Garden Gate Preschool in Columbia Missouri is a Waldorf inspired early child development education full of joy and light


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

~James Baldwin

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Deborah Kallmann, Director and Teacher, “Buttercups”.

Deborah has owned and taught in Garden Gate School since 2007. She has taught preschool through grade 8 using teaching methods inspired by Waldorf education. 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 participated in multiple parent-child classes at Waldorf schools from Rhode Island to England, has completed one year of Waldorf Foundation Studies at Shining Rivers Waldorf School, and attended Millennial Child workshops offered by master Waldorf teacher, Eugene Schwartz. She has now taught children and trained teachers in pedagogy inspired by Waldorf education in mid-Missouri for 9 years.

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Jennifer Kimbel, Teacher, “Poppies”.

Jennifer Kimbel is a native of St. Louis and has lived in Columbia, MO since 1992.  She found Garden Gate while she and her husband Karl, were looking for preschool options for her oldest daughter Mollie.  Garden Gate was a perfect fit.  She worked as an assistant in 2015/16 and is the teacher of the Poppies Class starting Fall of 2016.  She is the mother to Mollie (5) and Alice (3), Lucy Doggins (76 in Dog Years) and Olive (6 in Dog Years). When Jennifer is not working she can be found in her garden, hanging out with the family, cooking, or out walking her dogs.

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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 at Garden Gate for seven years. Her two granddaughters, Hannah and Amalia, are both involved in Garden Gate.



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