Faculty & Staff
Faculty & Staff
Ms. Daniela | School Administrator
Ms. Daniela’s childhood was sprinkled with Waldorf ideas from the very start. Her mother is a long-term educator and was employing many of the pedagogy’s principles in her classrooms and while at home. The ideals of thinking, willing and doing, along with a reverence towards the natural world, may have started Ms. Daniela on a personal journey of service. She obtained her degree in Environmental Social Science and Women’s Studies with the hope of one day making a difference in the lives of women and children in developing nations.
The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children presented itself when Ms. Daniela’s family relocated to Kansas City from St. Louis. Prior to this move, she was attending parent/ child classes at the Waldorf School of St. Louis with her eldest daughter. This educational model felt comfortable, natural, and ideal for her family. She found her new call to serve at City of Fountains when the school was in need of a new administrator. Ms. Daniela has been in this role since the fall of 2013 and is currently working on her final year of a Waldorf Administrator’s certification. She now relishes in knowing that she is helping to make a difference in the world one child at a time.
Ms. Iris | Administrative Assistant & Substitute Teacher
Ms. Iris’s first job was assisting in the kindergarten and parent toddler classes in the early days of City of Fountains. Since then she has worked as a Supplemental Instructor at Penn Valley Community College, obtained administrative experience as a property manager, had the pleasure of nannying for several families during her time in Austin, and started her own small business selling vintage goods online. With her professional experience being in education, childcare, and administration, Iris feels right at home in her roles as administrative assistant and substitute teacher.
She is more than happy to be back in Kansas City spending time with family and working in such a lovely environment as the school, once again.
Iris has always loved working with children and especially enjoys subbing and assisting in the classrooms as needed. Getting to see each child’s unique perspective and personality unfold is something that inspires her and she is proud to be part of an organization that facilitates this kind of creativity and learning.
As a child Iris was homeschooled and exposed to Waldorf inspired education at an early age. This experience has given her an appreciation for art, nature, independence, and community. In her free time Iris enjoys visiting the Nelson, going for walks with her brother and sisters, watercolor painting, and reading.
Ms. Kari | Founder & Parent/Toddler Lead
Ms. Kari has been with City of Fountains School 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. There, 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, & Integrative Arts and Movement
Miss Dory is one of the founding members of City of Fountains School and has been teaching our kindergarten for over ten years. She is committed to holding a space that honors the wonder, magic and importance of early childhood.
As a native of Kansas City she grew up deeply involved in community theater before becoming a homeschooling mother to four who are the heart of her home (Iris, Ella, Anastasia, and Adler). During these years she also assisted part time in a Montessori school and in a shelter for homeless youth. She became involved with and inspired by Waldorf education over twenty years ago when she and her eldest child were part of a Waldorf based preschool cooperative in southern Missouri. Deeply committed to her own growth and development through meditation and mindfulness practice, the Waldorf philosophy spoke to her heart.
Her understanding of Waldorf education has grown over time through numerous summer intensives, courses and workshops from Prairie Moon Waldorf School, Juniper Tree, Lifeways North America, Sound Circle, The Bay Area for Teacher Training, and the Center for Anthroposophy. Favorite areas of study include: diversity and inclusion, nurturing the lower senses, movement circles and journeys, protection stories, puppetry, singing and music, a loving approach to discipline and boundaries, curative education and eurythmy.
Miss Dory enjoys taking walks, spending time with her family, curling up with a good novel, and the calm, serenity of immersion in nature. She is inspired by authenticity, creativity and compassion. She feels honored to hold a homelike space in the kindergarten that supports each child in being happy, healthy, kind, and capable and nourishes their sacred individuality
Mr. Josh | Kindergarten Assistant
Mr. Josh grew up in Middle Tennessee, and was the opposite of a couch potato! He spent most of his time outside, playing sports or digging in the dirt, while maintaining a sense of wonder and reverence for the mysteries of life and nature. This curiosity carried into adult life, as he has been an avid researcher of Anthroposophy and other spiritual teachings, as well as being a practitioner of internal arts such as tai chi and qi gong. After over a decade of working in the food and beverage industry and on farms, Waldorf Education has been a revelation for Mr. Josh, as it is something that is aligned with his passions and interests, including interacting with kiddos. With a child of his own on the way, he is thrilled to be joining City of Fountains and beginning a career which can involve his family and doing the things he loves the most!
