Ms. Olga - Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Olga Malloy is a mother of three and a teacher by vocation. Her interests are philosophy, arts, human development and, of course, nature! She has taught physics, mathematics, Waldorf kindergarten, elementary school music and handwork. Her particular love and interest for early childhood education led me to become a Waldorf early childhood teacher.
Olga moved from California to Bozeman, MT in the Summer 2017 to be a part of the vision and growth of World Family School.
Ms. Siiri - LEAD Kindergarten Teacher
Siiri Cusomato's life started in the arms of the most wonderful parents. They shared with her their love of life, gardening, nature, storytelling, elves, fairies and gnomes, and music (just to name a few).
When she was old enough, she went to Montana State University and graduated with a Biology degree. She then decided she’d rather step into her most favorite (and hardest) role ever - Mother, Wife and Homemaker. It wasn’t long before she knew she needed a little help. And she soon stumbled upon a beautiful waldorf, garden school - World Family School. The teacher and founder, Carol Dietrich, became Siiri’s mentor in waldorf early childhood education, and lifelong, soul friend. When her children were too old to attend World Family School, Siiri moved to Sandpoint, Idaho to put her children in a waldorf school and work as an assistant in the First Grade. She only stayed a year, missing her home and family in Montana.
Once back in Bozeman, she continued learning from Carol and supporting small programs at World Family School. When it was ready to re-open for a full kindergarten in the Fall of 2016, she found her courage to teach. (And seeing how she still had baskets of acorn caps, wool, felt and dollmaking supplies - despite the fact that her boys were 15 and 18 - it seemed an obvious choice). In the summer of 2017, she began her Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training at the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy.
She is grateful and happy to be continuing the work Carol began over 40 years ago, to be working with and learning from her colleagues Ms. Olga and Ms. Gloria (who she first met over ten years ago at World Family School), and to be practicing her stories and circles in front of her husband and teenage sons.
Ms. Gloria - Assistant Kindergarten teacher
Gloria Overcash first found Waldorf education as a young mother in 2003. When her oldest son was a baby, she saw a flyer at the Community Food Co-op advertising a homemade toy-making group at the World Family School. It wouldn't be long before she was regularly attending these toy-making groups and volunteering in the multi-aged kindergarten with her crawling son at her feet. She soaked up as much as she could learn about Waldorf early childhood education and Biodynamic gardening from WFS founder Carol Dietrich until life brought her family home to Illinois to start a market vegetable garden on her father's family land. A couple of years later, the mountains of Bozeman called her family back and she found herself again assisting in the World Family School, making burdock and barley soup, tending to the gardens, overseeing outdoor playtime, and helping with festivals.
Gloria's career path then turned towards yoga and she has spent the past ten years studying and teaching Kundalini Yoga, specializing in teaching prenatal and mom & baby yoga as well as yoga for children. Most recently she has created an online meditation course to support women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders which will be released in Fall of 2017.
Inspired by the new life being breathed into World Family School, Gloria began exploring options for her youngest son to attend and found herself being offered a job once again at World Family School. Some soul searching revealed that this was indeed the right place to be at the right time and she accepted the position.
Gloria is looking forward to a beautiful year of singing in the mood of the fifth, playing "mother hen" to the two year olds, and holding space for wonder and warmth. She lives in downtown Bozeman with her loving husband and their three wild and wonderful boys, spanning toddlerhood to the tween and teenage years.