Faria Rota, Spanish Teacher 4th-12th Grades
What drew me to the Waldorf approach to education was the overall philosophy and how it focuses more on the wellbeing of the child. I have always believed in understanding the student, to then teach them with the learning technique that is more aligned with their abilities. Therefore, teaching at Kimberton Waldorf allows me to connect my knowledge with the school mission and share my culture with this community.
Teaching Spanish at Kimberton Waldorf brings a greater focus on problem solving, rather than memorizing facts. It engages students to find motivation by actively learning and taking up a search for truth. The purpose of world languages in Waldorf education is to encourage communication, social awareness and enhance students’ interests by making connections. Those connections would not be possible, without the ability of understanding the student and developing a foundation of learning.
In my opinion, what makes this school special and unique is its environment and community. The school is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of hills, creeks, greenery, and gardens that not only engages students and helps students have a great respect for their habitat, but also engages community members to share their knowledge, participate in school events and activities. Overall, there is a strong sense of community living and an understanding for safe keeping our grounds.
Kimberton Waldorf’s education has had a great impact in my kids’ development. My son Fernando has found a greater passion for music and instruments that he did not before. As well as his class involvement with nature has encouraged him to have respect for the environment. My daughter Agostina has expanded her knowledge and understanding of music, as well as becoming highly motivated in science, nature and language. She has come out of her shell, by becoming more confident and having a voice.
Overall, when they first joined the school three years ago, the summer camp had a huge influence, as they had made connections with the student body, and they were warmly welcomed.