Mr. Josh is kind, easy-going, and easy to get a smile from. His motto is to be a “Beacon of Peace”, and he cares deeply for people and for the environment. He looks forward to greeting everyone with an open mind and with open ears- so do feel free to say “Hey!” when you get a chance!
Ms. Ceci | Kindergarten 2 Lead Teacher
Although some may recognize Ms. Ceci as our kindergarten assistant from last year, we are delighted to have her grow with us and take on the role of Lead kindergarten teacher in our second kindergarten.
Ms Ceci began her teaching career in early childhood in 2004. She obtained a degree in Child Growth and
Development from Penn Valley Community College. Along the way, she studied and employed several types of curricula in various schools that address the needs of those in their younger years. Still, she felt a longing to find a certain gentleness and tranquility as a framework for working with the young child in the classroom. Upon accident, Ms. Ceci found what she was looking for when she stumbled upon the Waldorf School in Lawrence, Kansas. She knew then that she needed to explore the Waldorf pedagogy. After two years at Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence, she came to City of Fountains School. She has obtained her certificate in the LifeWays Fundamentals Course and is excited to continue to grow in her knowledge and practice of Waldorf Education.
Ms. Ceci and her husband have a beautiful son of 24 years and are in the midst of letting go and trusting in what awaits them as “empty nesters.”
Ms. Layla | Grade 1 Lead
Ms. Layla has worked with children and families throughout her career, most recently as a teacher at a play-based preschool. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Kansas she completed a year of Americorp Service at a community center/ alternative high school in the Denver Metro. This led to an interest in children’s mental health. Ms. Layla returned to Kansas to complete her Masters in Social Work degree while working at the Johnson County Mental Health Center children’s program. She later continued working with families in a therapeutic supervised visitation setting.
While her two daughters were young Ms. Layla was a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed creating learning opportunities through play, stories and outdoor time. Her daughters will both be attending City of Fountains this year. Ms. Layla appreciates Waldorf Education for being developmentally appropriate, allowing children daily interaction with the natural world and honoring childhood while still creating deep learning experiences. She is excited to bring these benefits to the rising first grade class.
In her free time you will find her enjoying the outdoors, swimming and fishing at the lake, playing board games with her family or reading a book. Ms. Layla and her husband love to travel when they can and bring their daughters along to experience new places.
Ms. Karrie | Grade 2 Lead & Lower Grades Enrichment
Ms. Karrie has long had a passion for art and education. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Indiana University and has taught youth and adult art classes at community centers, summer workshops, and outreach programs. More recently, she spent five years teaching art and second grade in public school. With an interest in education, she has always been curious about alternative methods of teaching, but with the birth of her daughter she began to research schools. This journey led her to City of Fountains School.
Ms. Karrie appreciates Waldorf education for the respect of the child and their development, the conscientiousness of the teachers, holistic and experiential curriculum, and the conscious approach to parenting and teaching. She is committed to creating a classroom community where each student is seen, heard, and supported in being themselves.
In her free time, Ms. Karrie finds great pleasure in using her hands to paste paper for collage, painting with color, cutting vegetables to cook, or digging in dirt to garden. She loves making things, animals, plants, and books.
Ms. Kristen | Grades 3/4 Lead & Middle Grades Enrichment
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 middle grades enrichment class on Fridays.
Mrs. Moore | Founder, Grades 5/6 Lead, & Integrative Arts and Movement
Mrs. Moore has been an educator for 18 years, beginning her teaching profession with a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She taught art in public school for kindergarten through 12th graders for more than five years, followed by multiple teaching experiences with children of all ages, including homeschooling her own children in the Waldorf pedagogy. She was a founding member of City of Fountains and taught the first grades enrichment class before moving to Norman, Oklahoma in 2013. She has a solid footing in the philosophical foundation of Waldorf education, anthroposophy, having studied it for the last 11 years.
