Sixth Grade Class Teacher
Trina Lacey’s journey to Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) began during her undergraduate years at Sarah Lawrence College. One of her closest friends was Miki Lubrano ’99, an HVS alumnus who always spoke highly of the school.
“She brought me for a visit to the farm during one of our fall breaks, and I held that experience in the back of my mind through my other teaching experiences,” Trina said.
Years later, Trina has joined the HVS faculty to lead the rising sixth grade class.
A Michigan native, Trina came from a home of educators. In college, she pursued her interested in English and Language Arts and studied Creative Writing and the Humanities at Sarah Lawrence College. Her interest in teaching began through a work study with Americorps where she had the chance to work in Head Start programs in the Bronx.
That experience led her to continue on with internships and summer camp positions that involved working with children, spending time in therapeutic programs. These included The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, and Green Chimneys Children’s Services, a residential school and farm in Upstate New York.
“The farm rescues and rehabilitates animals, and the school serves children who have been through trauma,” she said. “We did farm chores and animal care together, and it was a great experience to see the effect of the animals had on the children.”
Trina received her Master of Arts in Education degree from the City College of New York while completing the New York City Teaching Fellowship. She spent five years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Manhattan.
Later, when working at a boarding school in Arizona, Trina had the opportunity to tour the Seattle Waldorf School in Washington, and was hooked.
“I was intrigued by the teacher-student relationship,” she said. “The focus Waldorf education puts on the individual child, the fact that the teacher is able to truly know each one and create learning experiences to reflect that is remarkable. I think what a lot of parents out there want is for their child to be really seen.”
Trina then pursued her Waldorf Teacher Certification with the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan while teaching part-time at The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. She is excited to now be living in the Hudson Valley and leading the sixth grade at Hawthorne Valley, where she can take advantage of the Farm to enhance the students’ learning.
“Recently, in our study of early Rome and the Latin language, we discussed the importance of cattle to that culture. We learned the word impecunious, meaning ‘penniless’ in English, and traced its etymology back to the Latin roots – lacking cattle. The class came up with all kinds of sentences about Hawthorne Valley’s wealth in cows! Of course, we took the opportunity to visit the farm and teach the cows some Latin.”
In her spare time, Trina enjoys spending time outdoors, writing fiction, and volunteering with hospital outreach through her former summer camp network.