John Saccone has been at Maine Coast Waldorf School for 30 of the school’s 37 year existence. In that time he has taught generations of Waldorf children, sharing his joy of physical education classes, hosting countless pentathlons, and spending many winter days on cross country skis with his students.
John first came to MCWS in 1991, his daughter having just started in the two-day nursery program with Lynn Thurrell. At the time he was a professional touring mime with a side handy-man business and cleaning business. First brought on by the school to fix a few issues in the building in South Freeport, he quickly was hired as what was then known as the Games teacher.
“Growing up, I enjoyed my physical education classes, and I wanted to share that with the students,” he explained.
As the school continued to grow, the job got bigger, and he also began teaching at the Rudolf Steiner Institute and trained and taught with the Spacial Dynamics institute.
“There are so many wonderful memories of circus, skiing, Pentathlons, games, and sports,” he reminisced. “All of the Pentathlons stand out as precious moments in time.”
Thirty years is an impressive amount of time to spend at one place, and John credits the “many lovely people over these many years—teachers, parents, staff, and of course students” who have made his career rewarding and fulfilling. “It has brought me a mirror where you can see yourself in others.”
As for what’s next, you’ll still be able to see John around school—just at different hours than you might be used to. Coming full-circle, he’ll be taking up the care and cleaning of our physical space, something he has talked about for years as a plan once he stepped away from the classroom. He also plans to continue teaching at the Spacial Dynamics Institute and at other venues.
Congratulations, John, on an impressive and fulfilling 30 years in the classroom here at MCWS.