In moving to Oklahoma, Mrs. Moore participated in the expansion of the Rose Rock School where she and her family lived for seven years in Norman, Oklahoma. As the faculty-in-residence, Mrs. Moore was a lead early childhood teacher and focused her self-studies upon the work of Audrey McAllen, Karl Koenig and other leaders in curative education in response to the number of children coming into her care with a atypical patterns of development. She received her LifeWays Early Childhood certificate in 2016 and later joined the LifeWays teaching staff in a training hosted at the school in 2018. She currently writes for the LifeWays North America’s Living Arts Weekly.
In returning to City of Fountains, Mrs. Moore began leading the Integrative Arts and Movements classes and developing an Educational Support Program for the school. This year, she will lead the 5/6th grade class as well. She has immensely enjoyed the adventure of leading an older group of students and is eager to expand her teaching capacities. In developing a sound relationship with each student, she hopes that applying her knowledge of curative education will deepen the efficacy of their learning experiences and help them to fulfill their great potential.
Outside of school, Mrs. Moore relishes in the art of homemaking in a multigenerational household. She loves challenges and all that makes us live life wide awake. She is frequently outdoors working in the garden, walking in her neighborhood, hiking or playing with her family, and appreciating all things magical. She is also a fiber artist, writer, avid reader and novice beekeeper.
Ms. B | Grades 7/8 Lead
Brandi (who likes to be called Mrs. B) has worked with children for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling with a focus on Play Therapy at Texas State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child Development at the University of North Texas. While working with children of all ages, Brandi found that she loved supporting parents and providing them with tools on how best to navigate relationships with their children and work through relationship struggles in their marriage.
After moving to Kansas in 2009, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for six years and homeschooled her youngest children for one year. When her husband received a job opportunity in Kansas City in 2012, she began exploring new schools in the area. She stumbled upon City of Fountains School and fell in love with not only the philosophy but also the community of people. This inspired the idea of combining her love of teaching and working with children, with her newfound love of Waldorf pedagogy. Mrs. B joined City of Fountains in 2016 as the Upper Grades Enrichment teacher while her two youngest children attended. Teaching enrichment brought such joy and happiness to her life that she become the 4th/5th-grade teacher in 2018. She has carried these same students since 2018 and will graduate her 8th-grade students this year. Along the way, she has attended yearly professional development and mentoring to not only further develop her teaching capacities but also to further her personal journey of becoming a Waldorf Teacher.
Her goal for teaching is to provide a creative environment that fosters curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. She and her husband, Jeremy, have four children and enjoy road trips, reading, gardening, and learning new things together. One thing you might not know about Mrs. B is that she is passionate about reading, and hopes to provide many opportunities for her students to fall in love with books and stories from around the world. She is currently working on writing a novel.
Ms. Jenni | Grades 1-5/6 Handwork
Ms. Jenni has worn many hats at City of Fountains School, but the one she loves the best, she knit herself. Ms. Jenni began the Handwork program at COFS with the founding class, and is so happy to continue to bring these essential skills to the elementary school children.
Ms. Jenni has been many things over the years: a theatrical set and lighting designer, a librarian, a long distance runner, an artist and a twin parent. All of these skill sets aid in the hardest and most rewarding job of them all, teacher.
Ms. Jenni brings skills such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, felting and weaving to the children at age appropriate moments. She cultivates a sense of wonder for how simple materials become beautiful, useful things as well as reverence for the animals and plants they came from. Ms. Jenni frequently works to expand her skill set, such a dyeing, Tunisian crochet and macrame, and bring these new skills to the classroom.
More than anything, Ms. Jenni revels in the moments that CLICK for the children, for the joy on their faces when a project is completed or a gift given. “We have the best time together.”
Ms. Kelly | Grades 7/8 Handwork
Miss Kelly has a BFA from Cal State Long Beach and has been a maker since she was very young. She joined City of Fountains School in 2019 as the upper classes handwork teacher. She is an an avid fiber artist and seamstress. “I love interacting with my students and sharing those moments when they ‘get it’”. Helping them develop an appreciation for hand work is one of the highlights of my week. “
She is a retired homeschool mom of four boys, and when she’s not teaching, knitting or sewing, she and her husband are usually camping or hanging out with one or more of their 11 grandkids.
