Baruch Simon was born in Detroit, Michigan were he attended Upland Hills, a private arts-based-eco school run on renewable technology. The focus of Upland Hills is finding the unique gifts inherent in each child and supporting those gifts through nurturance, patience, play and love. Surrounded by music and the arts since birth, Baruch began studying piano at the age of 8 and continued his study of music including instrumental, choral and percussive genres. Baruch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 2001.
After undergraduate education, Baruch chose to travel extensively throughout the country working on organic farms through a work exchange program called Willing Workers on Organic Farms. Serendipic circumstances led him to explore the Waldorf programs while working at a farm in Carmichael, Ca. The intrigue of Waldorf education led Baruch to his first teaching position in a Waldorf school, serving as an assistant in Redbird Kindergarten at the Waldorf Kinderhaus in Southfield, Michigan. After a year as an assistant, he chose to pursue a graduate degree, which focused on Waldorf Education at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH. Upon graduating he earned a Master’s Degree in Education, a Waldorf Teaching Certificate and a New Hampshire State teaching credential.
Baruch joined the Yuba River Charter School faculty in 2007 teaching third grade to the class of 2013. Baruch now teaches Rose Kindergarten and is thrilled to be working in the Yuba River Community. Through completion of the North Cost Beginning Teacher Support Association (BTSA), he currently holds a preliminary CA credential. Baruch is in the final stages of applying for his California Clear Credential, which he intends to complete the summer of 2012.