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Behind the Curriculum

As you carefully consider the learning environment you want for your child, you probably have a lot of questions.

Gain insight into specific aspects of the the lower and middle school curriculum and pedagogy at High Mowing School from our experienced authors.

About Our Authors

Darcy Drayton

Darcy was a long-time class teacher on our Pine Hill campus.

She brought two classes through grades 1 through 8 and took a third class from grades 3 through 8. She has also taught art at High Mowing School and served as mentor for teachers new to HMS.

"The dynamic and creative approach to teaching in a Waldorf school is what drew me to this profession," says Darcy. "It has allowed me to teach to the child’s imagination and not just to their intellect. In the social context of a class the students learn to value their own gifts and challenges and those of their classmates."

Outside of teaching, Darcy enjoys gardening, nature studies, walking, and swimming in the many nearby ponds and lakes. An artist, Darcy paints in watercolor and oil. She is a Quaker, has been involved in many aspects of the Society of Friends in New England and worldwide and is a trained facilitator with the Alternatives for Violence, which runs programs in prisons as well as in communities where conflict arises around the world.

Emma Hamlin

Emma's introduction to Waldorf education began at age three, and she was a Waldorf student until high school.

As an adult, she returned to her roots out of a true appreciation for what the education meant for her and the wish to offer that same experience to her own children and those in our community.

Emma first joined High Mowing in 2015 as a class teacher after completing her Waldorf teacher training on campus and being inspired by the beauty and peacefulness of the campus, as well as the rich heritage of Waldorf education on the Hill.

Subsequently, she served as a reading tutor and as our Parent & Child program teacher for a time. Now as a member of our Admissions team, Emma enjoys welcoming prospective families and making the magic of Waldorf education accessible to a wide audience.

When she's not at work, Emma likes to garden, hike, and cook, all of which are rooted in an reverence for the world around us, which is one of the core tenets of Waldorf philosophy.

Kara Steere

Kara's two children attended High Mowing School, and she has been an active member of the community for the last decade.

She brings more than 20 years experience in corporate communications and is looking forward to resuming her volunteer work raising puppies to be future service dogs.

Molly Webster

Molly is an alumna of Aurora Waldorf School in Western New York, and mother of three young children within the High Mowing community.

She works as a Human Resource leader and serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard when she is not shepherding her three young children through a balanced curriculum. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and finding the best coffee and foodie spots in the region.

Molly's deep passion for continuous education and transparency about the "why" behind key Waldorf educational approaches drives her to help break down the vast world of Waldorf education into bite-size pieces for families to discuss and incorporate naturally, at their own individual pace. She values connecting the community to share diverse perspectives, and leads open forums to learn and practice handworks skills while building relationships within the community.

Sabrina Morrissey

Sabrina Morrissey serves as the Enrollment Director at High Mowing School, where she combines her passion for Waldorf education with her expertise in business, holding a BA in Business from Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland.

As a mother of three, her personal connection to the school deepens, with her children thriving under the Waldorf education system. Her eldest daughter is set to graduate in 2024, marking a significant milestone in her family's educational journey.

Sabrina deeply appreciates the Waldorf philosophy for its holistic approach to education, which she believes plays a crucial role in developing well-rounded, creative, and socially responsible individuals. Her commitment to the school and its educational approach is not only professional but profoundly personal, as she witnesses its benefits in her children's growth and happiness.

Sherry Jennings

Sherry has been connected with our Pine Hill campus since its beginning.

She has served as a teacher, parent, and board member, and was instrumental in the construction of Bluebell Cottage. As a Waldorf Early Childhood teacher for many years, Sherry has been the shepherd for hundreds of children, as well as their parents, through their early childhood years.

Sherry has also completed extensive training in Nonviolent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication. This work with Compassionate Communication has been a complement to Sherry’s many years of experience with Waldorf Early Childhood Education and has been a support to her work in the classroom. In addition, she offers classes on Compassionate Parenting.

Now as our Parent and Child teacher, Sherry finds joy in sharing the experiences and wisdom from her years as a parent and teacher and takes delight in watching both children and parents grow and transform.

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