Interview #2 - Julie and Milan Joinson

Recorded August 8, 2019 Archived August 8, 2019 12:14 minutes
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Mom & Daughter talk about how they found WSSD and the journey from 1st grade through 12th!


  • Milan Joinson-Szekerka
  • Julie Joinson
  • Liza Ferraro

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00:02 Hello, this is why is frro with the Waldorf School of San Diego. I'm here today to interview some good friends, parents and her daughter. Julie joints in is our admissions director, but she's here talking to us today as a parent and her beautiful daughter hair. Milan joints and secure Secure Care to answer some questions. About to her journey. They started I believe well let them tell the story. Here we go. High Milan, how are you? Hi, Julie. So we're having some fun with these interviews and just trying to get a little bit more flavor of all the different people and their stories of what brought them here. You know, what was your journey like, so maybe it will let you start with when he started. What year was that when he started in 2002 and we were in San Diego. In a school that I didn't particularly feel like a good fit at Milan did fine. I'm not sure I did quite as wine on your way to

01:02 Tree skirt, and it was a very academic public school. So they were reading and writing and doing math, and worksheets. And I was just looking for something else, but I didn't know what I was looking for. And then I read an article about Waldorf education in the free magazine. The San Diego reader and I it was a ten-thousand word article. I devoured it. There was a picture on the front cover with an early childhood teacher with two Little Tots and a chicken. Oh my gosh, it was a teacher or the chicken, but maybe it would fall if you was like, how how do we come there? And we came and looked at the school and I was blown away by the kindergarten teachers soft voices and just a lovely smell. It smells like bread baking and the

02:02 Add, rosy cheeks and and I took the tour and there were chickens on the kindergarten yard, which I thought was amazing. And honestly, I know it's probably not the highest criteria to choose a school, but I chose the school because the teachers had soft voices in the school had chicken. It's just as good as such a vast difference. From you have a memory of like a play-based and more about like caring for the children. Other than like something I remember from my old school was just like whistle blowing, like, why would you blow a whistle and like a five or six year old child, get their attention on the playground whenever they needed him. It would just blow the whistle by here at was seeing all of the soft voices, and it was just like, rather than demand.

03:02 To do something. It was like cold. Can you please help me with this? I will start singing, or something completely different thoughtful, loving environment than it was just crazy to see the, the 184 who was your teacher at that time? That was first grade. Miss Veronica, Veronica, Fisher, very first teacher and Mine by the way, because she had to take me and handle. I'm just really help me find a different path because I was on the Baby Einstein. I was teaching Milan six languages at the same time. She was six, I was teaching Chris Swahili because I have such a relationship to the African language.

04:02 The time, that's what the world was telling me that you was a vessel to be filled. And then I came here and the approach was so different and so, calm study. I'm very rhythmic. That was one of the things I learned that children should have a rhythmic life. What was one of the hardest things? Like, in the beginning that you felt like? Oh my God, I think that the big thing was melania's going to bed at 9 and at the Waldorf School. They recommended 7 so you can imagine how many hours out of the day? Yeah. I got a new one back to 8:45 and you try that on for size and then maybe a week later, you go to 8:30 and it was just such common sense. But in my initial, you know fluster, I was like how, how would I do that? But they're so calm. And so helpful.

05:02 Really? It was putting Milan in the center and saying, this is what raising children can be like, it can be beautiful, and it can be calm and it can be wondrous rather than get resonated. So strongly with you. Like, you the truth was spoken and you just knew it and you didn't know how to do it with these amazing little ones and I only have one do you know, so I felt a great deal of pressure to get it right the first time but they really are their own human being and that wasn't how I was parenting co-parenting again is if you know, she was something that I had to fill up with information and and it was just a completely different way of doing things here. And and then, of course, she stayed here and was here for 13 years. I'm all the way through the high school, graduation class of 2015.

06:02 You like it was a hard transition that at that age, where was pretty simple. I think it was pretty simple just because I was so young. So obviously, like looking back now you can like kind of realize and think about more things, which this is interesting cuz he knows today everything. So fast-paced and the next thing, what are we doing now? What's for dinner? What's for this? With such as like such a go, go, go society that were in. And that's, that's just how it is. But here, it just really makes you think about, you put thought into what you're doing, and really like, okay. What am I doing? Am I going to give this my full effort? I want to let you know, make everything count. Whether it's, you know, from little things to make things. I think that was like a mindset transition that was definitely definitely needed and worth it for sure. You had mentioned pitching like I so are you still? I mean, your journey through eighth grades. Do you remember any highlights from that that you? And I always loved like camping trip.

07:02 Somehow out of the classroom and just bring Salt Lake classmates and everyone a little bit closer, just cuz I guess it's a new experience cell for me. Camping trips going to Zion and even like that medieval times and the pentathlon. All those things were just, you know, you don't experience those in a typical school. So it's just those things. Stick out tremendously for me. I think as a parent for you to think it's a way of synthesizing information also, right? So you learn about the Medieval Times in the 6th grade classroom and you're learning about the rise and fall of the Roman Republic and and maybe it's a little bit more abstract and then you go into a real setting running about the Greeks in 5th grade and then you go into a Greek pentathlon.

08:02 Synthesizing the information and bringing it all together into a real experience. That I think you don't find a lot in other schools. I think that's a whole lot of Waldorf education, quiet about it and trying to imagine it, you know, you get to experience it for yourself in this kind of little life and times. So and then you went on to the high school. I was looking forward to kind of going to high school because obviously, you know, and the younger grades you don't get graded. Which I think now is great cuz you can focus on really enjoying school and playing and learning but what about the pressure to, you know, have to get certain grades. So when I went to high school, then I feel like I had more of an appreciation for like, who I really want to try to get an a witch's was motivating. Not because it was pressure, but just because it was something to strive for and do my best. So I enjoy the transition from kind of 8th grade to high school in seeing that.

09:02 Yeah. Yeah, and since you've been sleeping for word, I mean, what did he say? What have you been doing since the high school? So yeah, I started I wasn't sure exactly where it, what path I wanted to go on for a study because that's one of the other great things about Waldorf you learn a bit about everything. So what do I do? So I had the first did a little bit of chemistry. I ended up going a little business and then I realized that I really enjoy learning about people and culture and kind of the difference is what brings us together. So I thought, what, what would be a major that could kind of fit that aspect that I love. So, I decided on anthropology State University and, oh, my gosh, that is really good. I'm going to throw something in here. As a proud mom. I would never say herself. She just made the Dean's List.

10:02 Under her major anthropology, which is really exciting. And she was just invited to be a face on the school website, on San Diego, State's website. I'm again, on the anthropology and the Arts and letters school. And I think that's nice. It's a, it's a nice. Yeah. I just think what even my daughter recently spoke to the SAT thing and learn it take on a Sunday. So it sounds like you just found exactly the nets for you. And that's so exciting. I am super proud. That's really neat. Good for you. Yeah, it's always really nice to see any of the graduates. I feel like you guys are like, you know, if celebrities frankly, it does, it feels cuz we've been here a long time and

11:02 Awesome. I hope that you can come to the Rose Ceremony. This coming September is going to be pretty neat cuz he's going to bring some kleenex for me. I'm happy tears. But when we, when we go to the graduations, it doesn't.

11:26 No, I hundred percent agree. Kids are our children are all part of my life and my daughter's life. And so I cried a lot of Milan's, graduation, happy tears, but I also will cry at you, or do I send everybody else is and it's just, it's a gift to watch them, grow over that time. And see them Blossom from Tiny children into full-grown young adults as a blessing on what a pleasure to talk with you today. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you.