Our Teachers & Staff

Ms. Kim Wishon

Founder, Early Childhood Director, Grades Five & Six Teacher

kim-0010-xlKim Wishon teaches a combined 4th and 5th grade 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 18 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 in 2008, which started as a small preschool program out of her home.

Mr. Anders Johnson

Grades Three & Four Teacher

Mr Johnson 006Anders Johnson graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology and currently working on his Masters of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities.  He also has received training from 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.

Ms. Shea St. John

Grades One & Two Teacher

IMG_7372 (1)Shea Saint John recently graduated from The Waldorf Institute of Southern California. She was raised in Los Osos and returns after twenty years primarily spent on the East Coast. Living in Upstate New York, she was enlivened by bio-dynamic beekeeping and continues to teach workshops and share her enthusiasm for bees. She brings her background work in Early Childhood Education, including years as a lead preschool teacher, into the grades classroom. She is passionate about Curative Education and feels this is critical information for our modern time. Shea loves spending time with her five children (ages 3-23) traveling, camping, and being outdoors. She also enjoys many practical arts: stained glass, sculpting, basketry, canning, and baking.

Ms. Wendy Patterson

Early Childhood Lead Kindergarten Teacher

image (1)Wendy was born in England where she lived for 29 years. Here she earned her BSc (Hons) in Environmental Town Planning. After extensive world travel, she settled in the USA with her husband Matt and their son Jadon. Wendy completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate from the West Coast Institute, Vancouver, CA. She has been working in Waldorf Early Childhood classrooms for seven years. Many of these years she spent working in various capacities in the Kindergarten and in the last two years she led the Parent/Child Class at the Haleakala Waldorf School, Maui, HI. She has also spent time working with Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting model and she enjoys her ongoing study of positive styles of discipline.

Ms. Lauren Wheeler

Early Childhood Lead Preschool Teacher

Ms Lauren 003Ms. 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 holds 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.

Ms. Damy Lorgé

Early Childhood Assistant & After Care Teacher

Ms Damy 005Damyone 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.

Ms. Lindsay Garner

Early Childhood Assistant & After Care Teacher

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Maestra Karina

Spanish Teacher

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Maestra Karina was born and raised in Peru. She studied the careers of Tourism and “Traducción e interpretación de idiomas romances” from Universidad Nacional de San Agustín. In the U.S., she earned a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature from California Polytechnic State University. Classical Music and Visual Arts have been part of her upbringing since childhood as she enjoys singing, playing her Native American flutes, the guitar and the Paraguayan harp.

She is a passionate language teacher whose deep connection for Anthroposophy and Waldorf education led her to go deeper into Anthroposophical studies and recently graduating from Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech Formation from Spain.

Maestra Karina is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, Catalan and Portuguese and loves to share with her students her multicultural upbringing through her story telling, music and her worldwide traveling adventures. She is continuously inspired by children leading her teaching approach with altruism, enjoyment and love.

She spends her time in nature where she draws her inspiration and vision for simplicity. Living life with gratitude and reciprocity brings wholeness and creativity to her life. She finds fulfillment in nurturing her herbs and organic vegetable garden with passions for cooking from the heart and exploring the world.

Alana Smith-Grove

Office Manager/Enrollment Coordinator

alanaAlana Smith-Grove graduated from UCSB in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Art.  After traveling abroad in Central America and substitute teaching in Lake Tahoe, she returned home to the Central Coast to obtain her MA in Special Education and Mild/Moderate Special Education teaching credential from Cal Poly.  Alana taught elementary special education in Paso Robles and Los Osos for three years before realizing her path was leading her elsewhere.  She is currently attending Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara for  a MA in Counseling Psychology. In her free time, she loves spending time at the beach and in the ocean, frequenting concerts, perusing local coffee shops, and practicing and teaching yoga on the Central Coast.