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April 18, 2017

Returning Class 1 Teacher for Fall 2017

It is with great delight that the faculty and board of the Nelson Waldorf School announces the hiring of Tanya Thayer as Class One teacher for September 2017.  Tanya graduated her grade 8 class in June 2016 after a wonderful 8 year journey at the Nelson Waldorf School. It is a very strengthening experience for our school when a teacher chooses to return for a second cycle of teaching.  Tanya brings her rich experience as a class teacher and  board member, parent of two children who have attended Nelson Waldorf School and experience on many mandates and committees.

We are grateful that Tanya was able to take a year of rest from teaching, although she remained extremely involved in the parent realm. Most recently she has been volunteering in the Lion King Spring musical, and now is returning to us with great enthusiasm to take up her new task.

Class One Information Meeting

Wednesday May 3rd, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Call 250 352 6919 for more info.

Tanya Thayer – Class 1 Teacher 2017/2018

Tanya moved to Nelson with her two children, Bethany and Sierra, and husband, Iain, from Eugene, Oregon in 2007. Tanya has worked for over 20 years in some capacity with children and in education. My first job as a teacher was when I was 17. I spent one summer as a volunteer counselor at Camp Easter Seals in Vashaugn, Washington. I knew after spending a half-hour teaching a woman in her twenties with Down Syndrome how to tie a knot that I wanted to be a teacher. I just felt a tremendous sense of fulfillment in helping others learn.

Tanya’s education includes a B.A. in Elementary Education (1993), a Masters Degree in Curriculum (2000), and Waldorf Teaching Training (2007). Her teaching practicum was at NWS. Tanya’s teaching experience is wide-ranging. She has been an elementary teacher in a rural farming community, an Inner-city Native American alternative school, and a village in a remote island in the Pacific, and she has also been a preschool director, substitute teacher, camp counselor, parent volunteer aide in her daughters schools, and, of course, a mother of two in her home.

It was Tanya’s experience as a mother that led her to search for the best form of education that she could find for her children and for her growth as a teacher. I learned about Waldorf education through a parent of a Waldorf student. I was curious and so did some research, then attended a Windows on Waldorf tour of the school and decided that this was what I had been looking for in education. The rest is history.

Related Reading:
12 Things You May Not Know About Waldorf.
7 Benefits of Waldorf’s Writing to Read Approach.
How Waldorf Overcomes Math Fear With Real-World Problems.

Nelson Windows on Waldorf TourBook A Waldorf Tour!

Our tours provide a wonderful ‘window’ into our education as we begin in our Childcare Centre and work our way through our campus and grade school. To sign up for a tour, please call 250-352-6919 or send an email to info@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Looking forward to seeing you on a tour!
Donna Switzer, Education Director