Christine Meyer, English Teacher - Bio

"I wanted to be a teacher since I was a teenager, but I didn’t begin teaching until after I had earned a degree in English and later learned about Waldorf education. I studied Waldorf education’s philosophical foundations for seven years, and then took teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. After becoming a class teacher for the third grade in 1983, I realized that I loved teaching and the close relation I had with the students and their families--many of whom I am still in contact with.

"While I was teaching 8th grade the second time, I taught a few classes in the high school and knew that was my next step. After a sabbatical, during which I studied creative writing with poet Paul Matthews at Emerson College in England and studied Spanish in Granada, Spain, I returned to Highland Hall and began teaching high school English full time."
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
"I love teaching and learning from my students. Not only do I try to develop in my students clear writing and thinking skills, I have the privilege of reading with the students astonishing works of literature that seem to provide passage to the ultimate meaning of human existence. I am always delighted that my wish that the students become “upright, conscious human beings” is recognized as a goal by so many students, who step into life after high school recognizing that they have much to give to the world."

What are your passions, interests and/or hobbies outside of teaching?
"When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, visiting my far-flung children and their families, camping in the mountains, and taking photographs. My next adventure is to walk part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain in spring of 2017. I hope to teach for as many more years as I can continue to give something of value to the always-inspiring students at Highland Hall."