Deborah KallmannDeborah Kallmann, Director and Teacher

Deborah has owned and taught in Garden Gate School since 2007. She has taught preschool through grade 8 using teaching methods inspired by Waldorf education. She was born in Zambia, Central Africa and has lived in various places both internationally and in the U.S. She received her Master’s degree in cultural anthropology and history at the University of Arizona; her focus was on education from a cross-cultural perspective. She has been an adjunct visiting lecturer at University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Missouri’s Honors College. She participated in multiple parent-child classes at Waldorf schools from Rhode Island to England, has completed one year of Waldorf Foundation Studies at Shining Rivers Waldorf School, and attended Millennial Child workshops offered by master Waldorf teacher, Eugene Schwartz. She has now taught children and trained teachers in pedagogy inspired by Waldorf education in mid-Missouri for 9 years.

You can reach her via email at: deborah at garden gate school dot org

Jennifer Kimbel, Teacher

Jennifer is a native of St. Louis and has lived in Columbia, MO since 1992.  She discovered Garden Gate while she and her husband, Karl, were looking for preschool options for her oldest daughter Mollie.  Garden Gate was a perfect fit.  She worked as an assistant in 2015/16 and has been the teacher of the Poppies class starting in the fall of 2016. She has been training with Deborah for two years and is participating in a Live Education training conference in Santa Cruz, California.  She is the mother to Mollie (6) and Alice (4), and Lucy Doggins (76 in dog years). When Jennifer is not working she can be found in her garden, hanging out with the family, cooking, or walking her dog.


Anita “Omi” Kallmann

Anita was born in S. Africa, and for several years lived on a beautiful farm in the Northern Transvaal. She later moved to Zambia, Central Africa where she married Peter Kallmann and raised two children (one of which is Deborah). The Kallmann family moved to the US in the mid 1970s. Anita and her husband Peter settled in Columbia in 2006. She has been an assistant at Garden Gate for seven years. Her two granddaughters, Hannah and Amalia, are both involved in Garden Gate.