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Winding Willow School of Shoreline; a Waldorf inspired preschool

Winding Willow School of Shoreline; a Waldorf inspired preschool

About the school

Founded on the principles of Waldorf Education, we nurture and teach young hearts and minds through song, story, play, and imagination. Located near lower Paramount Park, where we love to explore, our school is a wonderland for children. From gardening and playing in our natural digging pit, to our outdoor clay oven and wildlife sanctuary, we bring magic to your child’s life each and every day.

About the teacher

Meet Aureole (pronounced like the bird Oriole). An aureole is the halo around the moon. But, in our case, Aureole is our lead teacher. Full of light and love, she sings to your children throughout the day in english and spanish. Aureole has spent many years training in the style of Waldorf Education. She is loved by the parents, and adored by the children.

This school is one of my favorite businesses in Shoreline, not only because my wife owns the business, but also because of the tremendous amount of love and compassion she teaches the children throughout the day.  While it’s only in it’s first year, the Winding Willow School is well on it’s way to becoming one of Shoreline’s treasures.

Aureole Lopez

About the business

Rhapidpro is a customer relationship manager (CRM).  it’s a way for business owners to keep track of who they talk to and it also automates the process of following up.  It’s actually just one in a series of CRM and business related websites I operate.  If you are familiar with Salesforce, Zoho, or Constant Contact, you’re probably familiar with CRM’s.  I’ve used all of them, and was not satisfied.  They were either too expensive, too cumbersome, or just didn’t have the features I needed.  I built Rhapidpro specifically to help small business owners make money by being able to close deals.

About the owner

Meet me, Russ.  I’ve been working on building businesses for nearly two decades.  I’ve worked in sales, marketing, operations, finance, technology, and HR.  In the past few years, I’ve been in the software business, and I use this as a way to connect with business owners.

I’m starting the new year off by doing a community service project called Project888.  The goal is to help 888 people start businesses that make a difference in the community as well as having it be something they love.  I don’t charge for this.  It’s just my way of giving back.  I’m curently concentrating on North Seattle and South Snohomish County, although I’ll likely have to expand to Seattle as word gets out.  The site is at

Russ Shulman