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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces First Grade Teacher
01:06PM / Friday, February 17, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Tracy Fernbacher as first grade class teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

Fernbacher was selected from a pool of applicants after a national search. She earned her master of education in Waldorf Elementary Education from Antioch University (Keene, N.H.). She also holds a bachelor of business administration in International Management from Pace University (New York) and a vocational teacher's license from the New York State Department of Education.

Fernbacher brings broad Waldorf teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. The GBRSS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers approve the hiring of Fernbacher to lead the class of 2025 from first grade through middle school, a period of exceptional human growth.

"We are so happy to welcome Tracy Fernbacher as teacher for the Class of 2025," said the school's Faculty Administrator, Michael Junkins. "She has been a part of this community and an integral part of our school culture for many years."

Fernbacher completed the residency portion of her master's program at GBRSS in 2011-12, and has since taught under the mentorship of a core group of master teachers. While at the school, she developed and taught Chinese language courses for students in kindergarten through second grade. Similarly, Fernbacher taught English and substituted for multiple grades at the first Waldorf elementary school in China, the Chengdu Waldorf School in Sichuan province, while attending the Chengdu Waldorf Teacher Training Institute in 2009-10.

Prior to her teacher training, Ms. Fernbacher was one of the founding parents of the Brooklyn Waldorf School, where she organized the institutional structure, articulated the vision through mission and value statements, and was instrumental in implementing the school's groundbreaking three-tier tuition model, helping to create a school population that reflects the diversity of its community.

"I'm excited to begin this eight-year journey through the grades, one I've been preparing for and envisioning for many years," Fernbacher said. "I look forward to meeting and working with the children and their families, and to bringing my love of many cultures into the classroom. Rudolf Steiner created Waldorf education to nourish children intellectually, emotionally and physically — an education essential for our children and the future."


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