Martha Gollogly grew up in Austria and knew at an early age that she wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher. Her love of art and music, combined with her enthusiasm for teaching young children, let her to study at the State College for Teachers in Klagenfurt, Austria, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Shortly afterward she completed her Waldorf Teacher training in Hannover, Germany.
Over the past 40 years, Martha has worked in Waldorf Schools in Austria, Ireland, New Mexico, and Colorado. While she has spent most of her time working as a Preschool or Kindergarten teacher, she has assumed other roles when needed: as a Handwork teacher in the Grades, as a Licensing Director, and as a mentor. During the course of her career she has been instrumental in helping start new Waldorf initiatives in the places she lived in. As life brought new challenges, followed by new insights and greater wisdom, she learned to define her values in a positive way. Martha has always felt very engaged when teaching children with special needs, and through their individual ways of being they have taught her a great deal about what is essential in childhood. Her passion for this early stage of life has led her to be curious, innovative and flexible in her teaching approach.
Inspired by a desire for learning and new knowledge, Martha obtained her Colorado Teacher certification in 2016. Her love of music – especially choral singing, playing the harp, and the classical guitar – keeps her busy in Western Colorado music circles. Martha lives in Montrose, Colorado, surrounded by mountains and lakes which remind her of her Austrian homeland.