Hi, I'm Miss Angela!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have been a Waldorf teacher for the past twelve years and delight in allowing a child to grow at their own pace. I believe that children should be guided with loving care, and be allowed to develop as they need to while gently encouraging them to explore the world. Being in nature allows a child to simply 'be'. They can explore their senses and their movements naturally outdoors. This is where the beauty of the young child can be seen and magic happen.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher?
A great teacher listens and observes. They are gentle with the child, kind, and always loving. They understand what the child needs and allows them to have opportunities to develop their sense of self. They are consistent in their attitude and rhythm of the day, and are truly aware of being in the moment with the child.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses?
An online world cannot replace the human connection for a young child. Young children need to touch and explore the real world with all of their senses and be with people that they can imitate on their path to be becoming an adult.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment?
It all begins with ourselves. If we are respectful to others and the environment, children naturally imitate this way of being. Educating parents on the power of imitation and presence is also so important.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favourite teacher was the most feared, and most disciplined teacher in my elementary school. We entered his class with trepidation and I loved my year with him. We were creative and did not learn solely from books. To study botany, we went outside to observe plants, we transformed characters from books by painting them onto walls, we did math in small groups and pretending we were shops. It was real!
Share a teaching memory that had a profound impact on you.
There have been so many but I love the moment when a young child can do a task for themselves that they could not do before, such as climbing a rock, or learning how to zip. Their sense of accomplishment is priceless at that moment and I always feel very privileged in having been allowed to share it with them.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
I believe the rhythm of the day should be consistent along with the expectations of each child. Children may need reminding of their behavior but with consistency in how we approach them, changes happen. I believe a young child should always be treated with respect and kindness, even when addressing undesirable behavior such as biting.
I hold a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Waldorf Teacher certification. I am CPR trained.