Faculty

Our teachers share a deep respect for children and a commitment to lifelong learning, both for their students and for themselves.

They strive to bring scholarship and community values to life through their actions in the classroom and through their commitment to the school and to the wider community.

The role of the Waldorf teacher is to understand and engage each student’s individual learning needs in order to awaken and inspire their capacity for self-initiated learning and long-term academic success.

All of our class teachers are certified or are seeking to achieve certification in Waldorf teacher training. Teachers upgrade and refresh their Waldorf training by participating in professional development sessions and conferences, and summer courses and workshops. In addition to their Waldorf qualifications, our teachers come to us with a wide variety of formal and in-service educational credentials. Some have advanced degrees, others have public school teaching experience and certification. In addition to being teachers, many of our faculty members have achieved excellence in other fields.

Although each child at the London Waldorf School has one major class teacher, our faculty sees teaching as a collaborative enterprise. A variety of class and subject teachers will contribute to each child’s learning experience. In addition, the teachers meet regularly to study, share teaching experiences, discuss pedagogical and curricular matters, and coordinate details of the school routine. Like most Waldorf schools, the London Waldorf School has no principal. The Faculty selects a pedagogical chairperson and an administrative chairperson from among the teachers. A pedagogical committee is selected to oversee the pedagogical work of the school, including teacher evaluation, standards, and teacher development and concerns.

Early Childhood

Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks

Licensed Preschool Program Lead Teacher / Licensed Childcare Supervisor
Michelle is a registered member with the College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE), and holds a Bachelor of Education through York University.  More recently, she received her certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, with a specialization in Birth to Three, from Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, as well as her LifeWays certification through LifeWays North America.  In addition to her role as teacher, Michelle is also our acting Licensed Childcare Supervisor. At LWS since 2015.
Tara DeLuca

Tara DeLuca

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
B.A. University of Waterloo. Certified to teach English as a second language in Ontario. Previously was the After Care Provider for four years, and Administrative Assistant for two years at LWS. Completed Introduction to Working with Children from Birth to Three. Has completed Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy and is currently completing her ECE Diploma at Fanshawe College. At LWS since 2006.
Heidi Gemmell

Heidi Gemmell

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Bachelor of Arts specializing in Visual Arts and B.Ed. with Honours, University of Western Ontario (Western University); recipient of the Dorothy Emery Memorial Award in Visual Arts Education presented at Althouse, U.W.O. for excellence in art education both in practicum and at the faculty of education. Heidi has completed her ECE Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and has many years' experience teaching art camps and classes to small groups of children out of her home. At LWS since 2012.
Myriam Hammami

Myriam Hammami

Licensed Toddler Program Lead Teacher / ECE Chairperson
Myriam has a B.Sc. in Biology. She has worked with children since 2000 through a variety of artistic, environmental and outdoor education programs in addition to running a Waldorf-inspired home daycare and parent and child group. Myriam has completed Foundations Studies through the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and her ECE diploma at Fanshawe College. and her Waldorf Early Childhood training with Lifeways North America. Since being at LWS, Myriam has worked in Kindergarten, Parent and Child as well as the Licensed Preschool Program. At LWS since 2012.
Marsha Horn

Marsha Horn

Kindergarten Assistant / After Care Provider
B.A. in Human Ecology (Family Studies) and Minor in Sociology from Brescia University College (UWO). Has worked within elementary schools for 7 years running various programs including the Before and After School program. At LWS since 2015.
Elida Lika

Elida Lika

Licensed Toddler Program Assistant / Aftercare Provider
Elida has her Bachelor of Elementary Education in the Faculty of Science from her native Albania. She taught Grades One to Four for six years before coming to London, where she volunteered as a teacher assistant in Grade One and two years in the Parent and Child program. She has been the Before/After Care provider at LWS since 2007 and has been assisting in our various Early Years Programs since 2010.
Natalie Sanchez

Natalie Sanchez

Licensed Preschool Assistant / After Care Provider
Registered Early Childhood Educator graduated from Fanshawe College in 2015. Joined LWS as a supply teacher, after which she was hired to work in the Licensed Preschool Program, Licensed Toddler Program and Kindergarten, as well as leading our KinderCamp. Natalie continues her education at workshops offered through Lifeways North America. At LWS since 2017.
Elvira Kubat Schulz

Elvira Kubat Schulz

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Kindergarten Teacher for eight years at the German Language School London. Training courses taken at the German Language School. Elvira recently completed her Early Childhood Educator Diploma from Fanshawe College. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. At LWS since 2007.
Alex Manolakos

Alex Manolakos

Part Time Educational Assistant Preschool
Graduated from Western University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Disabilities Studies. Completed the Foundation Studies course from the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto and is currently enrolled in the Waldorf part time EC program. Teaching experience with young children, ages 2-14yrs, through running own swim school during the summers. Volunteered with LWS Grade 1 students in 2019/2020.

