2nd Grade

Arias Collins

Arias Collins is elated to lead her students into Grade Two following their inaugural year. Below, Ms Collins reflects upon her teaching experience in 2013-14:

“I have seen the power and freedom that comes with experiential and age appropriate learning this year. The personal identity of students has been of utmost importance to me. With enthusiasm, patience, sensitivity, and a deep love of learning, we created an open and safe environment for my students. I have seen so many students blossom as they discover that they possess great brilliance. Waldorf education is simply beautiful and my parents are wonderful.”

Ms. Collins is going on a dozen years of teaching experience in public and charter schools. She earned a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis.  At Chapman University, she received a B.A. in Fine Art with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Collins will begin her Waldorf Certification graduate studies in August.

Ms. Collins has experience as the Visual Arts instructor for the Fullerton School District, where she designed and implemented cross-curricular lesson plans that culminated in hands-on art projects. She was also a favorite teacher of talented 7th graders at the Orange County School of the Arts.

In her free time, Arias enjoys hiking in the canyons of Laguna Beach, practicing yoga, TM Meditation, singing, making her own art, and spending time with close family and friends.

Monique Nicholson


Monique Nicholson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She began her Waldorf career 20 years ago at the Waldorf School of Orange County, where she earned a Waldorf certification. Ms. Nicholson later taught at Anneliese’s School in Laguna Beach, and also worked as an ESL Instructor in Israel for many years. In 2013-14, Ms. Nicholson returned to the states with her two daughters to lead a First Grade Class at Journey School.

Ms. Nicholson holds a BA in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and possesses an CA Intern Teaching Credential through the CalStateTeach educator program. Ms. Nicholson is thrilled with the progress her students achieved year and is grateful to the parents for all their help.  The best is yet to come!

It’s been a rewarding experience forming our First Graders this year, giving them the foundation skills from which to build in the coming years together.  It has been a joy getting to know each other and I look forward to building a lasting relationship with the wonderful families whose children I have been entrusted with. Looking forward to an exciting second year together!