Roel Op'tende

Having graduated from one of the many public Waldorf Schools in his native country, Roel embarked on an academic journey that culminated in a bachelor’s and master’s degree (with honors) in history from Leiden University. His foray into Waldorf teaching began in 2011 at the Rudolf Steiner College in Rotterdam, where he not only taught history & social science but also introduced innovative courses such as Big History and Big Thinkers.

During his time in Rotterdam, Roel participated in the pedagogical section of the school, organized educational trips to Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Poland, and guided numerous students through capstone projects. Simultaneously, he pursued his second master’s degree in education at the ICLON graduate school of teaching, complemented by in-house training to become a Waldorf teacher.

Roel’s dedication to Waldorf education transcended borders, leading him to teach at the Wasatch Waldorf Charter School in the United States. There, he taught grades 3 – 8, assumed the role of Team Lead for the middle school, and mentored fellow educators.

Having previously served as a social science teacher at Credo High School, Roel now holds the position of Education Director. He is committed to upholding the principles and practices of Waldorf education and aligning them with the school’s purpose and promise.