Laura Payne grew up in a loving family -- spending most of her childhood in the wild outdoors, and when inside, experiencing the joy of music (classical violin and singing). She has many interests, but finds great inspiration and wholeness while teaching. Prior to becoming a mother (and subsequently discovering Waldorf education), Laura earned a Liberal Arts degree in English (Creative Writing), and a Masters and PhD in Science (ecology, birds, conservation). Once Waldorf education entered her life, she completed the Waldorf teaching certificate (Early Childhood) through Sound Circle Center. She became a weekly intern in the Seattle Waldorf School Kindergartens (for 6 years), and worked as the First Grade Assistant at the SWS grade school. She is in her second year of Spacial Dynamics training, and is an active student of Compassionate Communication, both areas of which inform and deepen her teaching.