Heart in Hand Teachers

Many hands for little hearts
Ms Yvonne Head Teacher

Ms Yvonne de Maat

Heart in Hand Preschool founder and head teacher

Two red threads through my life have been community and creativity.

I’ve asked myself; “How we can be our unique selves while living in groups?”.

This led me to Waldorf Education in my early twenties and it has been a constant inspiration.

I have lived in various intentional communities and completed my Waldorf Early Childhood training in New York in 1995. For seven years I taught a Kindergarten class at the Susquehanna Waldorf School in Pennsylvania and at the Portland Waldorf School.

Upon arriving in Portland, the dream to start my in-home preschool took root, and in 2002 I founded Heart in Hand preschool in the lovely Alberta neighborhood.

It is a pleasure and privilege to watch children in our preschool discover who they are in the community.

To stay connected to the Beginner’s Mind of the young child, I like to always be learning new things. Some of these have become my hobbies, such as making my own clothes, Spanish, Tango and weightlifting!

I am a Simplicity Parenting group leader, a children’s yoga teacher, and often teach classes at Gnome’s Home.

“The healthy social life is found, when in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community finds its reflection. And when, in the community, the virtue of each on is living”

— Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education

Signora Sandra Paz

When I was two years old, my parents took me to live in Oaxaca, Mexico. I grew up there and when I turned 18 I returned to Portland, the place where I was born

 I love reading, learning something new every day. I really like helping others as much as I can.

 One of the ways I can help people the most is by sharing the things that I am learning and that have personally helped me improve my life in an emotional, spiritual, moral and physical sense.

I love to learn and teach!

 Children inspire me a lot of love and tenderness, and since I have a little girl at home – my beautiful daughter Alina – I am always striving to cultivate qualities that help me take care of and help children in the best way possible.


Ms Sara     

Parent-Child, and Crafts-Teacher

Since beginning to look into education and child care options after the birth of my first son I became entranced by all of the beauty and depth that waldorf education offers to children and to their families.
I am now the mother of 3 boys and excited to be continually growing in my understanding of Waldorf as I apply it to my home life and share it with others through my work. On top of years of my own self guided learning about Waldorf education and holistic care for children I am also a trained through LifeWays North America in early childhood education.’


Honey Heart Yoga at Heart in Hand

A Community of Hands

Bringing enriching gifts to little hearts

Heart in Hand Preaschool is enriched by a community of weekly teacher and parent assistants, who bring their own very special gifts to your child’s experience. 

Community teachers and parent assistants are involved in foreign language days, yoga, arts & crafts, cooking & baking, gardening, and so much more.