Ms. Autumn | Grades 1 & 2 Music (Flute & Singing), Upper Grades Enrichment, and Kindergarten After Care
Ms. Autumn’s background includes many lovely years in early childhood education at both Montessori and Waldorf-inspired schools. She is the proud mother of three teens: Noah, Haven, and Dragan. When her children were young, she created a Waldorf-inspired kindergarten program out of her home and was blessed to have her own children in her classroom. Autumn has attended a Waldorf summer intensive and other workshops, most recently Waldorf Music Through Grades 1 & 2 coursework. She has also taught children’s meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. Her work has been focused in more recent years as a shamanic practitioner and educator offering healing and support services for the whole spectrum of birth, life, and death. She teaches and shares music with creativity, reverence, imagination, and enthusiasm, and has a special love for folk music and communal medicine songs from many different traditions. She aims to teach children not only to sing and play instruments, but to cultivate creativity, confidence, and collaboration. She also hopes to instill the values of World Citizenship through exposure to the music, art, and movement of other cultures around the world.
Mx. Adee | Grades 3/4th & 5/6th Music (Vocal & Strings)
Mx. Adee loves music. Whether it’s singing, playing cello, playing piano, writing songs, improvising, or directing, they have an untamable passion. They pass on this love for music through teaching strings, singing, and songwriting. They currently hold a teaching artist position at Harmony Project KC, an after school strings/music program for the Northeast Community in Kansas City.
Teaching at City of Fountains School is a new and exciting journey for Mx. Adee. Their training from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance as well as field experience as a professional musician has cultivated a well-rounded, creative approach to learning their own music as well as teaching it. Partnering the ideas of discipline in combination with creative expression is what they strive for as a teacher and as a human being. Mx. Adee believes in excellent education that prioritizes the pursuit of creative inner light, full expression of self, holistic wellness, and compassion. When first introduced to City of Fountains, these ideals became clear within the Waldorf curriculum and approach. Mx. Adee is elated to be joining the City of Fountains team, and hopes to build meaningful relationships with the students, parents, and staff at the school.
Ms. Lilah | Grades 7/8 Guitar
Ms. Lilah teaches guitar to the 7/8 class. She is an artist and musician and loves sharing both her art and music with others. She started her musical path by learning to play the cello at nine years old. Now, twelve years later, she is self taught at piano, drums, guitar, singing and ukulele. She began teaching as a volunteer at the KCYA garage band class, and started at City of Fountains three years ago teaching ukulele. This is the first year that she will be teaching guitar.
Ms.Lilah was homeschooled and at the age of seventeen began taking classes at Johnson County Community College. Working towards an associates in Liberal Arts, she took art and music recording classes. In 2019 she received her Certificate for Recording Arts and now has a home recording studio where she writes, records, mixes and masters her own music. She also enjoys taking runs and walks with her sisters and her dog, Ramona, at the dog park.
Ms. Cora | Grades 1- 7/8 Spanish
Ms. Cora teaches spanish to grades 1-7/8.
Ms. Emily | Grades 7/8 Physical Education
Ms. Emily has always loved to move, having explored a wide range of sports and physical activities from a young age. Some of her favorite ways to move are dancing, rock climbing, yoga, hiking and stage combat. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with an Interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Directing and Psychology, specializing in physical performance. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area to train in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, and fell more deeply in love with the more-than-human world. After three years in the Bay Area and Oregon, she moved back to her birthplace of Columbia, Missouri. There, she taught at a Waldorf-inspired forest kindergarten leading older students in forest adventures with various programs, and guiding movement and dance classes with adults. Ms. Emily’s husband, their baby Aven, and 18 year-old cat moved to Kansas City this summer to be closer to family. She is thrilled to be teaching with City of Fountains. She believes that we are all born with the intrinsic knowledge of how to move well, and that children will, when given a supportive environment, be avid movers, and carry this into their adult selves.
Mr. Brian | Woodworking
Our middle school students learn woodworking under Mr. Brian’s expertise.