What Our Parents, Staff & Students Feel
Below are a variety of testimonials collected from current and alumni parents, teachers and/or staff and reflections from Waldorf students with their personal thoughts on what our school has to offer students, parents and the Whistler community as a whole.
Nothing like a personal point of view from those who have experienced it.
Emma Wardrop, WWS English & Humanities Teacher
One of the things I enjoy most about teaching here is the relationships and the sense of connection I feel to both my students and colleagues. Teenagers can be given a bad rap, but it’s an incredibly transformational stage and working closely with a group of adolescents over several years is a very powerful experience. Helping a student struggle through the slog of a switchback on a Winter Trip one year and then watching them stand up with poise in front of a crowd to present their Grade 12 Project years later is profoundly fulfilling.
I am also continually inspired and awed by the creativity and compassion of my fellow teachers, and their wisdom has helped me in turn on my own journey. Being part of the web of this community challenges and enriches me.
English and Humanities Teacher, 2019
Megan Hewitt, Education Assistant
I love how the curriculum connects to the development of the child. I love the focus on relationship, connection and responsibility. There is emphasis placed on the relationship between student and teacher, connection between student and nature, the world around the student, and the world inside the student.
The recognition of connection between a student’s heart, hands and mind. I also feel like there is a responsibility on the students and teachers to connect with and work from their higher selves.
Education Assistant, 2019
Nina Moore, Grade School Teacher
I count myself so lucky to be involved with such a wonderful, passionate group of people from Whistler Waldorf School community since 2010. The children I teach are intelligent, kind, curious and have an amazing sense of wonder about the world. Waldorf education places a lot of emphasis of rhythm in the early years of school. Safely held within the security of a steady, rhythmical day, the children are free to discover who they are and what they stand for, to take risks and challenge themselves. The rhythm remains steady, and yet every day is different, new and exciting, because the children are always different, always changing and growing. It’s a pleasure to see and encourage.
Waldorf education is a social education at heart: forming relationships is key, yet when I first started teaching, I didn’t realise the impact that the relationships developed with parents would have on my life. I learn so much from the families and colleagues I work with, and I think it helps me be a better person, mom, friend and teacher. Personally, I also love that I can weave creativity, movement, music and art throughout my daily working life. The work I do feels meaningful – I hope I get to make a positive difference in children’s lives.
WWS Grade School Teacher, 2019