Dr. Rachel Waddell — New Strings Teacher

Dr. Rachel L. Waddell has joined the Spring Garden Waldorf School Faculty as the new head of the orchestra program. Dr. Waddell also currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann, where she conducts the orchestra’s pops and educational programs, and guest conducts on MasterWorks performances. Waddell […]

Michaelmas in The Waldorf Tradition

In Waldorf education, we celebrate Michaelmas — a traditional Christian celebration of the Archangel St. Michael — observed in the Northern Hemisphere since Roman times on September 29th and typically honored by a feast. Michaelmas is also held around the equinox and has been associated with the beginning of fall and the darker, colder days […]

Class Meetings: Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6

The best education is one where a child’s parents are deeply invested; not only in the outcome, but in the everyday experience. That’s why Spring Garden offers class meetings for parents. These meetings are an important time for families to come and learn about Waldorf methods, to understand their child’s specific classroom curriculum and dynamics, and […]

Off to Camp Y-Noah

Every fall, rain or shine, Spring Garden Waldorf School takes students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 on an overnight camping trip at Camp Y-Noah. Although it’s great fun and inspires camaraderie, there are academic and developmental reasons we take our older students camping. Academic: Children get to go horseback riding, canoeing, and climbing, and […]

The Waldorf Rose Ceremony

At Spring Garden, like at all Waldorf schools around the world, The Rose Ceremony takes place on the first day for all students. But this traditional event is most influential for the incoming first grade and last year students at the school. This ceremony accentuates the special significance of these years for first and eighth […]

Welcome, New Teachers!

We are delighted to announce that we have filled all of our vacancies! Please join us in welcoming new faces — and some familiar faces in new roles — as the school year begins. Rachel Waddell will be joining us as our new Strings teacher. Dr. Waddell is currently the Associate Conductor of the Canton […]

Expanded Roles for Subject Teachers

by Tracy Edwards On behalf of the Administrative Faculty I hope you are enjoying the summer with your families! We are looking forward to seeing all of you very soon and officially welcoming our new first graders to the grades. This summer has been very busy. The Administrative Faculty has been looking closely at the […]

Meet Class One Teacher, Kristen Oberhaus

We sat down with our new Class One teacher at SGWS, Kristen Oberhaus, to ask her a few questions about her life and love of teaching. Welcome to our new first grade teacher! What is your favorite quote about teaching or education? I have lots, but currently, but my favorite is: “EVERYBODY IS A GENIUS. […]

The Waldorf, One Teacher Paradigm

The key to education is human connection and in Waldorf education this is uniquely fostered by students typically having one main teacher for a portion, or all, of their elementary school years. While this custom seems strange in modern times, it was common in the past within small communities. Waldorf Educators see many benefits to […]