Deborah Kallmann

Deborah Kallmann, Director and Teacher, “Buttercups”.

Deborah has owned and taught in Garden Gate School since 2007. She has taught preschool and grades 1-7 using teaching methods inspired by Waldorf. She was born in Zambia, Central Africa and has lived in various places both internationally and in the U.S. She received her Master’s degree in cultural anthropology and history at the University of Arizona. Her focus was on education from a cross-cultural perspective. She has been an adjunct visiting lecturer at University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Missouri’s Honors College. She has completed one year of Waldorf Foundation Studies at Shining Rivers Waldorf School, has attended Millenial Child workshops in Kimberton, PA.; and works with Master Waldorf teacher, Glenda Moore, in St. Louis.

You can reach her via email at: deborah.kallmann@gardengatecoop.org


Sarah Linsenmeyer

Sarah Linsenmeyer, Teacher, “Poppies”.

Sarah has been teaching in Garden Gate School since its inception in 2007. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri and worked for several years as a play therapist with young children. Sarah is currently in Lifeways Training, a program that emphasizes childhood learning through imitation and empathy. She has attended Sunbridge Institute’s “Introduction to Kindergarten Training”. In her free time, Sarah enjoys gardening, cooking with local foods, commuting by bicycle, camping with her family and playing ultimate frisbee.


Anita “Omi” Kallmann, assistant.

Anita was born in S. Africa, and for several years lived on a beautiful farm in the Northern Transvaal. She later moved to Zambia, Central Africa where she married Peter Kallmann and raised two children (one of which is Deborah). The Kallmann family moved to the US in the mid 1970s. Anita and her husband Peter settled in Columbia in 2006. She has been an assistant to Sarah Linsenmeyer for two years. Her two granddaughters, Hannah and Amalia, are both involved in Garden Gate.



Food for Thought

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. — W.B. Yeats

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