MONIKA WILDEMANN – Chickadee Hollow Kindergarten Teacher / Forest Fridays Teacher / Faculty Co-Chair email@example.com
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 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 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 Robin’s Nest 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.
Mr. Doucette is a native Nova Scotian from Halifax. He earned his B.A. from the University of Kings’ College (2009) and his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary (2016). He has taught in charter and private schools in Alberta, and the kindergarten position at the Calgary Waldorf School was his most recent placement before returning to the Maritimes last summer. He has three children ages 2 to 6.
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 4&5 Teacher / Pedagogical Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
MIRANDA LEVER – Music
Miranda Lever grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her education in music began very early. Her grandmother was a piano teach and Miranda often sat on her lap while she taught. After passing the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 8 Piano Exam at age 17, Miranda started taking on her own students. She has fifteen years of experience teaching piano, which coincides with fifteen years as a pastry chef, server, and cook. She also holds a diploma in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling. She teaches piano, guitar, ukulele and voice at the Buchanan’s House of Music in Mahone Bay. Over the years, Miranda has taken several opportunities to travel and volunteer, spending a total of eight months WWOOFing on farms in various locations, falling in love with the rhythms of farm-work and interdependence with the natural world. She has volunteered with several organizations that serve youth. These include: LOVE (Leave Out Violence), a twice-weekly talking circle for youth who are victims, perpetrators, or witnesses of violence; The Empathy Factory, working with classrooms of students to create their own social enterprise; Wings of Change, helping youth bring their voices to parliament for social justice and climate justice. Miranda is also a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters in-school mentorship program.
SARAH MORRISON – French & Movement
Sarah came to the South Shore Waldorf School as a parent in September 2017. She and her family discovered the school after moving to the South Shore from New Brunswick. After enrolling her own children in the school, Sarah fell in love with Waldorf Pedagogy and began the Foundation Studies program to learn more.
With an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (B. Phil, Renaissance College), Masters Certificate in Environmental Education (Royal Roads University) and a Masters Degree in Education (Curriculum Development, UNB) Sarah has had a varied professional experience that has led her back to teaching, something she has always been passionate about. She is excited to build the French and Movement programs at SSWS and infuse them with her own unique energy.
CAITLIN ROONEY – Enrolment and Development Coordinator: email@example.com
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
AMANDA BLANCHARD Amanda is originally from Nova Scotia, and upon graduating with a bachelor of commerce in 2003 from Dalhousie University, she set off for the UK. What was meant to be a one year experience in London lead to a 15 year career in hospitality, becoming Director of Sales for a 5-star, 400 bedroom hotel in London. In her time in the UK she became a British citizen, traveled Europe, and had her son Maynard, who attends SSWS.
Amanda still works full-time for her UK employers and while missing Europe she is now getting to see more of her own country when traveling for work.
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.
ZOE MACDONALD Zoe Macdonald is a parent of two children who joined the South Shore Waldorf School in 2016. During her time at the school she has served on the Parent Council. She is currently taking the Foundations Course in Anthroposophy and she works as an acupuncturist in nearby Mahone Bay.
The Board of Trustees also includes the following faculty members: MONIKA WILDEMANN and KERRY EADY.
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