BLUEBERRY MORNINGSNOW Center Director & Lead Teacher
Blueberry Elizabeth Morningsnow is a mother, poet, and musician. Over the last few years, she has taught writing and literature classes at the college level, developed and taught a year-long poetry & song curriculum for preschool students, begun taking viola lessons, and published a full-length book of poetry.
Her interest in Waldorf education began in earnest when her son Finnegan attended Bean Sprouts Waldorf Preschool in Des Moines in 2013-14. In particular, she has been drawn to teach at Prairie Flower at a time in her life wherein she has actively sought out meaningful work that will align with her spiritual values and her artistic vision and that will also put her creative, enthusiastic, and joyful nature to good use.
She believes that what this program does is no less than protect one of the most precious parts of childhood, and towards that end she aspires to be a Waldorf educator who sculpts the daily rhythms to create an active, focused, peaceful flow to days, and who works to infuse those days with that nearly blissful freedom of imaginative play. As lead teacher, she will take up the torch that Delphine Douglass is passing to her, and foster an environment in which we immerse in play, creative movement, and all of the seasonal beauty of nature on the South Skunk River as we follow our consistent daily rhythm. She will supplement the wonderful simplicity of free play in nature and our immersion in the seasons with storytelling, poems, songs, finger-plays, handcrafts, watercolors and puppets. Seasonal ceremonies, rituals, and gatherings are also a core part of the curriculum and the community. Kindness and wonder are the ongoing themes.
She is so happy to be joining the Prairie Flower family, and she is excited for all the future possibilities this community holds.
LOGAN GESELL Assistant Teacher
Morning Song's Assistant teacher, Logan Gesell, is an ISU Student with diverse interests and skills. He began teaching at Prairie Flower in January of 2017. His interest in Prairie Flower came quite naturally after a summer of working with children at the CampFire summer camp, which is conducted on the same property. That summer, he gained a reverence for teaching children in an outdoor setting. He believes nature has an incredible ability to care, heal and love all people.