My name is Sam Dourson, and I am a teacher, a mother, and a learner. I grew up in the small beach town of Carlsbad, California, surrounded by expansive natural beauty. The sun and sea provided endless inspiration, wonder and healing for me. I developed a deep admiration for the wilderness at an early age, where I was drawn to interact with its beauty - from the oceans to the deserts to the rugged mountains or the beautiful Sequoia or Redwood forests. I could often be found out in the surf with my father or just watching the sun set into the Pacific. Wherever I looked, I found endless beauty and inspiration in the sights, sounds and smells - the plants, animals and landscapes around me.
I also found a love of travel, where I encountered different landscapes and architecture, flora and fauna, music and dance, food, craft and culture. These still play a big role in my life today.
As a young adult, I graduated from university with a BSc in Business Administration – Marketing (Hons) and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and London before having three lovely children. After my first child was born we joined our local Waldorf school’s Parent and Child class and I became increasingly involved in Waldorf education and the movement.
In 2012, my family and I moved to the UK, where my impulse and involvement continued to grow. I took up various trainings, including a Waldorf Practical Skills Therapeutic Education course, the Handwork Teachers course, alongside leading monthly parent craft workshops, running parent and child sessions and teaching handwork. I then completed the Steiner Teacher Training while I worked as an assistant and cover teacher before taking on my own class as Class Teacher.
My teaching impulse has largely derived from a longstanding and deep interest in the healing aspects of education. Our children deserve a rich, creative and curative education. The joy and continual challenge of stimulating a deeper sense of beauty and truth for the children of today is a fundamental aim for me.
- Steiner Teacher Training - West of England Steiner Teacher Training (WESTT)
- Waldorf Handwork Teacher Training - UK Waldorf Handwork Training Course (Gloucestershire, UK)
- Steiner Practical Skills Teacher Development Course - Pyrites PSTDC (Gloucestershire, UK)
- Simplicity Parenting Coach - Simplicity Parenting (certificated)
- BSc (Hons) Business Management & Marketing - San Jose State University, USA