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We are pleased to announce Jack Palmer as our rising first grade teacher for the 2019-20 school year!

After spending several months interviewing, observing, and evaluating a number of qualified candidates, our hiring committee concluded that Mr. Palmer’s professional experience, warm personality, and commitment to Waldorf education made him an excellent fit for this group of rising first grade children, and for our school community. Our hiring committee was extremely impressed during his visit this fall, with both his demonstrations in the classroom and his ease of communication with potential colleagues.

Mr. Palmer grew up in Oregon and attended university at Lewis & Clark College. After earning his B.A. in English literature, he joined Teach for America and moved to New Orleans, where he taught high school biology at a struggling inner city school. His next move was to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he currently lives on a small coffee farm. In Hawaii, he found Waldorf Education and began teaching at a Waldorf-inspired public charter school. Over the last five years, he has guided a robust class of students from first through fifth grade and completed his Waldorf teacher training through Antioch University New England. Mr. Palmer loves the outdoors, intellectual pursuits, and good food. He is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Portland Waldorf School, and looks forward to the journey ahead with the rising first grade class.

We are already anticipating a further visit with Mr. Palmer in June, when he plans to attend the Handing Over ceremony with the rising first grade children and meet the parents. We greatly look forward to this special occasion and will be in touch with our new first grade families when dates and times are set.