Danielle Williams Szydel was first introduced to Waldorf education as a teenager when she studied abroad at a Waldorf high school in the Netherlands. Now she is a certified Waldorf teacher with a BA in French from NYU and an MA in Education from Mount Mary University. She completed her teaching practicum in 2014 at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC.
Ms. Williams has been teaching for 14 years. Her first experience working as a Waldorf teacher began in 2010 when she co-taught 8th grade at Prairie Hill. Since 2011, she has been working at Tamarack Waldorf school where she has taught in grades K-8.
Ms. Williams has a huge appreciation for the arts and works part-time as a sign painter. She loves to roller skate, listen to audiobooks, frolic outdoors, and laugh really hard. Her favorite part of being a Waldorf teacher is having the daily opportunity to share, play, revere and wonder in the presence of inspiring human beings.
"A central objective of Waldorf teaching is to create a sense of wonder about each subject, even math." -Todd Oppenheimer, The Atlantic
Prairie Hill Waldorf School is committed to excellence in academics. The Waldorf approach aligns with current educational theory that learning should be age appropriate and multi-sensory, acquired not only through sight and sound, but also through touch, movement, imagination, and feeling. Students receive a comprehensive education that not only engages the intellect, but the whole child through head, heart and hands – an education that integrates the artistic and creative with the scientific and intellectual study.