Grade School – Class Teachers

Natalia Popolov

Natalia Popolov

Class Teacher
Ms. Popolov’s previous work experience includes practicing Internal Medicine & Rheumatology as a physician in Moscow. She began as a parent at LWS, then volunteering in Parent & Child and two of our Kindergartens. She has assisted in our Summer Camp, in our afternoon Kindergarten program, and worked as a supply teacher in our Grade School. Natalia also teaches Aikido to children and is the founder and Lead Teacher of Russian Circle – a home-based weekly club for Russian-speaking children. At LWS since 2018.
Reka Borbely

Reka Borbely

Class Teacher
Reka earned her B.Ed., Catholic Teacher Training at Esztergom, Hungary and the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She further pursued her Hungarian Primary Teaching Certificate, Ontario Teaching Certificate, and later completed the Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy course. Reka is currently working towards her Master of Education at Western University. She has taken two classes from Grades One through Eight. At LWS since 2001.
Erin Poirier

Erin Poirier

Class Teacher
Erin has a B.A. with honours from the University of Guelph (majoring in English and minoring in History) and a B.Ed. from Lakehead University (Intermediate-Senior). Erin graduated her first cohort in 2017. Erin has been at LWS since 2008.
Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

Class Teacher / Pedagogical Chairperson
Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queens University, Kingston. Foundation Studies and Teacher Education Certificate, Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Completed three-year Healing Education and Remedial Training (HEART) at the Toronto Waldorf School. At LWS since 2006.
Imke Jorgensen

Imke Jorgensen

Class Teacher / Grade School Department Chairperson
M.A. in Anthropology from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Imke, an avid gardener, is responsible for the creation of our naturalized playground. Teaching At LWS since 2001.
Melissa Hambleton

Melissa Hambleton

Class Teacher
Melissa was on the Dean’s Honour List for both her Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate Division (Vocal Music), and her Bachelor of Music, Honours Music Education with Distinction, which she received from Western University in 2004 and 2005. She also obtained a certificate in Special Education Part One at Western University. Teaching at LWS since 2016.
Philip Hartman

Philip Hartman

Class Teacher
Class Teacher Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Waldorf Teacher Certificate, Rudolf Steiner Centre 2013. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Pre-apprenticeship degree in Aviation Mechanics, Pre-apprenticeship degree in General Machining. At LWS since 2014.
Sue McCarthy

Sue McCarthy

Class Teacher
Anthroposophy, Early Childhood, and Grade School studies Rudolf Steiner Centre, Cape Town. BA, B.Ed. University of Natal, South Africa. She spent five years teaching high school (History and English), and ten years working with previously disadvantaged children and adults in community-run education initiatives in South Africa. Sue also spent seven years teaching in Early Childhood Education, four years subject lesson teaching in a combined Grade Five to Eight classroom, and six years Grade School main lesson class teaching. At LWS since 2006.
London Waldorf School

Katie Van Ark

Class Teacher
Katie has been working with children for over twenty years, serving as a classroom teacher, a director and lead teacher of a gifted and talented program, and a youth librarian. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers with the additional qualification of Reading Specialist and is also an author of books for young adults. She holds master’s degrees in Education (Grand Valley State University) and Writing (Vermont College of Fine Arts) and is now excitedly embarking on courses in Waldorf pedagogy. Joining LWS in 2021.

Grade School – Specialty Teachers

Dagmar “Dasha” Kovar

Dagmar “Dasha” Kovar

Handwork Teacher, Homeschooling Coordinator
Dasha has her M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, and Pedagogy and Psychology for teachers, Charles University in Prague. Dasha began as a parent at LWS, then started supply teaching in our Grade School and Early Childhood Education programs for number of years. Dasha is an accomplished fibre artist. She graduated with honours from the Artist-Educator Skills Development course at the Royal Conservatory in 2009. At LWS since 2007.
Hélѐne Lau

Hélѐne Lau

French Teacher (on leave)
Hélѐne grew up in France, later earning her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Neurosciences from McGill University, and an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Sciences from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON. Hélѐne has experience with teaching students with special needs for 4 years in a French Elementary School in London. At LWS since 2017.
London Waldorf School

