Marguerite Aichele-Smith is the owner and lead teacher at Magnolia Blossom Preschool (MBP). She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her gift for teaching was recognized early when she received the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)/UNC Chapter’s student teacher of the year award. She has taught in both public and private schools.
She earned a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution (which is put to use every day in the classroom). She worked as a mediator and taught youth and adults to mediate. She has experience in peer, family, neighborhood, and victim-offender mediation.
Aichele-Smith values life-long learning. She did a volunteer year-long internship at the Oregon Environmental Council focusing on best environmental practices in early childhood settings. In 2011, she completed the LifeWays Training. This year-long course based in Boulder, CO gave her the additional background to bring a Waldorf-based curriculum to Magnolia Blossom. In 2016, she sought accreditation status making Magnolia Blossom Preschool a LifeWays Representative Program. Annual continuing education workshops keep Aichele-Smith up to date with current research and best practices.
She lives in North Portland with her husband, 14-year-old son, and two dogs. She fell in love with Waldorf education while looking for a preschool for her son. This year he completes nine years of Waldorf education.
Although Aichele-Smith has taught all ages in many different settings, she is most excited about bringing the very young and the very old together at MBP at Harvest Homes. She feels very lucky to be a part of this special partnership beginning year eight together in the fall of 2017.