Meet the Faculty – Q&A with Julie Gannon

Julie has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten/ Kindergarten at Spring Garden since 2004 and has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hiram College.

What is your favorite quote about teaching or education?

“Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.” — Rudolf Steiner

How did you first hear about Waldorf education?

I found out about Waldorf Education when Michael (Gannon) came home after his first visit to SGWS. He was amazed at the children and their capabilities, as well as the method of teaching.

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been teaching at SGWS?

I’ve been teaching young children for nine years, and working here for eight. This is my third year as the lead teacher; before that I was an assistant for the amazing Ms. Peg.

What was your favorite trip/vacation? Where did you go and what did you do?

I really have enjoyed my time each summer spent in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a field station near the town of Munising that I used to work at when I was in college, and return to now as a visitor. It is a retreat and a refuge, with clear lakes, a huge sky, stars brighter than I’ve seen anywhere else, and a composting toilet, among other highlights. 🙂 It is perhaps the most peaceful place I’ve ever been.

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

Something that people may not know is that I spent a year with my family (from age 9-10) living in Morija, Lesotho. Lesothois a small, land-locked country located in the middle of South Africa. My mom is a pediatrician, and she worked in the hospital there.

What has changed about Spring Garden since you started working here?

Many things! One big thing is that our school has gone through the accreditation process and is now an AWSNA accredited Waldorf School.

What is your dream for the future of Spring Garden?

My dream is that our community continues to grow, both in numbers and in the fellowship and friendship that’s formed through working together.

What is your favorite subject to teach?

Why, Kindergarten of course!

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

Many people! From teachers, to my parents, to friends’ parents, colleagues and friends made along the way.

What is your favorite food or meal?

I love Indian food. Probably Saag Paneer is my favorite dish.

What is your favorite book?

I like books quite a bit. There’s nothing better than having the time to curl up and get lost in a good story. It’s very hard for me to pick a favorite. One that comes to mind is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

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