From Public School to Waldorf Schools

Alison Henry, Certificate ’08 learned about Waldorf education while researching public school alternatives for her son. Inspired and committed, she attended AUNE to further her own education and will soon begin her fifth year as a classroom teacher at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene.

“My job is absolutely exhausting, and I love it,” said Alison, who taught second grade this past academic year. “What kind of combination is that? I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.” Alison comes from a long line of public school teachers and always intended to follow suit. She earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and briefly taught until she and her husband moved to Japan. There she gave English lessons to children and adults for five years.

Waldorf is Discovered
Returning home, the family settled in Keene, where she first discovered Waldorf education and launched her search for teacher training. “I didn’t know that AUNE had a Waldorf education program,” she said. “When I did Google research, I discovered that I lived within a quarter-mile of one of only five Waldorf training centers in North America. AUNE was right at my doorstep!” Alison was accepted into the Waldorf certificate program, which surpassed her expectations.

“My program was wonderful in its variety,” she said. “It gave me the philosophical background plus the nuts and bolts-a full gamut of the practical, philosophical, and esoteric. I learned math methods, but they also taught me to knit, and what kind of music is appropriate for grade one or grade four. I’m so grateful.”

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