Our Story

Our Sons and Daughters School was founded in 2008 by a group of parents and teachers passionate about Waldorf Education with one small early childhood group, operating out a living room in Sagaponack.  Over the years, with the support of many parent and community volunteers, it has since grown to offer Parent-Child classes (for children 12 to 36 months), and two fully enrolled Children’s Garden (for children 2.5 to 6 year olds). In 2017, the school became a fully accredited  member of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) joining hundreds of schools across North America as official representatives of Waldorf Education. 

Now situated on a beautiful wooded lot in Sag Harbor, New York, Our Sons and Daughters School provides an enriching and nurturing environment that supports the child’s physical, social and emerging intellectual development. Our work with children stresses the different developmental stages of children's growth; the inseparability of the social, emotional and intellectual components of children's minds; and the importance of children's active and experiential engagement with society.  Our curriculum builds on young children's curiosity and enthusiasm.  It is based on the understanding that young children learn best when they can construct meaning in a context-rich environment.  Concrete and active experiences provide children with a solid foundation from which, at an older age, they can build an understanding of abstract ideas.
 


Mission

Our curriculum emphasizes the healthy development of the heart, body and mind through imaginative play, meaningful work and expressive arts in a natural environment. In the spirit of the Early Childhood Programs of Waldorf Education, we holistically address the  emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child.  By upholding truth, beauty and goodness, we seek to instill bold thinking, self confidence and social responsibility in our students.
 

 

Waldorf Education & Resources

As a developing member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America), the guiding principles of our curriculum are inspired by Waldorf education.

(Excerpt from Association for North American Waldorf Schools on Waldorf education)

"Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education. They integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf ® Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf Education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by the world renowned anthroposophist, artist, and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from a profound understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child. These principles inspire and guide teachers, administrators, trustees and parents today.

The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive. Structured to respond to the three developmental phases of childhood – birth to 6 or 7 years, 7 to 14 years and 14 to 21 years – Rudolf Steiner stressed to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to comprehend these phases fully and to bring “age appropriate” content that nourishes healthy growth for the student. Music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities and academic skills to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.

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Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.

Waldorf Education is independent and inclusive. It upholds the principles of freedom in education and engages independent administration locally, continentally and internationally. It is regionally appropriate education with hundreds of schools worldwide today."

“With Waldorf Education there is an integration of subject matter so that the children use heart, head, and hands in their education – a complete education, if you will.
— — Dr. Robert Peterkin
 

Organizational Structure

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The School's Board of Trustees establishes financial and legal policies, oversees the development and implementation of the budget, determines tuition rates, and develops long-range plans to support the continued health and growth of the institution. Current Board Members include :

  • Mary Lee
  • Maggie Touchette
  • Holly Maran
  • Nate Woiwode
  • Bayard Fenwick

Board member terms are 2 years; new members are voted in every June. To contact the Board of Trustees, email info@oursonsanddaughters.org

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
The  Administrative Committee, a sub section of the board,  supports the work of the School Director in handling the day-to-day business of the school. Currently serving on the Administrative Committee are Mary Lee and Maggie Touchette. To contact the Administrative Committee, send an email to mary@oursonsanddaughters.org

TUITION ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
This committee confidentially reviews applications for need-based aid, determines award amounts, notifies families and manages the budgeted the fund. This committee comprises all board members, excluding conflicted parties: faculty and parents who receive (or have received) tuition assistance.

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL
The Director works in service of the Mission of the school. In collaboration with the faculty as a whole, he/or she guides the pedagogy, curriculum development, teacher evaluation and mentoring, and admission work. He or she implements policies approved by the Board, plans and budgets, manages human resources, and facilitates and ensures the smooth daily operations of the school.

TEACHING STAFF
Maggie Touchette, School Director & Children's Garden Lead Teacher
Andi Pisacano, Early Childhood Assistant and Parent-Child co-teacher
Holly Maran-Rist, Nursery Lead Teacher and Parent-Child co-teacher