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Summer Work Day Opportunities

»Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

VolunteersMany hands make light work! Work days are our most effective way to accomplish larger scale projects. This is why we require 20% of your service hours, of the 30 hours of volunteering required, be work days.  Work days also help project planning and completion, help build community, and show the children what’s involved in supporting the school.

We are offering three summer work days:

  • July 28 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m
  • August 9 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m
  • August 22  – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m

July 28 and August 9 will be devoted to moving teachers into their classrooms. The August 22 work day will be mostly outdoors, spreading mulch and preparing the grounds for our students’ return to school.

If you are interested in getting those work-day hours out of the way, please click here to sign up!

Have questions about work days? Check out our Work Day FAQ page HERE.




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Come Experience the Waldorf Difference

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


EarlyChildhoodSGWSSpring Garden is part of the long­standing Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands­ on tasks… Implementing the right thing at the right time and following a multi­disciplinary approach to teaching, which is supported by modern­ day scientific research about successful learning.”

We have many visiting opportunities for families in our upcoming school year. We offer two types of informational tours.

Three times a year, we have Open Houses, a casual visiting day for interested families to come and learn more generally about Waldorf Education and Spring Garden Waldorf School — the only accredited Waldorf School in NE Ohio. Drop into our welcoming school community for self guided tours to see student work, visit classrooms and speak with faculty, staff and current parents.

During the 2016/17 school year, we have three Open Houses:

  • Sunday, November 6th, 2016 – 1pm-3pm
  • Sunday January 22nd, 2017 – 1pm-3pm
  • Sunday April 8th, 2017 – 1pm-3pm

We have more in-depth tours available monthly while school is in session. Nothing shows the power of this type of education like seeing it in action. Our In Session Class Tours, also known as Walk Through the Grades, provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ this innovative approach to education.

During the 2016/17 school year, we have nine Walk Through The Grades events:

  • Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, October 12th, 2016  – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2016  – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, December 14th, 2016  – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2017  – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, March 8th, 2017  – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 – 9am-11am
  • Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 – 9am-11am

Interested in one of our events?  

Drop ins are welcome, but we’d love to get to know you a little first. Click HERE to Register.

Can’t come on these dates?

Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school.

Schedule a private tour – Please call 330-666-0574 or email


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Weed and Feed – Wed., June 29th

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


vegetable-garden-tips-2_miniWednesday, June 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, will be our second SGWS WEED and FEED event. Anyone wishing to participate comes to school and weeds in the big garden from 10:00 a.m. to noon, then we will all enjoy lunch. Mr. Grimes is cooking!

Last week we enjoyed alphabet soup, crusty bread with butter and salad. As the garden grows we will incorporate produce from the garden into our lunches.  Feel free to bring your own additional food if you prefer a heavier lunch.  

Please reply to RSVP via email to Edward Grimes for our June 29th lunch.


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Work at Spring Garden Waldorf School

»Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


MissKathySpring Garden is growing! We recruit and hire people of any gender, race, color, ethnic origin, or any other protected class or group to all the rights and privileges of all its programs and activities.

Join our growing school. We are now hiring for the following part-time positions:


Strings Teacher

Spring Garden Waldorf School is seeking a part-time Strings Teacher who will be responsible for providing instruction to students in grades three through eight, beginning in the fall of 2016.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced Strings Teacher who demonstrates skill and knowledge of multiple aspects of teaching strings including music theory, music arrangement and transposition, and basic instrument maintenance.

The successful candidate will demonstrate that he or she can create a dynamic, lively and well-structured curriculum and learning environment that is engaging and enlivening.  We also seek a colleague committed to building strong collegial and parent relationships, and one who is committed to self-development.  Bachelor’s Degree required; Waldorf Training and Experience preferred.

If you would like to join our outstanding faculty, please send a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to, or mail to SGWS, 1791 S. Jacoby Rd., Copley, Ohio 44321.


Early Childhood Assistant

Duties include assisting the lead teacher, setting up the classroom, preparing snacks, and providing disciplinary support.  Bachelor’s degree required.  Hours are Wednesday through Friday, with both morning and afternoon positions available.

If you would like to join our outstanding faculty, please send a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to, or mail to SGWS, 1791 S. Jacoby Rd., Copley, Ohio 44321.


Aftercare Specialist

Duties include providing after school care to students from Pre-K through Class 8.  Applicants should have direct experience working with children and an education background.  Work hours:  Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and several designated dates for school events.

If you would like to join our outstanding faculty, please send a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to, or mail to SGWS, 1791 S. Jacoby Rd., Copley, Ohio 44321.


Grades Support Person

Duties include providing support to grades classes during main lesson and subject classes and supervising students during transitions and recess. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:20 to 12:20. Bachelor’s degree required; Waldorf training and experience preferred.

If you would like to join our outstanding faculty, please send a resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to or mail to SGWS, 1791 S. Jacoby Rd., Copley, OH  44321.


Substitute Teacher

While the hours for substitutes vary, the earliest start time is 8:00 a.m. and the latest end time is 3:30 p.m.  Substitute teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, a current FBI/BCI check, and a Substitute Teacher’s License (though holders of a current Ohio Professional Teacher’s License or Non-Tax Certificate are exempt from having to obtain further licensing).

Submit resumes to, and include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

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Meet Class One Teacher, Kristen Oberhaus

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

image002We 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. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always enjoyed working with children. When I am teaching, I don’t feel like I am working, it is mostly joy I feel. That’s how I knew this was the career for me.

How did you first hear about Waldorf education?

I first read about Waldorf education in a book about parenting when my first child was only a baby. In my head, I thought, “Wow! That’s where I would have like to go to school.”

What is your educational background?

I grew up very close to SGWS and attended Highland Local Schools K-12. I went to Marietta College in southern Ohio. I started off as an education major, then switched my sophomore year to international business. I really liked to travel and envisioned my self living overseas one day.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for decades. I began teaching dance lessons at 16. I have also taught swim lessons, sewing, soccer, and Girl Scouts. Most of my classroom experience is at SGWS where I have worked since 2013.

How long have you been teaching at SGWS?

3 years

What is the most interesting thing you that most people don’t know?

I used to be a pretty good tap dancer.

Who is the person that has had a profound effect on your life and choice of path? Why?

My mother is very wise and she always gives me great advice, although I don’t always take it! She has been the greatest influence on me. My children have had the most profound effect on my life and have led me down the path I am now on. I may be in a completely different place had I not become a mother when I did.

What is your favorite subject to teach?


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Sewing, hiking, running, reading, anything crafty

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SGWS Plant Sale Week of 6/13

»Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


vegetable-garden-tips-2_miniGet a little Spring Garden in your very own garden! This year we will be offering a variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, and flowers. All plants are $2.50 each.    

Greenhouse Sale times are:

Monday 6/13 – Friday 6/17: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Special arrangements to purchase plants outside posted sale times can be made by emailing Mr. Grimes directly.


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