Faculty Spotlight: Jack Cape

 

I grew up attending the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, MA from pre-K through eighth grade, after which I moved on to the local public high school. I remained in close contact with all my Waldorf friends, however, and my father became the high school English teacher, thus my connection to the school remained strong despite my absence.

I have maintained an incredibly strong connection with the Waldorf philosophy and beliefs, particularly the elements of imagination, storytelling, performance, and connection with nature. I attended Earlham College in Indiana, where I rubbed shoulders with a number of other Waldorf graduates, and studied International Relations and Environmental Studies. I was fortunate enough to gain acceptance to a study abroad program in New Zealand led by a pair of Earlham professors combining environmental science and anthropology, a trip that changed my life irrevocably for the better. My years at Earlham were interspersed with summers spent working for YMCA Camp Santa Maria here in Colorado, where I taught film and outdoor living in a sleepaway camp setting. I fell in love with this beautiful state, and the people I met here, and my first job out of undergrad was as Program Director of YMCA Camp Santa Maria. Over the past three years out of college I have spent ten months living and volunteering in Guatemala, and held contracts with a number of different youth leadership organizations all over the country: Vermont, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, to name a few of my favorites. I am incredibly excited to have settled in Colorado, and to join the Mountain Phoenix family as the First Grade Assistant!

What is your job at MPCS?

I am the first grade assistant teacher to Ms. Olivenza.

What are you looking forward to most this year in your job?

I am looking forward to working in a school environment, being a positive role model for a group of young children, and gaining experience in teaching and lesson planning.

What excites you most about Waldorf Education?

The emphasis on imagination, creativity, and individualism.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with friends, reading, writing, hiking, camping, exploring the outdoors, biking around Denver, running, and trying to expand my culinary horizons.