Choosing the Path Less Travelled: An Interview with Franceska Suarez, Class of 2015

Photo by: Franceska Suarez

Interviewed by Nita Davanzo August 31, 2017 Franceska Suarez, alumna of class 2015, attended Shining Mountain Waldorf School from 3rd through 12th grade. After she graduated, Franceska took a gap year in which she traveled and performed community service. She visited the Bahamas, India, Ecuador and Europe, and then went on attend the University of […]

Rose Ceremony Speech by Sydney Kless

Photo by: Mark Steele

The 2017-2018 school year opened with the traditional Rose Ceremony held in the lower school courtyard on a sparkling clear day. This year’s senior speaker, Sydney Kless, welcomed students to the first grade with the speech below. Sydney’s speech “One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” – a quote by Stendhal There’s something powerful […]

HS Back to School Picnic – Monday, August 28, 2017


We did it! A not-so-old model of community activity was picked up and dusted off in the high school this season, and we, students, parents, faculty and staff, were all the beneficiaries of a great back-to-school gathering on the high school field last evening. It was a beautiful evening and the “vibe” was uplifted! This […]

10th Grade Student Exchange to Germany By Eliza DuBose, Class of 2019


As of this moment I am comfortably curled up in my room in Teltow, a small town just outside of Berlin, Germany. It isn’t a big room, but it’s cozy with everything I need. A large closet and a desk and single bed that lies under two windows set into the sloped ceiling. At night, […]

SMWS Alumni White Paper


SMWS Alumni White Paper Dear SMWS Community, It is with great pride that we share with you our first Alumni White Paper, entitled “A Portrait of the Shining Mountain Waldorf High School Graduate”. This article is the result of 18 months of dedicated research by Nita Davanzo, our Alumni Relations Coordinator and proud graduate of […]

Barn Swallows, Beauty, and Biology – An interview with Iris Levin, class of 2001

Iris and barn swallow

What initially drew you in to pursuing Biology and Environmental Studies? (was it a former teacher, a “calling”, an interest in helping the planet and human beings, the interconnectedness of all things, or “just a whim?”)  I knew I wanted to study Biology in college, but I had my “ah ha!” moment in a class […]

Living Positive Action in a World of Change – Interview with Jordan Chase Jacobsen, class of 2001


Can you give us a brief overview of what transpired in your life post-SMWS? After graduating from SMWS in 2001, I attended Connecticut College, which has fantastic international opportunities that allowed me to study and intern for United Nations organizations in both Vietnam and Germany.  After graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked […]

SMWS Alumni Panel | Thursday, March 16, 7-9pm


What Can You Do With A Waldorf Education? Anything. And Everything. Please join us for a special evening with some of our treasured Shining Mountain alumni and learn how Waldorf education and their time at SMWS have impacted their life paths and what wonderful things they are doing now in their lives! Event: SMWS Alumni […]

National German Awards

AATG 2017 prizewinners

National German Awards 10th, 11th and 12th grade Shining Mountain Waldorf German students took the American Association of German Teachers national exams at the end of January. There were about 20,000 participants in all. Please congratulate the following students who received awards in this tough competition: Alec Evans (12th grade) – Level 4 Goldurkunde (Gold […]

BOT Notes and Votes | January 2017


Board of Trustees Notes and Votes for January 10, 2017 At January 10, 2017 meeting the Board of Trustees: Welcomed the members of the Governance Council: Marilyn Fox, Dorothea Altgelt, Theresa Baker, Cherie Flandrick, Jamie York. Participated in a discussion regarding tuition setting, led by Andy Wyckoff-Judson, Treasurer.  The Finance Committee has recommended a tuition […]