Early Childhood
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Our Waldorf preschool and kindergartens nurture a sense of wonder and curiosity in the young child, while encouraging reverence and joy for the goodness of life. The warmth and beauty of the classrooms and the mixed age groupings provide an opportunity for children to play and learn in a home-like atmosphere. The 3-year olds (participating in a 4 hour/day program) and the 4-year olds are engaged according to their age and abilities, while imitating the mood, gestures and work of the classroom teachers (and their older friends). The 5 and 6-year olds develop the independence and sense of responsibility necessary to become leaders in the class. In the loving and creative atmosphere of the kindergarten, these young children acquire the confidence and discipline they will need for the challenging academic work of grade school.

The kindergarten experience is rich in storytelling, puppetry, song, poetry, cooking, and artistic activities. Crafts, handwork, games, and regular outdoor play encourage the healthy growth of the child's body. Toys, art materials, and classroom aesthetics emphasize natural, simple materials, encouraging the child's imagination. Through play, each child learns a broad range of cognitive, social, and linguistic skills. As in all Waldorf classes, parents are encouraged to minimize exposure to television, videos, and other media that might hinder the free and harmonious growth of the child.

Capacities children will develop in our program:

Social Physical Emotional
• Manners
• Gratitude
• Respect
• Care of others
• Listening skills
• Self-control
• Flexible thinking
• Fine motor skills
• Gross motor skills
• Coordination
• Self-care
• Competence
• Wonder
• Good habits
• Rhythm
• Empathy
• Aesthetic appreciation
• Confidence
Language Math Science
• Imagination
• Vocabulary
• Story structure (beginning-middle-end)
• Recitation
• Flexible thinking
• One-on-one   correspondence
• Counting
• Sorting
• Planning
• Sequencing
• Observational skills
• Sensory stimulation
• Snack preparation
• Nature walks
• Care of environment

Weekly Rhythm

Daily and weekly rhythms provide a familiar environment and support the children as they move wholeheartedly into play and learning. Each day of the week has its own morning activity. These may include watercolor painting, baking bread and churning butter, handworking (finger knitting, beeswax modeling, sewing, seasonal crafts), housekeeping (waxing, polishing, washing, mending), and making vegetable soup.

General Information

Hours of Operation

DECATUR CAMPUS, 827 Kirk Road, Decatur 30030

3 or 4 Day Preschool (Mixed Age) - Applicants must be at least 3 years old by August 1 * of year of entry

3 or 4 Day Preschool (Monday-Wednesday or Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 1pm)
(3 year olds attend for the hours of 9am 1pm)

Full 3 or 4 Day Preschool (Monday-Wednesday or Monday-Thursday, 8:30am 3:10pm)
(Only students 4 and older can attend the full-day program; an Extended Day option is available until 6pm)

There are generally 18 students in this class with a teacher and assistant.

5-Day Kindergarten (Mixed Age) - Applicants must be at least 3 years old by June 1 * of year of entry

5-Day Preschool/Kindergarten (8:30am - 1pm)
(3 year olds attend for the hours of 9am 1pm)

Full 5-Day Preschool (8:30am 3:10pm)
(Only students 4 and older can attend the full-day program; an Extended Day option is available until 6pm)

There are generally 18 students in this class with a teacher and assistant.

* Note: If your child does not meet the age requirement for enrollment, please contact the Enrollment Director to discuss options that might exist to enroll. All students need to be potty-trained in order to enroll on the Decatur Campus.

Extended Care is available until 6pm each day for children who are 4 or older.

INMAN PARK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CAMPUS, 1015 Edgewood Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30307

2, 3, 4, or 5-day Nursery and Preschool (Mixed Age) - Ages range from 2 to 4 year olds.
The hours are from 9am 1pm for all students; Extended Day is not available.

This program offers flexibility in enrollment. Participants may enroll for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week. During the enrollment process, parents will choose which days they wish to have their child(ren) attend, Monday Friday. Children do not need to be potty-trained to enroll at the Inman Park Early Childhood Center.

There are generally 14 students in this class with a teacher and an assistant. There is also a smaller classroom of 6 to 8 students also available.

Faculty - Kindergarten Teachers

Sondi Eugene

Sondi Eugene was raised in rural New Jersey. She later moved to Louisiana to attend Grambling State University. Sondi received her Waldorf certificate in early childhood education from Sunbridge College in 2004 and she became certified in the Lifeways Early Childhood and Human Development Program in 2009. Sondi has been teaching at WSA since 2000. She helped develop and now teaches the Afternoon kindergarten class, as well as the Morning Garden Program. Sondi enjoys hiking, bike rides, cooking, crafts, and singing. She has two children, both of whom attended WSA since kindergarten and then the Waldorf high school Academe of the Oaks, before enrolling in college.

Annamay Keeney

Annamay was born in California and raised in Illinois. She attended Blackburn College, a small liberal arts school known for its student work program. She studied in Mexico and worked and traveled in Europe. Annamay received her Waldorf certificate in early childhood education from Sunbridge College in 2002. She and her husband are longtime supporters of The Waldorf School of Atlanta (WSA). She created and led the Morning Garden (parent/child) program for six years, and is in her 17th year teaching kindergarten. Annamay has taught handwork and crafts with children in both public and private settings. She and her husband have three children. Her two sons are both engineers and her daughter is studying BioMed at Lynchburg College. Annamay enjoys singing, sewing, embroidering, hiking, gardening, and laughing with her own children and her "school" children.

