Nina Lane moved to Portland, Oregon in 2001 from New Zealand, where she was known as a touring musician, recording artist and vocal tutor. Her career as an early childhood teacher began at Early Head Start, a program providing services for a diverse range of cultures including low income and many non-English speaking families from birth to three years of age. After this, Nina worked as a lead teacher for 2.5 years at New Day School.
In 2007 she accepted a position as an assistant teacher in the early childhood program at Cedarwood Waldorf School while reinforcing her commitment to Waldorf education. Her training includes Summer Intensive trainings with the Micha-el Institute, Simplicity Parenting, Boys Alive!, Juniper Tree School of Puppetry and Arts, and Positive Discipline. Nina founded Song Garden School with Mr. Owens in 2009 and has worked consistently as an early childhood teacher in Portland for 12 years. Today Nina remains deeply motivated to weaving her passion for music and love of nature with Waldorf education in support of the wellbeing of urban children.
Bryan Owens moved to Portland in 2001 after living abroad for 6 years in countries such as Switzerland, Ireland and New Zealand. He received his Certificate of Waldorf School Educators in 2004 and has since worked at various schools including Portland Waldorf School, Swallowtail, and Shining Star. Bryan has experience with both the grades and early childhood and has a special interest in music. He has released a CD and performs regularly on the guitar, octave mandolin, violin, and clarinet.