Dear Waldorf Community Members,
I am grateful for this opportunity to formally announce my plans to take a ten-month sabbatical with my family beginning in August 2020 and ending in June 2021.
I have been a parent at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm since 2011 and have worked at the school for eight of those years. In these past eight years, I have had the privilege of working with some of the warmest and most dedicated people I have ever met, and the absolute joy of watching my children (Aoife, now in second grade and Isabel, now in fifth grade) grow into themselves and become confident and strong individuals. Partially because of the strong and solid foundation our children have thus far received from this incredible education, my wife Megan and I feel that the time is right for us to take this long-anticipated leap to travel to different parts of the world with Aoife and Isabel. Both Megan and I have traveled in our younger days, and we understand the incredible impact of experiencing new places and different cultures, and we feel that our children are at a great age to benefit from this type of educational experience.
Megan and I both value immensely the importance of Waldorf education, and because of this, we plan to return to this community in September 2021. With input from their wonderful teachers, we are grateful that we will be able to keep up our children’s studies while we are away, and even plan to have them experience going to other Waldorf schools along the way. We are still figuring out the best way to keep in contact with our friends and family as we travel around the world, but we will certainly be checking in with the community throughout our time away.
During my sabbatical, the school will hire an interim Facilities Manager to carry out the necessary duties in my absence. The school will post the job description for the interim position by March.
If you have any questions about my sabbatical or any travel stories or tips you wish to share with Megan or me, please feel free to share them with us anytime. Thank you in advance for your support!