After spending a great deal of her childhood experiencing the outdoors, Mrs Lewis graduated with a BFA in Theater Design and Fine Arts and then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for graduate work in Art History, receiving an Art Education teaching certification for grades K-12. She began teaching Art in public and private schools in both Minnesota and South Dakota. When art programs began to be cut from the elementary schools, she received a grant to develop an art curriculum for classroom teachers and then led curriculum training in-services in public schools.
After her two daughters were born, she became interested in the Waldorf curriculum and home schooled them for several years while living in a permaculture community with organic gardens and straw bale retreat facilities. She then went on to get her Waldorf Teaching Certification in Eugene, OR, where she taught before returning to the Midwest.
Mrs Lewis has chosen to teach at Spirit of the Lake because of the beauty of the curriculum, emphasis on the natural world and the freedom of the teachers. She especially appreciates the focus on the arts and rhythms of the year, which help to nourish the children so that they can mature into healthy, free adults. She is currently in training with Great Lakes Waldorf Institute under their Early Childhood Program.