Elvira started working in after-school childcare during college, and has been working or studying within the field of education ever since. She obtained a BA in International Relations from UC Davis.
When she first visited a Waldorf school, Elvira was amazed by the calm, focused attention the students had as they engaged in play and work. She vowed then that she would find a way to serve the child’s quest for knowledge in a way that respected their own inner truths. Elvira completed her Waldorf Teaching Certificate Program in 2000, and helped to found the La Vida school, a very early homeschool hybrid outside of Willits, CA.
Elvira has continued her own education; studying Non-Violent Communication tm, Montessori methods, Singing, Eurythmy, Brain Development, Project-Based learning, etc. She is one of the few teachers to receive her CA Teacher's Credential while teaching in a multi-age, independent study classroom.
Todd Gettleman has lived and grown food in Capay Valley for close to 20 years, In 1998 he became the lead teacher and helped start a private school in Brooks, where he worked for 19 years. Before that he worked as a home independent study resource teacher in Sonoma County. Todd has a Master’s Degree in Native American Studies from UCDavis, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University and a Batchelor of Arts in Community Education Through Greenhouse Agriculture from Hampshire College. He has taken summer trainings in Waldorf Education for public school teachers for Kindergarten and First through Third grade. Todd grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan and now lives on the upper west side of Rumsey.