MONIKA WILDEMANN – Chickadee Hollow Kindergarten Teacher / Forest Fridays Teacher / Faculty Co-Chair
Moni came to the South Shore Waldorf School as a parent, a trained artist, and puppeteer. She worked in professional theatre and taught art and theatre to young people for many years. Her appreciation for Waldorf education grew as she watched her own daughter blossom as she moved from kindergarten to the upper grades. Monika’s life long passion of puppetry and story telling, working with young children and the community made the decision to become a Waldorf teacher a perfect fit. Monika gained her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification through the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has been teaching full time in the Kindergarten at SSWS for the past 7 years and prior to her current position was a specialty and supply teacher for 5 years.
DONNA HIMMELMAN – Robin’s Nest Kindergarten Teacher/ ECE Chair
Donna is the teacher for our kindergarten’s Robin’s Nest class as well as the ECE Chair.
Originally from the South Shore, she returned fifteen years ago, after many years employed in the horticulture field as a manager. Soon after returning, she found the South Shore Waldorf School, fell in love with everything about this amazing education, and became part of the school.
She created and ran the school’s After School Care Program while working in the office, subbing in the classrooms, and working part-time in the kindergarten and Parent & Tot programs. Donna also created the Early Care Program, which she still runs.
Donna worked with master teacher Judy King for several years while she undertook extensive Waldorf teacher-training. When Judy King retired, Donna took up the role of lead kindergarten teacher and has been in that position for ten years. During this time she was co-chair of the board for one year and a board member for seven. Donna was co-chair of faculty for seven years and has served on many committees.
Donna has been a member of the Nova Scotia Anthroposophical Society in Nova Scotia for several years and is currently the secretary for the Carrying group of the society.
Donna has a deep love for SSWS and all the children who have been in her care over the years.
MARGARET FORSEY – Parent and Tot
Margaret Forsey runs the Parent and Tot program at the South Shore Waldorf School. She is also the Kindergarten Assistant, and teaches weekly handwork classes to the Chickadee Hollow children.
Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She spent many years teaching art to children at camps, art galleries, farmer’s markets, and community centres. She also worked for many years as a private childcare provider, and trained as a birth doula.
In 2013, Margaret completed the Anthroposophical Foundation Course with the East Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy. In 2015, she completed the Birth to Three: Home Caregiver Program with the same Institute.
Margaret loves working at the South Shore Waldorf School! She enjoys how her job allows her to explore her interests in babies, early childhood education, art, craft, singing, story telling, nature, and nourishing food.