Early Childhood Faculty | 2019-20

Early Childhood Leads

Kelsey Dearing

Lead Pre-Kindergarten | Willow

Miss Kelsey is originally from Washington and moved to southern Nevada as a teenager. She attended University of Nevada Reno where she received a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  Her practicums and internships while in school put her in preschool and pre-K classes in our area. After graduation, Miss Kelsey has worked solely as a teacher in a preschool, and the Pre-K setting at a local daycare center. She participated in an Early Childhood Waldorf intensive workshop with master teacher, Joan Agostinelli. She is enthusiastic about the Waldorf teacher training programs offered and very much looks forward to studying more on the play-based learning and nature exploration of the early childhood classroom.

Martie Fine

Lead Nursery | Acorn

Miss Martie began her journey in Early Childhood Education when her own children were quite small.  Having been introduced to Waldorf education in 1998, she began work in Reno to establish a Waldorf school and founded Heart to Hand School in 2000, an EC program which began in her home and then evolved over the course of 13 years to become the Nevada Sage Waldorf School. She has a B.A. is in English and has taken extensive post-graduate classes in Early Childhood at both UNR and TMCC – and has spent 20 years working with young children.  After being a Waldorf EC teacher for 8 years, she worked for 10 years for the University of Nevada’s Early Head Start as a home visitor, providing developmental education and social support to a wide variety of families.  In 2018, Ms. Martie and her husband moved briefly to Portland Or., where she re-connected with her Waldorf roots and worked at Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm as their Parent/Child class coordinator and office assistant.  2019 saw their return to Reno and Martie is delighted to once again join the faculty of Nevada Sage Waldorf School.

Audrey Simmons

Lead Kindergarten | Aspen

Miss Audrey grew up in the tri-state area spending most of her free time outdoors swimming, horseback riding, snowboarding, ice skating, and hiking. She graduated from Manhattanville College in New York with a BA in Sociology and an MA in Teaching in 2009 before moving to Florida to begin her career as an elementary school teacher. She taught 1st-4th grades in the Orange County Public School District in Central Florida during this time. Along the way, Audrey discovered yoga and meditation and soon became a certified yoga instructor. In 2016, she and her husband packed up their RV and took a cross-country trip to start a new chapter in Carson City. She quickly fell in love with Northern Nevada and found her new teaching home here at the Nevada Sage Waldorf School. Audrey is beginning her Waldorf teacher training this summer and can’t wait to see what her first year as a Waldorf teacher has to offer!

Early Childhood Assistants

Devin Gaddis

Early Childhood Assistant & Center Director | Willow

Miss Devin was born and raised in Burlingame, California. Growing up in a family with several teachers she pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development with the concentration in Early Childhood from California State University, East Bay. After earning her degree she worked at Learning Links Preschool, a non-profit, that fostered a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive community for children of all abilities. It gave her great experience on how to approach teaching children. Devin recently relocated to Reno, NV with her husband and began working at Nevada Sage Waldorf School.

Devin enjoys traveling and going to live music venues. Her most recent trips included Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France where she was able to see Elton John in concert. She is an avid dog lover with two of her own. She has enjoyed being part of the Nevada Sage Waldorf community and looks forward to many years ahead.

Lanae Riggs

Early Childhood Assistant

Ms. Riggs was born and raised in both Carson City and Reno, Nevada. From a young age, she has always been drawn to specific teachers throughout her educational experience, and the way they had impacted her, whether the experiences were negative or positive to her, early in life she always knew that becoming a teacher of any sort was her calling.

Ms. Riggs spent two years in Napa Valley teaching preschool then returned to Reno and began teaching at Nevada Sage Waldorf School in the Grades Aftercare program. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree at Sierra Nevada College with a BA in Elementary Education.

Ms. Riggs thrives to be a positive role model for each child she is in the presence of, and there is no better feeling for her than to have her students know that the relationships she is building are built from failure, curiosity, guidance, and love.

Ana Rincon

Early Childhood Aftercare