Dawn Imes Handwork and Woodwork

Dawn Imes

Handwork and Woodwork


Dawn has been our practical arts teacher at Prairie Hill for more than 16 years. She is mom to three Prairie Hill Graduates. Before joining Prairie Hill Dawn was the handwork teacher at the Milwaukee Urban Waldorf, and was an artist in residence and potter at Bardstown Elementary and High School in Kentucky.

Dawn completed her BA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, IL. She has taken several Waldorf Teacher Training courses at Mt. Mary College, in Milwaukee and participated in various Waldorf workshops and trainings.


Mrs. Imes lives and breathes Waldorf philosophy, bringing a deep appreciation for the value the arts instill in the human spirit. She encourages her students to always practice, and reminds them that the process is more important than the outcome. This creates confidence in her students to develop their skills and focus on the task at hand without distraction. Her kind and gentle demeanor ensures her students know that in her they have someone who will always believe in them and encourage them.


Applied Arts

"If you've had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship—or learn a software program you've never touched. It's not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can't do. Why couldn't you? Why couldn't anybody?" -Peter Nitze, Alumni of Waldorf Education, Harvard, and Stanford


Students learn knitting, sewing, and woodwork. Learning these practical skills teaches the children patience, persistence, and perseverance.


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