Lead Teacher: Beate Bruns
Early Childhood (ages 3-5)
Lead Teacher: Nicole Graf
I am originally from Dayton, OH and attended school at Miami University for Early Childhood Education. I’ve taught preschool thru third grade in Western Australia, California and Minnesota and earned a Masters degree in Education from University of Minnesota Duluth. I am delighted to be teaching the preschool classes at The Juniper School. Ample outdoor time and the rhythms of the natural world influence our school day and school year. I am committed and eager to formalize my relationship with Waldorf Education as I pursue my path to an early childhood credential. This personal journey of art, music, study and joy will influence each circle, story and enrich the school day for our youngest ones!
Early Childhood Assistant: Annie Russell
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and graduated Tulane University in 2016 with a B.A. in English. In the past two years, I have made Columbus my home. I work as an artist, a server, and a teaching assistant at The Juniper School. I am thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Juniper classroom for another year. In a day there exists celebrations, joyous milestones, and endless opportunities for love and kindness. It is a nourishing, peaceful place to experience early childhood. My goal in the classroom is to support my fellow teachers and empower my students in all that I do.
Early Childhood Assistant:
Kindergarten (ages 5-6)
Lead Teacher: 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 where I got my BFA majoring in illustration. My passion to work with children led me to teach art classes for many years and in 2010 I founded Children’s Art Program (CAP) an after school art classes for children ages 3-15 y.o. The Waldorf educational methods and approach always were my guide and inspiration to introduce art to young children.
For the last four years I have worked at the Juniper School and I have taken a number of classes at the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan. Knowing how important these early years of childhood are in the overall development of a chld gives me a great honor and delight to be able to be a part of this beautiful magic-filled time.
Working with young children, storytelling and puppetry, also, greatly influenced my work as an artist. You can see my artworks at: www.bezuart.com
Kindergarten Assistant / Afternoon Class Teacher:
Lead Teacher: Kate Curlis-West
Lead Teacher: Christina Sears
I am a native Californian and have recently moved to Ohio to be closer to my grandchild. As a happy conjunction I come at the time the Juniper School is expanding to add my years of experience with Waldorf education, first as a parent of 2 Waldorf grads and then as a certified Waldorf teacher having taught in private and public Waldorf schools. I bring with me California Teaching Credential with ECE emphasis and a Masters in Education through a joint program of Touro University and Rudolf Steiner College. My thesis was on the protection of play for children, now used to train potential Waldorf teachers. I love kindergarten, the magic moments of imagination and creative play. I also have a grades training and have taught grades 1, 2 and 3. For me seeing the children’s enthusiasm for learning is the reward for what I do. I am pleased to meet this thriving community and gather together our new lead class for an amazing adventure.
Grade School Specialists
Celia Kahle- Handwork
Handwork is a subject that is dearly loved by children in the Waldorf schools. The children spend months working on one project and learn skills such as knitting, embroidery, and hand spinning. However, Handwork does not simply teach these old crafts, but rather it teaches qualities such as determination, persistence, and patience. Children learn to take pride in their work and to develop self control as they spend time each week on their handwork. Furthermore, handwork develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and neural connectivity.
I have been a teacher for over fifteen years and have taught everything from knitting gnomes to foraging for ramps. I have a CA teaching credential and am a certified Waldorf Handwork teacher. I love to garden, read, and spend time in nature with my family.