Grade Eight marks a significant milestone for the students and teacher, many of whom have journeyed together since Grade One. Grade Eight represents both the culmination of the middle school experience, which by now has grown familiar and comfortable, and the transition to high school with its exciting unknowns.
Amid studies of the great revolutions and the dawn of new societies, students weigh tradition against progress. Reading Shakespeare, writing lab reports, and examining current events, the class moves toward an evaluation of what is true. At the same time, a gradual but significant shift is taking place: the didactic presentation of a subject by the teacher is giving way to the mutual consideration of a subject by teacher and class together. A sense of community develops, in which speaking becomes more thoughtful, listening more attentive. The result is a greater sense of self. More importantly, students leave with compelling questions that will continue to fuel their love of learning in the years ahead.
Catalina De Luna Garza
Algebra & Platonic Solids
was born to a large family and raised, along with seven siblings, in a small town in Northern Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, an undergraduate diploma from the University of Alabama on Education of the Gifted and Talented, and is currently working on her Master's project to earn her M. Ed. in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. Catalina has been teaching since she was 18 years old in preschool and elementary classes in private schools in Mexico. She attended el Centro Antroposófico de México for her Waldorf teacher training in 2003. At that time, Catalina joined the Waldorf School of San Miguel de Allende, México as a class teacher where she taught for seven years. She relocated from Mexico, with her two daughters, to teach at WSA in 2010. Catalina is passionate about language and poetry, and enjoys being with her family and friends, especially when gathered to cook and share a meal or engage in a deep conversation with a cafecito.
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