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Scaling Olympus

From the myths of the ancient Egyptians, Indians and Persians to the written history of the ancient Greeks, fifth graders move from the stories of ancient peoples to the formal study of history. At the same time, fifth graders attain a certain ease and grace of physical movement intrinsic to their age. An awareness of self strengthens. The celebration of these unique abilities culminates in the fifth grade's participation in the Greek Olympiad, a glorious pentathlon event with other regional Waldorf schools.

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Class Teacher

David Florence grew up in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in a family of farmers, artists, teachers, and entrepreneurs. His passion for the environment, liberal arts and a spirituality of social justice has guided his vocational life. David earned a B.A. in English Literature at Hampden-Sydney College, an M.Div. in Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Waldorf Teaching Certification at Antioch New England Graduate School. Early in his career as a Minister in the Presbyterian Church he served as a Pastor in churches and schools. In 1998 David and his family were delighted to find Waldorf education; his sons Caleb, and Jonah both graduated from WSA and work with children and youth in camps and schools. As a class teacher he has taught for nine years and served on the Board of Trustees, Core Faculty, and as Faculty Chair. For the past six years David has been directing summer camps and schools and he returns to be the class teacher for grade five. David's wife, Anna, is a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and they enjoy travelling, cooking and theater. Inspired by wilderness, poetry and sacred writings, David enjoys exploring the earth with others through biodynamic gardening, adventure and service trips, and kayaking.

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