School History

The Apple Blossom School and Family Center was founded in Wilton, Connecticut in the Spring of 2004 by Jessica Khoshabo, Erika Loker, and Marcia Marquis with the help of an enthusiastic and supportive parent body. We opened the doors of our temporary home in the Gilbert & Bennet School Building in Fall 2004. By Spring of 2005 we finished renovations and moved to our current home at 440 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut.  After being a developing member of WECAN, Apple Blossom School was awarded full member status in December 2015.

 

Marcia Marquis:  Co-Founder and Teacher Emeritus Marcia received an Associates Degree from Franklin College, Switzerland in 1973. She received a B.A. from Skidmore College in 1975. In 2000 she completed the Associate Program in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College. Marcia has been an Early Childhood teacher for 23 years.

Now retired, she taught Early Childhood classes inspired by Waldorf education for nineteen years. She was first introduced to Waldorf Education when she visited the Goetheanum (which is the world center for the anthroposophical movement designed by Rudolf Steiner) in Dornach, Switzerland in 1972 with her art professor from Franklin College. She has taught at The Rose Garden School in Georgetown, Connecticut, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Bridgewater, Connecticut, and Linden Hill School in Georgetown, Connecticut. In 2004 she co-founded Apple Blossom School & Family Center.

 

 

Jessica Khoshabo:  Lead teacher for Five Day Kindergarten. Jessica is a trained Waldorf early childhood teacher and mother of two children. She is a founding teacher of the Apple Blossom School and Family Center and has been teaching parents and children for thirteen years. As the Nursery and Parent/Child class teacher, Jessica strives to create an environment that supports each child at their stage of development, fostering creativity through art and imaginative play. Jessica attended Waldorf school in Germany, kindergarten through high school, and graduated from the "Freie Waldorf Schule Rendsburg" in 1994. In 1998, Jessica received her early childhood teaching diploma from "Die Erzieher Fachschule Schleswig" in Germany after one year of student teaching at a Boarding school for deaf children. In the autumn of 1998 Jessica moved with her family to the United States. In 2006 Jessica completed her Masters in Waldorf early childhood education at Sunbridge college in Spring Valley, New York.

Allison Reznik:  Lead teacher for the Under Three Nursery.  Allison received her MS in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 1995.  She received a B.A. in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood development from SUNY Buffalo in1991.  She discovered Waldorf Education when her oldest son was just a toddler, attending a Waldorf Parent Child Class together.  Her middle son joined Apple Blossom’s Parent Child class when our doors first opened.  Her third son came along with them as soon as he could as an infant. Missing the ‘oasis’ of Apple Blossom and its community, Allison became a Rose Class assistant in 2013/2014, and again in 2016.  In 2017, she completed Level 1 Waldorf Early Childhood teacher certification at Sophia’s Hearth in Keene, NH.  Allison, her husband and three sons live in Wilton.