About Us

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Meet Melisa: Founder & Co-Owner Melisa Nielsen, LLC, Waldorf Essentials and Seasons of Seven ~ Director of Pedagogy, Lead Coach

Who am I? Well... let's see if I can condense it. I am a mom in my 40s with five children. My big kids are now adults and I have two left at home. I've been studying Steiner and Waldorf education deeply for nearly 20 years. I've been a wife, an ex-wife and a wife again. I am a stroke survivor. Two out of five children have spectrum struggles. My oldest has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and my youngest has SPD (sensory processing disorder.) There is NEVER a dull moment in the Nielsen house. 

About 14 years ago I took my study of Steiner and put it to work with other families in our series of curriculum "A Journey through Waldorf Homeschooling" and our business has grown from there.

I love my life. I love to watercolor paint, knit and embroider. I might kick your butt at a game of Uno or Candyland - you pick - and I really enjoy a quiet afternoon with my family.

We live in Florida.

Meet Erik: Co-Founder & Co-Owner Waldorf Essentials & Seasons of Seven, Editor, Director of Digital Media 

I've worn many hats in my life but these days I probably wear more than ever. They can be stacked so high I need to duck when I enter rooms, and I'm only 5'6. Right now, I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur, videographer and content creator, editor and teacher. Over the years I've been a journalist and filmmaker. Melisa and I decided to take a leap of faith years ago when I quit my newspaper job to pursue building Waldorf Essentials. It’s a decision we've never regretted. We are constantly bolstered by the kind words of clients whom we have helped over the years.

Meet Nicole: VP of Operations at Melisa Nielsen LLC, A Director at Seasons of Seven ~ Waldorf Essentials Coach

Hi! I am Nicole.

I am married to Mr. Incredible and a mother of three beautiful children. We live in the Colorado. After several difficult years in the public-school system we learned about Waldorf Education. I fell in love with it right away and knew it was exactly what our family needed. It wasn’t just about a child centered education, but also how it would help us grow as a family. We started with Waldorf Essentials in 2016, in 2017 I became a local TFW leader and now I get to work on so many wonderful projects for Melisa Nielsen LLC! I love sharing what I have learned and enjoy helping others along their journey. Waldorf Essentials is a huge blessing in our life and our family is continually growing closer from the things we are learning. I look forward to getting to know everyone better and supporting you along your Waldorf journey.

Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with family and friends, hiking and reading a good book!  

Meet Melanie: Seasons of Seven Director of Operations and Admissions ~ Waldorf Essentials Coach

Hi! I am Melanie.

Melanie Lives in the beautiful seaside town of Neptune Beach, Florida. She is a trained teacher by trade, but has chosen to homeschool her son with the healing powers of Waldorf Inspired education. She is amazed by the deep, rich, satisfying bond it creates with her child. Melanie has a University degree in Education and has been Coaching & mentoring homeschooling families for several years. Her dream is to bring Waldorf Inspired education into the hearts and homes of families around the world. Seasons of Seven and Waldorf Essentials have been able to help make this dream a reality!

Meet Jen: Assistant to Operations & Community Engagement

Hello my name is Jen! 

I live in California where I am fortunate to enjoy both the beaches and mountains close to me. We have home schooled for 10+ years which has truthfully been one of the best decisions ever! Waldorf Essentials is such a beautifully laid out program that has significantly benefited our family. One day I hope to take our homeschooling journey on the road and truly embrace my traveling spirit. I am so excited to be a part of the Waldorf Essentials team!!

Meet Ericka: Community and Social Media Support Specialist.

Hi, I'm Erika :-)

I'm a San Diego native and mama to three.  It's our fourth year Waldorf homeschooling, and our 8th year in the Waldorf Essentials community - I found Melisa and her magic when my oldest was only 18 months old 
I love being in nature, board games, the 3 rainstorms we get a year, and sitting for hours with a book.
I dream of living on a homestead.


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