Sacramento Waldorf School

Early Childhood

Our youngest children are nurtured in a warm, beautiful, and loving home-like environment in our early childhood classes. Children feel protected and are secure in the rhythm of predictable activities and loving interactions with adults.

We recognize that at this developmental stage children learn through imitation and play. Thus, our teachers model reverence, respect, and care in their interactions with the children and in the work of the class.

Our early childhood program gives families a gentle way of entering into the world of school. The parent-child program gives parents an inside view of life at SWS. Coming to campus once a week with their child, parents can learn and experience many aspects of what Waldorf represents.  In the parent-child and kindergarten classes, we prepare children for the academic challenges of elementary school by engaging their will through meaningful and practical life activities: cultivating their feelings through the arts; developing reading readiness through story, song, and verse; and by stimulating creativity and fantasy through imaginative play. In this way we allow the children’s intellectual abilities to unfold naturally. By the time they enter the elementary grades, they are ready and eager to experience new forms of learning.


Meet Our Teachers

Red Rose Kindergarten

Margarita Hawk

BA in Administration, Escuela Internacional de Turismo, Mexico, City; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College; Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs Trainer.  She has also taken additional courses at RSC in Spanish, Parenting, and Early Childhood Education. Margarita was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the US nearly 30 years ago. Margarita has given numerous workshops on subjects such as Dia de Los Muertos, Parenting, Early Childhood Development, and Doll Making. Margarita is an accomplished doll maker and traditional crafter/artist as well. Prior to joining Sacramento Waldorf School, she taught multi-cultural awareness in the public school system, and was a Kindergarten, Spanish, and Handwork teacher at Camellia Waldorf. At SWS, she was the Gardening teacher, High School Sponsor Class  of 2009, and Spanish teacher prior to returning to Early Childhood. Margarita was also a Kindergarten teacher at Davis Waldorf School for two years. Margarita has taught the Summer Early Childhood Program at Rudolf Steiner College, weekend Early Childhood Program at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, and has been a guest trainer on an international level, most recently at Instituto Hamilton, Chihuahua Mexico.  Margarita is is the proud mother of three sons, all SWS alumni. She thoroughly enjoys her family and takes time to participate in numerous school activities, as well as hosting international students as a part of her family. Kindergarten Teacher at SWS since 2013. (Joined SWS 2004)

Contact Margarita: mhawk@sacwaldorf.org or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3588


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White Rose Kindergarten

Michelle Loftus-Gold

Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College; completing BA in Early Childhood Education and Social Services, Ashworth University; SWS Class of ’95. Michelle has been a Kindergarten teacher at Golden Valley Waldorf-Inspired Charter School, a Kindergarten assistant at Camellia Waldorf School, and owned and operated a WECAN home program, Little Sprouts Nursery, for five years. Michelle also 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 2009)

Contact Michelle: mloftus-gold@sacwaldorf.org


Eloisa Rodriguez-Drake

Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Diploma, 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: erodriguez@sacwaldorf.org or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3547


Parent-Child Program

Ann Landgraf

Course work in art and psychology at California State University at Sacramento; course work in early childhood education at American River College; course work 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. After a one year sabbatical, she now leads the Parent-Child program. Ann enjoys pottery, watercolor painting, drawing, and gardening. (Joined SWS 1985)
Contact Ann: alandgraf@sacwaldorf.org