45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires
Contact: Robyn Coe
(Great Barrington, MA) March 1, 2016—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at Waldorf schools all over the world, students grow with their class teacher from first through eighth grade, in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities. In accordance with educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s insights into human nature and the developmental stages of childhood, a rigorous academic curriculum, consistently integrated with fine and practical arts, provides a balanced and engaging education that prepares students for their choice of high school and college, while teaching them to care for themselves, one another and the world.
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event for current and potential applicant families to meet Mrs. Far and music, movement, language, games and outdoor learning subject teachers in the first grade classroom at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, Saturday, March 12, 10:30am-12pm. To RSVP and reserve complimentary childcare, contact Admissions Director Robyn Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-528-4015 x 106.
“We are thrilled to welcome Renée Far, a graduate of our Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program, as our first grade teacher,” commented Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins. “In the 45th anniversary year of our school, we have embarked on a stable, mature phase that includes not only stellar teaching for our students, but master teachers mentoring rising teachers in the high standards our faculty holds for both academics and healthy social dynamics. ”
Meet the Teacher—Mrs. Far joined the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2014-15 school year. During her in-depth training in the Waldorf teaching apprenticeship program, Mrs. Far has taught all grades under the tutelage of the school’s most experienced senior faculty. Her abilities and versatility in the classroom especially shined this winter when she took on extensive teaching responsibilities for the seventh grade during the class teacher’s absence. Mrs. Far joins the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School faculty with the full support of the Council of Teachers, administration and Board of Directors.
Mrs. Far graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University, New York. Her professional experience in the arts includes work as an art director, multimedia graphic designer and interior designer, as well as chairperson of the Lenox Cultural Council.
“Almost from the first moment I encountered Waldorf education, I felt that the most meaningful way I could make use of my arts background and love of history and culture would be to become a Waldorf teacher,” commented Mrs. Far. “I look forward to working with this group of children and families to build a vibrant class community that is mutually supportive, academically strong and creative, to support these children in becoming curious, courageous lifelong learners.”
45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) provides hands-on learning, starting with Parent-Child, Pre-K and Kindergarten in the early childhood building surrounded by gardens, fields and woods, through 8th grade in the Lower School, built around the heart of a classic Berkshires timber frame barn. GBRSS’s Waldorf curriculum integrates rigorous academics with fine and practical arts, outdoor learning and three-season intramural sports, preparing students to achieve their full potential in high school, college and the world.
Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with Class of 2024 teacher Renee Far or Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins, contact Robyn Coe at email@example.com or (818) 287-1237.