Darla Barrows, Stone Soup Director and Parent and Child Teacher Darla and her family came to Canada from the mid-western United States eight years ago for her husband's work. Born and raised on a rural dairy farm, Darla is a traditional farm girl but has enjoyed making a home for her family in the beautiful capital region of Canada. She has been involved in Waldorf education for 15 years and is currently completing her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training in New England at The Early Childhood Teacher Education Center at Sophia's Hearth. Prior to her work in Waldorf education, Darla enjoyed a fulfilling career as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf children and found the spatial gestures and pictorial linguistics of signing deeply complemented her work in the Waldorf early childhood classroom. Upon arriving in Canada, Darla spent many happy years working and volunteering at the Great River Waldorf Initiative before returning home for her family's sabbatical to work as Enrollment Director and Early Childhood Teacher at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in rural Wisconsin. Darla began Stone Soup Crafts in Ottawa in 2015 to share her love of homemaking and the nurturing arts with local families. She especially loves the warmth of baking bread and enjoys helping families find the time to work it into their home rhythm.
Yasmeen Osman, Garden Gate Kindergarten Teacher Yasmeen Osman has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She taught for 11 years at Parsifal Waldorf School, with 10 years as a lead kindergarten teacher. She has gained valuable experience mentoring student teachers for the West Coast Institute, a Waldorf Early Childhood Training Centre. Yasmeen received her Waldorf early childhood education training at Sunbridge College in New York. Previously she studied in the Faculties of Science, graduating with a degree from the University of Ottawa in Biology and then took courses at Carleton University in Psychology, focusing on Child Development. Her commitment to ongoing professional development remains a priority.