Preschool Teachers

Jenny Gannon, Golden Poppy Preschool
Jenny Gannon grew up in Sacramento. Her father was a painter/sculptor and her mother and aunties were quilters. When her boys were young, Jenny discovered Waldorf education, which was helpful to her as a parent, improved her family life and inspired her to become a Waldorf teacher.  She taught kindergarten at Camellia Waldorf School for eight years and preschool at BeeLoved Farm School in Shingle Springs, CA where she co-founded the Folkschool, a mixed-age kindergarten that focuses on farm-chores and folk-crafts.

Her children attended Camellia Waldorf School and Sacramento Waldorf High School and have graduated. Jenny is engaged in the arts and continues to be inspired by Waldorf education as a parent and as a community member. She is delighted to be part of our Early Childhood Faculty and looks forward to many happy hours with your children.

B.F.A., Eastern Washington University; M.F.A., Sacramento State University; Waldorf Early Childhood Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, California.         


Mary Reeder, Lavender Preschool 
Mary Reeder (a.k.a. Mary Caridi-Gorga) has 19 years of experience working in early childhood education in Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired settings. She earned a BS in Child Development from Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, where she is originally from. In 2003, Mary received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks.  In 2013 she completed the “Nurturing the Roots” professional deepening course in Therapeutic Approach to Waldorf Early Childhood Education in Denver. She has a grown son who attended DWS from kindergarten through 8th grade. Mary loves dancing, making music and singing with friends, hiking in nature and curling up with a good book

B.S. Child Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Waldorf Early Childhood Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, California.