I mean, what sort of people sign up for a Waldorf school? I had decided to sign my children up for a Waldorf education 15 years before the first one was born, sold on the idea by a Waldorf teacher-in-training I knew back then. My children’s father had few happy memories of school and was delighted to find a philosophy that welcomed him in as a parent and shared our values in nurturing childhood. We signed on five years ago and quickly came to love the thoughtful, active parent community we are sharing our journey with. I have been going through this year’s photos from our daughter’s class. Taken by parents at gatherings and on field trips, they are mostly images of 2nd graders in various states of high excitement. But some are of us parents, this one prompted my post:
Are these typical Waldorf parents? Deborah is an Anglophile seldom without her pearls, she devotedly renovates historical buildings. Brad is an entrepreneur who develops custom computer software for inventors and Stephen is a scientist working in regulatory compliance for a major pharmaceutical corporation.
Our career choices don’t say everything about who we are but it’s where we often start when we first meet someone. Let me introduce you to some of my other Meadowbrook family. Here are some dads and sons picnicing – Hutch was a science teacher at a Montesorri school now he works as a farmer and general contractor, Mike is a musician and chef, Peter is an estate manager and Paul works for the Navy in weapons and environmental safety.
Colleen is an early childhood educator, I work in development, Judy is our class teacher and Kristen is an engineer.
Teri, well as being imaginative with breakfast is a therapist, farmer and unabashed canning queen, husband David is the Director of the Natural History Survey.
Many paths lead to the Waldorf school, you never know who you’re going to meet when you get there. So who are you Waldorf parents at large? Share the story of how you came to be at a Waldorf school. Don’t be shy – here I am in full field trip glory!