My name is Keiko(Cake-oh!) and I am the mother of two boys and step-mom of two girls and a boy. I am Japanese and at home, we speak both languages and celebrate festivals from both cultures.
As a child, I grew up with a healthy daily rhythm and a lot of nature. My mother sewed all our clothes (even kimonos for my dolls), dyed Kimono fabric, cooked healthy meals, knit our sweaters and hand-washed all our clothes.
My father was a carpenter. He always said “Rise with the Sun, rest with the Moon. That is the key for good work and a healthy life.” On rainy days, the carpentry shop was my favorite place to be where I could watch my father working. When the weather was nice, the rice and vegetable fields in front of my house were my playgrounds.
I was awarded a B.A. in education and psychology from Kyoto Womens’ University. I am licensed to be an elementary school teacher (from K to 6th grade) in Japan. As an exchange teacher in Wisconsin, I taught math in high school and in Florida visited over 10 elementary schools to introduce Japanese culture: including … folk tales, Origami, songs, calligraphy, history, language, cooking, and the abacus. Later, I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Rudolf Steiner College in 2003.
From age 12 , it became my dream to eventually live in the States. After learning about Waldorf Education in college, I wanted to send my children to a Waldorf School and to become a Waldorf School teacher someday. I published my first book in 2005. My second book, the Japanese translation of “Light beyond the darkness”(original author Dore Deverell) was published in 2008 in Japan.
I have been running Treasure Garden Nursery School since 2002. I also give lectures and workshops on parenting to parents and educators in Japan and the U.S. I am a co-owner of Music school for young children (A Tre Music: www.ATreMusic.org)
I will provide a healthy, safe, mind-full, happy and enriching environment for your child
Treasure Garden School
5344 McMillan Dr.
Fair Oaks CA, 95628