Early Childhood

MONIKA WILDEMANN – Chickadee Hollow Kindergarten Teacher / Forest Fridays Teacher / Faculty Co-Chair
monika.wildemann@waldorfns.org
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.himmelman@waldorfns.org
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
parent.and.tot@waldorfns.org

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.

Grades

JESSICA CARTER – Grade 1 Teacher
jessica.carter@waldorfns.org
Jessica graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with her B.A. combining English, Religion, and Philosophy. She then moved to South Korea where, while teaching English, she also created English programs for hospitals, T.V. stations, and the Metropolitan Police Agency. While traveling through South East Asia, she completed her Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and then moved to Toronto where she graduated from the Rudolf Steiner Center with a diploma in Waldorf Education. She moved back to her hometown of Lunenburg and has been at the South Shore Waldorf School ever since. Her educational philosophy is to teach through experiences rather than simply through academic instruction. Whether doing farm chores, sculpting animals, or jumping through times tables, the whole body needs to be engaged in learning.

KATHY LUCKING – Grade 2 Teacher
kathy.lucking@waldorfns.org

Kathy first came to SSWS seeking to gain some experience in the workings of a Waldorf school in order to bring the learning back to Madagascar.
The young school that the Madagascar School Project founded in this poverty-stricken country was wishing to transform into a Waldorf school. With no parent-body to support such a transition, and no role models in-country, much work would have to be done to help the teachers grow into becoming life-long learners and creative leaders in their classrooms.

Kathy holds a Waldorf Teacher Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. During her twenty-three years as a primary school teacher in Ontario she took summer courses in order to try to bring some of the healing effects of a Waldorf education to her public school classroom.

Kathy obtained a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa in primary, junior, and intermediate grades, with additional qualifications in Special Education and Physical Education. She is also a qualified Reading Recovery teacher.

KERRY EADY – Grades 3 and 4 Teacher / Pedagogical Coordinator
kerry.eady@waldorfns.org
Kerry attended York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design where she discovered Waldorf education as an extension of her interests in Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Chekov, Hilma AF Klint, and Joseph Beuys. She was a Waldorf inspired homeschooler for many years and coordinated several Waldorf homeschool co-ops in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia before moving to Lunenburg County to enroll her children at the South Shore Waldorf School. She was invited to teach handwork and run the aftercare and summer programs in 2013 and then joined faculty as a class teacher in 2016. She is currently finishing her Waldorf Teacher Training through the Sophia Institute. She is keenly interested in fostering the arts as a way towards creating truly inclusive communities.

 

TIA MUSHKA – Grades 5 and 6 Teacher (Faculty co-chair), 
tia.mushka@waldorfns.org

Tia Mushka has been teaching at Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired schools for the past nine years, including five at the South Shore Waldorf School in Blockhouse, Nova Scotia. Previous to that, she taught at the Trillium Waldorf School in Guelph, Ontario and Applegate School in Paisley, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Education at UBC in Vancouver, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University. Tia was led to Waldorf Education when she researched and wrote an essay on Spirituality in Education. Tia has taken the Foundation Studies at the South Shore Waldorf School, Waldorf Grades Intensive courses through the Rudolph Steiner Centre in Toronto, and other online courses. Tia is also an artist, writer, and illustrator and stone carver.

Subject Teachers

ALYSSA PRIDHAM – Music / Aftercare

 

JANETTE GEORGES – French Teacher

 

BEV SHAW – Choir

Bev Shaw has worked as a subject teacher and/or classroom teacher at the South Shore Waldorf School since 2002. She has received training in Waldorf Pedagogy from the Steiner Institute in Massachusetts and Vermont, the Steiner Centre in Toronto, and various Waldorf East conferences at the South Shore Waldorf School. She has Suzuki Violin Teacher Training (Levels 1 and 2) from the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute and the Suzuki Institute of Montreal, as well as an MA in French from Dalhousie University. For the past seven years, she has had a busy private music studio at Buchanan’s Music Centre in Mahone Bay.

