Sydney Francis, Grades Teacher

My passion since a young child has been in understanding the human condition and working to compassionately relate to others. I excelled in Math in school and was able to go to college at 16 years old because of my academic achievements.  By the encouragement of my family, I started out in engineering.  By the time, I graduated college I realized I was much more interested in the Humanities and I earned my B.A., with Honors and Magna Cum Laude, in Arts and Aesthetics with a minor in psychology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

A few years later, I returned to school to explore the relationship of how visual art could be applied as psychological (and spiritual) healing tool and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College. Since earning my MFA-IA in 2001, I have taught in the arts and in interdisciplinary education, both as a profession and a passion. I connect deeply with the creative, imaginative, spiritual, and developmental aspects of Waldorf education. I consider myself a lifelong learner.

In addition to my MFA-IA, I also hold a Family Development Certification from the University of Iowa, and I am a certified trainer in Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction from the Center for Teacher Effectiveness.

Last year, I helped launch a new international school in Shenzhen, China.  I spent the year teaching K-9th visual art to Chinese students. This past year in China was a huge personal growth year: I learned a lot about myself, my culture, my values and how to be a better teacher.

I have 2 lovely daughters, who both attend Pine Forest School. In my free time, I create my own art, go camping, and enjoy a variety of physical and outdoor activities.