Joanie Dean lives in Washington, Maine with her husband Forrester. She has been teaching in Waldorf education since 2003 at schools and homes, as a parent and child, nursery, kindergarten, and handwork teacher. Joanie graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Anthropology. She holds a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge Institute, as well as a Therapeutic Puppetry certificate from Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts. With a dear friend, she leads Primrose Puppets, a marionette troupe which travels near and far to bring folk and fairy tales to children. When not teaching or puppeteering, she is happy to be outdoors as much as possible gardening, hiking, and being on the water. She is equally happy to be cozy indoors with a book or handwork. Working with young children and their families brings her great joy!