The Honolulu Waldorf School organizational structure is set up to serve the community of children, teachers, parents and friends.
The day to day operation and decision making is entrusted to the Leadership Team made up of the Administrative Director, High School Chair, Lower School Chair, Early Childhood Chair and Collegium Chair (currently vacant). The Administrative Director works with the Board of Trustees who is responsible for the corporate functioning of the school including legal and financial matters, strategic planning, and fund development.
The Administrative Staff supports the work of the teachers through its work on admissions, communication, financial management and development, facilities management and technology.
Full-time faculty members comprise the Collegium and are committed to the principles of Waldorf education and the Honolulu Waldorf School. Each individual teacher and administrative staff member is responsible for fulfilling his/her particular task, and in joining with colleagues in the Collegium, is responsible as part of a group for the integrity of the educational foundation of the school. The foundation holds Waldorf education as a spiritual impulse based on Anthroposophy, the name given to the science of the spirit initiated by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education.
While the Collegium works as a whole, there are also the parts of the whole that have their own focus as the developing child grows from Early Childhood through High School. Each department meets weekly to discuss the children, the festival life, curriculum needs, and relevant business pertaining to the department. Decisions are made as needed. The Early Childhood Department is led by Cindy Sydow and meets every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; the Lower School Department, led by Mary Jo AbiNader and the High School Department, led by Nicole Lueker meets every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
To ensure the integrity of the spiritual and pedagogical foundations of the school, a group has been established to prepare and facilitate the study and deepening of the Collegium work at its weekly meeting.
The Leadership Team is the executive committee of the Collegium and is charged with the day-to-day leadership and management of school operations, to ensure healthy communication between departments, faculty members and the parent community. It is responsible for employment including assessment and evaluation, student welfare, parent communication and coordination of whole school development and activities. The Leadership Team affirms the decisions of the mandate groups and seeks to lead through collaboration and cooperation.
Administrative Staff Members function in vital roles of support for the Collegium, parents, and Board of Trustees. Staff see to the details of the daily running of the school so that students can learn, teachers can teach, and parents and Board members can be assured that the school is functioning well. Staff is led by the Administrative Director.
Mandate Groups are given the responsibility to make decisions in the areas assigned. All decisions are affirmed by the Leadership Team. Mandate Groups implement activities in major areas of responsibility. Groups can co-opt members of the community to assist in fulfilling group tasks. This year our groups are:
1. Care and Beautification
2. Community Celebrations
3. North Star
4. Ohana Kokua/Student Care
5. Community Connections
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the legal entity of the school and is responsible for financial and legal matters; it oversees the corporate functioning of the school. The board consists of parents, faculty, and community members who are committed to the school’s mission and vision. The Board works closely with the Administrative Director and Leadership Team to set long range goals for the school.