Meet our Teachers

Red Rose Kindergarten

Ann Landgraf

Coursework in art and psychology at California State University at Sacramento; coursework in early childhood education at American River College; coursework at Rudolf Steiner College. Ann teaches in the summer program at Rudolf Steiner College. Before coming to SWS, she led a Waldorf-inspired playgroup in her home. She worked with young children at SWS in various capacities before she became a kindergarten teacher. Ann enjoys pottery, watercolor painting, drawing, and gardening. (Joined SWS 1985)
Contact Ann: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3555


Margarita Hawk

White Rose Kindergarten

Eloisa Rodriguez-Drake

Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate (Rudolf Steiner College). Eloisa worked as a Kindergarten Assistant at Cedar Springs Waldorf School as well as a Gardening teacher. She then worked as a Kindergarten teacher at East Bay Waldorf School before coming to SWS. She enjoys music, rural living, vintage motorcycles and cars, family road trips, and camping. (Joined SWS 2007)
Contact Eloisa: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3547

Michelle Loftus-Gold

Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate (Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks CA.); completing BA in Early Childhood Eduaction and Social Services (Ashworth University). Michelle has been a Kindergarten teacher at Golden Valley Waldorf Inspired Charter School, A Kidergarten assitant at Camelia Waldorf School, and owned and operated a WECAN home program, Little Sprouts Nursery, for five years. Michelle has worked as a Child Care Counselor for two years with emotionally disturbed children in group home settings. An SWS alum, (Kindergarten through 12th grade), Michelle enjoys camping, hiking, raising farm animals, felting, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two sons. (Joined SWS in 2009)
Contact Michelle: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3573


Jacquelyn Bieringer-Drake

Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate (Sunbridge College, New York); completing B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with emphases on child development, family social science and communications (University of Minnesota). Jacquelyn has been a Kindergarten teacher at Spring Hill Waldorf School in Minnesota as well as an educator and house parent in two Camphill Villages, working with adults and children with special needs.  She has also worked in Development, Enrollment and Communications at SWS for two school years. Jacquelyn enjoys handwork, camping, singing, cooking, relationship building work and laughing.  Her husband is a grades teacher at SWS, and her two children attend SWS as well.
Contact Ms. Jacque: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3542

Jennifer Keefer

BS in Recreation Resource Administration at North Carolina State University; Coursework in Early Childhood Education at Rudolf Steiner College and Folsom Lake College. Since 2010 Jennifer has worked in various capacities at SWS such as Summer Camp instructor, Nap/Extended Care provider, and substitute Kindergarten assistant.  Over the last 7 years she has volunteered within the SWS community as a parent of 3 children. Jennifer enjoys the outdoors and sport-related activities, painting, reading to her children, getting together with family and friends, and great milk!




Simone Demarzi

BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington; Waldorf Teaching Certificate from WISC, (Highland Hall, Northridge Ca). Simone is a PITC trainer and Infant Specialist, a RIE Associate, and has completed the LifeWays Child Care Training.  She has taught Kindergarten in the Seattle Waldorf School, worked with children ages 4-6 on the Pediatric Psychiatric Unit in an Anthroposophical Hospital in Germany, taught Parent-Child Classes and Stringed Instruments to the 4th and 5th grades at Live Oak Waldorf and SWS, and was the Director for the LifeWays Children's Center at Rudolf Steiner College for 5 years. Simone is adjunct faculty at RSC; she mentors EC students for the Los Rios Community College district, and is currently running a WECAN approved Infant Toddler program in her home. She is a founding member of the Infant Toddler Network in Sacramento. Simone and her husband Alvaro have three children that graduated and went K-12 at SWS. Simone plays the cello, gardens, trains Guide Dogs, loves to create environments for children to play, bicycles, bakes, and loves the ocean and the mountains.


Extended Care

Lindsy Bauer