Waldorf Education in the Berkshires for over 40 years
Media Contact: Robyn Coe
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(Berkshires, MA) March 18, 2014—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Veronica Horowitz as first grade teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. A GBRSS graduate, Ms. Horowitz began her teaching career as an intern at the school for the 2012-13 school year. She spent the following year as an assistant in early childhood, and joined the GBRSS Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP) for the 2014-15 school year. During her teacher training this year, Ms. Horowitz interned in first and third grades, and took the current first grade full time for several months while the class teacher was absent on leave. Ms. Horowitz continues her close relationship with first grade, in charge of the afternoon program for the class.
“This is an historic moment in the life of our school,” comments GBRSS Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins. “We are thrilled to have an alumna and pioneering participant of our Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program graduate to become our first grade teacher.” Ms. Horowitz joins the GBRSS faculty with the full support of the Council of Teachers, administration and Board of Directors.
GBRSS is currently accepting applications for first grade for the 2015-16 school year, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event, with an opportunity for current and potential applicant families to meet Ms. Horowitz, in the GBRSS first grade classtoom Saturday, March 28 at 10:30am. Free childcare is available. To learn more, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015 x 106 or visit gbrss.org
Meet the Teacher—The daughter of a Waldorf teacher who trained at the first Waldorf teacher training program in Stuttgart, Germany, Veronica Horowitz grew up in the Berkshires, where she started in kindergarten at GBRSS with teacher Christine Zelehoski, and continued from first through eighth grade as a student of master teacher Christopher Sblendorio. She attended Monument Mountain High School and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArts) in Boston, where she majored in Art and Design with an emphasis in fiber arts. Ms. Horowitz is a prolific fiber artist with her own Etsy shop, Every Daisy.
In an interview about her acceptance of the first grade position for next year, Ms. Horowitz said, “I have a great affinity for this school. It really feels like the destined place for me. I’ve visited other Waldorf schools, but this one I hold close to my heart because I’m an alumna. We have a really special school, one that incorporates all the elements you would want in a Waldorf school. So many teachers in this school have taught me, saw me grow up, helped me develop in my education, and now they are my mentors. This is a very exciting experience for me because it comes full circle.”
Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, students stay with their community of teachers 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.
To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org , or (413) 528-4015 x.106.