Detail-oriented and organized handwork teacher focused on evaluating student progression and adapting lesson plans. Facilitating learning and growth, leading lessons and collaborating with colleagues to provide the best level of education for each student.
12 years experience working as a handwork teacher at 3 different Waldorf schools
Coordinating projects to meet the needs of the students at their developmental age
Observing and tailoring projects to help students best achieve success with their work
Attention to classroom management and the social setting of the class
Attention to the relationship between the special subject teacher (handwork teacher) and the class teachers as well as the teacher, student and parent relationships
Working with a budget
Organizing and maintaining supplies and tools for our classes
Various handwork skills include but are not limited to knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, machine sewing, felting, paper making, bookbinding, dying of fibers, weaving, printing making, doll and animal making and metal smithing.
Running after-school programs
Leading parent handwork workshops
Assisting class teachers
Running child studies
Contributing to College of Teachers reading and study time
Serving on committees to interview prospective teachers and students
Student and teacher observations
Summer camp counselor
Handwork Teacher, 08/2005 to Current The Waldorf School of Princeton – Princeton, NJ Lead Handwork Teacher for the grade school children, 1st through 8th grade. Each class meeting for two periods a week. Classes have varied between 12 - 24 students.
Maintaining order and harmony in the classroom
Curriculum planning and sharing
Preparing and correcting student work before each class
Ordering and maintenance of supplies and tools
Aftercare teacher for the 1st and 2nd grade classes on Fridays for the last 5 years
Assisting the class teacher in supervising during lunch and dismissal times
Setting up displays of student work in our hallways and for assemblies
Participating in parent /teacher conferences twice a year and additional one on one conferences with individual seventh graders and their parents during spring conference time called the "round robin".
Writing student evaluations twice a year for class teachers to refer to during their parent/teacher conferences
Writing end of the year reports referring to the individual classes as well as the individual students
Serving on the College of Teachers for six years, two years as minutes/note taker
Leading and assisting in various festivals throughout the school year
Serving on the school Care Group for 8 year, two years as lead coordinator for the meetings.
Leading and participating in child studies
Attending weekly faculty and special subject teacher meetings
Chaperoning class trips (two in the 8th grade, 1 in the 6th grade)
Faculty liaison for the parent council for 4 years, attending monthly meetings
Leading a parent knitting group on a weekly basis for 8 years
Coordinating and participating in school auction donation gifts for 9 years
Coordinating and participating in the Halloween Walk for 4 years
Assisting with outreach for the school during open houses, festivals and other various events regularly
Participating in the Shepherd's Play for 7 years
Class teacher support, assisting in the classroom
After school enrichment handwork programs
In house teacher observations for teacher evaluations
Observing and participating in new teacher interviews
Assisting in new student interviews
Camp Counselor and Tie Dye Supervisor, 06/2006 to 08/2013 The Waldorf School of Princeton Summer Camp – Princeton, NJ Lead counselor for groups of children in the age groups between 6-12 years old. Group sizes being between 10-20 children.
Supervisor to Counselors In Training working with our group.
Led games and activities throughout our structured day.
Baked bread, led creek walks, told stories, led beeswax and water color painting lessons.
Prepared and led the tie-dye days at camp.
Assisted with the set up and break down of camp for several years.
Led the aftercare portion of camp for three years.
Handwork Assistant, 08/2003 to 06/2004 The Detroit Waldorf School – Detroit, MI Assisted the lead teacher in the 1st - 4th handwork classes. With class sizes between 12 and 20 students.
Teaching and supervising various handwork projects
Checking and correcting student work before each class
Handwork Teacher, 08/2001 to 06/2005 Oakland Steiner School – Rochester, MI Handwork teacher the years I worked at the school, though each year being different.
Class sizes varied between 15 and 22 students.
The first year I was the lead handwork teacher for 5th through 8th grade students. The second year I was the lead handwork teacher for the 2nd through 8th grade students and assisted the 1st grade teacher in handwork. With a one year hiatus, I came back and taught the 4th grade handwork class in cross-stitch and embroidery.
The first two years my duties included:
Lead teaching knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing and machine sewing
Checking and correcting student work
Ordering and maintaining handwork supplies
Maintaining the handwork room
Writing year end reports
Completed the one year program: studies in Anthroposophy, Art and Teaching, 2001-02 Foundation Studies with The Waldorf Teacher Development Association - Detroit, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Fiber Arts, 1999 Wayne State University - Detroit, MI Studied metal smithing, as well as printing weaving and dying with various fibers.
worked towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree: Course studies in Fashion Design/Performance, attended 1993-95 School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Foundation Studies with The Waldorf Teacher Development Association
Wayne State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Camp Counselor and Tie Dye Supervisor
Completed the one year program : studies in Anthroposophy, Art and Teaching , 2001-02 Bachelor of Fine Arts : Fiber Arts , 1999 worked towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree : Course studies in Fashion Design/Performance , attended 1993-95
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