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Our teachers share a deep respect for children and a commitment to lifelong learning, both for their students and for themselves.

They strive to bring scholarship and community values to life through their actions in the classroom and through their commitment to the school and to the wider community.

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.


Michelle Brooks

Licensed Preschool Program Lead Teacher
Licensed Childcare Supervisor

Michelle is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE).  She completed her Bachelor of Education through York University and her Early Childhood Education Diploma through Fanshawe College.  Most recently, she completed her Birth to Three Waldorf Early Childhood training at Sophia’s Hearth in New Hampshire.  She is continuing her Waldorf training through LifeWays North America.

At LWS since 2015.

Tara DeLuca

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

B.A. University of Waterloo. Certified to teach English as a second language in Ontario. Previously was the After Care Provider for four years, and Administrative Assistant for two years at LWS. Completed Introduction to Working with Children from Birth to Three. Has completed Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy and is currently completing her ECE Diploma at Fanshawe College.  

At LWS since 2006. 

Heidi Gemmell

Parent & Child Lead Teacher

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Visual Arts and  B.Ed. with Honours, University of Western Ontario (Western University); 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. Heidi has completed her ECE Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and has many years' experience teaching art camps and classes to small groups of children out of her home.

At LWS since 2012.

Myriam Hammami

Licensed Toddler Program Lead Teacher
ECE Chairperson

Myriam has a B.Sc. in Biology. She has worked with children since 2000 through a variety of artistic, environmental and outdoor education programs in addition to running a Waldorf-inspired home daycare and parent and child group. Myriam has completed Foundations Studies through the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and her ECE diploma at Fanshawe College. and her Waldorf Early Childhood training with Lifeways North America. Since being at LWS, Myriam has worked in Kindergarten, Parent and Child as well as the Licensed Preschool Program.

At LWS since 2012.

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. 

At LWS since 2015.

 

Jacqueline Neto

Kindergarten Assistant, Aftercare Provider

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At LWS since 2019.

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/After Care provider at LWS since 2007 and has been assisting in our various Early Years Programs since 2010.

Natalie Sanchez

Licensed Preschool Assistant
After Care Provider

Registered Early Childhood Educator graduated from Fanshawe College in 2015. Joined LWS as a supply teacher, after which she was hired to work in the Licensed Preschool Program, Licensed Toddler Program and Kindergarten, as well as leading our KinderCamp.  Natalie continues her education at workshops offered through Lifeways North America.

At LWS since 2017.

Elvira Kubat Schulz

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

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.

At LWS since 2007.

Reka Borbely

Grade One Class Teacher
Physical Education Teacher

Reka earned her B.Ed., Catholic Teacher Training at Esztergom, Hungary and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  She further pursued her Hungarian Primary Teaching Certificate, Ontario Teaching Certificate, and later completed the Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy course.  Reka is currently working towards her Master of Education at Western University.  She has taken two classes from Grades One through Eight.

At LWS since 2001.

Erin Poirier

Grade Two Class Teacher
Physical Education, Language Arts, Global Studies Teacher

Erin has a B.A. with honours from the University of Guelph (majoring in English and minoring in History) and a B.Ed. from Lakehead University (Intermediate-Senior).  Erin graduated her first cohort in 2017. 

Erin has been at LWS since 2008. 

Sarah Cooper

Grade Three Class Teacher
Remedial Teacher
Pedagogical Chairperson

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 Four Class Teacher
Gardening Teacher, German Teacher
Grade School Department Chairperson

M.A. in Anthropology from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.  Imke, an avid gardener, is responsible for the creation of our naturalized playground.

Teaching At LWS since 2001.

Melissa Hambleton

Grade Five 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.

Teaching at LWS since 2016.

Philip Hartman

Grade Six Class Teacher
Games 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 Seven Class Teacher
Art Teacher

Anthroposophy, Early Childhood, and Grade School studies Rudolf Steiner Centre, Cape Town.  BA, B.Ed. University of Natal, South Africa. She spent five years teaching high school (History and English), and ten years working with previously disadvantaged children and adults in community-run education initiatives in South Africa. Sue also spent seven years teaching in Early Childhood Education, four years subject lesson teaching in a combined Grade Five to Eight classroom, and six years Grade School main lesson class teaching. 

At LWS since 2006.

 

 

 

Dagmar “Dasha” Kovar

Handwork Teacher, Homeschooling Coordinator

Dasha has her M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, and Pedagogy and Psychology for teachers, Charles University in Prague. Dasha began as a parent at LWS, then started supply teaching in our Grade School and Early Childhood Education programs for number of years.  Dasha is an accomplished fibre artist. She graduated with honours from the Artist-Educator Skills Development course at the Royal Conservatory in 2009.

At LWS since 2007.

