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Mr. Welcher earned his B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in dance from Potsdam College (State University of New York). He obtained his M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. He received his Waldorf teacher training certificate through the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program in Chicago. Prior to coming to the Chicago Waldorf School, Mr. Welcher taught and coached swimming for 20 years – ranging from learn-to-swim classes to coaching a NCAA DIII National Champion at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC). He also taught biomechanics at the college level for 8 years, first two years as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University followed by six years at UWEC.
Mr. Welcher began teaching part-time at CWS in 2012 teaching 9th grade algebra and pre-algebra. He became a full-time faculty member in 2013. He has taught math from 7th-12th grades at CWS and is currently specializing in 7th and 8th grade math. He also teaches physics in the high school. Currently he teaches the 9th-11th grade physics blocks – Thermal Physics, Kinematics, and Electricity and Magnetism, respectively. He also teaches a bicycling mini-block in the 8th grade that explores the history, physics, and joy of bicycling, and which includes bicycling excursions through the city of Chicago.
Outside of his work at CWS, Mr. Welcher is actively involved in the Chicago dance community as a contact improviser, performer, and teacher. He is part of the team that facilitates the weekly Chicago contact improv (CI) jam and pre-jam class. He is a frequent guest CI teacher at DePaul University and Columbia College. Outside Chicago, he has had CI teaching roles that include NDEO’s Men in Dance Conference (University of West Virginia), Ontario Regional Jam (Toronto), and Contact Meets Contemporary Festival (Germany). He is currently in the midst of building and finding funding for a major performance project, Volledig, which explores the fallout and challenges for those who have survived the AIDS Crisis.