Johanna grew up in rural Wisconsin and visited her first Waldorf classroom in Chicago when she was twelve years old. When she was in high school, her family moved to Fair Oaks, CA, where she attended the Sacramento Waldorf School, with such master teachers as Rene Querido, Betty Staley, and Brian Gray. She attended UC Santa Cruz and then St. Olaf College, where she earned a BA in American Studies.
Johanna is a second-generation Waldorf teacher and likes to say that she started her own teacher training by listening in on her parents’ study group sessions during their training classes. She worked as a founding teacher at the Aveda Child’s Garden, a Waldorf-inspired childcare center at the Aveda corporate headquarters, completing on-site training. Next, she took a job at City of Lakes Waldorf School, where she worked in the kindergarten and the office. When Watershed High School opened its doors in 1996, Johanna was a founding faculty member, teaching music, social studies, and English. After teaching there for nine years, she joined Minnesota Waldorf School. She is now on her second class cycle at MWS.
Johanna has attended multiple training courses, both locally and at Rudolf Steiner College in California. In addition, she is a delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, a certified Orton-Gillingham Reading teacher, and a trained facilitator for the National SEED Project.
Ms. Garcia loves music, the wilderness, animals, and eating her husband’s excellent Mexican food and is a strong advocate for social justice. She has two daughters who are both MWS alum. Her favorite out-of-character activity is dancing to the post-punk music of The Rope, a local band with two MWS alum (one of whom is her brother!).