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Position: Mixed age Kindergarten Teacher
Terry Anne Paquette was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington on Puget Sound. Prominent in her childhood, music continues to be a source of enjoyment. She loves to sing, walk, take care of home and garden, visit with friends and family and spend time near or in rivers and mountains.
Terry Anne received a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from Linfield College, McMinville, Oregon in 1969. Never dreaming she would one day be a kindergarten teacher, Terry Anne had a long career as a newspaper computer typesetter, production manager, graphic artist and vocational education teacher in Reno/Lake Tahoe area. Terry Anne was introduced to Waldorf education in 1988 when her son Joshua entered third grade at Mariposa Waldorf School. After serving one year as the Aftercare Director at the school, she entered the evening training course at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. During her training, Terry Anne cared for children in her home Waldorf-inspired pre-kindergarten and summer camp (called Heavenly Days). She then taught kindergarten classes at Portland Waldorf School and Mariposa Waldorf School before helping to found the Yerba River Charter School (YRCS) in the summer of 1994. In July 2002, Terry Anne was selected to serve as Administrator.
“You come in the early morning. Maybe the dew is still on the ground. You start gathering what you need to set up. More people come. The tents come up. The flowers arrive. More people come, and now the may pole is up. Slowly, more and more people gather together and now there are hundreds of people there and the children are dancing around the may pole. There is music, and singing and laughter that goes on and on.
Slowly the people begin to leave. The tents come down. The May pole is put away. More people leave until the land is quiet again. You stand there and remember all that has happened there that day and there are no words that can express that feeling. It is something that you can only experience for yourself. That is May Faire for me. It happens with all of our festivals. But that is my May Faire. I hope that some day it can be your May Faire too.”
– Spoken by Terry Ann Paquette, Rose Kindergarten Teacher at the first new parent orientation at the New Waldorf School of Bend, Sept 1, 2010.