Hélѐne Lau

French Teacher

Hélѐne grew up in France, later earning her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Neurosciences from McGill University, and an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Sciences from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON. Hélѐne has experience with teaching students with special needs for 4 years in a French Elementary School in London.

At LWS since 2017.

Adrianna Lee

Violin Teacher

Adrianna studied violin and viola at Western University and later continued at the University of Toronto.  She gained experience in teaching within a school context at two private schools in Toronto. In addition, she conducted chamber ensembles, string and symphonic youth orchestras, as well as band. While teaching in Toronto she was concertmaster of Corktown Chamber Orchestra. She continues to be active in her piano trio, Trio Ami, and also works as a freelance musician. 

At LWS since 2019.

 

Merwin Lewis

Supplementary Main Lesson and Specialty Teacher

Merwin has a M.Music., M.L.S. Indiana University, and has over thirty years of experience as a teacher. He was a Board member of  LWS for thirty-five years. Merwin was also a faculty member at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, Maine, for summer courses. Composer, poet, and playwright. Past Board member and present Foundations Studies Instructor, and Summer Course Instructor for the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.

Merwin is one of the founders of LWS.

Sandra Paterson

Learning Resource Teacher

After graduating as Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Sandra attended the Waldorf Teacher Education Centre in Brazil.  Owned and operated a private practice as an SLP for 16 years, using Steiner methods.  Sandra is also a potter.

At LWS since 2012.

Natalia Popolov

Specialty Teacher

Ms. Popolov’s previous work experience includes practicing Internal Medicine & Rheumatology as a physician in Moscow. She began as a parent at LWS, then volunteering in Parent & Child and two of our Kindergartens.  She has assisted in our Summer Camp, in our afternoon Kindergarten program, and worked as a supply teacher in our Grade School.  Natalia also teaches Aikido to children and is the founder and Lead Teacher of Russian Circle – a home-based weekly club for Russian-speaking children.

At LWS since 2018.

Corinna Sons

German and Specialty Teacher

Corinna comes to us from the Toronto Waldorf School where she has held positions as Grade School Teacher, Kindergarten Assistant, and Camp Leader. Prior to that she taught high school and university level German courses in Russia. Corinna has certificates in Waldorf Teacher Training, Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy, and Teaching German as Foreign Language. She also has a Bachelor of Speech Science with a minor in Music.

At LWS since 2018.

Berit Strasser

French Teacher, Art Teacher, Secondary Languages Coordinator

Berit attended Steiner Schools in Switzerland for 11 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, 2003 (Visual Arts), and her Aromatic Medicine Diploma, 2009. Berit began teaching art at LWS as a volunteer in 2011 and has been teaching French and Art along with other subjects since 2012. Her Waldorf professional development includes “Painting Through the Grades in Waldorf School”, 2014; “Teaching Secondary languages in Waldorf Grades 1-3”, 2015; “World Languages”, 2017; Painting out of the Colour”, 2018.

At LWS since 2011.

Adrian Wright

Violin Teacher

Adrian received his training as a cellist from the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. and spent many years as a member of the National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, U.K. Presently Adrian is enjoying a varied professional life. He is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Music Education Dept. helping aspiring high school teachers understand the cello and cello technique. He has a private studio, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and freelances, mainly with London Symphonia.

At LWS since 2019.

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 prior to coming to LWS.

Sally Carlton

After Care Provider

Sally earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History, from Western University (when it was still the University of Western Ontario) and an Educational Assistant Certificate from Fanshawe College.  She is an Adult Literacy Instructor with the Thames Valley District School Board, with her classroom at Hutton House.  She has two grown children and three cats who think they are children.  At LWS since 2017.

Brynn Colledge

After Care Provider

Brynn is studying at the University of Waterloo working towards a degree in family counselling. She is a Waldorf Alumni of 2013 and attended before and after school care as well as the Waldorf summer camp for many years. She has worked with children in a summer camp environment for the past two years as a camp director

Shannon Filson

Receptionist

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Western University in 2016. She is a fundraising coordinator for Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario) and comes home to her two dachshunds, a guinea pig, beta fish and lots of mischief! After working in retail for eight years she is excited to be a part of the administrative team at London Waldorf School.

Sharie Evans

Manager of Finance

 

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

Manager of Communications & Development

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.  At LWS since 2013.

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 2017. LWS Enrolment Coordinator since 2013.

Annette Trovato

Office 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.

Kristen Wise

Executive Assistant

BA (Simon Fraser University), ECE diploma (Loyalist College), began work at Mulberry Waldorf School, Kingston in 2007. Completed Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate (both at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto). Resided in Umea, Sweden, before moving to London in 2014 with her family. Has since been an active member of the LWS Parent Association, a board member and Volunteer Coordinator for the London Down Syndrome Association.  

 

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