Celebrating the Legacies of our Founding, Former Handcraft Teachers

Maine Coast Waldorf School held a packed reception in the new high school on Friday night for our founding, former handcraft teachers: Sandy Pearson, Bob Thurrell and Rose Mary Burwell. Over a 30+ year span, they created the school’s iconic handwork, woodwork, and High School arts programs, and shared their contagious love for teaching and handcrafts with generations of Waldorf students of all ages.

Nearly 150 people braved the rainy weather and, in some cases, long distance travel, to celebrate the tremendous legacies of these three teachers. For many, the evening was also a wonderful reunion of old friends and a reminder of the vibrancy of this community. After the reception, many people went to the Artisan Market Opening Night, to support the next generation of artisans, including two of our alumni and many parents who were showcasing their handcrafts.

True to Waldorf tradition, the speakers were articulate, humorous and heartfelt: Lynn Thurrell provided the historical context for how these programs developed, and the school’s gratitude for the large number of people who helped build these programs. Stories and reflections by Jill Fox (in honor of Sandy) and Kemal Lowenthal (in honor of Bob), and a song by David Sloan and the Sloan singers (in honor of Rose Mary) each reflected the Waldorf community’s heartfelt appreciation and love for these three teachers. Handcrafted gifts for each honoree were presented by our current handwork, woodwork, and high school art teachers, Ananda Kaymen, Ezra Smith, and Julie Yeo, respectively.

We are grateful to the team that planned this event: Liza Chandler, Hanna Graham, Susan Martens, Victoria Stefanakos, Susan Stoddard, and Sarah Pierce.  We are also deeply appreciative of those who made generous charitable gifts to the Tiered Tuition Endowment Fund, in honor of Sandy, Bob and Rose Mary. Like the gifts that these teachers bestowed on all of us over the past 30+ years, these donations will continue to support the students in perpetuity.

Lynne Espy, Development Director, [email protected]  207-865-3900 Ext. 116