About Hummingbird's Teachers
Marlis Harris

Born in Diez, Germany, earned her MA in Art Education from the University of Oldenburg.  She taught in special education before embarking on a trip around the world, which brought her to San Francisco.  Here Marlis became a founding teacher at the German-American School in Menlo Park and taught there for four years in grades 1-4.


In 1998 she completed her three-year Waldorf Teacher Training and since then has volunteered tutored and substituted in various classes at the San Francisco Waldorf School (SFWS), working extensively in the kindergartens.  She has been the director of Hummingbird since it opened in 2002.  Marlis is the mother of three boys all of which have attended and graduated from SFWS.

Barbara Lobb

Joined Hummingbird Preschool as a substitute teacher in 2005.  

She earned a professional 5 year degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland.  She is also in the process of completing her final year of Waldorf Teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento.  Her son has graduated from SFWHS.


Marlis and Barbara create and implement the curriculum, taking the lead role in the classroom.  They guide the children through the day and model mindful ways to interact with them; they facilitate discussions at parent meetings and educate parents in the “hows” and “whys” of early childhood development.

Janine Wiedmer

Janine grew up in Bern, Switzerland and graduated with a professional degree in business studies.  Travels brought her to San Francisco where she settled with her family.  Her daughter attended the San Francisco Waldorf School from Kindergarten through High School.  During those years she was a substitute teacher for German lessons.  

In 1995 she graduated as a Massage Therapist from the National Holistic Institute and has since been working in her own practice as a Massage Therapist.  Janine has been a teacher at the Hummingbird Preschool since 2009.  She enjoys working in this very supportive and creative environment helping to nurture the minds, bodies and spirits of the children at Hummingbird.  

Senta Anderson


Senta was born in Ulm, Germany and has worked with young children of all ages in both Germany and in the US while earning her degree in International Business Communications and living in Germany,


Senta worked as an English tutor for young children.  After moving to San Francisco in 2003, she began teaching German to grades K-1 at the San Francisco German School. Senta's interests lie in Attachment Parenting, Rudolf Steiner's philosophiy and alternative medicine.  Senta's daughter Madeline is very proud to be a Hummingbird graduate. 

Claudia Schmitz


Claudia is a trained pediatric nurse and a practicing professional homeopath.  She is experienced in treating children and adults in her homeopathy office in Noe Valley.  Claudia has worked in the field of early childhood education for the last 8 years, working as a part-time assistant at San Francisco Waldorf-inspired nursery schools.


Born in Switzerland, Claudia moved to San Francisco 26 years ago. Her son Linus is a graduate of Hummingbird Preschool.  Both her son and  daughter attended the San Francisco Waldorf school from kindergarten through 8th grade.