The role of the Waldorf teacher is to understand and engage each student's individual learning needs in order to awaken and inspire their capacity for self-initiated learning and long-term academic success.

All of our class teachers are certified or are seeking to achieve certification in Waldorf teacher training. Teachers upgrade and refresh their Waldorf training by participating in professional development sessions and conferences, and summer courses and workshops. In addition to their Waldorf qualifications, our teachers come to us with a wide variety of formal and in-service educational credentials. Some have advanced degrees, others have public school teaching experience and certification. In addition to being teachers, many of our faculty members have achieved excellence in other fields.

Although each child at the London Waldorf School has one major class teacher, our faculty sees teaching as a collaborative enterprise. A variety of class and subject teachers will contribute to each child's learning experience. In addition, the teachers meet regularly to study, share teaching experiences, discuss pedagogical and curricular matters, and coordinate details of the school routine. Like most Waldorf schools, the London Waldorf School has no principal. The Faculty selects a pedagogical chairperson and an administrative chairperson from among the teachers. A pedagogical committee is selected to oversee the pedagogical work of the school, including teacher evaluation, standards, and teacher development and concerns.

Tara De Luca

Kindergarten Lead Teacher                                                                                                                      ECE Chair

B.A. University of Waterloo. Certified to Teach English as a Second Language in Ontario. Previously was the After School Care Provider for four years, and office administrative assistant for two years at LWS. Completed Introduction to Working with Children from Birth to Three. Currently in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy.  

At LWS since 2006. 

 

Dana Lascelles

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

B.A. University of Western Ontario.  In-service training at London Waldorf School. Waldorf Early Childhood professional development courses though Rudolf Steiner Institute, Maine.  Preschool Kindergarten Assistant/Lead teacher, Parent and Child lead teacher and off-campus drop-in play group leader, all at London Waldorf School. Two years home-based daycare.  

At LWS since 2002.   

Michelle Brooks

Licensed Toddler Program Lead Teacher
Licensed Childcare Supervisor

Michelle is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in History at Concordia University and her Bachelor of Education in the Primary-Junior Consecutive Program at York. Additionally, she has completed courses in Teacher Education including: Childhood Education, Librarianship and Reading, and Special Education, Behaviour, as well as a Diversity Initiative in Teacher Education.   Michelle recently completed her Early Childhood Education Diploma.

At LWS since 2015.

 

Myriam Hammami

Licensed Preschool Program Lead Teacher
 

Myriam has a BSc in Biology and has been an environmental educator for 10 years. She has worked with children of all ages through a variety of programs: including art camps, First Nations art programs, theatre-based outdoor environmental programs, in-class environmental programs, ESL and international youth projects. Most recently she led a parent and child program and ran a nature-based home preschool called "Little Gnomes" in Halifax, NS. Myriam has completed part one of the Foundations Studies through the Rudolf Steiner Centre.

At LWS since 2012.

Elida Lika

Licensed Toddler Program Assistant
Aftercare Provider

Elida has her Bachelor of Elementary Education in the faculty of Science from her native Albania. She taught Grades One to Four for six years before coming to London, where she volunteered as a teacher assistant in Grade One and two years in the Parent and Child program. She has been the before/aftercare provider at LWS since 2007 and Nursery assistant since 2010.

Elvira Kubat Schulz

Kindergarten Assistant

Kindergarten Teacher for eight years at the German Language School London. Training courses taken at the German Language School.  Elvira recently completed her Early Childhood Educator Diploma from Fanshawe College. She is a registered Early Childhood Educator with the CECE in Toronto.

At LWS since 2007.

Heidi Gemmell

Parent & Child Lead Teacher                                                                                                             Licensed Toddler Program Assistant 

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Visual Arts and  B.Ed. with Honours, University of Western Ontario.

Recipient of the Dorothy Emery Memorial Award in Visual Arts Education presented at Althouse, U.W.O. for excellence in art education both in practicum and at the faculty of education. Seven years experience teaching art camps and classes to small groups of children out of her home.

At LWS since 2012.

Tanya Naha

Licensed Preschool Program Assistant
Aftercare Provider

Tanya is a recent graduate of the early childhood leadership degree program from Fanshawe College and is a registered early childhood educator. 

