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Starflower Nursery: ages 2 1/2 to 4 years

Lori Daniels
Lead Teacher
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Lori has a lifelong love of children – she has worked diligently to support children and their parents for more than 30 years. Prior to moving to Denver, Lori was both a lead teacher and an assistant in the kindergarten and nursery programs at City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis. During Lori’s 10 years there, she participated in school administration, was a member of the College of teachers and chaired the early childhood team of teachers for four years. She has been with The Denver Waldorf School for three years as the lead kindergarten assistant in Morning Glory and holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration as well as a Waldorf Early Childhood teaching certificate. During her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, gardening, traveling and continuing to study children’s developmental needs. She is also the proud mother of two sons, ages 20 and 23, who both attended Waldorf schools.


Mary Ray
Lead Assistant

Mary Ray

Mary came 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 three children – each has attended DWS. Mary enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, reading and traveling.

Mario Rodriquez
Nap Assistant

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

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Lead Teacher
Laurie has been teaching Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten for more than 40 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 also completed the East Coast Training in Remedial Work. She mentors Waldorf teachers around the country and teaches in various training courses for teachers.

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Pam Kauffman
Lead Assistant
Pam 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.


Danielle Regan
Nap Assistant

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

Brooke Huffman
Lead Teacher
Brooke became the Larkspur Lead Teacher in 2018 after having worked at The Denver Waldorf School since 2007 as an Aftercare Assistant, a Summer Camp Instructor and both the Nap Assistant and Lead Assistant. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor of science degree in Biology, and completed 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.

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Sherry Lewis-Ramirez
Lead Assistant

Karlena Alonso Lamm
Nap Assistant

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

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Lead Teacher
Krisztina 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 bachelor of arts degree 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 also 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.

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Megan Smith
Nap Assistant
Megan is the mother of five children. All five began their educational journeys in The Denver Waldorf School’s kindergarten and now all five children are graduates/alumni. She has been a substitute teacher at the school on and off since 2002. Megan earned a bachelor of science in microbiology from Colorado State University and an associates degree as a veterinary technician. She completed the state’s requirements for an Early Childhood Teacher.

Krischa Jones
Nap Assistant