Dr. Lucy Chartier learned about Waldorf Education in 1984 while a graduate student pursing a degree in Humanistic Education and Clinical Psychology. She was awaiting the birth of her first daughter and envisioned a different education for her children than what the mainstream approach was offering at the time. Looking for an education that would address the whole person and developing child, including nurturing the “inner life”, was important to her. An education that would not stifle a child’s enthusiasm, joy, and motivation and that would not promote the increased anxiety she was witnessing in school children was of paramount importance to her.
Lucy went on to co-found the Oakland Steiner School in Oakland County, Michigan in 1990, a school based on the principles of Waldorf Education. Later, she moved with her young family to Chapel Hill so they could attend the Emerson Waldorf School and be closer to Lucy’s family of origin. Her daughters graduated from Emerson Waldorf School after grade 8.
In 2018, Lucy co-founded Raleigh Oak Charter School. After the successful opening of that school, Lucy still held the vision to bring a school to Raleigh that could fully realize the principles of Waldorf Education utilizing the pedagogical indications of Rudolf Steiner without constraint of the NC Standard Course of Study.
The Waldorf teacher is inspired to create a balance between the three soul faculties: thinking, feeling, willing. Children are held in reverence and taught to respect themselves, all of humanity, and Mother Earth. Through this process children are guided to cultivate their innate strengths, to develop personal confidence, and to develop compassion for others. The learning process, too, is threefold, engaging head (thinking), heart (feeling), and hands (doing). Teachers nurture and engage children through a curriculum and methodology that integrates academics, arts and practical skills.