Class 2 Teacher
Class 3 Teacher
B Ed Degree Waldorf Teaching, Centre for Creative Education, South Africa
Kimberley lives in Hilcrest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Kimberley grew up in Cape Town, South Africa in the small seaside town of Fish Hoek and has always had a passion for Primary School Teaching. While growing up, Kimberley had the privilege of being able to attend a Waldorf School for a brief period of her schooling. After finishing school, Kimberley studied at the Centre for Creative Education, which is a Waldorf Teacher Training College, based in Cape Town. It was here where she obtained her B Ed degree in foundation and intermediate phase teaching. It was during her years at The Centre for Creative Education, where Kimberley fell in love with Waldorf Education and saw the benefits of it while on her teaching practicals.
Once completing her studies, Kimberley left Cape Town to pursue her career in Waldorf Primary School teaching in KwaZulu-Natal at a Waldorf School. Kimberley has five and a half years of Waldorf class teaching experience. During her first four years as a Waldorf teacher in KwaZulu-Natal, Kimberley carried a class from class one to class four. During this time she was also very involved in teaching class music to several classes in the school. She led the extramural choir and helped to pioneer the primary school choir and violin programme at the school.
In 2021 Kimberley along with four other directors saw the need to start a Waldorf homeschool called Treow in the area where she resides. Kimberley is the founding teacher at the school and teaches classes four and six and is excited to start another fulfilling teaching journey at Waldorf Ways.
Kimberley is currently studying further to obtain a post-graduate three year, Waldorf, remedial qualification called, 'The Extra Lesson' which will enable her to assess and treat children who need extra support both within and out of Waldorf schools.
Kimberley has a passion for music and obtained her grade eight Royal Schools singing certificate. Kimberley loves to combine her passion of singing and Waldorf teaching within the classroom.
Kimberley’s passion for Waldorf education is summed up well in Rudolf Steiner’s quote, “Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
Class 4 Teacher
Certificate of Waldorf Education, Waldorf Institute of Southern California, USA
Alessandra Lisa Profumo has been an educator for over thirty-five years. Before completing her third round as a Waldorf class teacher, Alessandra taught both in the kindergarten and literature in high school and worked with educationally disadvantaged students in mainstream public schools. She spent the past year, working with a small group of homeschooling students in an outdoor classroom.
After teaching for years both in mainstream preschools and elementary schools, Alessandra came to Waldorf education, as many have, initially as a parent. Knowing the challenges that mainstream education presents, she found the Waldorf philosophy and methodology to be the answer to the holistic approach she was seeking for her own children.
With an M.A. in educational psychology, and a certificate in Waldorf Education from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, Alessandra has taught education classes at UCLA and for WISC. In addition to mentoring and evaluating teachers, she has given workshops and guest lectures for a variety of national and international organizations and has done extensive work in the area of parent education.
Before becoming a teacher, Alessandra travelled the world as a professional dancer, and is fluent in French. She has three grown children who graduated from Highland Hall Waldorf School and remains as passionate as ever on the importance of protecting the endangered state of childhood.
Class 5 Teacher
Class 6 Teacher
Waldorf Ways Administrator
Steiner Class Teaching Certificate, Emerson College, Sussex, United Kingdom
Donovan was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was lucky enough to attend a Waldorf School from Class 8 to Class 13. After moving to the UK in 1991, he qualified as a Steiner/Waldorf Teacher at the renowned Emerson College in Sussex. Donovan has over twenty years teaching experience in Steiner Schools. He was a Class Teacher at the former Plas Tan yr Allt Steiner School in North Wales for 5 years, and at the Aberdeen Waldorf School from 2007 to 2014 and more recently at the Cardiff Steiner School. Donovan also taught at the Michael Mount Waldorf School in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2019 Donovan moved to Spain, from where he now teaches online at Waldorf Ways.
Donovan has always taught combined classes in smaller schools and has a wide experience in differentiating to meet the diversity of combined classes. He has taught from Class 1 to 8 as a Class Teacher, and up to Class 10 as a Religion Teacher. He also taught specialist subjects across the curriculum, including perspective drawing and veil painting in the older classes.