At LWS since 2015.

Patricia Romero

Kindergarten Assistant

Registered Early Childhood Educator graduated from Fanshawe College. Joined LWS as a volunteer in 2015 and has worked as a supply teacher for the Licensed Preschool Program and Kindergarten in 2016. 

Marsha Horn

Kindergarten Assistant                                                                                                                                After Care Provider

B.A. in Human Ecology (Family Studies) and Minor in Sociology from Brescia University College (UWO). Has worked within elementary schools for 7 years running various programs including the Before and After School program. 

 

Sarah Cooper

Grade One Class Teacher
Remedial Teacher

Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queens University, Kingston.  Foundation Studies and Teacher Education Certificate, Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Completed three-year Healing Education and Remedial Training (HEART) at the Toronto Waldorf School. 

At LWS since 2006.

 

Imke Jorgensen

Grade Two Class Teacher
Grade School Department Chair, Gardening Teacher, German Teacher

M.A. in Anthropology from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.  Creation of naturalized playground as a parent volunteer.

Teaching At LWS since 2001.

 

Melissa Hambleton

Grade Three Class Teacher 
Music and Choir Teacher

Melissa was on the Dean’s Honour List for both her Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate Division (Vocal Music), and her Bachelor of Music, Honours Music Education with Distinction, which she received from Western University in 2004 and 2005. She also obtained a certificate in Special Education Part One at Western University.

 

 

Philip Hartman

Grade Four Class Teacher
Games Teacher, Phys Ed, Sculpting Teacher

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Waldorf Teacher Certificate, Rudolf Steiner Centre 2013. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Pre-apprenticeship degree in Aviation Mechanics, Pre-apprenticeship degree in General Machining. 

At LWS since 2014.

 

Sue McCarthy

Grade Five Class Teacher
Art Teacher

Early Childhood and Grade School studies Rudolph Steiner Centre, Cape Town. BA, B.Ed University of Natal. Five years teaching High School History and English, and ten years working with previously disadvantaged children in community-run education initiatives in South Africa. Seven years teaching in Early Childhood Education, and three years Grade School subject lesson teaching. 

At LWS since 2006.

 

 

Jessica Deakin

Grade Six Class Teacher
Language Arts, Crafts, Phys Ed, and Outdoor Games Teacher 

BA in Environmental studies, an MA in Geography, a BA in Education for the junior/intermediate level, and an MA in Educational Psychology. She has taught in Japan, in England, in the Thames Valley School Board and at LWS (supply teaching). She has also worked in the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis at LHSC. 

At LWS since 2015.

 

Reka Borbely

Grade Seven Class Teacher
Physical Education, Rhythm and Movement, and Math Teacher

B.Ed., Catholic Teacher Training of Esztergom, Hungary and University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Hungarian Primary Teaching Certificate, Ontario Teaching Certificate. Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy.

At LWS since 2001.

 

Kim Quai

Grade Eight Class Teacher 
Music Teacher, Crafts Teacher

B.A. Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines; B.Ed. Brock University; Additional qualifications in Special Education and Reading; Art and Supply teacher for District School Board of Niagara; Piano teacher; Three years at Trillium Waldorf School in Guelph. Currently in Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy.

At LWS since 2011.

 

 

 

Merwin Lewis

Supplementary Main Lesson and Enrichment Teacher
Pedagogical Chair

Twenty-seven years of experience as a teacher. Board member of the LWS for thirty-three years. M.Music., M.L.S. Indiana University. Past faculty member at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, Maine, for summer courses. Composer, poet, and playwright. Past Board member and present Foundations Studies instructor for the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto.

Mary Ashton

Violin Teacher

B.Ed., University of Western Ontario; Honours B.A. Music University of Western Ontario. Ms. Ashton comes to us with many years of teaching experience in private, classroom and small group instruction. At LWS since 2002.

