Our Story

Our Sons and Daughters School was founded in 2009 by a group of parents and teachers passionate about Waldorf Education with one small early childhood group, operating out a living room in Sagaponack. In 2017, the school became a fully accredited  member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) joining hundreds of schools across North America as official representatives of Waldorf Education. OSDS is now a certified Waldorf School serving over 100 families each year through Parent + Child classes, nursery and kindergarten classes, and a satellite Summer on the Farm program at Fireplace Farm.

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 children's physical, social, emotional and emerging intellectual development. We tailor our curriculum to support the children's growth through the developmental stages, as understood in Waldorf education. Our curriculum builds on young children's curiosity and enthusiasm, and emphasizes the importance of children's active and experiential engagement with society.  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.


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

OSDS is a certified Waldorf School. Our curriculum is guided by the principles of 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

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 :

  • Chairperson: Nathan Woiwode

  • Secretary: Christina Martin

  • Treasurer: Steven Long

  • Faculty Representative: Patricia Frey

  • Bayard Fenwick

  • Meegan Chaskey

  • Pia Leighton

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

This subcommittee of the Board of Trustees confidentially reviews applications for need-based aid, determines award amounts, notifies families and manages the budgeted the fund.

The Administrator 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.

Maggie Touchette, Administrator & 3 Day Nursery Teacher
Trish Frey, 5 Day Children's Garden Teacher
Andi Pisacano, Parent-Child Teacher & Nursery Assistant Teacher
Ashely Wade, 5 Day Assistant Teacher