Second Grade Class Teacher
Kendra PeloJoaquin has taught children and adults in three states since 2008. She comes from a long line of educators who have taught in classrooms from Washington DC, to a one-room schoolhouse in rural Maine, to a reservation in Montana, to New England conservatory, to a Swiss Montessori. Her professional lineage includes the educators and families of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Māori pedagogues from Aotearoa, and her colleagues and students. She’s humbled by all of these brilliant minds and experiences and brings what wisdom she’s gleaned with her to COS.
She has a BA in Early Childhood Education with a focus on trauma studies from Pacific Oaks College. She’s taught play-based, community-centered emergent curriculum to students ages 2-10. Over the last five years, she trained and supported educators and school leaders in pedagogical documentation, reflective practice, and anti-bias, anti-racist education. Kendra is grateful and energized to be back in the classroom learning and teaching with children again.
She encountered Waldorf school in earnest for the first time through a mindfulness workshop by Arthur Zajonc at Meadowbrook School in Rhode Island. She’s eager to learn by doing about how Waldorf methods support public education here at COS. Kendra enjoys knitting, backpacking, singing with others, gardening, playing board games and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with her spouse, Zak every evening. She loves to travel, and recently visited Vienna, Austria to visit her brand new nephew.