Faculty: Kate Daum-Bost

First Grade Assistant, Handwork Assistant, Art Teacher Grade 6-8

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Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Kate has strong Irish roots, which she honored by folk dancing for many years. A strong sense of community and appreciation of the arts were further imparted by her Catholic elementary education and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Kate studied Child Development and Spanish language, history and art at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and CEGRI in Granada, Spain. The hobby of playing guitar emerged in college with classes taken at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

She graduated with a B.S. from the College of Agriculture Consumer and Environmental Sciences and a Minor in Spanish from the U of I and then with many questions about the future chose to tour the country by working on biodynamic and organic farms. Kate learned large scale gardening and animal care and had the privilege of meeting and working with Waldorf students from Minneapolis and Chicago when they would visit one of the farms in Wisconsin.

Here in Michigan Kate has been working in childcare and early childhood education, organic farming and at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor while she completed her studies for a Certificate in Waldorf Education. She spent a year assisting first grade at RSSAA and a season assisting gardening classes with multiple grades. Kate spent multiple years at RSSAA substitute teaching for class teachers in the grades as well as special subject teachers for Spanish, Art and Handwork. She has subbed at the RSSAA Highschool for Math, English and Spanish. She has also been a substitute teacher for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Kate is inspired by stories from around the world, poetry, songs, art, nature and movement which is why she has chosen Waldorf Teaching as her focus. The insightful proclamations of children are not to be missed either. During her time working and learning she also expanded her fiber arts skills and in Chelsea, Michigan, Kate learned to spin wool fibers into yarn from a group called the Spinners Flock. She learned to crochet at DWS, volunteering with the handwork classes there years ago. She has given her creativity over the years to such projects as a farm market booth collective called the Folktory and a performance space called The Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor.

Kate gets her practical knowledge of children by co-parenting, with her husband Ian, their daughter Greta who is currently 8 years old. They like talking, being musical, riding bikes, reading, hanging out with the neighbors and playing with their dog Lily Su together. Kate has enjoyed following Greta through her school journey and volunteered extensively on the board of Stone School Cooperative Preschool and with the Fall Fun Fest at Pittsfield Elementary in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kate Daum-Bost is anticipating an amazing journey with the school community of Detroit Waldorf School. Kate is very grateful for the opportunity to work in Detroit with its many layers of history, its good food, music, art and gardens and its awesome, creative people.

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