Our Teachers

Kindergarten teachers are experts in early childhood development and Waldorf educational methods. Each classroom has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.

Allison Carroll

Titles: K3 Lead Teacher

Ms. Carroll completed her Waldorf Early Childhood training in 2007. She holds a BA in Medieval Studies from UC San Diego, an MS in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University and an M.Litt in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where she served as a Rotary Ambassador of Goodwill Scholar. Ms. Carroll studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway for one year and has worked with children and families for over 20 years in both the college and early childhood setting, serving as an International Student Advisor, Residence Life Director, Parent-Child Program Director, Nursery and Kindergarten teacher. She has two children and is an ardent supporter of nature connection for children and families.

Dagmar Eisele

Titles: K2 Lead Teacher

Ms. Eisele is a master Kindergarten teacher who mentors, trains and evaluates early childhood programs and teachers across Northern California. She is regional co-chair for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and guest lectures in local Waldorf teacher training programs. Ms. Eisele has taught at San Francisco Waldorf School for over 30 years and serves in multiple leadership capacities for the school. She taught handwork in grades one through eight and is a founding member of the Magic Lantern Traveling Marionette Theatre. Ms. Eisele grew up in Germany and has undergone extensive training and education in Waldorf early childhood pedagogy and child development both abroad and in the US. Her older daughter graduated in 1988 with the first San Francisco Waldorf School class and her second daughter was a member of the first San Francisco Waldorf High School graduating class.

Sachi Gowe

Titles: Nursery Teacher
Sachi Gowe is an Assistant Teacher at Elves Cottage. She is a graduate of the Rudolf Steiner College teacher training program, with an emphasis on early childhood and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Kobe College. Sachi has completed 15 ECEs and taught at a Waldorf-inspired preschool for two years. She has also taught in our Parent-Child Program. Sachi was born and raised in Japan. After the birth of her twin sons, she discovered Waldorf Education and knew that this would be her path. During her free time she enjoys creating handmade puppets and performs puppet shows featuring stories from Japanese folklore. Her three sons attend SFWS.

Kevin Manning

Titles: K1 Assistant

Kevin Manning completed his teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, with a focus on early childhood education and the role of meaningful work in young children's education. His classroom teaching experience extends to East Bay Waldorf School and the Sebastopol Charter School. A graduate of San Francisco State University (French and Sociology), Kevin’s was a music curator, DJ and Owner of Alive Entertainment, prior to becoming an educator. The father of three children, his interests include photography and biodynamic gardening.

Jennifer Rossi

Titles: K3 Assistant

Jennifer Rossi was born and raised on the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her teacher training in 2006 through the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and has been honored to teach for over 15 years in various Waldorf kindergarten, preschool, home program, and parent child class settings. Before teaching, Jennifer enjoyed working in the natural foods industry and is currently undergoing training in the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She loves supporting children and families on their life’s journey. Jennifer has two children who have attended SFWS and her hobbies include hiking, camping, natural healing, Forro dancing, and drumming.

Yelena Tcheng

Titles: K1 Lead Teacher

Ms. Tcheng completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2002. She holds a BFA from Rutgers University. After some years of working as a graphic designer, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Ms. Tcheng has taught kindergarten for the last 14 years, both at San Francisco Waldorf School and the Marin Waldorf School. She loves working with young children and watching them grow and blossom. Ms. Tcheng has two children, both students at the San Francisco Waldorf School.