“River Song has provided a truly loving, creative and nurturing environment for my daughter to thrive in her preschool years. She is well prepared for her next chapter in life, with a strong imagination and healthy confidence.” – Sunflower Room parent
Waldorf educators are very special people. We all come into this profession for a variety of reasons, and we all find the beauty, simplicity, and soulfulness of the Waldorf approach speaks to our vision of the world. River Song is fortunate to have a diverse staff of experienced, excellent and loving souls who hold the strongest of commitments to young children and the precious years of early childhood.
Becky Praamsma comes new to River Song after being the Director for 10 1/2 years at a large for-profit child care center here in town. Though she does not have the background with Waldorf education, she has the desire to dive in in order to learn and be surrounded by all it has to offer. The philosophy aligns closely with her personal beliefs of early childhood and she is excited to be able to put that into her professional life as well. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in Early Childhood Education. Becky began her career teaching preschool, slowly moving her way into a Director position before moving to Colorado from Michigan in 2004. She is excited to be part of such a great team of dedicated teachers. She knows they can teach her a lot about the Waldorf way while she brings the experience of running a large center to them.
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Chelsea Hotchkiss, Sunflower Lead Teacher
Chelsea Hotchkiss started out at River Song in 2010 after beginning her studies of Early Childhood education at the University of Northern Colorado. To be sure she was on the right path; she pursued a job in Early Childhood Education, which brought her to River Song in July 2010. She also attended River Song when it was an elementary school. During her time at River Song she has attended a multitude of Waldorf and mainstream conferences with many different professionals throughout both the Waldorf and public school community. Chelsea is looking forward to her continuing education within the Waldorf realm as she embarks on her Early Childhood Waldorf Training. Chelsea has attended Waldorf schools most of her life and now through her time spent at River Song she has experienced many moments of this is it! This is what I am meant to do. A quote that resonated strongly with her is “you will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” Jerry Gillies. Chelsea is a very outgoing, creative individual who brings song, story, laughter, grace and lots of joy into her teaching.
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Nicky Martens, Moonflower Lead Teacher
Nicky Martens has loved working with children from an early age. Nicky went to River Song from Kindergarten through Grade 6 and is happy to working in the school she once attended, herself. Nicky is continuing her Waldorf Early Childhood training at the West Coast Institute in British Columbia. As part of her studies, Nicky has designed our Summer curriculum filled with nature walks and scavenger hunts, body painting, music making and gardening. She finds River Song is a place where she can learning and growing in herself as she continues to meet the needs of our children.
Becca Cohencious has wanted to be a teacher ever since she was four years old. She discovered Waldorf Education when she joined our school as a substitute teacher. A few months later, Becca joined River Song as our Afternoon Assistant. In the mornings, she works as a kindergarten Classroom Assistant at Mountain Sage Community School. Becca loves working with children in creative ways that allow for a wealth of imaginative play. She also finds great beauty in all things natural and is a strong believer in sustainable living. A caring, creative and strong spirit, she is is happy to share her love of living, learning, and play with all of our children.
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Sarah Fishburn, Kitchen Assistant
Sarah Fishburn joined River Song in … Our resident bread maker, birthday cake baker, soup chef, skinned knee kisser and purveyor of all things that glisten and glitter, Sarah supports our teachers and children with scrumptious snacks and a warm, tidy hearth. As Sarah likes to joke, she has more than 150 years’ experience: “Kids (50+ years experience), Other People (50 more), and all kinds of Kitchen This & That (yup, another 50).” Our children, parents, faculty, and staff count on Sarah for her sense of humor, compassion, and artistic flair — including many of our flower and natural arrangements throughout the classroom. She and her husband own and operate Momo Lomo Coffee House on West Elizabeth Street.
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Aurora Romine, Teaching Mentor
A lifelong traveler throughout the US and Central America and a textile artist, Aurora Romine began exploring what Waldorf education offered as her Zakariah and Zina became of school age. Waldorf felt like “home” to her in terms the community, the reverence for Nature and spirit, and most of all the approach to the development of the child. Aurora began at River Song as a substitute when her youngest child Zina was three years old. She then felt the draw to do her Waldorf Early Childhood training, which she started when her daughter entered kindergarten. First the Moonflower assistant, then after completing her training at the West Coast Institute in British Columbia, Aurora became the lead teacher of the Moonflower class. She feels incredibly blessed to be doing this good work, and for all the blessings and wonder shared each and every day. Aurora also has a Bachelor of Science in Botany, with a concentration in textiles and art for education.