Originally from Miami, Florida, Hilary attended college and graduate school outside of Philadelphia; Muhlenberg College for undergraduate and Bryn Mawr Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research for her graduate degree. Her first introduction to Waldorf education came when her now step-son was attending preschool at a Waldorf school in Hawaii at age 4. Julia and Stephen (mom and dad to the boys) were attracted to the use of play, the focus on the whole child, including spirit, and the engagement with stories of the natural world for teaching. What continued to draw Hilary in was her observation that Waldorf teaching methods seemed grounded in development rather than formed by outside constructed standards of when a subject “should” be taught and why. Hilary noticed that Waldorf education appears to take a strengths-based approach that invites to the table the uniqueness of each child, hones in on the social connections with and stewardship of people and environment, and is guided by a balance that welcomes play and creativity.
In 2016, Hilary and her family came to Tucson Waldorf School from Hawaii , where both boys had been enrolled in Waldorf since EC. Her step-son Addo graduated from TWS in 2018 and her step-son Drake currently attends TWS in middle school.
In her free time, Hilary likes to do pretty much anything that is outside and active and ideally near water; indoor rock climbing; writing; gardening; camping; exploring; doing new things and, since coming to the Tucson Waldorf School, she has started to learn to play the cello.