Beginning this September White Mountain Waldorf School will have four new teachers in the grades, and one veteran returning in a new capacity.
Jacqueline Leafe, who began teaching at the school in September of 2011 with grade one has now completed five years with that original group. In 2012 they combined forces with the then new and upcoming first grade. The class has become one unified class of friends and co-workers over these four years. Mrs. Leafe will now be returning to the lower grades, ushering a new group of first graders to combine with our present second grade.
With sixteen years experience teaching in Waldorf early childhood and elementary programs she brings a wealth of knowledge and warmth for the developing young child, and looks forward to forming a new class.
Bruce Cooper, an experienced Waldorf certified teacher of 14 years, will now take over and lead Mrs. Leafe’s rising grades 5/6 class. Mr. Cooper has a special appreciation for the developmental curriculum of the fifth grade and above, and is looking forward to living and skiing in the Mt. Washington valley. He and his family are moving to the northeast from Illinois where Bruce and his wife, Mari, have been teaching at the Four Winds Waldorf School for several years. Prior to this he had lived and taught in Colorado. We are honored to have Mr. Cooper come and join our community and lead this class into the middle school years.
This year we are also fortunate to have discovered Sarah Davidson, who will be teaching the combined grades ¾ class. Mrs. Davidson, resides in the valley, and is already an active parent in the school. Her interest in Waldorf education was so strong that she has now entered the formal training program through Antioch University in Keene to become certified as a Waldorf teacher.
Mrs. Davidson has experience in nutrition and health, with education, with children, and as a lawyer. She holds a doctorate in law, a certificate in nutrition, and is now preparing to immerse her positive energy into forming a wonderful educational experience for children here at WMWS.
Louis Bullard, a scientist-become-Waldorf teacher of 16 years, comes to us from 9 years of teaching in all of the grades at Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH. Besides his classroom teaching experience, Mr. Bullard along with his wife, Helen, has been running Waldorf camps for many years. He worked at Camp Glenbrook in Marlborough, NH for 15 years. For six of those years he was assistant director. Louis and Helen also spend summers training staff for camps in China.
Mr. Bullard is looking forward to teaching the wonderful middle-school curriculum once again, this time to our grades 7/8 class at WMWS.
Heidi Miller, who also lives locally in Eaton, and has been teaching in our early childhood aftercare program, has entered the year-round Waldorf certification program as of this summer. Heidi will be our part-time educational support person this year, working in all grades to assist in academics, artistic work, and in various other teacher duties.
Mrs. Miller comes to us with a Bachelors degree in early childhood, and her Masters in education. We are excited to have Heidi Miller on board with her willingness to substitute, and immerse herself in hands-on learning of Waldorf education while sharing her love for the children.
Alongside these new positions the elementary curriculum is supported by teachers in Music, German, Handwork, Woodwork, and Movement. These and our teachers of early childhood—parent/toddler through kindergarten—may be introduced in a future article.
Please feel free to come to meet and greet these new teachers in our Valley community. Call White Mountain Waldorf school at 603-447-3168 for information or to schedule a tour. Look up our website at http://www.whitemountainwaldorf.org.
We will be holding a meeting of parents and friends called “An introduction to the first and second grade teacher and curriculum” on August 16 At 6 PM. All are welcome.