Lisa Knight

Lisa was born and raised in Marietta, GA, where her parents still live. After commuting to Waldorf for 6 years, she now lives in Decatur within walking distance to the school. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, followed by a Masters in Middle Childhood Education in 2008. She worked as a Middle School Math & Science teacher at the Atlanta School for two years, until realizing her passion for Early Childhood education. Lisa subbed at The Waldorf School of Atlanta for a year, and then taught as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher for 5 years, 2 years with Ms. Luba and 3 years with Ms. Tremoureux. As well as attending the Foundation Studies group in Atlanta, Lisa is now enrolled at the Sunbridge Institute to receive a Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate in 2016. She has one son who is currently in the eighth grade at The Waldorf School of Atlanta. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her son, hiking, swimming, and gardening.

Gabriela Mursean

Gabriela Muresan was born and raised in Romania. She attended a Pedagogical High School and became a primary school teacher in 1987 at the age of 18. She acquired the Waldorf Teacher Certificate in 1992 and opened a Waldorf class in the primary school where she had taught previously. She and her husband, Ovidiu, won the Green Card Lottery and came to the United States in 1995. Gabriela attended the Waldorf Early Childhood program in Spring Valley where she graduated in 1996, a few weeks after her first son was born. Their family moved to Atlanta in 1997 and Gabriela opened a small playgroup in her home, which has continued for seventeen years. Gabriela also taught Morning Garden at WSA for 7 years. In 2013, Gabriela received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University. Gabriela's passions are music, reading, storytelling, handwork, cooking and Anthroposophy. She also loves outdoor adventures, such as hiking, skiing and rafting.

Annie Sommerville-Hall

Annie Sommerville-Hall has been teaching preschool/kindergarten at WSA since 1993 and taught in our Morning Garden program for several years. Born in New York, and raised in Atlanta, GA, Annie attended Georgia State University and the Southeastern Center for the Arts. She received her Waldorf certificate in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College in 1998. Annie has been a teacher of many subjects, including swimming, art, barn management, horseback riding, and beekeeping. Annie taught art at The Friends School of Atlanta and had a Waldorf playgroup in her home prior to joining WSA as a preschool/kindergarten teacher. Annie has been married more than 30 years, and has two daughters, both of whom have graduated from WSA. Her oldest, one of the first graduates of WSA, received her Masters in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her youngest, a graduate of Academe of the Oaks, the local Waldorf high school is currently at Brenau University studying for a Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Karen Smith

Karen Smith was born in San Francisco but raised in a small town in southern Mississippi. Having older parents who were of retirement age, Karen spent her summers traveling with her family across the country in an R.V., visiting National Parks throughout the West and Midwest. Karen graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, with an emphasis in graphic design. Prior to joining WSA, Karen worked as an art director at Turner Publishing, designing various kinds of books, including an elaborate display edition of the Bible which incorporated artwork from the MIddle Ages. Although Karen received her Waldorf teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College in 2004, she has been a kindergarten teacher at WSA since 2001. In seeking worldwide collegiality, Karen created an international Waldorf Early Childhood teacher discussion group on the Internet. The membership of the group continues to grow with over 500 members from 15 countries. Karen likes to cook, make toys, and work in her garden. Karen's husband is a graphic designer by trade and a guitar builder in his spare time. Their oldest daughter and grandson live in Decatur, and their youngest daughter is a WSA graduate and currently a high school student at Academe of the Oaks.

Preschool/Kindergarten Assistants

Daniel Crowley

Carmen Hambrick

Moving from the Philippines to the US at 14, Carmen Hambrick naturally developed an appreciation of cultures from an early age. Years of volunteering with youth from various backgrounds only broadened her perspective. Carmen's family began actively volunteering in the WSA community shortly after her son started Morning Garden. Her acute interest and belief in the merits of Waldorf education led to her current role as Teacher Assistant in both Afternoon Kindergarten and Second Grade. Carmen enjoys nurturing students at these pivotal ages as well as supporting the school throughout the continuum of grades. She completed the first Atlanta Foundation Studies program in spring of 2013. Through self-study, Carmen continues to enhance her understanding of Waldorf education and to work toward her goal of Waldorf teacher certification.

Jill Hendrix

Jill was born in Massachusetts and lived in Germany and Texas before moving to the Atlanta area in 1978. She became interested in photography at an early age and attended The Southeastern Center for the Arts after graduating from high school. She also attended Georgia State University for two years. Jill heard of Waldorf education when her oldest daughter was two and immediately fell in love. She started attending all of the fairs at The Waldorf School of Atlanta, eventually enrolled her children in the school and soon after, had the privilege of becoming an assistant in the kindergarten. Jill assisted in the morning kindergarten for three years; this will be her eighth year as an assistant in the afternoon kindergarten where she is able to nurture, love and enjoy being with young children. Her oldest daughter is a junior in college preparing to study abroad in China for a year and her youngest daughter is a senior at Academe of the Oaks High School. With her children embarking on their own journeys, Jill is again picking up her camera and seeing what new vistas are in store.

Heidi Parikh

Heidi grew up in Southeastern Michigan, participating in family fun-runs and swimming endless laps in the pool. With a college education in environmental health and a passion for performing arts, she has had careers in both fields. Searching for an early childhood program for her daughter, who is currently a Waldorf student, Heidi discovered that Waldorf education was well aligned with her family's lifestyle. Heidi has gained valuable education through the many workshops and lecture opportunities offered to the adult community at The Waldorf School. As an assistant teacher, she enjoys holding a steady presence during the rhythm of the kindergarten day. Heidi's leisure time may be spent at the YMCA, swimming and practicing Qi-gong.

Kelly Pins