Most all of our teachers have Waldorf teacher training in addition to undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, and varied teaching and life experiences. Teachers, who are in daily contact with the children, have the ability to respond directly to student needs and parent concerns. They strive to connect with each family, building a network of support for each child. Teachers maintain open communication with parents through regular class meetings and email. If a parent has any concerns about their child, it is best to first approach the child’s Class Teacher with this concern.
Founder, Early Childhood Director & 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher
Kim Wishon teaches a combined 1st and 2nd grades class. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Special Education from the University of Oregon and has a Waldorf teacher certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College. Over the past 10 years Kim has worked as a Waldorf teacher in a preschool, teaching 1st and 2nd grade Spanish, class teaching 5th-8th grades and also a combined 2nd and 3rd grade class. She founded Wishing Well School 9 years ago which started as a small preschool program out of her home.
Ms. Nordaas –
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Laura Nordaas currently teaches a combined 1st & 2nd grade class. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education, and earned her Waldorf Teaching Certificate through Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento. She most recently spent three years teaching at a Waldorf inspired charter school in Sacramento where she worked with her class from 3rd to 5th grade. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Laura spent 8 years working as an Outdoor Educator in Yosemite and in Northern Minnesota. She has a great passion for the outdoors and loves to spend time outside with children.
Early Childhood Education Kindergarten
Ms. Haley Cavanaugh teaches a combined preschool/kindergarten class, assisted by Ms. Lauren and Ms. Damy. She comes to us with a deep understanding of Waldorf Education and knows the first hand benefits, being a graduate of the Camellia Waldorf School. She holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Sacramento State University. On a journey to deepen her understanding of children, she spent a year at the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College of Fair Oaks. She continues her Waldorf Teacher Education over the summers. She also holds a associate teachers license though the state of California.
Early Childhood Preschool Teacher
Ms. Lauren is the lead preschool teacher at Wishing Well. She was brought to the central coast by her love of the ocean and all things outdoors. After finding a deep connection to Wishing Well School for her own children she became inspired by the daily inner workings of Waldorf Education. Being an artist and a musician the majority of her life, she is excited to share her love for beauty, song and nature with all. She is currently obtaining a teaching certificate for Early Childhood Education and is passionate about learning and developing her time teaching with Waldorf Education. She believes in nurturing the child’s whole spirit and is excited and honored to be apart of the children’s growth and learning here at Wishing Well.
Early Childhood After Care Teacher
Damyone Yvette Lorgé is our sweet aftercare teacher. She has been working with preschool to kindergarten age children for almost half her life. She is educated in early childhood classes along with Montessori and Waldorf. Ms. Damy expresses that she enjoys working with children because she can relate to them better than adults. She has lived on the central coast for most of her life and comes from a musical and artistic family were everyone has more than one talent. Her two favorite talents are jewelry making and sewing.
Maestra Karina received her formal education from “Traduccion e Interpretacion de Idiomas Romances” from Universidad Nacional de San Agustin in Peru and she holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature from California Polytechnic State University. She speaks fluently and teaches Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Maestra Karina plays the Native American flute, the guitar, the Paraguayan harp and she sings. She is also an artist and an illustrator. She writes her own music, verses and rhymes for children. Her teaching style is the Natural Approach, TPR (Total Physical Response), which includes, rhythm, movement, verses, poetry and music. She is currently pursuing a three year educational program from Spain for Spanish Speech Pathologists and Waldorf Teachers designed for Spanish speaking professionals all over the world.
Karina loves to spend her time in nature where she draws her inspiration. Living life with simplicity, gratitude and purpose brings wholeness and peacefulness to her life. She finds fulfillment in nurturing her organic garden of vegetables and herbs and cooking from the heart. She also loves to travel worldwide to explore and immerse herself in the cultures of the world. She has learned that being happy is not a goal to achieve at the end of a path, but it is the path itself. True happiness is to discover that state of awareness that can only be achieved internally because it only resides within.
Natural Science, Games & Gardening
Anders Johnson recently graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology. He grew up in Morro Bay and very close to nature, so he loved learning about the science of living things. After finishing his coursework in December, he traveled through South Africa working on small-scale farms and became inspired by permaculture. Anders is now living on a farm in Morro Bay putting what he learned into practice, growing plants and raising animals. You can also find him surfing, camping, fishing or tinkering around in the garden. Teaching is something that he has always loved – especially teaching children, who have so much potential and passion for life. Anders was a junior lifeguards instructor in Morro Bay for five consecutive summers; where it taught him how to get through to young people and leave an impact on them. He feels privileged to be teaching games class, gardening class and aftercare for first and second grade at Wishing Well School. Anders states that getting to know each child has been amazing so far and I look forward to a great year of watching them learn and grow through creative play and hard work in the garden.
Director of Administration
Lindy LaRoche has been a passionate advocate of Waldorf education since first discovering it 10 years ago. Before finding Waldorf education, she worked as a account executive for a top Fortune 500 medical company. After her son was born started her own organic soap company as well as a consulting business for female entrepreneurs. Lindy has spent 5 years serving Wishing Well School in a variety of roles: dedicated parent, Board President, HR Committee Chair, Communications Coordinator, Marketing Chair, and most recently Administrative Director. She is a graduate of Cal Poly here in San Luis Obispo with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications. She loves working with parents and teachers and applying her background and skills to advance the mission of Waldorf education to reach as many children and young people as possible.