Faculty & Staff

Isabel Gandara

Isabel Gandara

Sunflower Kindergarten Teacher
Early Care Teacher

Isabel discovered Waldorf Education when she was 21 years old studying Early Childhood Education at a University in Ecuador and was looking for a more meaningful way to teach children. She traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to complete her Waldorf training, then returned to Ecuador where she worked for a year in a Waldorf school, married, and had her first child. Isabel and her family then moved to Miami where she worked for six years in a Waldorf School and had two more children.

Looking for a bigger school for her children, she moved to Connecticut to accept a position teaching at HVWS. She has been working in our Early Childhood program since 2001 as a Nursery Teacher, Parent/Toddler Class Teacher, Handwork Teacher in the grades, and Early Childhood Mixed-age Kindergarten Teacher. She has served as a Trustee, Chair of Staff Development Committee, Chair of the Early Childhood Program, and a College member. Isabel enjoys arts, crafts, and reading.