misskellyKelly fell in love with the Waldorf philosophy when she was pregnant with her third child, Taylor, during a lecture at Rudolf Steiner College. The lecture was entitled, "Raising the Young Child" and the guest speaker was Nancy Poer; co-founder of Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. From that wintery day in 1988, the Hodgkin family would embark upon the journey of raising their three children in a Waldorf-inspired home. After Taylor's birth, Kelly appealed to Nancy Poer to help teach the young children of Mandala Home School group; a group started by Patti Connolly. After a turn of serendipitous events and Nancy's willingness, the Hodgkin family joined nine other families to give birth to Cedar Springs Waldorf School in their backyard.

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Taylor attended K-8 at Cedar Springs Waldorf School and then graduated from the Sacramento Waldorf High School. While in high school, Taylor worked as a care provider at the Sacramento Waldorf School’s summer Kindergarten program. Upon graduation, Taylor was a live-in nanny and a full-time care provider for two different waldorf families in as many years. It was while caring for the boys of this second family, Taylor realized she had a special connection with children and wanted to make this work her career.

After completing her requisite Early Childhood Education courses at Folsom Lake College, Taylor proceeded to obtain REAL training; LifeWays Care Early Childhood training offered at Austin Waldorf School and Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. LifeWays Care training is essential for this type of work. Taylor graduated from the LifeWays Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College in August, 2012.

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Claudia Jackens lives in Rescue with her husband, her 2 daughters, a son, their family dog and cat, and 7 chickens. Having moved back into this area in 2001, Claudia was delighted to send all three of their children to her alma mater, Ponderosa High School, located just a couple miles up the road. 

Claudia knew right from the start that she wanted to work with young children and immediately after high school, she enrolled in college and, four years later, received her bachelor’s degree in early child and family studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation, Claudia and her husband moved around California and several other States before  finally settling back here in El Dorado County within a mile of her parents’ home. 

Other interests that Miss Claudia's enjoys are; walking, crafting, reading....she's a member of not one but two book clubs, and she is kept busy with her youngest child’s extra-curricular activities; Amanda will graduate from Ponderosa High School in May, 2017. 

As our activities director, here at BeeLoved Farm Playschool Children's Center, Claudia says that she looks forward to sharing many more seasonal activities with the sweet children who visit the farm to perform meaningful work, enjoy the art of creative play, and to learn how to use their hands for practical skills.