Marla Witcher was raised among the rolling hills and deep caves of south central Kentucky. Her journey of lifelong learning began at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee where she studied dietetics and nutrition. Three years later she was fortunate to visit UC Santa Barbara where she instantly fell in love with the beauty of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the magnificent Pacific coast. She transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she earned a B.A. 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, maintaining a practice in Santa Barbara for the next 20 years. During this time Marla also worked at The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California. It was at this farm, among the chickens and goats, that she found her love for 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 accepted an invitation to teach in our grades program, where she worked for many years. Currently Marla teaches in the kindergarten again.