Early Childhood (ages 3-6)
Lead Teacher: Nicole Graf
I am originally from Dayton, OH and attended school at Miami University for Early Childhood Education. I’ve taught preschool through 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 Early Childhood classes at The Juniper School. Ample outdoor time and the rhythms of the natural world influence our school day and school year. As a Certified Simplicity Parenting Coach, I’m delighted to offer parent/community classes at The Juniper School. 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: Tiffany Jackson
I grew up in Pennsylvania and am happy to be in Columbus with my four children (But I can often be found driving back to Pittsburgh to visit family!) My professional background is in art and graphic design. I’ve also worked in a natural food coop and appreciate the balance and health that comes with eating fresh and local. I am humbled to be a part of this school. I look forward to watching the children learn and grow in this wonderful healthy and peaceful space.
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: Jeny Kuss
I grew up among the pines in Alexandria, Ohio which inspired my magnetism toward nature and the outdoor world. I studied sociology and community studies at the University of Colorado before a multicultural study in Australia, completing my undergraduate work. I lived and had my first daughter in Oregon, enjoying the green moss and of the Pacific Northwest. There, I spent my working hours coordinating special needs international adoptions and free time on the mountain and enjoying the creativity that surrounds the area.
After moving back to Ohio, I found the Juniper School. There is a richness and depth here that truly cultivates kindness, compassion, imagination and critical thought. The Juniper School is a warm place filled with beautiful, teachers and community members whose passion and authenticity inspire me daily.
When I’m not spending time with my two girls, I can be found dreaming up travel adventures or in Alexandria, OH hosting weddings and events at my family’s historic barn.
Clovers: Grade One/Two
Lead Teacher: Kate Curlis-West
I am from rural Wyandot County, Ohio and was raised on a multi-generational family farm there. I have been teaching for over 15 years: with Peace Corps Thailand, as a Special Education Teacher in the public schools of Chicago, Boulder and Columbus, and at the Juniper School. I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Along with other Faculty, I am engaged in the Waldorf Foundation Studies Course through the Cincinnati Waldorf School and have taken coursework through the Sunbridge Institute as our school grows.
To touch the world of a child’s imagination and heart in such a way that allows them to cultivate their own intelligence is an art and a practice. May countless children and families grow strong and kind through their time spent at the Juniper School!
Grade School Specialist
Roselyne Foley-Rabasse – French
I was born in Reims, France and studied liberal arts. I worked as a translator/interpreter when I moved to Columbus in 1995. I have found my calling in teaching French to children for the past 15 years. I have very much enjoyed teaching French in enrichment programs at various elementary schools in metro Columbus as well as private lessons/tutoring.
I am very excited to join Juniper school with its unique form of education combining body, mind, and spirit. I will introduce French through songs, stories and games to develop their cultural awareness.