Gradalis grade level singing & dancing
Grade Level Singing & Dancing
She had been a Spanish teacher at DWS for 17 years before inheriting her current class in the 2nd grade. In her position as the Spanish teacher she shared culture and language with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Throughout her years in the Spanish program she took part in training at Steiner College and worked on her Foundation year locally. She was a part of the Waldorf Spanish Teachers Association for many years. She co-started a program in her school which took 6 graduating senior classes to Peru and Costa Rica and completed service work in those countries, giving her students a 'hands-on' experience with the Spanish language and native people. With a BFA in Dance in Indo-Afro American culture, she uses this diverse American history to tell the stories of the cultures that have remained in the shadows for so long. She uses this exploration of cultures and anthroposophy to enrich her work with her current class and in DWS’ Diversity and Inclusivity committee. She worked in collaboration with the Longmont Conflict Center and Denver Conflict Center in bringing Restorative Practices into her school. She has taught “continental” American dance and cultural experiences in regional conferences and at the AWSNA national conference in Washington. She was selected to co-present research work in D&I for the national AWSNA conference this year in Chicago. She is also currently working closely with AWSNA to develop programs to support teachers of color in Waldorf schools.