Early Childhood

MONIKA WILDEMANN – Chickadee Hollow Kindergarten Teacher/Forest Fridays Teacher/ Parent and Tot Leader/Faculty Co-Chair/ECE Program 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 since 2009 and prior to her current position was a specialty and supply teacher for 5 years.

KAITLIN BROWN – Robin’s Nest Kindergarten Teacher (Currently on leave of absence)
kaitlin.brown@waldorfns.org

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.

Grades

Jacob Doucette – Grade 1 Teacher
jacob.doucette@waldorfns.org

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. He has three children ages 4 to 8.

Vienie McShane – Grades 2&3 Teacher
vienie.mcshane@waldorfns.org

Bio to follow.

MARGOT ALDRICH – Grades 4&5 Teacher

*Ms. Margot is currently on leave and Ms. Lucking has returned to carry the 4&5 class until Ms. Margot’s return*

margot.aldrich@waldorfns.org

Margot was first introduced to Waldorf at the age of 7 and experienced Waldorf handwork every summer as part of her musical training programs. She has had a distanced experience of Steiner’s philosophies and the Anthroposophic Community throughout her life.  Over the past 3 years, as a result of extensive travel and exposure to Waldorf schools in far-flung parts of the world, Margot has felt an increasing calling to become more immersed in Waldorf and to educate herself on the teachings and philosophy of the method, as well as to delve into Foundation Studies. She is currently doing her Waldorf teacher training to add to her life experience of teaching children. 
As a life long professional violist, playing in orchestras all over the world and many chamber music groups, as well as teaching violin and viola, Margot thinks creatively and music is the backdrop for everything she does and is. She feels particularly strongly that musical rhythm is a solid vessel for all types of learning and for measuring the flow of our days. She is also bilingual in French and will be able to create french experiences with the children. 
Finally, Margot loves to laugh and loves to find joy and humour in anything she can!  Margot feels deeply, and has a profound regard for the children’s life-setting experience in the classroom, and with their teacher as they transition gently and lovingly from Ms. Lucking to Ms. Margot.  We are thrilled to have Ms. Margot join our team as of the 2020-2021 school year.

KERRY EADY – Grades 7&8 Teacher / Pedagogical Coordinator/Faculty co-chair
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 8&9 Teacher
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

Camille Wilkins – French Language Teacher Grades 1-9
camille.wilkins@waldorfns.org

Camille studied Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal and has enjoyed a diverse
and bilingual career teaching in a variety of settings including public and private elementary and
high schools, community art studios, seniors residences, homeless shelters, summer camps
and early childhood education centers. Camille completed the Waldorf World Language Teacher
Training program at the Sunbridge Institute while teaching English as a second Language at
l ́École Rudolf Steiner de Montreal. 

Administration

CAITLIN ROONEY – School Development & Enrolment Coordinator:
caitlin.rooney@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 Anthroposophic society, an active gardener, animal lover and artist.  She is currently completing an MBA at the Rowe School of Business.

Franziska Fenselau- Business and Administration Coordinator:
franzi.fenselau@waldorfns.org

Bio to follow.

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.

ROBERT TILSLEY

Robert moved to the South Shore in 2018 with his family from the UK. They chose Nova Scotia in order to join the South Shore Waldorf School and to start a farm that practices Biodynamic methods.
Prior to moving to Canada he worked on a Biodynamic community farm for 10 years and in that time established a viable vegetable enterprise on the farm and was part of the farm’s senior management team and a board member. 
Robert hopes that his experiences living and working in an Anthroposophical community will add a useful perspective to the school’s board.

JUDY KING

Born and raised in England, Judy settled in Cape Breton Island NS in 1972 aged 25, with her husband and first child. Two more children were born and Judy found and self-studied anthroposophy and Waldorf education. Homeschooling with Waldorf curriculum 1974-83 she regularly visited Waldorf schools. Judy led a Waldorf-inspired nursery school (in CB) which turned into little neighbourhood school from 1988-95.  Throughout this time, she was attending New England summer courses 1990-95 and in 1993 became a member of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada. Judy completed a full-time Teacher Training Certificate program from Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto 1995-96 and was hired by South Shore Waldorf School in fall 1996 to teach 18 children, 9 in kindergarten, nine in grades 1-4.  Judy moved to South Shore for the school year and continued to spend her summers in Cape Breton. Judy was the founding teacher of SSWS, and she taught at SSWS from 1996-2010, from KG to grade six. From 2009-16 Judy served on the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, national council. After stepping back from full-time teaching, Judy remained on the South Shore and the SSWS board until 2013, when she moved back full time to Cape Breton.  Judy has continued to support our faculty members with regular visits to provide professional development and or mentoring at SSWS, and anthroposophical activities, until 2019. Judy rejoined the SSWS board in Oct. 2019 when invited by Kaitlin Brown. 
What a year to choose! Although I would very much like to see younger members on the board, and although I had planned to resign from the board because of my age and distance from the Waldorf School (5-hour drive), I am offering to re-join the board at the AGM 20 Jan 2022 in the interests of continuity in these challenging times. I hold the school dear in my heart, and have some energy to focus there, and am hoping for new board members with creative energy on the board in the coming year (so I can gracefully resign at AGM Fall 2022!) I am grateful to my present fellow board members for their/our combined efforts towards the Waldorf school.

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.

RITA LANDGRAF

Bio to come

The Board of Trustees also includes the following staff members:
MONIKA WILDEMANN, CAITLIN ROONEY, and KERRY EADY.

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