Paula Mc Cabe has been a teacher and director of Silver Bell Nursery in San Francisco for 10 years. Having worked since 2004 in a predominantly indoor classroom setting she recognized the need for children to spend more time outdoors, so she developed it into an outdoor program. This enriched outdoor classroom experience ensures optimal opportunities in the development of the children’s bodies and exploration of their senses.
Paula has been working as an early childhood educator for 13 years. Her work has varied between working in a private preschool setting to working in the Kindergarten at the San Francisco Waldorf School. She loves her work with the young child, watching them grow and develop into motivated, kind, confident and happy children through her guidance and direction. Paula has received training from the Waldorf Teacher Training College at Fair Oaks in Davis, Ca as well as completing her early childhood education at San Francisco City College. She also has a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and draws from that knowledge to insure the health and well being of the children through diet and life style. Paula was born and raised in Ireland and has been living in U.S. for the last 31 years. In her spare time Paula loves to be with her family, hike and tend the garden in the Grace Marchant Gardens on the Filbert Steps. She lives in North Beach with her husband and two children.
Claudia Schmitz is an assistant teacher and accompanies Paula and the children in Golden Gate Park. Claudia has worked in the field of early childhood education for the last 10 years working as an assistant at nursery schools in San Francisco that follow waldorf principles. She was born in Switzerland and moved to San Francisco 26 years ago and now lives in Noe Valley. She is a trained nurse and has a homeopathic practice in Noe Valley.
Caitlin Connolly has been an early childhood educator and preschool teacher since 2000. Caitlin’s training in early childhood education is in the Waldorf approach to educating the young child. Caitlin also has a practice as a postpartum doula for families with infants, helping them begin the wonderful journey of parenthood in a positive and confident way. She is a San Francisco native and currently lives with her husband and three children in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.