Hummingbirds Nest's


and Faculty



Our Waldorf experienced, passionate Faculty bring to Hummingbirds Nest a strong belief in cultural diversity, respect of the teacher and child relationship and supports each child’s individual learning.  Our committed and devoted teachers are inspired through whole child development in creating a safe play based and hands on learning environment.  This allows for connection, inquisitive learning, and exploration of self, the world, and others.  As members of a human tribe, our teachers are privileged to serve each child’s uniqueness and contribution.



Melinda Richard


A Waldorf Trained Early Childhood Teacher since 2001, Melinda has a broad range of experience in the realm of early childhood. She has owned and operated a Waldorf-inspired Nursery program in San Francisco and acted as the Director of a Waldorf Early Childhood Department. She is also a certified CTI Co-Active coach. As a mother of five, Melinda brings her passion for alternative Waldorf education as a Director at Hummingbirds Nest Collaborative. Her innovative thinking informs her leadership. She uses Mindfulness, Love and Logic methods and the techniques of compassionate language to inspire her work with the social health within classrooms and community. Melinda's heart values are led by the deep understanding that each child is a change agent in the world.


Erin Hallal

Early Child Educator & Lead Teacher

Ms. Erin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to sunny Boulder, Colorado. At Naropa University, Erin received her BA in Early Childhood Education. In 2014, Erin graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. She practices a life that holds sacred the Kingdom of Childhood while drawing inspiration from the full spectrum of all seasons. As a mother of two, Ms. Erin’s deep knowledge and leadership brings to Hummingbirds Nest a profound appreciation of the Waldorf curriculum in how it meets the young child into the richness of Adolescence.


Paula Sanders Sage

Kindergarten Co-Lead Teacher


Anna Ryan

Early Childhood Art Teacher

Anna received her Masters in Art Education at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has since been inspired by children and families all across the country: from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where she designed and taught museum-based workshops; to a therapeutic high school in Massachusetts, where she created art curricula to connect her students to art, community and a deeper sense of personal strength. After becoming a mother, Anna began teaching parent-toddler and preschool art classes in Northern California where she fell in love with art-making all over again. Her young students’ fearless creativity rekindled her passion and dedication to the creative process and inspired Anna to begin her own painting practice again!


Wendy Tucker

Early Childhood Art Teacher

Ms. Wendy is an artist, a mother, and has had the world of Waldorf Eduction and Rudolf Steiner in her family for four generations. She has a BFA in art from CCAC in Oakland, and has owned 2 of her own businesses over the past 27 years. Her daughter is in seventh grade at Marin Waldorf School. She has recently been an assistant in a Waldorf Kindergarten, where her gift as a natural caretaker and love of being with the children shines in the rhythm of the early childhood classroom!


Katrina Kositzin

Aftercare and Substitute Teacher

Ms. Katrina's educational background led her to an associate's degree in Behavioral Science from Santa Rosa Junior College and Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach. Her education at Goldenwest focused in Peace Studies, including Peace in Leadership and Nonviolent Communication in Conflicts. With over a decade of nanny experience and service trips to the Dominican Republic working with children, she found herself working as a first grade aftercare teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. There she found her passion in working with children in a group setting. Ms. Katrina's natural patience and steady compassion served the children well. She continued on as a Kindergarten assistant at Heartwood Collaborative, a Waldorf inspired program for the 2017-2018 school year. There she discovered the Waldorf model aligned with her inner values of self-education in order to educate the whole child. She is ecstatic about working in aftercare again as her strength lies in enhancing children's play in a calm atmosphere.


Ysabella Richard

Yoga Instructor and Aftercare Teacher