Originating from the beautiful rolling hills and deep caves of south central Kentucky, Marla set out on her journey of lifelong learning, leaving her hometown to attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.   At Lipscomb she began her studies of dietetics/nutrition.   Three years later she was fortunate to visit University of California, Santa Barbara, where she instantly fell in love with the beauty of the Santa Ynez mountains and the magnificent coast of the Pacific ocean. She transferred to UCSB where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Women’s Studies.

After completing her undergraduate degree in 1996, Marla took her education in a new direction. She began her studies of therapeutic massage, then maintaining a massage practice in Santa Barbara for the past 20 years. During this time yet prior to finding Waldorf education, Marla worked at The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California.   It was at this special educational farm, amongst the chickens and goats that she found her love of teaching. After discovering Waldorf education and the work of Rudolf Steiner, Marla enrolled in the teacher training program at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California in Northridge. She completed her Waldorf teaching certificate in the grade school curriculum in 2012.

Marla began working at the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara in 2010 as a kindergarten assistant. After serving as an assistant teacher for two years, Marla co-taught in the kindergarten for another two. In 2014, she was very excited to accept an invitation to teach in our grades program.   She is beginning her fourth year with this incredible group of students, and she is very grateful to be on this journey of learning with all of them.