Lola Danforth

Lola is a mother, teacher, artist, and yogini who relocated with her family to Ashland, Oregon from Brooklyn, New York in 2013. She worked as a head teacher at a Waldorf/Montessori inspired preschool in downtown Jacksonville, while teaching kids' art classes at the Ashland Art Center, and substitute teaching for Children's World Montessori. Lola has experience in New York City preschools and elementary programs through second grade. She holds teaching certificates in the states of New York and Oregon.


Lola also worked as an Office Manager and then Head of Marketing for a well-known architecture firm in New York City for many years, before staying at home with her first baby. She has a BFA in Illustration (focusing on children's books) from Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, GA, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in New York City. Through extensive work and learning in these fast-paced environments, she has polished her skills in multi-tasking, organization, patience, and utilizing art and crafts to motivate learning.


Lola's primary interests revolve around the arts and crafts: hand and machine sewing, knitting, felting, quilting, embroidery, bookbinding, collaging, watercolor, pottery, and dip pen calligraphy. She also enjoys yoga (doing and teaching), meditation, lifting weights, water skiing, hiking, playing the flute, traveling, cooking Thai and Indian, baking, and other culinary explorations. Of course she loves hanging with her little girls: Moxie Blaze (9) and Hendrix Belle (3).

MS Early Childhood Education
BFA Illustration
CPR, First Aid Heartsaver, ADD 

DASA Discrimination and Bullying Intervention Training 

Oregon Central Criminal Background Registry 

Child Abuse and Neglect Intervention Training: New York, Oregon

Oregon Food Handler's Card 

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Member

Southern Oregon Birth Connections, Board Member

Yoga Teacher Training 200HR @kestyoga

In Reggio Emilia preschools each child is viewed as infinitely capable, creative, and intelligent. The job of the teacher is to support these qualities and challenge children in appropriate ways.

-Louise Boyd Cadwell