Class Two/Three Teacher
Our new Class Two/Three teacher, Amanda Lynne Jahnke, born and raised on a cattle ranch in Saskatchewan has always had a natural affinity for nature, the arts, and connecting with children. A yoga teacher, world traveler and artist, Amanda’s passion for being of service and inspiring others to be the best that they can be has led her to become a Waldorf teacher. What draws her to Waldorf education is the holistic, arts-based approach; the balanced and healthy environment; and the foundation of a spiritual learning community.
Amanda holds two degrees; a B.A. from Carleton University in Child Development and Arts Education; and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University in Arts-Based Elementary Education. Throughout her University career she has focused on the work and teachings of Rudolf Steiner, writing essays and giving presentations pertaining to Waldorf Education. She continues her studies with Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy through the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and will be attending Waldorf Summer Intensive courses at Sunbridge Institute in NY this July to prepare for the upcoming year.
In 2009, Amanda designed a Waldorf-inspired summer program for children called Pixi’s Play in the magical forests of Chelsea, QC that ran for three consecutive years. She has held the position of a Waldorf Daycare teacher and been a casual teacher at Great River Waldorf School in Ottawa, ON (K – Grade 4) since 2010, as well as a support teacher for the Waldorf Homeschooling Network in the fair trade village of Wakefield, QC.
She is excited to emerge from the trees of Ontario to greet the open sky in the prairies once again. (They say it will take 24 hours of driving just to reach the Ontario/Manitoba border!) Already thinking about how to decorate her cottage classroom, what kind of gardens can be created around it, and settling into a daily rhythm of music, art, work and play, Amanda is envisioning a year of infectious laughter and in-depth learning surrounded with a spiral of light.
“Grateful to be welcomed into your community!” Ms. Amanda