Elena Forrer, a native of Spain, joined the San Francisco Waldorf School in 1989. As a child she loved performing, singing, painting, and working with children. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Madrid, she moved to California, where she encountered Waldorf education. Inspired by the richness of the curriculum and the work of Rudolf Steiner, she began to teach at the San Francisco Waldorf School, where she pioneered the Spanish program. After completing her training equivalency through the Rudolf Steiner College, she published, along with other Waldorf Spanish teachers, a book entitled Senderos: Teaching Spanish in Waldorf Schools. Over the years, she has combined Spanish teaching with teaching painting and drawing in the middle school and high school. Elena has been a mentor to new teachers, assessing Spanish programs in Waldorf schools across the country. She has also been part of the summer faculty at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento and a painting instructor for LifeWays. Elena lives with her family in Marin County, California, and continues to teach at the San Francisco Waldorf School.