 

Rebecca Soltan

Cello Teacher

Rebecca began playing cello at the age of 11 at St. Mary’s Choir School in London.  Cello has continued to be part of her life since and she has performed as part of the London Youth Symphony, the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Community Orchestra.  She has also enjoyed being part of small ensembles that play new compositions for university students, quartets or duets at weddings and sharing music with friends in her home.  Helping to create a cello program at London Waldorf School in 2013 was a new endeavour and a change from her role as Business Manager at the school.        

 

Sandra Paterson

Learning Resource Teacher

After graduating as Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), Sandra attended the Waldorf Teacher Education Centre in Brazil, for one year and then for sixteen years used the teachings of Rudolf Steiner with her young clients in her private SLP practice in Brazil. Sandra is also a potter.

At LWS since 2012.

Dagmar "Dasha" Kovar

Handwork Teacher, Homeschooling Coordinator

M.Sc. in Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague; Pedagogy and Psychology for teachers, Charles University in Prague; supply teaching in our Grade School and Early Childhood Education program for number of years.  Dasha is an accomplished fibre artist and former parent at LWS. She graduated with honours from the Artist-Educator Skills Development course at the Royal Conservatory in 2009. Teaching at LWS since 2007.

 

Hélѐne Lau

French Teacher

Hélѐne grew up in France. She earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Neurosciences from McGill University. Advanced diploma in Behavioural Sciences from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON. Experience with teaching students with special needs for 4 years in a French Elementary School in London. At LWS since 2017.

 

 

Berit Strasser

French Teacher
Art Teacher

Eleven years of Rudolf Steiner school education in Switzerland. BFA from Mt. Allison University in visual arts. AMT Diploma with C.A.H.T. designation. Teaching experience since 1997 with children and adults in private classes, tutoring, camp settings and group lectures. Three years of ECE teaching in NB, Canada.   Completed Renewal courses "Painting Through the Grades in Waldorf School" in 2014 and "Teaching Secondary Languages Grades 1 to 3" in 2015.

At LWS since 2011.

Sabrina Lehnen

German Teacher

Master of Education in Special Needs Education, Teaching German, and English as a Second Language from University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany. Recently completed summer training in World Languages at the Toronto Waldorf School. Teaching experience since 2011 with children with special needs, private adult tutoring in English and German, volunteering at the TVSB, and camp settings.  Montessori School graduate from Montessori Secondary School in Bad Honnef, Germany.

 

 

Ruth Baer

Administrative Chairperson

Business Manager at London Waldorf school from 2007 to 2014. Previously Parent and Child Assistant for two years. Operated own bookkeeping business for ten years. Eighteen years of experience in business and office management. 

 

Carol Lewis

Administrative Assistant

In Administration since 2007. Twenty-four years of experience as a Waldorf teacher.  Active founding member of LWS in 1980.  Waldorf Teacher Education Program, Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto.  B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University.  Four years of experience university teaching.  

 

Leigh Ann Preston-Gansevles

Marketing Coordinator

Fifteen years experience in business administration, including budget management and creation and implementation of marketing strategy.  Owned and operated a small business for five years.  Over the years, has coordinated events and marketing endeavours for several health care facilities, as well as for her own business.  Volunteer and fundraising experience includes LWS Parent Association Co-Chair from 2011 to 2015.  

 

Annette Trovato

Office and Admissions Coordinator

B.A., University of Waterloo; Montessori Teacher Certificate, Foundation for Montessori Education, Toronto, Ontario; Computerized Office Certificate, Fanshawe College. Four years of teaching experience in Montessori schools. Thirteen years of experience in administration. In administration at LWS since 2000. 

 

Mel Quevillon

Enrolment Coordinator

B.A. Spanish, B.Sc. Honours Biology, M.Sc. Environmental Management in Mining, Queen's University.  17 years experience as a Community Organizer for non-profit youth, environmental, and social justice initiatives.  LWS Parent Association Co-Chair from 2012 to present.  LWS Enrolment Coordinator since 2013.

 

Sumeet Khullar

Manager of Finance

CPA-CA with fifteen years of progressive management experience in various finance roles for both large and small corporations, including audit, internal controls, financial reporting and budgeting functions. Experiences are varied from both public and private sector. B.Comm, University of Toronto. At LWS since 2016.

 

Max Lucas


Before Care Provider

 

Sally Carlton

After Care Provider

 

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