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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hires New First Grade Teacher
12:39PM / Friday, March 04, 2016
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year.

At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at many Waldorf schools all over the world, the class teacher stays with students from first through eighth grade. The class grows academically, artistically and socially in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities.

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is now accepting applications for fall, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon with an opportunity for current and potential applicant families to meet Far. Music, movement, language and outdoor learning subject teachers will also be on hand.

“We are thrilled to welcome Renée Far, a graduate of our Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program, as our first grade teacher,” Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins said. “In the 45th anniversary year of our school, we have embarked on a stable, mature phase that includes not only stellar teaching for our students, but master teachers mentoring rising teachers in the high standards our faculty holds for both academics and healthy social dynamics."

Far joined the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2014-15 school year. During her two year, in-depth training in the Waldorf teaching apprenticeship program, Mrs. Far has taught all grades under the tutelage of the school’s most experienced senior faculty. Her abilities and versatility in the classroom especially shone this winter when she accepted extensive teaching responsibilities during a class teacher’s absence. Far joins the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School faculty with the full support of the Council of Teachers, administration and Board of Directors.

Prior to her completion of the Teaching Apprenticeship Program,  Far graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University in New York. Her professional experience in the arts includes work as an art director, multimedia graphic designer and interior designer, as well as chairperson of the Lenox Cultural Council. She is also a longtime Girl Scout leader.

“From the first moment I encountered Waldorf education, I felt that the most meaningful way I could make use of my arts background and love of history and culture would be to become a Waldorf teacher,” Far said. “I look forward to working with this group of children and families to build a vibrant class community that is mutually supportive, academically strong and creative, to support these children in becoming curious, courageous lifelong learners.”

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