Faculty & Staff
Ms. Daniela | School Administrator
Soon after relocating to the Kansas City area from St. Louis in 2012, Ms. Daniela discovered City of Fountains. She and her family were attending parent/toddler classes at the Waldorf school prior to their move. Ms. Daniela has been the school’s administrator since the fall of 2013 and has found that she enjoys the challenges and learning opportunities that growing a school entails. Ms. Daniela has a background in Environmental Social Science and Women’s Studies. During her free time, she enjoys going on long runs, spending time out in nature with her family (preferably the mountains) and traveling back home to Ecuador.
Ms. Kari | Founder & Parent/Toddler Lead Teacher
Ms. Kari has been with City of Fountains from the beginning, and she’s spent the past six years leading the parent/toddler class. She was first introduced to Waldorf education while reading “You are Your Child’s First Teacher” by Rahima Baldwin when her eldest child was just a baby and has been studying the inspiring philosophy ever since. She is committed to sharing that philosophy and the beauty of Waldorf education with parents to enrich and promote balance in their family lives, while honoring childhood. Kari lives with her husband, Brian, and their three delightful daughters, Lilah, Prairie and Robin, in Overland Park, Kansas, where she homeschools her children while continuously striving to bring truth, beauty and harmony to her family. In her free time, Ms. Kari, enjoys reading, spending time in her garden, and discovering the wonders of nature with her family.
Ms. Dory | Founder & Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Ms. Dory loves to create, learn and play. She is most passionate about compassion, discovery, deep listening and deep silence, presence and joy through living a heart-centered life. As one of our school founders, she has been teaching the kindergarten class from the very beginning. Prior, Ms. Dory taught in a cooperative Waldorf-based kindergarten in Springfield, Missouri, for several years. She has completed multiple Waldorf summer intensives including a private training with a long-time Waldorf teacher and eurythmist. She is pleased as punch to get to know every child in her Kindergarten classes, and to hold a space that honors the wonder, magic and importance of early childhood.
Ms. Manuela | Assistant Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Manuela joined City of Fountains in 2017 as the Spanish teacher, but she can now be found in the Kindergarten classroom. She is from Argentina, where she began her teaching career, working with kids between the ages of 6-10-years old in bilingual schools. Ms. Manuela the mother of one lovely 9-year-old girl named Juana. She believes learning new languages is very exciting and enjoys being part of the learning process with the children at our school.
Ms. Anne-Marie | 1st / 2nd Grades & French Teacher
With over 15 years of teaching experience, Ms. Anne-Marie has taught at a French-immersion school, university, online and abroad. She studied French and Art History at the University of Kansas, where she got her Master’s degree in teaching and leadership. Ms. Anne-Marie became interested in the Waldorf method because of its emphasis on holistic education and child development. She believes movement, art, music, time outdoors, and, perhaps above all, joy belong in schools. Her goal is for her students to create and explore, to be curious and to think profoundly. Ms. Anne-Marie has six children, three of whom attend City of Fountains School. In June 2019, she welcomed the youngest into her family: twins! She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, eating and gardening.
Ms. Kristen | 3rd / 4th Grades & Enrichment Teacher
After studying art in Kansas City, Ms. Kristen began searching for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly experience and she found herself on the East coast. There, she studied sustainable agriculture and became inspired to learn all about holistic living and educating those around her. One of the farms she was working on was adjacent to a Waldorf school. Knowledge gained from the teachers, the students and her own studies inspired Ms. Kristen to expand her position at the farm to include teaching classes to children of homeschooling groups. The classes she created lesson plans for and taught were: gardening, home arts, and cooking/nutrition. In addition to being the 3rd/4th grades teacher at City of Fountains, she leads the lower grades enrichment class.
Ms. Brandi | 5th / 6th Grades & Enrichment Teacher
Ms. Brandi has worked with children for over 25 years in a variety of settings. She received her degree in professional counseling and child development at Texas State University. After moving to Kansas in 2009, she enjoyed being a stay at home mom and homeschooling. While researching different methods of homeschooling, she stumbled upon the City of Fountains School and fell in love with the community and the Waldorf methods of teaching. She joined COF in 2016 as the Upper Grades Enrichment teacher while her two youngest children attended. Brandi’s goal for teaching is to provide a creative environment that fosters curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. She and her husband have four children and enjoy road trips, gardening, cooking and learning new things together.
Ms. Natalie | Enrichment Teacher
Ms. Natalie is the Middle Grades Enrichment teacher and a homeschool mom to four wonderful boys. She has utilized a Waldorf curriculum in her teaching for more than five years. Before she became a mother, Natalie taught full-time at the Kansas City Ballet. She played a key role in initiating its creative movement program in a satellite school for 3 to 5-year olds, and also taught many of the lower grade levels up to high school students. Before Natalie was a ballet teacher, she studied art at an arts & science school in Arkansas. She loves spending her extra time knitting, making peg dolls and enjoying time with her family. She enjoys being a part of her students’ magical journeys of growth and discovery.