers have been spent guiding wilderness canoe trips for the Girl Scouts in the Boundary Waters and Quetico. Now you can find me in the backyard gardening.

I am thrilled to be collaborating with the Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus to create a place where children and families are honored and respected for where they are in their journey. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from Miami University and a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Zaryana Bezu

I was born and raised in the old and beautiful city of Kiev, Ukraine. I came to the U.S. in 1998 to study art at Columbus College of Art and design. My main interest was children’s book illustration. During my college years I had an opportunity to teach children’s art classes at The Columbus Music and Art academy. This was an experience that changed my life forever. I fell in love with working with children. At the Columbus Music and Art academy I was challenged to teach art to children ages 3-5 years old. I had to do a lot of research to find the best approach and that is how I got introduced to the Waldorf philosophy.  For years I was basing my approach to teaching art to young children on the Waldorf educational methods and Rudolf Stainer’s concept of ‘living colors’. For the next thirteen years I was teaching art at various places and in 2010 I founded Children’s Art Program (CAP) an after school art classes for children ages 3-15 y.o.

When my own children were born, Waldorf inspired parenting was my first choice.

As of now I am still working as an artist and you can see my artworks at: www.bezuart.com

I am delighted to be a part of The Juniper School and engage in the wonderful opportunity to create a peaceful and magical environment for children and families.

Welcome to The Juniper School!