Deborah Kallmann, Director
Deborah 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 was born in Zambia, Central Africa and has lived in various places both internationally and in the US. She has been an adjunct visiting lecturer at University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Missouri’s Honors College. With her daughters she participated in Waldorf parent-child programs both in Richmond, RI and Cambridge, England. She has completed one year of Waldorf Foundation Studies at Shining Rivers School, St. Louis; works with Master Waldorf teacher, Glenda Moore, in St. Louis, and is currently training with Waldorf teacher, Eugene Schwartz (consultant and founder of Millenial Child.com). She is co-founder and director for Garden Gate School. You can reach her via email at: deborah.kallmann@
Sarah 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. Having daughters of her own inspired her to explore alternative education options, and when introduced to Waldorf education through family and friends, Sarah immediately recognized Waldorf as an inspiring and therapeutic education that she wanted to bring to the Columbia community. Sarah is currently in LifeWays Training, a program that emphasizes childhood learning through imitation and empathy. Sarah also trains with Glenda Moore, a master Waldorf teacher at Climbing Rose Kindergarten in St. Louis, MO. She has attended Sunbridge Institute’s Introduction to Kindergarten Training. She is co-founder and early childhood teacher at Garden Gate School. In her free time, Sarah enjoys gardening, cooking with local foods, commuting by bicycle, camping with her family and playing ultimate frisbee.
Megan Fox is the assistant in the kindergarten and the mother of two Garden Gate students. She has been involved with the school since 2010 and has enjoyed various roles, such as parent-child class assistant and summer camp leader. Megan is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she studied sociology and human development. She completed the Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education week-intensive at Sunbridge Institute in July 2012. Megan loves to garden, cook, and hike on her farm in Southern Boone County.
Anita “Omi” Kallmann
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.
Molly Campbell, Past Teacher
Molly Campbell, currently teaching at a Waldorf-inspired school in India, was the assistant in the kindergarten at Garden Gate. She was at our school for the past three years enjoying various roles as aftercare teacher, summer camp co-leader and parent child class facilitator. Molly volunteered at a Waldorf school in Barcelona, Spain in 2009 and a Waldorf-inspired school in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in 2010. Before her introduction to the Waldorf movement, Molly worked as an assistant in the toddler and primary classrooms in Montessori schools. She has a degree in sociology from the University of Missouri. Molly completed the Introduction to Waldorf Early Education course at Sunbridge Institute in July 2011.