Recognizing, embracing, and creating healthy nurturing families
is the heart of our work.

Our Teachers

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Jessica Banks 

Jessica earned her certification in Waldorf Early Childhood Education in 2007 at The Eugene Waldorf School Teacher Training Program in Eugene, OR and has been teaching in Waldorf Schools in Idaho ever since.  During this time, Jessica has taught kindergarten, preschool, after school, summer camp and handwork for grades 1-3.

Jessica’s educational interests lie in brain development, whole child teaching, inspiring a love of learning, parent and teacher education, and supporting and advocating for special needs students.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys making art, gardening, hiking, wild crafting herbs, yoga and dancing.  She is a mother to her beautiful six year old son, Edyn.  Jessica is delighted and touched to be teaching at Sweet Clover School along side her dear friend and colleague Bege Reynolds.  

 

Sweet Clover School is a fully collaborative environment

born out of a mutual love and respect for the children,

educational pedagogy and one another. Jessica Banks and

Bege Reynolds are Co-Teachers, Co-Directors and Co-Founders.

 

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Bege has been teaching for twenty-five years in public, Montessori and Waldorf schools.  She has a BA and Teacher’s Certification in grades K-8 and completed her Early Childhood Waldorf training in the summer of 2015 after five years at the Micha-el Institute in Portland Oregon.

Bege loves gardening, hiking, skiing, playing ice hockey, collecting quotes and verses, sending snail mail, felting and reading.  She lives with her husband John Sweek and son Elliot who attended The Mountain School for four years and is now in high school.  Her daughter Elsa is out of college and working and her son Miles is in college.
 She is thrilled and blessed to once again be teaching with  Jessica Banks at Sweet Clover School.

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Kerry Brokaw
 
Kerry Brokaw is the mother of four Waldorf educated children and a Lifeways Waldorf Early Childhood graduate. Kerry has taught preschool and parent/child classes in Maine and attended many Waldorf conferences and storytelling workshops across the country. Bege, Jessica and Kerry taught together for 3 years at The Mountain School, the first private Waldorf School in the Wood River Valley, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Sweet Clover family. She lives in East Fork with her husband, Bags Brokaw, and high school son, Shea.
 
Lifeways provides Early Childhood Certification programs for caregivers, parents and parent educators and practical, hands-on programs to support and strengthen the growing child and family.  LifeWays offers an innovative relationship-based vision for childcare for children from birth to 6 years. 
 LifeWays  is the family-style approach. By caring for children in small groups of varying ages, the child’s daily experience is much more natural and home-like than the institutionalized and program-oriented care that is prevalent today. This approach to child care is ideal for the healthy development of the child, as is confirmed by current research on the importance of bonding in brain development. Lifeways practices are inspired by the works of Rudolf Steiner and the experience of Waldorf education and are supported by contemporary early childhood research as well as common sense and the wisdom of many generations.”