Janet Langley 

Janet Langley

As is true with so many Class Teachers, I first became involved with Waldorf Education as a parent. My daughter, Sharyn, attended the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Co. and the Sacramento Waldorf High School.

I majored in Social Studies Education at the University of Texas, Austin and received my B.A. in Waldorf Education from RSC in 1993. During my three years of training at RSC, I took Goethean Studies and received my Waldorf certification for both grades and high school (Humanities).

In 2008 I retired from class teaching after taking a class 1st-8th grade and another 3rd -8th grade at Cedar Springs Waldorf School (CSWS) in Placerville, Ca. I have taught at RSC in their teacher training program and summer intensives and in the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Some of the courses I have taught include Study of Man, Classroom Management, Practicum Preparation, Parent Work, Field Trip Preparation, Nine-Year Change workshops, working with Consensus and numerous courses on the 1st- 8th grade curriculum.

Over the last twelve years, I have supported the Waldorf movement through teacher training, school leadership workshops and faculty mentoring and evaluation. I have also served on the CSWS College of Teachers, the CSWS Board of Trustees and the RSC Board of Trustees. I have been a member of Else Gottgens’ mentoring circle and am a current member of the Anthroposophical Society and the Pedagogical Section.

Below is a list of some of the schools that I have served in the capacity of mentor and or evaluator:

  • Davis Waldorf School
  • Sacramento Waldorf School
  • Waldorf School of the Roaring Fork (Colorado)
  • Waldorf School of Orange County
  • Waldorf School of the Peninsula
  • Sanderling Waldorf School
  • Camellia Waldorf School
  • East Bay Waldorf School

Patti Connolly

Patti Connoly

Similar to Janet, I became involved with Waldorf education when searching for the best education for my daughter, Emi. Since there was no Waldorf school in our area of the California foothills, I chose to home school her. Eventually, my husband and I joined a small group of parents and helped to found the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in 1989. I became the school's third class teacher in 1992 after pursuing my certificate in Waldorf Teacher Education at Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA. even though I already had a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Liberal Studies B.A. from California State University, San Francisco. I first started working with Janet Langley in 1993 when she became the next class teacher and have been immensely enriched and blessed by our collaborations. 

Over the last 24 years, I have been a class teacher (grades 1-8 and grades 1-3), kindergarten teacher (3 years), specialty teacher, pedagogical administrator, evaluator, mentor and adult educator. In the public Waldorf arena, I have worked with Journey School, one of the oldest public Waldorf schools in the country in a number of different teaching and administrative capacities since 2005. I was the school's Education Co-Director for the last two years. I have also taught in the Public School Institute at Rudolf Steiner College and have led 2-week summer curriculum workshops at both the Kona Pacific Public Charter School and Journey Charter School.

Adult education is a great love of mine, and I have enjoyed developing and leading summer intensives at Rudolf Steiner College, the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, and Journey School with Janet and other esteemed Waldorf colleagues in recent years. On an international level I have consulted with a UK-Aid education project in Nigeria developing and leading training modules or professional development workshops for teachers and teacher trainers. And in September 2016 I will be the school mentor for the Creative Education Foundation of Zanzibar, a Waldorf initiative for disadvantaged children. 

Below is a list of some of the schools that I have served as a mentor, evaluator or administrator:

  • Davis Waldorf School
  • Highland Hall Waldorf School
  • Journey Charter School
  • Maple Village Waldorf School
  • Sanderling Waldorf School
  • Waldorf School of Orange County
  • Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork (Colorado)
  • Westside Waldorf School