"Among the social challenges
that face us today, social
isolation is a phenomenon
that stands out in terms of
the emotional distress and
damage inflicted in childhood
that can color the rest of

our lives."

~The Social Inclusion Approach

(Read More HERE)

The Social Inclusion Process
seeks to deepen and further
existing socially-inspired
practice within the school
community. As social
inclusions is of community-
wide concern, teachers, parents
and students are actively
involved in the process.

WIWS Board//Social Inclusion Iniative

WIWS Board 2018-19

WIWS Board of Trustees

Leigh Bloom, President

Other Affiliations: Goosefoot Community Fund Board Member, Sound Water Stewards Trained Volunteer (Pigeon Guillemot Survey w/ Whidbey Audubon & Island County Marine Resources, SWS Digging 4 Dinner Classes, SWS Sound Water University, UW Coastal Observation & Seabird Survey Team), Hearts & Hammers Volunteer.


Caleb Thompson, Treasurer

Other Affiliations: Lead Developer Educator at MongoDB, NYC, NY. Chair of the Langley Woodmen Cemetery Board, Langley, WA.

Pam Engler, Board Member

Other Affiliations: Sole Proprietor, Engler Accounting Service; former Board member for Seattle Waldorf School, Hazel Wolf High School (now the Seattle Waldorf High School) and the Seattle Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.

MIchael Swenson, Board Member

Other Affiliations:  MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist serving students with special needs ages 3-21 in South Whidbey School District


Dyanne Harshman, Faculty Representative

Other Affiliations: M.S. Ed in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College, NY; adjunct faculty for Sound Circle Center for Anthroposophy in Seattle, regional representative and mentor, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.


Lori Barian, School Administrator

Other Affiliations: Board member, MaaViva: The Institute for Interconnectedness

Social Inclusion

The healthy social life is found
When, in the mirror of each human soul,
The entire community finds its reflection,
And when, in the community,
The virtue of each one is living.
                                        Rudolf Steiner—The Social Motto

The Whidbey Island Waldorf School is committed to healthy social interactions between students, teachers and all members of the school community. We acknowledge that conflict is a normal part of life that offers opportunities to learn about ourselves and each other. We value an environment of mutual respect, inclusion and safety. This value is implicit in the teaching curriculum and is further supported by our Social Inclusion Approach to conflict as developed by Kim John Payne, M.Ed.

"Intentional community takes a surprising amount of both inner (individual) and outer (community) effort. It is the interplay between the two that gives a community both its warmth and strength."  ~Social Inclusion Trainer Lesley Diaz

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