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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL
June 24, 2014


Dear KWS Community:

Another school year has come to an end! Many congratulations to our seniors and their families on their graduation from Kimberton Waldorf School. We wish them all the best in their next steps. I, unfortunately, missed the graduation as I was in China for twelve days meeting with Chinese students who are interested in coming to study in high schools in the United States. I had the good fortune of traveling to four different cities in China to meet with students and the agencies that help students find placements in U.S. high schools. I spent time in Beijing, Jinan, Xiamen, and Xian. Jinan is a city about an hour’s flight south of Beijing. It is known for its beautiful fresh water springs that feed a river that runs around the city. Xiamen is a coastal city near Taiwan, and Xian is the ancient capital of China, and is the city where the famous terracotta warriors were found. We did manage some sightseeing, but much of our time was spent meeting with students, their parents, and representatives of recruiting agencies. I also had the good fortune of having lunch with the parents of one of our current Chinese high school students.

We have some exciting hiring announcements to make. First, we are very excited that Tonya Rice has accepted our high school math position. Tonya has taught math for many years at Perkiomen Valley High School. Most recently Tonya has been teaching Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus, and serving as the High School Math Department Chair. Before that she served as the Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for grades K-12. Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Tonya taught for ten years at Brooklyn Technical High School. She is certified to teach mathematics in both Pennsylvania and New York. Tonya is passionate about math and making it accessible and exciting to each and every student. She is equally passionate about Waldorf Education. Her two children, Roby (rising 6th) and Martin (rising 3rd), have attended KWS since starting school. She and her family live in Collegeville. Tonya has an excellent reputation as a teacher and we feel fortunate to have her joining our high school faculty.

We are also pleased to be having Dan Smith joining our high school as a Chemistry and Math teacher. Dan has been teaching at Columbia Prep School in New York City since 1997. He also was an adjunct lecturer in Chemistry at Hunter College. Dan brings with him a lifelong love of science and teaching, and a new found interest in Waldorf Education. Dan and his wife recently enrolled their two sons in the early childhood program at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, and they have loved their experience.

We also are pleased to announce that Ona O’Hara will be our new lead teacher for the Rosebud Garden program. Ona is a trained Waldorf early childhood teacher and comes to us from the River Valley Waldorf School where she was the lead teacher for their Morning Glory program for two years, and prior to that was the lead teacher for their afternoon program. Ona will have two of her own children in our lower school.

Please join us in welcoming Tonya, Dan, Ona and their families to our school and community.

On a sadder note, Miriam Greiser, former class teacher and assistant in the Rosebud Garden has decided not to return as an assistant in the Rosebud program next year. We are grateful for the work Miriam has done in the Rosebud program and for stepping in this spring to cover the lead teacher position when the lead teacher at the time decided to leave. Miriam began her work at KWS seven years ago as a class teacher. She took a class from first through fifth grade before making the switch to the early childhood program. We wish Miriam all the best in her next steps.

And to all of you, best wishes for a delightful summer and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Sincerely,
Kevin Hughes
Dean of School