Dr. Franziska Reff is the owner of WanderKind Preschool. She is a trained child and family therapist and an early childhood expert. She has over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages, including several years at a bilingual school in Boston. Most recently Dr. Reff founded Delta Baby University, a parenting program for families with children under the age of 3. As a native of Germany she is influenced by the European approach to early childhood education, which emphasizes social and emotional development, as well as play-based learning. Dr. Reff is the mother of two little bilingual girls whose love of nature inspired this preschool.
Jenny Bernhardt is an early childhood educator (staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin) from Hamburg Germany. She has been teaching for over 20 years both in Germany and the US. In her work she emphasizes respectfully guiding children into independence by teaching daily life skills paired with excellent communication skills. Jenny also loves working on art projects and is a certified kids yoga teacher. In addition to working directly with children, she believes in building a strong bond between school and parents to understand the different needs of the families and to foster a sense of community. Jenny is the mother of 3 and currently in the process of becoming a life coach.
Heidi DeRidder is a teacher credentialed in grades kindergarten through eighth. She has a BA in German, with graduate level courses in second language acquisition and preschool curriculum. Heidi has 20 years experience working with children in a variety of roles, including preschool teacher, German levels 1-3 teacher, and reading interventionist. This past summer she became a certified outdoor classroom specialist. Heidi's teaching beliefs have been heavily influenced by Reggio Emilia, and the project-based approach to learning, which emphasize a meaningful, student-centered curriculum grounded in active, hands-on learning. She believes in educating the whole child, and that children learn through play. The most influential teacher Heidi has ever had is her young daughter.
WanderKind is a small school with 8-10 kids that attend daily. Teacher-student ratios are between 1:4 and 1:6. Learning and care is personalized to the needs of each child. WanderKind is fully licensed and insured with the state of California.