#SpringhouseStories: The Tale of a Teacher
- Written by Haley Leopold, Springhouse Lead Teacher -
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who was wildly creative. She could imagine entire realms and saw the magic in the world around her.
As the young girl grew up, however, schoolwork became more important than her deep wonder and imagination. She was reminded, over and over, about the importance of good grades, and, gradually, her creative endeavors fell to the wayside. Memorizing notes and completing homework overshadowed the magic she so loved.
Fast forward several years into the future: The girl is now a young woman studying education in college. She is uninspired and caught up in the daily onslaught of papers and readings and lesson plans. She is determined to bring some creativity and magic into her future profession, but is struggling to envision what that could look like.
One day, she crosses paths with a magical woman who co-founded a school way out in the Blue Ridge Mountains, hours from her university. The young woman is inspired by this woman’s stories about this unique school, and, since she is hoping to do things differently as a teacher herself, she gladly accepts the woman’s invitation to visit the school.
During her time there, the young woman noticed that the young people at this school - Springhouse Community School - were excited about their learning and were supported to explore their curiosities and passions - unlike her younger self. She quickly realized that there was a lot of potential for magic here.
So, she took the leap. As a volunteer, then as adjunct faculty, and eventually as one of the core staff members, the young woman’s passion for learning and creativity were encouraged and acknowledged as important gifts to the community.
Now, the young woman knows the power of her wild creativity and has used it to reimagine learning and curriculum, to sing and play guitar, and to design an entire website. She had finally found a place where her wildly creative self was honored and brought to life.
She had finally found the place where magic truly does happen. And it happens every day.