Michelle Namasya Carpenter
Michelle Namasya Carpenter has been teaching for the past eleven years. She is a Certified American Montessori Society (AMS) Teacher and is fully credentialed in Early Childhood Education. She created her own cooperative home school group in 2005.
Namasya is an avid traveler, spending 4 years of her early adulthood traveling within the US, living abroad, and sailing throughout the world before settling down in Santa Cruz to start a family. She is a mother of two amazing children, ages 6 and 13. She believes in creating community, and founded an intentional living community focusing on sustainability and children.
She is a professional percussionist and has been an active member of a local band for the past 12 years. She is a certified Integral Hatha yoga teacher, certified Spiritual Practitioner, and is a Master Potter and teacher of pottery. She is a lifelong student and enthusiast of dance, and studied African Dancing in Ghana. She is absolutely in love with nature, taking opportunities to meditate outside, swim in rivers, climb trees, and hike in the redwoods.
Namasya feels passionate about teaching children and inspiring them to see their own light within themselves, and helping them to recognize their innate connection with nature.