Waldorf Kicks Off 60th Year

“Garden City resident, Christopher Smalley (center), talks with a teacher prior to the Opening Day Assembly at the Waldorf School of Garden City.”

The Waldorf School of Garden City opened its doors on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Continuing a Waldorf tradition, the school year began with a beautiful opening assembly, at which the new first graders were welcomed by the gift of a rose from a member of the incoming senior class. Class teachers for each grade also shared a wish for their classes for the year.

“As we head into our 60th year,” said Mrs. Roxanne Martindale Murphy, the school’s Faculty Council Chair, “my thoughts turn with gratitude to our founder, H.A.W. Myrin, whose vision, generosity, and courage brought an extraordinary new focus to education that continues to meet the needs of our community, our time, and will continue to point towards the future.”

“Garden City resident, Kathryn Bass (left), talks with senior, Zoe Brunn (right), prior to the Opening Day Assembly at the Waldorf School of Garden City.”

Joining the lower school faculty are Mrs. Orsolya Menges, the first grade class teacher, and Mr. Jorge Martinez, the first grade class assistant. Both Mrs. Menges and Mr. Martinez are recent graduates of the Masters program in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge College which is located in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Mr. Mark Menges, last year’s second grade assistant and gardening instructor, is the new Fifth Grade class teacher. Taking over his role in the gardening program (in addition to assisting in the Nursery classroom) is Mrs. Jeannine Davis. Joining the school’s staff are Mr. Robert Ingenito and Ms. Kyoko Zepeda. An alumnus from the class of 1997, Mr. Ingenito has rejoined the Development team as the new Associate Director and Ms. Kyoko Zepeda, who joined the Business Office last spring, is the school’s new bookkeeper.

“The Waldorf School welcomes (l-r) Kyoko Zepeda, Robert Ingenito, Orsolya Menges, Jorge Martinez, and Garden City resident, Catherine Gorman.”

This past spring marked the retirement of two long-standing community members – Mrs. Patricia Seelinger, the school nurse, and Mr. James Madsen, the director of Camp Glen Brook, the school’s 250 acre extension campus located in Marlborough, New Hampshire. Ms. Catherine Gorman, a resident of Garden City, is the school’s new nurse. After an extensive search process, Mr. Twain Braden has been hired as the new Glen Brook Director. An alumnus of the school and an avid outdoorsman, Mr. Braden is currently completing his legal studies at the University of South Carolina and will be working intermittently at Glen Brook over the next 9 months. He will begin full-time in May 2007, just in time for Glen Brook’s summer program.

With a successful opening day behind them, the faculty, staff, and students at the Waldorf School look forward to the challenges and rewards of the school year. In May 2007, the school will celebrate its 60th anniversary.

An accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Association of the Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), the Waldorf School of Garden City is a 360+ nursery through grade 12 college preparatory day school. From the early exploration and rich play children experience in the early childhood program to the sophisticated conceptual challenges of the high school curriculum, the Waldorf School of Garden City nurtures the healthy and balanced development of the whole human being. The school’s approach to learning encourages academic, intellectual, artistic, moral and social growth and lays the groundwork for a satisfying and creative future. For more information about the school, please call 742-3434 ext. 129 or visit www.waldorfgarden.org. The school will host an Open House on Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

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