by Jessie Cartwright, 4th Grade Teacher and DWS Alumna
Kathy Metsch, who served as Administrative Director of The Denver Waldorf School from 2001-2005, passed away on July 20, 2015. Kathy’s time with us on this earth was cut short when difficulties arose in her recovery from meningioma brain tumor surgery. She will be remembered by the DWS community for her time as a committed parent, for her guidance and leadership, and for her love and support of her many colleagues. As we look towards the beginning of a new school year, it is paramount that we look back first and reflect upon one who made the journey of The Denver Waldorf School bright and full of meaning.
In 1980, Kathy and her husband David were new parents seeking a supportive community and a loving environment for their five-month old daughter Sarah. Kathy met Nancy Blanning in a mother’s support group provided through the Free University. Three years later, the stars aligned, and with an angelically-inspired solution to the dilemma of where Sarah would attend school, Kathy turned to The Denver Waldorf School. Nancy Blanning accepted her into the kindergarten class she was teaching at DWS. Kathy’s dedication and commitment to DWS was inspiring from the moment she enrolled her daughter into the student body. Sarah continued to attend DWS for grades K-12.
As Kathy’s work concluded with the Cherry Creek School System, DWS was in need of an Administrative Director to help navigate the school in a new direction and secure our foundation for a new campus at 940 Fillmore Street. As the Administrative Director, Kathy offered her expertise and guidance in countless ways. One of her enormous gift was her people skills. Kathy offered sincere warmth and interest to everyone. She was a peace-maker and always strove to find harmony in all she encountered during her days working with parents, colleagues, and the greater Waldorf community. Knowing when the time was right to let the school grow and evolve beyond what she could shepherd, Kathy stepped aside, humbly, with generous mindfulness, and full of integrity.
We mourn Kathy’s absence in our Waldorf family, and send her family our deepest condolences. As this year begins may we remember her ability to listen with integrity, observe the best in every single person we meet, and hold each other in warmth and respect for the unique gifts each of us brings to this continuing journey of education. We stand on the shoulders of giants in more than one way here at The Denver Waldorf School. Kathy Metsch will remain a beacon, guiding light, the fixed North Star, the giant whose shoulders continue to support us, as we do our very best work with children each day. We will carry Kathy’s legacy forward in our hearts and memory as DWS moves on to begin a new school year.