Administration

CAITLIN ROONEY – Enrolment and Development Coordinator:
admin@waldorfns.org
Caitlin first encountered Waldorf Education while studying interdisciplinary fine arts and design at NSCAD university. When her eldest child was approaching her third birthday, Caitlin and her growing family moved to the South Shore so that the children could attend SSWS. Caitlin became immediately involved in the life of the school, having been asked to organize a Parent Association to start formalizing the parent body as one of the pillars in the organizational structure. Caitlin joined the staff of SSWS as Administrative Manager in July 2015. She has a diverse background and a passion for Waldorf education. She is a mother of three children, a member of the youth section of the Anthroposophic society, an active gardener, animal lover and artist.

DARLENE EISNOR – Office Administrator
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Darlene Eisnor, our current Office Administrator, has been with South Shore Waldorf School in the office for 9 years starting in 2010 as our Administrative Assistant. She grew up near New Germany, Nova Scotia, graduating from NSCC with her Office Administration certificate. She has worked in the Administration field for more than 25 years in various dynamic industries and as a volunteer and supervisor at West Northfield Elementary and Hebbville Elementary Schools while being a stay at home mom for 7 years before taking on the part-time position at SSWS.

Board of Trustees

ROSS BUNNELL
As one of our longest-standing association members, Ross has supported the South Shore Waldorf School as a member of the board and as board chair and through many fundraising efforts for over twenty years. The school receives ongoing financial support from the revenues of the Airstream Café, which Ross and Rita Landgraf run solely to raise funds for the school. Ross also continues his support through ongoing work on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and overall
as an elder in our community.

PAULA CHEAL
Paula has been involved in Waldorf schools for fourteen years and has served on the board of two schools including SSWS. She loves our school deeply and is committed to being part of its ever strengthening being. She is logical, committed to listening more than talking, and has a good sense of many aspects of school life from being involved in the life of SSWS over the last eight years. She lives in Blockhouse, teaches English in Lunenburg, and has completed the foundations in anthroposophy Foundations Course.

MICAH EDELSTEIN
Micah Edelstein lives and works in Halifax. He is the Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada and is an active anthroposophist in his community. He graduated from the Toronto Waldorf School in 2000 and from Dalhousie University in 2005 with a degree in theatre.

ANNE GREER
Anne has been a Waldorf supporter for over forty years . She served as a Toronto Waldorf School parent, high school teacher, high school faculty chair, and board chair. She also served as the chair of the Waldorf School Association of Ontario and was a part-time faculty member at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Ontario. Anne has previously served on the SSWS board as a chair and most recently as board secretary and board liaison for the SSWS Human Resources Committee and the SSWS Outreach Committee. Anne also directs the SSWS Shepherd’s Play and is an active member of the Craft Circle.

ANDRAS KOCSIS
Andràs is part-time faculty and PhD scholar in Educational Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. His research focuses on lifelong, in-depth learning, and critical thinking. Prior to entering the academy, Andràs was a Waldorf teacher for fifteen years, during which time—next to teaching—he undertook various projects within the anthroposophical movement that had impact on curriculum development and leadership frameworks. He sees Steiner’s holistic approach as a means to humanize society and a platform to promote rich learning experiences; critical, clear, imaginative, and flexible thinking; art, excellence, creativity, engagement, and ethics in education.

KATJA RUDOLPH
Katja is the parent of two children at SSWS. Katja’s family members have been Waldorf teachers and students in various schools around the world for several generations. She attended Michael Hall Steiner School in England and the Toronto Waldorf School in Ontario from nursery to Grade 12. She received her master’s degree from Cambridge University in social and political science and her PhD from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Katja brings a lifetime of experience in how Waldorf schools can serve as centres of social renewal, providing a rich education for all who seek it: students, parents, faculty, and friends. She is a writer.

LISA MCFARLANE
Lisa is the parent of three children at SSWS. She has been a part of the SSWS community since 2013 and has served on the board for several of those years. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in finance, and over 20 years’ experience in commercial banking, she brings her financial and analytical skills to her current position as treasurer and a member of the finance working group.

CAMELIA FRIEBERG
Camelia Frieberg worked as a film producer, director and writer for over 30 years in Toronto and Nova Scotia. Most recently she has produced the feature documentary, Modified, with director Aube Giroux. For the past decade Camelia has primarily focused on her role as farm manager of a biodynamic market garden, Watershed Farm, where she hosts workshops, events, school field trips and concerts. She is the proud mother of two children both of whom attended the SSWS from kindergarten through grade 6.

The Board of Trustees also includes the following faculty members:
MONIKA WILDEMANN and JESSICA CARTER.

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