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!

 

David.jpg

David Sewell McCann

Executive Director

In the past nine years, David has written and told over 1,200 original children's stories (the equivalent of 40 novels!) for Sparkle Stories. Out of his experience as an elementary school teacher and parent of two lively boys, he developed a method of intuitive, transformative storytelling, which he now shares with others through keynote speeches, workshops, podcasts, and online courses. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Meredith Bio.jpg

Meredith Markow

Pedagogical Chair

In the past 30 years as a Waldorf Teacher and Educational Consultant, Meredith has been working in partnership with parents, teachers, educational support professionals and therapists to bring the best to and from the children in her care. She received a B.A. with a focus on child development and child psychology from the University of Michigan, in 1984, an M.A. Ed from Washington University in 1987. She earned her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Lehrerausbildung (Teacher Training) in Nuremberg, Germany in 1989, and she completed her formal teaching certification with The Enneagram Institute in 2014. Her work in the classroom and with individuals and groups is designed to help people of all ages to drop self-limiting beliefs and to live a more joyful and compassionate life.

Bio option 1 Square.jpg

Cortney Dziak

Operations Chief

For the past 15 years, Cortney has orchestrated dozens of projects and events in the field of education. Facilitating professional learning conferences for thousands of educators, managing the development and release of effectiveness tools for teachers, and overseeing the production of stories, blog posts and projects for Sparkle Stories. Cortney keeps things smoothly sailing both for the How to Story staff and in her Austin home with her husband, daughter and menagerie of pets.

Thoughts from David…

Screen Shot 2019-10-15 at 8.44.51 AM.png