Our Staff

Jess Divine: Ms. Divine

My name is Jess Divine, you can call me Miss Divine; I am the director of Iron and Pine Preschool.

I have worked in the field of early education for the past eight years and have had the opportunity to explore and experience an incredible range of educational philosophies, skills, situations, and classrooms. All of these experiences have been working with children ranging in age from 4 weeks old to seven years old.

My experience ranges from private care, to working as the Bilingual interpreter in early ed. classrooms, to a lead infant toddler/preschool teacher for an Early Head Start/Head Start program, to working in our very own local Waldorf K-8th program in their Waldorf preschool program. 

 

I learned early-on in my professional life that I was passionate about early childhood education, and after exploring the various teaching philosophies, it became very clear to me that the Waldorf philosophy was the one that resonated with my heart and my work as an educator/director. I, and my staff, are continually enrolled in Waldorf teacher enrichment training for Early Education. I am always looking for new ways to improve myself, my program, and continually expand my knowledge of early education to help support my staff and our families in the development of the whole child. 

 

My reverent and intentional approach to education reflects my personal outlook on life, and is aligned with my continual dedication to myself as both a teacher and person. Being present and authentic with the young child, intentionality, humor,  creating beauty with and for the child, humility and daily self reflection, trusting/respecting each child’s unique process of growth, and modeling reverence for all aspects of life is the synopsis of my personal teaching philosophy. In today’s world technology and fast paced lifestyles dominate our reality making it all the more crucial that we as educators create a safe haven for childhood: where children can grow in alignment with their truest highest selves and give back to society what has been lost and or forgotten. 

 

I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to be a teacher to your child during this incredible period of growth in their lives. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child as we play and learn together.

Ashley Sullivan: Mrs. Sullivan

Hi my name is Ashley Sullivan, at school I go by Mrs. Sullivan, I graduated from California State University, Chico in December of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, and the experience of being in the Honors Program.

 

In addition to my academic journey, I have also had multiple job opportunities involving children of various ages, cultures, and abilities. These settings have included preschools, after-school programs, daycare, nannying, and tutoring. When working with children, one also works with families and in the child’s life. Creating that safe and nurturing community makes a huge impact in the quality of everyone's well-being. It can make life even more enjoyable.

My philosophies have been formed through my steps in life with relationships, travel, my art, music, struggles, academics, being with nature, and the lessons learned throughout. I am incredibly thrilled to have spent the last three years bringing my own self into raising my son. Motherhood brings more perspective to what is important in life, and how significant my influence is on a young person. 

The early years for our children is an essential time to explore and learn from the world around you. These supported experiences are what creates a strong brain and lifelong competence. As a teacher my loving guidance and attention to detail create learning opportunities that respect the young child's individuality in addition to facilitating their mastery of developmental milestones. I try to foster confidence and interest.

 

Ultimately, I hope to positively impact your child's early years to equip them with the life skills that bring self love, fulfillment, compassion, and success throughout their life.

Nickole Gonzalez: Ms. Gonzalez

Hello my name is Nickole Gonzalez, the children call me Ms. Gonzalez or Ms. G, I am excited to be apart of your family’s experience here at Iron & Pine Preschool!

I am a certified children’s yoga instructor and have worked at various schools and yoga studios with children of all ages. Although I am new to teaching in a Waldorf school I am no stranger to Waldorf education. From kindergarten through eighth grade I was blessed to be in a Waldorf school in my home state of Florida. That background allows me to pull from the rich beautiful experiences of what high quality intentional teaching feels like from the student’s perspective giving me the tools to embody and share with my students the unique education I myself received.

 

I have a deep love and patience for the young child and their journey of self discovery and growth. My love of exploration has strengthened my abilities as both a teacher and as an individual giving me diverse experiences with a variety of people and cultures that enhance and inspire what I bring to the classroom. Before recently settling in Nevada city, I traveled extensively for three years soaking up life changing adventures to Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, China, Turkey, India, England , and Norway. I am currently enrolled in LifeWays, a Waldorf Early Ed. teacher training program in addition to pursing my AA in Child Development. I look forward to building a life in Nevada County while serving the families within our community.

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