Gretchen Matis earned a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Eugene (OR) Waldorf School Teacher Training Program. Beginning in 2005, she taught grades one through four at Seattle Waldorf School and grades one and two at Bright Water School in Seattle. She took a long sabbatical from teaching to be at home with her two young daughters until they were ready for school. She returned to Seattle Waldorf School as a Learning Support Teacher and continues to serve children, colleagues, and parents there in that capacity today. In addition, she teaches Language Arts in the middle school. She is currently entering her third and final year of training in the Remedial Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College.