The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The passing of a great teacher


I just found out yesterday that my Main lesson teacher passed away at home from a sudden heart attach. My heart is heavy and sad by the loss of this wonderful soul. I wish I had spent more time talking to him about the fact that I am now a Waldorf teacher. I wish I had been able to talk to him about what I was like as a child and if he EVER would have guessed that I would be standing here teaching Handwork and Fine Art.

Not only do I teach in a waldorf school as a subject teacher but I also went to a waldorf school as a child and we had the same Main lesson teacher from 1st through 8th grade.

If a child is able to stay in a waldorf school for the entire cycle and their main lesson teacher stays the same, the bond that is created between the class and the main lesson teacher is absolutely amazing. Right now I feel a pain in my heart as if I just lost my Grandfather .

He was an absolutely amazing man and superb teacher.

23 years ago I was a young first grader walking into the most amazing classroom and there sat a man who was to be my class teacher, guide and grandfather figure for the next 8 years of my life. In that moment I remember feeling safe, relaxed and at home in my surroundings.

6 comments:

Adrienne said...

I am sad to hear of his passing. It is amazing how many people touch our lives in different ways. I hope that my son will alwys remember his teacher fondly. Teachers are such a huge part of our lives and are true blessings to their communities. The wonderful thing is that you can now pass on what you learned from him and help to make your students feel as safe and cherished.

mistress of fiber said...

I am very sorry to hear, and can feel your heavy sadness. What a lucky child you were to have someone so dear and for an entire 8 year cycle!

Melisa & Erik Nielsen said...

I am so sorry. He knows though... he knows! Great spirits always follow those who love them, even from the other side. My grandfather walks with me nearly every day... I bet your teacher does too... call for him. He's there. You may find that you can be closer now than you were before.

Blessings! Melisa

always in the kitchen said...

How very lucky you were to have known someone so dedicated to teaching children.Such people are a true blessing!

Link Creations said...

Narsingh, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I too know what it is like to loose a teacher who taught you for years! Very sad indeed! I am wishing you patience in your grief!! May you remember this man fully!!!

WendyZ said...

I am very sorry to hear of this loss. You were very lucky to have a teacher that is so memorable and influential. You will be that teacher for someone one day.