yarrow class

with Miss Heidrun
 

our seventh grade 

The seventh-grade students will start the year with the basic laws of perspective drawing. This creative yet disciplined activity helps the children who are on the threshold of adolescence to develop a greater interest in the world and to metaphorically look beyond what is right in front of them.

During roll call, each student stands when his or her name is called and answers "I am here." It is beneficial to the student and their classmates to hear and see that each one is present. Standing upright and allowing oneself to be seen and heard has a strengthening effect on a person's sense of responsibility. This moment also gives the teacher a chance to gauge the mood and energy of each individual student.


yarrow class teacher

HEIDRUN KUBIESSA
 
The Baltic fjords and the flat green marshes between Germany and Denmark are my home. When I was six years old, my older brothers taught me how to sail by simply pushing me off the shore in a little nutshell sailing boat called "Optimist." It made for a somewhat nerve-wracking learning experience and it took me a while before I was able to forgive my brothers. But the optimist remained. The name became my motto, and to this day I enjoy adventures and am a passionate traveller. 
When I finished college, I pushed my boat off the shore once more to explore the United States. Since then my family and I have enjoyed both places as part of our lives. Having roots in both, the US and Europe, has allowed for an interesting perspective on both cultures and their respective places in the world. 
While straddling a bicultural life, the natural world, especially Utah's outdoors, have become an indispensable part of my life. Here, I find peace and refuge from the fast pace of life, I regroup with my family, and I feel a strong sense of belonging. 
I started teaching when I was 23 and have since taught all age levels at various learning institutions. Teaching at a Waldorf school is for me the
most creative, sustainable, and therefore rewarding way of teaching, as the child with all her capacities in respect of developmental stages is the center of teaching.


Waldorf philosophy does not provide a recipe for a certain lifestyle, but an opportunity to pursue a healthy and holistic development of one's capacities in harmony with one's social environment and with the natural world, and in congruence with one's own cultural background and spirituality.


—Heidrun Kubiessa, Yarrow Teacher