Mancos Valley Dragonfly Preschool
Mancos Valley Dragonfly Preschool

Meet the Faculty

 
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Andrea Mcalpin

Director and Nymphs’ Classroom Teacher

It was in her early years alongside her three younger sisters in the Phoenix mountains of the Sonoran desert that Andrea’s life calling became clear: to nurture and cherish the children around her and to forever learn from the wisdom and beauty of nature. After earning a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, Andrea continued her work and play in the wilderness of Arizona, Washington, Montana, and Alaska before she landed in this beautiful corner of Colorado. Here, she has continued to build her career in education with over 10 years of teaching experience in both traditional and alternative early childhood and lower elementary settings. Her years as a preschool assistant and teacher, traditional first grade teacher, Lower Elementary Montessori teacher, as well as Program/Education Director of a nature based educational non profit have certainly defined her purpose and attracted her to the Waldorf philosophy.  Of course, finding time with the canyons, mountains, and rivers with her husband, son and two dogs is also a constant joy. Now, as momma to young Owen, she has shifted her focus to the development of this promising preschool, and finds great humility, growth, and inspiration while on the path of becoming an early childhood Waldorf teacher.


 
 
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Kathryn Zion- Teacher

Kathryn grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota where she enjoyed camping, boating, snowmobiling and outdoor sports all year as her family owned an outdoor recreation business in Rapid City. She moved to Denver after High School to go to school and fell in love with Colorado. Kathryn has two daughters; one went to Montessori kindergarten and is a Ph.D. and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the other attended Waldorf preschool through the 8th grade and works as a Parent-Child Home Program Site Coordinator for a non-profit organization in Washington. Kathryn helped start the Front Range Waldorf Preschool in Golden, attended Gradalis Remedial Elementary Training in Boulder, and home-schooled 1st and 2nd grade using Oak Meadows curriculum. She worked at the Denver Waldorf School as a Teaching Assistant 1st -3rd grade for a large class, then attended Rudolph Steiner College in California. She feels blessed to have a Waldorf Mentor in Denver to guide her on this wonderful new adventure at the Dragonfly Preschool. She feels at home in Mancos, where there is a community of supporting and harmonious beings with a plethora of activities to enjoy.