David and Meredith are rebels with a cause. Here are their stories.
You may be familiar with Sparkle Stories. You may know something about Waldorf education. But did you know that David traveled cross country on his bicycle and was once a professional fresco painter? Did you know that Meredith has lived in Germany and Slovakia and is learning how to quilt? Well then, let us tell you a story…
David Sewell McCann comes from generations of central New Yorkers that love salt, digging canals and the color Orange.He was born in Onondaga, New York, moved 13 times before his senior year of high school, studied printmaking at Syracuse University and then hopped on his Cannondale Touring bicycle and traveled across the United States. Eventually David made it to Austin where he met Lisabeth. In Austin, David worked in theater and film and then started his own decorative plaster and fresco business with his Genoan buddy Massimo. In 1999 he and Lisabeth moved to Brattleboro, Vermont where David studied to become an elementary school teacher and got his Waldorf certificate. Angus and Finn and then Sparkle Stories were all born in New England!!! David taught for eight years in two Waldorf Schools and loved it. In 2009 Lisabeth had an idea: Sparkle Stories! David then began to write and write and write and ten years later has written and told over 1200 stories. That's a lot of stories.
Meredith was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway to the West (and home of Ted Drew's Frozen Custard!). She knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher. She often could be found teaching her puppy new tricks or sitting him in front of a chalkboard while she showed him the proper way to form his letters. He was by far her most difficult student to manage to date! Meredith studied Child Psychology and Education, and taught in a public school before following her heart to become a Waldorf Teacher. Meredith decided that she could bring her best to the world by becoming a Waldorf Teacher. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training in Germany, which was a very brave thing to do, since she couldn't speak a word of German! She lived in Germany for four more years teaching English at the Nürnberg Waldorfschule, getting married there AND eating her way through bakeries. Her first child, Emma, was born in Germany, and then the family of three adventured to Slovakia where Meredith and her husband taught public school teachers about Waldorf Education while there. The little family of three moved back to the United States and became a family of four by welcoming Madeline to the fold. Meredith began her happy career as a class teacher where she taught three 8-year cycles. She now loves putting words together into stories and courses with David and putting fabric together into quilts!