Kimberton Waldorf School has always been dedicated to nurturing students’ holistic development and providing them with a foundation for lifelong learning. It fills us with pride to see alumni continue to thrive and make a positive impact on the world. We are delighted to share the inspiring journeys of two remarkable KWS alumni, Anna Sheik and Rebecca Frankel, as they embark on exciting adventures in pursuit of higher education and cultural exploration.
Anna Sheik’s Fulbright Journey:
Anna Sheik, a proud graduate of the KWS Class of 2018, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Mexico next year. Anna recently completed her thesis, titled “Bridging the Gap: Malinche Reimagined in Mexico and the Borderlands 1960-1987,” at Oberlin College. Her research delves into the cultural and historical significance of Malinche, a controversial figure in Mexican history, and explores how she is portrayed in literature and art. Anna’s dedication to cultural understanding and her passion for education make her a perfect fit for this Fulbright opportunity, where she will undoubtedly inspire her students with her knowledge and enthusiasm.
Rebecca Frankel’s Path to Ireland:
A member of the KWS Class of 2017, Rebecca is embarking on a captivating journey to Ireland that builds upon her impressive academic pursuits. After graduating from Kimberton, she attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated in Creative Writing and Classics, immersing herself in the study of ancient Greek and Latin language, literature, and philosophy. During her time at Sarah Lawrence, Rebecca’s passion for the ancient Greek language flourished, leading her to pursue further studies at a graduate level. In the Fall of 2021, she began her Masters degree in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Brandeis University, where she wrote an exceptional graduate thesis on satirical and sincere interpretations of Plato’s Republic, exploring the dialogues between twentieth-century political thought and contemporary speculative fiction series.
Rebecca is now set to attend University College Cork in Ireland for a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Her project focuses on crafting a poetry and prose collection centered around the Banshee, the Irish death messenger, and other wailing women and death messengers from the cultures that shape her ethnic and intellectual identity. This endeavor intertwines her love for folklore studies with her personal connection to ethnic and genetic mythological history, promising an intense and compelling poetic exploration of the national mythologies surrounding the banshee.
Rebecca’s recent accomplishment includes passing her Master’s thesis at Brandeis University with the highest honors. Titled “Plato’s Republic: Satirical and Sincere Philosophical and Literary Interpretations,” her thesis showcases her exceptional academic prowess and her ability to engage deeply with philosophical and literary works. As she embarks on her Fulbright journey, Rebecca brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experiences gained from her time at Kimberton.
Of her time at Kimberton, Rebecca shares “Kimberton prepared me to be an independent and interesting thinker in the world. The amount of freedom granted me to pursue my own interests within the boundaries of the curriculum (allowing me to pursue an independent study in my junior year to work on my novel, offering me an avenue during my senior project to write and publish a book of short stories and poetry) allowed me to learn to play to my own strengths and to always engage my deep sense of creativity and imagination.”
As we celebrate the achievements of Anna Sheik and Rebecca Frankel, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for their future endeavors. Their journeys and goals exemplify the values of Kimberton Waldorf School. We are immensely proud of all our alumni who continue to create positive change and make a difference in the world.