Morning Garden Parent Infant Class – Now Enrolling
Each 6 week series in this infant and caregiver class will focus on observation and understanding of babies’ development and unique personalities, attuning and responding, giving babies space to explore and communicate with one another, and bonding with other caregivers and families. This will create an early sense of community and sharing for even the youngest Waldorf child. Information shared will include body and brain development, rhythm as temperament, and the meaning of attunement. Each class will weave observation with some education and awareness building and engagement activities.
Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend both Session 1 and 2.
Infant Classes will be held on:
Fall Session September 19—October 24
Spring Session April 10—May 15
This year our infant class will be taught by Dawn Penney. Dawn has 17 years experience as a Dance Movement Therapist, a psychotherapeutic approach to whole person health and development. DMT uses a lens of observation and assessment of movement to understand the inner temperament and needs of even the youngest individual. She also practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor for both Adults and Children, Yoga teacher for adults, children and families, and teaches about Creativity at Seton Hill University. Additionally, Dawn created and taught an infant caregiver attunement through movement and rhythm class in Chicago for 4 years before finding her home in Pittsburgh. Her most important job is as mama to her 3 Waldorf Children. In this class, Dawn will share her passion and understanding of the importance of early infant and child development and attunement, facilitating a special bond and unique dialogue between each pair.
The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is seeking a violin teacher for grades 3-8 for the 2017-2018 school year. We are searching for a teacher who is comfortable instructing in a heterogeneous class setting. The ideal candidate will have training in music education, the ability to instruct violin, teaching 8-14 year old students, and must demonstrate good classroom management, parent and colleague communication, as well as desire to become part of a Waldorf community.
“The Waldorf School is a place where no matter what your culture, religion, or lifestyle, it will be an open and loving place for your family. Waldorf is not just a school, but a second family to us where we can feel completely accepted and loved.” – Esterina Zottola, WSP Parent
Esterina and her family found the school after a long, grueling search for a school for their oldest child. “We really thought we would never find the perfect school. Once we enrolled our son and when he started attending, we realized WSP was the perfect match for our family and was also our refuge. When we are at school we experience complete acceptance and peace. In this sometimes crazy and uncertain world we live in, we know at WSP we have 100% support and caring.”
The family has been at the school for six years now and last year, a significant milestone for her daughter was warmly embraced by her teacher and classmates. Esterina recounts the story:
When my daughter began approaching the age of 9 and the time when she would start wearing the hijab, she was a bit wary. I received a message from her teacher to invite me to speak about this milestone in the Islamic religion. I came in to speak to her class about the hijab and about Islam in general. When there, I could see any of the reservations my daughter had suddenly disappear. She knew her classmates were informed and very accepting of the change that she was making in wearing the hijab. The question and answer session I had with her class brought me to tears as I saw her friends urgency to learn about our religion and about her upcoming transition to the hijab.
Recently Esterina’s husband, an independent business owner, had some serious health issues. Tensions surrounding being Muslim in the U.S. added to the stress felt by the family. Esterina comments, “Things have been especially difficult for me as a mother of Muslim children in a time where it is not openly accepted. My family and I constantly feel targeted when outside our home. The one thing I can count on is that when we are at WSP, we always have open acceptance and love. The school has become our sanctuary. My children love that WSP includes many diverse ethnicities and religions. They love that when they are at WSP they will learn about other cultures and belief systems.”
The Annual Fund is helping families like Esterina’s and many others. At the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh we embrace a culture of inclusion. The Annual Fund helps us in this aim. As Esterina says, “There are many families who could really be positively impacted by Waldorf Education, but for some circumstance cannot fully provide for the funds. Everyone falls on hard times and needs a little help sometimes. Without the Annual Fund I do not know where my family would be.”Donate to the Annual Fund to assist in this help.