“Therefore we will structure the school not governmentally, but administratively, and manage it in a republican manner. In a true teachers’ republic, we will not be able to lean back and rest on the directives of a headmaster; we will have to bring to bear what gives each of us the possibility to take full responsibility for what we have to do. Each must be fully responsible. The role of the headmaster will be replaced by this preparatory seminar in which we will work to acquire the spirit that will unite the school. If we work hard, this seminar will engender in us our spirit of unity.” – Rudolf Steiner
Summerfield has since its inception upheld the practice of self-governance, or being a ‘teachers’ republic’. In 2016-17 the College of Teachers and Board of Directors led a process in which Summerfield renewed our commitment to being a teacher-led school.
The overall management and final decision making for the whole school is the responsibility of the Governance Council (GC), a group of selected teachers and staff members who are mandated by the Board of Directors and the College of Teachers. Our current Governance Council members are Ignacio Garat, Business Manager, Jason Gross, HS Humanities Teacher, and Kibby MacKinnon, Class Teacher.
Each section of the school is overseen by a Core Group of experienced faculty. These members are: for Early Childhood: Rachel McGarva, Catherine Schlager, and Line Westman; for Lower School: Tim Allen, Laura Sternik, Tricia Walker; for High School: Jason Gross, Eric Rossin, and Isabel Wundsam.
College of Teachers
The College of Teachers is a group of faculty and staff who freely and consciously assume responsibility for the pedagogical and spiritual health of the School. Through active research and study during weekly meetings, the group seeks to uphold and apply the principles of Waldorf education, set forth by Rudolf Steiner, in every grade and academic endeavor throughout the Summerfield.