Meet our teachers


Ginger Smith is a Waldorf trained teacher with a degree in interdisciplinary arts. She began her journey with children as a children’s entertainer. After becoming a mother of twins, Ginger became acutely interested in early childhood and has dedicated much of her studies to the development of the young child. Ginger developed a homeschool preschool/kindergarten program with a partner/ co-teacher and together they applied a full Waldorf curriculum to their program. More recently she has assisted at Seeds of Joy as well as Tivoli preschools. Ginger is excited to have the opportunity to develop her own classes at A Magic Forest and looks forward the beautiful journey ahead.


While a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher at Wildwood School, story-time was one of her favorite things. A huge fan of children’s literature, she particularly enjoys Mo Willems, Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo. Prior to teaching elementary school, she helped to open the second location of the new-parent resource center, The Pump Station where she educated new parents in breast-feeding, baby-wearing and how to keep a sense of humor while sleep deprived. A mother of two girls who grew up playing at A Magic Forest, she is thrilled to be a part of their teaching staff.


As a girl, Araceli enjoyed watching bugs, making homes for snails, analyzing sprouting seeds and collecting all sorts of nature treasures. She earned a Bachelors in Science in Biology and later a Master in Education from LMU. She has worked teaching children since she was a teenager. Professionally she has maintained vegetable gardens, worked in Kindergarten classrooms and lead environmental education programs connecting children 0 to 7 years old with urban nature. As a busy mother of two, Araceli has experienced first hand how nourishing it is for children’s senses to connect with nature. Her passion for environmental education has not waned and she feels fortunate to share it with babies and toddlers at A Magic Forest.


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