praesepe class

with Mr. O

our sixth grade

After having learned about the realms of animals and plants in fourth and fifth grade, the sixth-grade-students will discover the realm of minerals and rocks during their geology block.

Sixth grade describes another major step toward independence in a child's life. While the nine-year-change describes the emergence of a certain awareness of self and taking care of oneself, most 6th graders make another great step in that direction. They perform the step from orally transmitted mythology to fact-based history, starting with the time of the Roman empire and the middle ages. Furthermore, the children expand their awareness of self by learning about their position on earth in relationship to the major celestial bodies in the astronomy block. The counterpart to the skies is the examination of the ground we stand on: learning about earth's crust and what it is made of and what the minerals have to do with us

praesepe class teacher

Roel op 't Ende (1989) grew up in Schiedam, a suburb of Rotterdam, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. There he had the typical childhood of a Dutch boy: he ate a lot of cheese and had chocolate sprinkles for breakfast, went everywhere on a bike, and spent a lot of time outside in the rain. He spent his summers camping in Southern France, played soccer with friends, and enjoyed Sinterklaas every 5th of December. From age 12 to 15, he attended a professional dancing school, but after growing too much switched to boxing, which he still does from time to time.

After the dancing school, Roel had a great time at the Rotterdam Waldorf School (Rudolf Steiner College), where he could combine his love for theater with more intellectual endeavors. His favorite subjects were drama and history.

At Leiden University, he started studying psychology but switched over to history during his bachelor's degree after realizing he preferred fun over job prospects. It was the right choice; he enjoyed history so much that he got his master's degree. 

Roel then spent eight years teaching history, social studies, and several other subjects at a Waldorf high school in Rotterdam. During this period, he quickly realized teaching is his biggest passion, and he began his masters in education, which he finished in 2017. 
That same year he left for the US to work at Wasatch Charter School. There he met and married the loveliest lower grades teacher, and they now live happily ever after.

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

—Mr. Rogers