Dear WSMF Community,
July 20 marks my official first day as School Director at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Thank you sincerely for the warm welcome; it has already been such a pleasure getting to know many of you, and I cannot wait to both meet and get to know all of you in the weeks and months to come.
I’d like to share the story with you about how I arrived at the school. In May of 2019, my husband Wil and I were visiting Massachusetts from D.C. over Memorial Day weekend. While driving through Beverly, we passed a sign reading “Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.” The school grounds looked unlike anything I had ever seen, so, characteristically, I asked Wil to pull into the driveway. We finally emerged upon the school only to find a teacher, on a weekend, planting flowers in the front garden beds. Wil and I were both in awe of the property, the natural state of the campus, and the dedication of a teacher planting flowers on a weekend. Since that weekend, the School’s name was ingrained in my mind, and I periodically checked the school’s website for updates. That same summer, I spoke to a recruiting firm and shared with them that I hoped to find my next professional-adventure as a principal of a small, spiritual, nature-focused school in Massachusetts. I never thought that WSMF would actually have an opening but promised myself to keep a close eye on the School’s website.
Fast forward fourteen months, and here I am today, starting on this journey, shared by all of you. I cannot begin to explain how this transpired from a seemingly random happenstance so many months ago. All I can say is that I am honored and humbled by your confidence in me to lead your school; I am truly grateful. I am sincerely grateful for the immense work that the search committee undertook leading to a selection for this position.
Last week, I had the privilege to attend training through the Center of Anthroposophy. This week-long program provided me with a foundational cornerstone for Anthroposophy and Waldorf education. The class explored Waldorf-inspired eurhythmy, art, and singing in addition to exploring the philosophy of our founder Rudolf Steiner. I am eager to continue digging deeper into these topics with this community.
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to witness the groundbreaking of our new quad, a vision and a generous gift from alumni parent Ms. Anita Brewer-Siljeholm. This quad is symbolic of how our school honors its traditions, the Waldorf philosophy, and continues to grow in innovative ways. To me, this celebratory gathering represented the strength and love within our community. I aim to continue to build and support our families, alumni, students, and faculty as we grow.
During my first few months at the school, my initial goals are threefold: 1) to learn about our beautiful school, community, and Waldorf philosophy 2) to work with the faculty, staff, and community to confidently and safely reopen for the 2020-2021 school year, and 3) to find ways to innovate towards an increasingly vibrant future.
In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to each of you to set up a time to allow us to get to know one another. I want to know about your family, your children, and the many special reasons why you chose WSMF to care for your children. The stories I have already heard speak of the depth of connection between our teachers and your children. I cannot wait to know each of you and learn from you how best I can support your family’s educational journey!
I will also be following up with a future note to describe my goals for the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, I hope to see you at the All Community Meeting on July 22nd.
With much love and gratitude,