Lisa Stafford, Kindergarten Teacher
Lisa Stratford was born the middle child of 3, flanked by brothers and raised outside of Denver, Colorado. Some of her favorite earliest memories include golden aspens, towering snowy peaks, fields of blue columbines and cozy nights huddled close to a crackling woodstove. The semi-rural community she grew up in provided opportunities for raising pigs and turkeys, planting and caring for a huge garden, and winter ice-skating and summer tubing on the nearby irrigation ponds and ditches. In 1992, Lisa moved to Alaska and in 1993 began her formal journey in to teaching. Many of her early teaching experiences found her in forests and along the beaches, with children in tow, exploring, discovering and marveling at the mysteries they found along the way. From the Alaska State Parks Junior Ranger program, to Lead Naturalist at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to environmental intern at the Campbell Creek Science Center, Lisa found great joy in sharing discoveries of the natural world with children of all ages.
Lisa holds a BA in Biological Sciences, emphasis in Botany from UAA and has been a certified teacher since 2009. She is certified through the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy as a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator, and in 2019 completed a 3-year training called Nurturing the Roots, which builds on and deepens the traditional Waldorf Early Childhood training, adding information about working with the children who demand our attention the most.
Lisa’s days are full of the golden sunshine of children’s smiling faces, they teach her how to be present in the moment and how to view the world through eyes filled with joy.