Kelly Hodgkin – Lead Teacher, PlaySchool (2-5 year old's) ~ Director of BeeLoved Farm PlaySchool & FolkSchool, and founding board president of Cedar Springs Waldorf School. Kelly is a mother of 3 children and an alumni parent of Cedar Springs Waldorf School and Sacramento Waldorf School. She is a “soon-to-be” certified Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher (2018), with 7 years of experience; the previous 6 years as a teacher at BeeLoved Farm Playschool and 1 year as an assistant at “Starbright”, a Waldorf preschool in Fair Oaks owned/operated by Waldorf Early Childhood and LifeWays teacher, Pati Callen. Kelly holds both her undergraduate degree and master’s Degree in business from CSU-Sacramento; a dual program for the LLM-Taxation program at McGeorge School of Law. Kelly was formerly a CPA and worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and, having her series 7 securities license, was CFO of an international securities analyst firm. Upon the graduation of her youngest child from Sac. Waldorf, Kelly scaled back from the financial industry and earned her LifeWays Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. While still completing the LifeWays program, Kelly helped her daughter start BeeLoved Farm PlaySchool. Continuing her early childhood education, she completed the RIE Foundation Certificate. Kelly will graduate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training July, 2018. While finishing-up her Waldorf Teacher Training Program, Kelly is concurrently enrolled in the Waldorf Learning Support Program in the S.F. Bay Area under Ingun Schneider.

Rachel Tinkler - FolkSchool Teacher: Rachel is currently enrolled in the Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training program. After earning her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and International studies at Elon University, Rachel obtained her Graduate Degree with a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from Dominiquez Hills in California. Additionally, Rachel received her Master’s in Science Degree in Science Education from Montana State University.

Rachel's classroom experience includes four years of teaching environmental education in Redondo Beach, California. Subsequently, she worked for eight years teaching primary grades. Rachel's first teaching experience was in Equidor, then Costa Rica, then followed by the Republic of Macedonia and finally back here in the U.S. teaching as a public school teacher in Wisconson. Rachel began teaching at BeeLoved Farm PlaySchool in July, 2016 and has gradually increased her capacities to gardening, substituting for the FolkSchool, teaching music and substituting in ArtSchool.

Carrie Gamble - Art Teacher, Afternoon ArtSchool (4.75 years - onward): Carrie is a professional artist and Waldorf parent. Carrie’s commissioned artwork ensouls a space and inspires the discerning contemplator toward healing. We are truly blessed to have Carrie Gamble, mother of Kyla and Kendal Kohmescher, share her amazing artistic talent with older children, who no longer require a nap, (parents welcome too) here at BeeLoved Farm. Carrie's experience in the classroom provided her with PROOF POSITIVE that children are hungry for art and there is no question that art helps serve as a foundation for creative thinking and learning.

Carrie received her undergraduate Degree in Fine Art from Sonoma State (emphasis painting) and has her CA multi-subject AND single-subject Teaching Credential. Carrie trained at Rudolf Steiner College during the Summer Public School Teacher’s training. Carrie has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and traveled extensively throughout the world studying historic, cultural and modern/current art. We are exceedingly bless that Carrie has offered to share her knowledge, talent and heart with our community....she is provideinig truly an amazing opportunity to help create healthy children who see the world as a good, beautiful and truthful place!

Claudia Jachens - Assistant: Claudia has been an assistant teacher at BeeLoved Farm for over 4 years but has been teaching or assisting in play-based preschools for 25 years. Claudia earned her undergraduate Degree in Child Development from Fresno State University. Claudia has obtained her Child Development Master Teacher Permit and Child Development Program Director Permit through the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.