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 8 years and prior to her current position was a specialty and supply teacher for 5 years.
KAITLIN BROWN – Robin’s Nest Kindergarten Teacher
Kaitlin had her first experiences with Waldorf education in 2007 while volunteering for the Sisonke school in Port St John’s, South Africa. From there she deepened her own understanding of Waldorf education by being part of the community of diverse Waldorf schools in South Africa and taking week-long intensives in puppetry, permaculture for children, coyote mentoring (nature connection), a Waldorf art-of-teaching program, and by running her own home program for children ages one to five. She then studied early childhood education through
Grande Prairie Regional College and took the Waldorf Early Childhood teacher training at the West Coast Institute. She enjoys gardening, tending her fibre animals and milk goats, beekeeping, and homemaking. She home-schooled her three children until the whole family joined the South Shore Waldorf School in 2019.
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.