Candice Ellis - Lead Teacher, FolkSchool (Ages: 4.75 - 7) ~  Candice is a graduate of the "Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training" program and a Certified Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher. Candice also graduated from the LifeWays Program in the Bay Area headed by Marianne Alsop. Candice's classroom experience includes teaching both indoor and outdoor environmental Waldorf education programs in the Bay Area. Candice began an internship at BeeLoved Farm PlaySchool & FolkSchool (WECAN & IAWSECE approved Waldorf preschool & Kindergarten programs) last year and we are thrilled to annouce that she will begin the 2018/2019 school year beginning September 4th as lead Kindergarten teacher for the FolkSchool.

Candace has enjoyed working with young children and their families for the past fifteen years both as an in-home caregiver and, more recently, as a Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher.  We were so thrilled that after completion of her Waldorf early childhood studies at the Bay Area Waldorf Teacher Training program, she furthered her studies and graduated from the Waldorf Based “LifeWays” training, under the direction of Marianne Alsop. There are only a handful of teachers in the country who have completed both trainings and we are so pleased that both Candace and Kelly took the initiative to complete both of these Early Childhood training programs.

As a teacher, Candace strives to create and foster a learning environment which is beautiful, inspiring, healthy and natural for the growing child. She has observed how deeply young children absorb, imitate and then embody everything they encounter in their surroundings. Thus, she believes that providing a solid foundation of warmth, kindness, rhythm and form allows for the children in the classroom to feel secure and ready to participate and to learn. In addition, she loves to witness the exuberance and excitement the children express while learning all of the wonderful things they themselves can do and create with their two, strong hands.

Candace is passionate about protecting what she believes to be the “sacred seed of childhood”. In her own words, “Allowing a child to take in the world at their own pace while filled with wonder, ignites the process of their intellect to naturally unfold, as the petals of a flower will open at will to the warm and inviting rays of the sun. Such an awakening of the imagination and the inspired understanding which follows, is the greatest gift of childhood.”

Outside of the classroom, Candace enjoys spending time in nature, enlivening her storytelling through speech work, wildcrafting, up-cycling, studying the religions and spirituality of the East and leaning about compassionate leadership.