Early Childhood Faculty

Starflower Nursery: ages 2 1/2 to 4 years


Rachel Nielsen (Lead Teacher) first came to The Denver Waldorf School as an intern in Morning Glory Kindergarten and then worked there as the Lead Assistant for two years. She has worked as a volunteer French teacher and substitute teacher at River Song Waldorf School. Rachel went to Waldorf nursery school herself and has always held that experience close to her heart, happily finding her way back as an adult. Rachel is Director Center Qualified in the state of Colorado and holds a BA in French and Education from Colorado State University and a M. Ed. in Early Childhood Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England. You may contact Miss Rachel at rachelnielsen@denverwaldorf.org or ext. 133.

Mary Ray Mary Ray (Lead Assistant) comes to Starflower Nursery after serving as Nap Assistant in Morning Glory. Mary began working in an early childhood setting in 2001 and has led a Parent-Tot class in the past as well. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology from Brigham Young University, and completed her Early Childhood teacher certification at Red Rocks Community College. Mary brings extensive experience from both volunteering and working in classrooms, but her greatest Waldorf training has come from raising her 3 children as they receive their Waldorf education at DWS. Mary enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, reading and traveling.

Morning Glory Preschool/Kindergarten Class: ages 3 1/2 to 6 years

Laurie_ClarkLaurie Clark (Lead Teacher) has been teaching Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten for 25 years. She attended the Teacher Training program at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California, and she also has earned her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has completed the East Coast Training in Remedial Work. She mentors Waldorf teachers around the country and teaches in various training courses for teachers. You may contact Laurie at laurieclark@denverwaldorf.org or ext. 166.

Lori Daniels (Lead Assistant) joined The Denver Waldorf School in 2015. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education administration, summa cum laude, from Ashford University and a Waldorf early childhood teaching certificate from the Micha-el Institute. You may contact Lori at loridaniels@denverwaldorf.org.


Larkspur Preschool/Kindergarten Class: ages 3 1/2 to 6 years

Alice JordanAlice Jordan (Lead Teacher) has been teaching Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten for over two decades. Alice has been an advocate for the protection of childhood all her adult life. She was a La Leche League leader for many years, and a volunteer at Urban Peak (a homeless shelter for teenagers). Raised in Australia and trained at Melbourne’s Tate Theatre Company, she traveled extensively until settling in Colorado. You may contact Ms. Jordan at alicejordan6@gmail.com or ext. 184.


Brooke Huffman (Lead Assistant) started working at The Denver Waldorf School in 2007, and has been an After Care Assistant, a Summer Camp Instructor and both the Nap Assistant and Lead Assistant in Larkspur. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and is currently participating in the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy in Seattle, WA. In her spare time, Brooke does handwork projects and creates natural soaps and lotions. You may contact Ms. Brooke at brookehuffman@denverwaldorf.org or ext. 153.

Woodrose Preschool/Kindergarten Class: ages 3 1/2 to 6 years

Krisztina van't VeerKrisztina van’t Veer (Lead Teacher) has been working in various Waldorf environments for the past 17 years. Raised in Hungary, she has lived, studied and worked in Germany, Scotland and the United States. She has a BA in Social Work with an emphasis on people with disabilities which she completed in Germany, writing her thesis about Anthroposophy and Camphill communities. Ms. Krisztina has completed her Foundation Year with Rudolf Steiner College. She worked for four years in Camphill communities in Germany and Scotland, and as Lead Assistant at Parzival Shield Waldorf Kindergarten in Denver.  She has been working at DWS since 2004; first as a substitute and nap assistant, later as the Lead Assistant in the Woodrose Kindergarten. She is currently enrolled in the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy. Krisztina speaks three languages and teaches German to children and adults. She has been a parent at DWS since 2004 as well. You may contact Mrs. van’t Veer at ext. 156.

tcyndiCyndi Ross-Smith (Woodrose Lead Assistant) has decades of Waldorf experience. She started working at the San Diego Waldorf School in 1990. She helped to develop the Aftercare Program for The Denver Waldorf School and she worked as an Aftercare staff member from 1997-2004, becoming the Director of The Denver Waldorf School Aftercare Program in 2004. Miss Cyndi has had two formal years of Early Childhood Education and years of on-the-job training, as she has worked with young children in some capacity since she was 19. Miss Cyndi attends Nancy Blanning’s kindergarten studies throughout the year as well as other Kindergarten workshops and Waldorf conferences. She loves baking, singing and crafting with the children. You may contact Miss Cyndi at ext. 173.
Passions: Walking, hiking, riding a Cruiser!
Mantra: “Live in the moment; the moment is all we have”
Favorite Quote: “What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh ~ A.A. Milne”
Other Occupation You’d Like to Try? Nursing

Megan Smith (Nap Assistant)
Megan Smith is the mother of 5 children. All five started in the Denver Waldorf kindergarten and now three are graduates/alumni and two are in the high school. She has been a substitute teacher at the school on and off for since 2002. Megan earned a BS in microbiology from Colorado State University and an Associates Degree as a veterinary technician. She has completed the state’s requirements for an Early Childhood Teacher.