Coronado alumnus new director as Waldorf-philosophy charter school starts second yearDr. Evelyn Cortez-Ford has been hired as director of the Mountain Song Community School. Mountain Song is a Waldorf charter school that will start its second year in August at the old Whittier school, 2904 W. Kiowa St.
A 1982 Coronado High graduate, Ford replaces Mike Galvin, who served as interim director through most of the spring semester. He was brought in after organizational decisions by the school's governing board early this year that resulted in the departure of Neah Douglas, the original director and one of the school's founders.
She expressed eagerness about her new position, saying that one of the attractions to her about Waldorf is that it teaches the best thinking is not always “inside the box.”
The Mountain Song website includes the following about Rudolf Steiner, who was a leading founder of Waldorf education in the earlier 20th century. “Steiner felt that children needed a balanced development of their capacities to be prepared as adults to contribute to cultural renewal, instead of to the ongoing dehumanization of society. His aim wasn't to inculcate in children any particular viewpoint or ideology, but rather to make them so healthy, strong, and inwardly free that they would become a kind of tonic for society as a whole.”
In her post-graduate studies, Ford did not initially focus on Waldorf, but she's had recent exposure, working as a consultant at Mountain Song last semester while gaining her final credits toward a PhD in educational leadershp. When the director's position was advertised, she applied. “I felt my skill set and knowledge base could help,” she said.
Ford had previously taught elementary school for a total of 12 years in New Mexico and at Helen Hunt in District 11.
Mountain Song was started privately and has no attendance area, but as a state-chartered public school it receives a share of the state's per-pupil funding, Ford explained. The school has a lease agreement for the property from District 11.
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