We are hiring!
Shade Canyon School is a new public school of choice
with a curriculum inspired by
the principles of Public Waldorf education
that will open with grades TK-2 in September 2023
in Kelseyville, California.
We will then add one grade per year
until we offer grades TK-8.
We believe that by honoring simplicity,
we will nurture the spark of the individual
and nourish a thriving community.
Meet The Team
1st / 2nd Grade Teacher
Rachel Anderson taught Kindergarten in public school for five years before staying home for another five years to raise her children. She loves that Waldorf education allows children to learn through play and exploration at their own pace. She is excited to lead Shade Canyon School’s first kindergarten using this method of developmentally appropriate learning. Miss Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Music from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Cleared Multiple Subject Credential from the State of California. Her husband, Mark, is an elementary teacher and a pastor of a church on the north shore. They both enjoy the natural beauty of Lake County where they have lived for nine years. They are outside often with their energetic and playful, young sons. In her spare time, Miss Rachel likes to play piano, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, garden, bake, and cook.
Early in her teaching career, Savannah Mitchell taught at Head Start in Clearlake and was an early interventionist for Easter Seals, working with children with developmental disabilities all over Lake County. Before she had her first child in 2017, she taught at a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Sonoma in grades 1-3. Savannah holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno State University. She also earned a Waldorf Teacher Diploma from the Center of Educational Renewal, which represents four years of deep study. A wife and mother of two, Savannah has lived in Lake County for most of her life and desires to see her community thrive.
Afternoon Kindergarten Assistant
Morning Kindergarten Assistant
Tatiana Lucero is a recent graduate of Middletown High School, who has plans to pursue a college education sometime in the future. She has been a teacher's assistant and has experience babysitting and playing with children. Miss Tati believes that Waldorf education provides an environment for children to thrive, creatively, academically, and emotionally, at a developmentally appropriate pace. She is thrilled to be assisting Miss Rachel with the afternoon kindergarten in Shade Canyon’s first year! Miss Tati loves the beautiful natural scenery of Lake County, her home for the past seven years. She likes to spend her free time hiking, swimming, reading, and journaling.
Kacey Holsworth’s first experience of Waldorf education was through her daughter’s pre-school. She fell in love with the idea of outdoor learning and learning through play. She believes storytelling, singing songs, exploring nature, and making art should be a part of every child’s day, just as it is in Waldorf schools. She is excited to be the Morning Kindergarten Assistant for Shade Canyon School. After growing up visiting generations of Lake County relatives, Miss Kacey fulfilled a childhood dream and moved here in 2019. She lives in Hidden Valley Lake with her husband, Michael, three children, and a chocolate Labrador retriever. The whole family loves to be outdoors in the rain, snow, or sunshine enjoying Lake County’s beautiful mountains, trees, and fresh air! Miss Kacey loves to read, go on hikes, and visit the ocean.