Chris is one of the founding parents of the Jacksonville Waldorf Initiative, which later became The Playgarden. Chris brings expertise from her career in local, state and federal government, to include six years as an education program manager in Europe and Asia and a year on Capitol Hill, mostly running errands for senior staff. She holds a Master’s in Education and, when her kids started school, began a second career as a community educator with Baptist Health System.
Chris’s life trajectory changed in 1995 when she and several other Beaches moms discovered Waldorf parenting philosophy as they passed around a copy of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin. Inspired by the idea of preserving and protecting the magic and wonder of early childhood, this passionate group of families started Waldorf and Anthroposophical book studies, launched playgroups, festivals and camping trips, visited Waldorf schools and attended conferences, formed a nonprofit agency, wrote grants, and brought consultants from across the county to educate our community. Playgarden children continue to paint, make bread and share Stone Soup on tables and chairs purchased through grants awarded during those early years. A member of the Sophia Circle Anthroposophical Study Group, Chris serves as a LifeWays Mentor and is the author of “N-TOUCH”, a program to introduce families and caregivers to Waldorf parenting philosophy during pregnancy and early infancy.