Janet Langley is an experienced Waldorf teacher and mentor. She walked into her first Waldorf classroom in 1986 and was instantly enamored with what she saw unfolding before her eyes: the warm environment, the enthusiastic students, a permeation of the arts, and the palpable love that existed between student and teacher. This experience led her to enroll her daughter in a Waldorf School and ultimately to become a teacher herself. (Rudolf Steiner College 1993, B.A. Waldorf Education) Janet graduated her first Waldorf class in 2001 and her second class in 2008. She has since been a school mentor, evaluator, and teacher training instructor. Currently she offers several workshops including; Teaching Literacy in Waldorf Grades 1-3 and Working with Consensus as a Spiritual Deed. Besides co-authoring The Roadmap to Literacy, Janet is co-creator of the website: www.waldorfinspirations.com., a free resource for Waldorf teachers with thousands of ideas for teaching grades K-8.
Although her work as a mentor and adult educator has been very rewarding, Janet’s greatest joys have been derived from the wonderful connections she still has with her former students. She has witnessed college graduations, marriages, held new babies, and rejoiced as these special young adults embark upon careers that are both supportive of society and personally rewarding.
Janet likes to travel the world with Jerry, her husband of over 45 years, ski, read, play golf, swim, go for walks in the woods, and spend as much time as possible with her daughter and two grandsons.
Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl has been a private Remedial Specialist since 2005. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Russian Studies (1994) and went on to complete two years of graduate work at The University of Kansas in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She took a job at Lindamood -Bell Learning Processes teaching remedial reading, math, and language comprehension. Soon after she realized that she had found her vocation: remedial education. She returned to school to get a degree in Waldorf education (Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, 2005) and has been working with Waldorf students ever since.
The inspiration to write The Roadmap to Literacy came when Jennifer realized that most of her Waldorf students fit a certain profile and that she could explain the roots of the problem and how to fix it by using her background in foreign languages and linguistics. She thought her observations would help current Waldorf teachers and future generations of students, so she began offering various workshops on remedial reading to area Waldorf schools. She wrote Roadmap with Janet Langley in order to engage a larger audience.
Since publishing Roadmap, Jennifer has dedicated her life to writing the sequel: Continuing the Journey to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 4 through 8. It picks up where Roadmap leaves off and expands outward to consider language arts in the entire Waldorf curriculum. Jennifer’s two books form a complete program for teaching language arts in Waldorf Schools grades 1–8. She calls this program Renewal of Literacy. Jennifer is the creator of www.roadmaptoliteracysite.com and www.renewalofliteracy.com.
Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl lives with her husband and their two cats.
If you have a question about the content of The Roadmap to Literacy or if you are having difficulties getting a copy, please contact the co-authors, Janet Langley and Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl.