Alabama Waldorf School Founder Returns To Teaching Roots

This fall, Alabama Waldorf School’s award-winning Parent-Toddler Program, Morning Garden, welcomes school founder Sheila Rubin as she takes up the teaching of a second session of parent-toddler classes. Ms. Rubin will lead a 10-week session on Tuesdays, beginning September 9th and ending November 18th, from 8:30-10am.

Ms. Rubin is excited to come back to her early childhood education roots, having established the school (then known as The Redmont School in the Waldorf Tradition) in 1987. In 2000, Ms. Rubin began teaching a class of 1st graders and subsequently “looped up” with them from year to year until their graduation in 2008. Ms. Rubin then left her position as a Grades Teacher and focused on mentoring other Waldorf teachers, as well as taking care of her grandchildren. She has enjoyed attending Linden Waldorf School’s Morning Garden program as a grandparent with her own grandchild.

It is with this wonderful combination of skills of teaching, mentoring, and parenting that Ms. Rubin joins long-time preschool teacher Holly Thompson in the Morning Garden program. Ms. Holly will lead the Thursday Morning Garden classes, also a 10-week session, beginning on September 18th and ending on November 20th, from 9-10:30am.

Both sessions will welcome parents and their young children (2 1/2 and under is recommended) for songs, poems, playtime in the Waldorf nursery classroom and playground, along with time for conversing about parenting and Waldorf philosophy. As a general guideline, Alabama Waldorf School’s early childhood education programs adopt many of the same practices in Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting book.

The cost of the 10-week session is $100. Email Rachel Baay at or call 205-592-0541 to register.Morning Garden sandbox


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