Kelvin Enns

Violin Teacher
Kelvin Enns is an established teacher and musician with over 25 years of professional experience. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Brandon University under the late Dr. Francis Chaplin. As a professional musician he has held several positions in orchestras in Canada such as Principal Viola of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola of Orchestra London and now Principal Viola of London Symphonia. He also plays in a variety of other ensembles and a variety of other genres. As a teacher he has held positions in different schools, such as Forest City Suzuki, El Sistema Aeolian and adjunct faculty at Western University Music Department. At LWS since 2021.
Merwin Lewis

Merwin Lewis

Supplementary Main Lesson and Specialty Teacher
Merwin has a M.Music., M.L.S. Indiana University, and has over thirty years of experience as a teacher. He was a Board member of LWS for thirty-five years. Merwin was also a faculty member at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, Maine, for summer courses. Composer, poet, and playwright. Past Board member and present Foundations Studies Instructor, and Summer Course Instructor for the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Merwin is one of the founders of LWS.
Sandra Paterson

Sandra Paterson

Learning Resource Teacher
After graduating as Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Sandra attended the Waldorf Teacher Education Centre in Brazil. Owned and operated a private practice as an SLP for 16 years, using Steiner methods. Sandra is also a potter. At LWS since 2012.
Corinna Sons

Corinna Sons

Grade Four Co-Teacher
Corinna comes to us from the Toronto Waldorf School where she has held positions as Grade School Teacher, Kindergarten Assistant, and Camp Leader. Prior to that she taught high school and university level German courses in Russia. Corinna has certificates in Waldorf Teacher Training, Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy, and Teaching German as Foreign Language. She also has a Bachelor of Speech Science with a minor in Music. At LWS since 2018.
Berit Strasser

Berit Strasser

Grade Two and Six Co-Teacher / Secondary Languages Coordinator
Berit attended Steiner Schools in Switzerland for 11 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, 2003 (Visual Arts), and her Aromatic Medicine Diploma, 2009. Berit began teaching art at LWS as a volunteer in 2011 and has been teaching French and Art along with other subjects since 2012. Her Waldorf professional development includes “Painting Through the Grades in Waldorf School”, 2014; “Teaching Secondary languages in Waldorf Grades 1-3”, 2015; “World Languages”, 2017; Painting out of the Colour”, 2018. At LWS since 2011.
London Waldorf School

Adrian Wright

Violin Teacher
Adrian pursued his education as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music in London, U.K. and spent many years as a member of the National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, U.K. Presently Adrian is enjoying a varied professional life. He is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Music Education Dept. helping aspiring high school teachers understand the cello and cello technique. He has a private studio, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and freelances, mainly with London Symphonia. At LWS since 2019.

Administrative and Other Staff

Sally Carlton

Sally Carlton

After Care Provider
Sally earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History, from Western University and an Educational Assistant Certificate from Fanshawe College. She is an Adult Literacy Instructor with the Thames Valley District School Board, with her classroom at Hutton House. She has two grown children and three cats who think they are children. At LWS since 2017.
Shannon Filson

Shannon Filson

Office Coordinator
Shannon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Western University in 2016. She is a fundraising coordinator for Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario) and comes home to her two dachshunds. After working in retail for eight years she is excited to be a part of the administrative team at London Waldorf School. At LWS since 2019.
Leigh Ann Preston-Gansevles

Leigh Ann Preston-Gansevles

Manager of Communications & Development
Leigh Ann has over 15 years of previous experience in business administration. She wwned and operated a small business for five years, and has coordinated events and marketing endeavours for several health care facilities, as well as for her own business. LWS Parent Association Co-Chair from 2011 to 2015. At LWS since 2013.
Lex Ejlerskov

Lex Ejlerskov

Enrolment Coordinator
Alexandra earned her B.A. in Cultural Studies from McGill University and her M.A. in Child Study and Education from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has worked in education as a teacher, in administration, and as a parent volunteer. Prior to joining the community at London Waldorf school she was a parent at Waldorf Academy for three years. At LWS since 2020.
Kristen Wise

Kristen Wise

Executive Assistant
BA (Simon Fraser University), ECE diploma (Loyalist College), began work at Mulberry Waldorf School, Kingston in 2007. Completed Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate (both at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto). Resided in Umea, Sweden, before moving to London in 2014 with her family. Has since been an active member of the LWS Parent Association, a board member and Volunteer Coordinator for the London Down Syndrome Association. At LWS since 2019.
Carla Young

Carla Young

Finance Administrator
For the last eight years Carla has worked as a bookkeeper and office administrator for professionals in fields such as construction, business consulting and holistic health. She is currently studying accounting at Fanshawe College. Before becoming a bookkeeper, she trained at Transformational Arts College in Toronto and practiced as a certified aromatherapist and reflexologist. She has been a member of the London Waldorf community for the last five years as a parent and volunteer. At LWS since 2021.