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

Ms Yvonne Head Teacher

Ms Amy Gerassimoff

I’ve spent the last 10 years working in Waldorf & LifeWays inspired child education settings. I first found LifeWays when my daughter was born and have been passionate about following the Waldorf path of education ever since.

I love to be a keeper of the magic of early childhood and strive to bring the wonder of the natural world back to our children. I believe in nurturing the whole child through the head, heart and hands philosophy.

In my free time I’m hiking, foraging, cooking, creating art, teaching classes and always learning new things.

Ms Yvonne Head Teacher

Signora Manya

My name is Manya Wubbold.  I have a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of British Columbia.  I have been teaching Spanish, dance, and ceramics for the past thirty years.

I love language!  More specifically, I love the Spanish language.

When Miss Yvonne invited me to teach Spanish at Heart in Hand preschool, I was thrilled.

After decades of teaching at the university level, it is such a pleasure to learn and use Waldorf methodology in such a gentle and loving environment.  It is even more of a teacher’s dream to watch how these very young students soak up every new word and have already begun to sing and play in their new language!

Ms Yvonne Head Teacher

Ms Jan Martens

Waldorf Parent-Child Teacher

I  received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology many years ago and have most recently trained to teach Waldorf Early Childhood Education.

I truly enjoy needle felting and story-telling with puppetry.

My family and I love celebrating the simple beauty and rhythm each of the seasons of the year , and I like to sprinkle that magic throughout the Parent-Child class I teaches at Gnomes Home.


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.