“Donovan has a kind authority, genuine warmth and respect for the children and a twinkling sense of humour. Through imaginative and inspiring lessons in a classroom filled with art and beauty, his students develop excellent work ethics, and all are keen to do their best.” Cardiff Steiner School.
Donovan enjoys developing strong relationships with the children and encouraging them as they grow and become more independent; as well as working closely with parents and accompanying them on the journey through their child's education.
Donovan says “Offering an authentic Waldorf education via an online platform is very important to me as now a Waldorf Education can be accessed by those who previously did not have access.”
Class 1 Teacher
Waldorf Certificate, Center for Anthroposophy, United States
Born in Antigua, Guatemala, Regina Samayoa moved to the United States at the age of 15 and settled in the Los Angeles area with her family. As the granddaughter of two accomplished educators, Regina knew from a young age that she would one day follow in her grandparents’ footsteps and pursue a career in education.
After graduating from high school, Regina enrolled in Moorpark College and completed her credits in ECC. She then transferred to Cal State Monterey Bay where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in World Languages and Culture in 2008. Regina also holds a Master of Education degree from Liberty University (2014). After realizing that Waldorf has a special place in her heart, Regina made the commitment to enroll at the Center for Anthroposophy training and now holds a Waldorf certificate in Spanish and English (2017).
In her professional life, Regina has three years of experience as a preschool teacher. She was introduced to the Waldorf philosophy when she was hired on as the lower school Spanish teacher at Monterey Bay Charter School, a Waldorf inspired school in Pacific Grove, CA. After four wonderful years of teaching at Monterey Bay Charter School, Regina was offered the position of high school Spanish teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School (Los Angeles, Ca) in 2013-2018. During her time at Highland Hall, Regina served as the High School Sponsor for the Class of 2018 as well as the Student Council liaison for two years.
Regina also worked at Pasadena Waldorf School (Altadena, Ca) for one year. During her time at this magnificent school, she taught Spanish, History and she also served as a cosponsor for the class of 2022. Regina then transitioned to teach at Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, Ca) for 2 years. During her time at CCP she taught Spanish levels 1-3.
In her personal life, Regina enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and spending quality time with her family and close friends. Regina resides in sunny southern California with her husband Chris Barrios and their one-year-old daughter, Valentina.
Maths Subject Teacher
International Masters Degree, Freie Hochschule, Stuttgart, Germany
Advanced Diploma in Waldorf Education, Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, Australia
My name is Anjali Sharma, I was born and raised in India where I completed my schooling and Bachelor’s in Mumbai. After completing my Bachelor's in Commerce and Business Management, I realised I was more inclined towards Artistic and spiritual things. To hone my inner artist, I would freelance as a story teller during my college years. Freelancing and volunteering for many non-profit organisations introduced me to Waldorf Education. The more I read and understood it, the more it felt like home to me. I completed a foundation course at a Waldorf school in Mumbai. However, I realised my hometown- (Mumbai) wasn’t well equipped to dive deep into the Waldorf pedagogy and Anthroposophy.
This search took me to Australia where I did an Advanced Diploma at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar. After an in-depth study about the curriculum and its methodology, I was drawn towards practicing and living the philosophy, whilst exploring community life. North America has many Camphill communities. Looking forward to exploring community life, I took off to Upstate New York to live with adults with different abilities, for a full academic year at Camphill school, Pennsylvania. The experience was a beautiful immersion not only of Anthroposophy in daily life, but it also exposed me to a diverse life experience, helping me look beyond set stereotypes surrounding humans. I’m so grateful for that journey as it enabled me to gain practical insights, which cannot be accomplished by just reading theory.
The final leg of my formal education was completed in Stuttgart, where I received an International Master's Degree. A lot of the teachers there are actively working towards redefining and reforming Waldorf Education for our times. The candid discussions, whilst learning with people of varied nationalities has given root to rich seeds of perception, that I hope to nurture and grow.
I am currently supporting two Waldorf schools in Mumbai with their teacher education.
Doorways to Understanding Children
Kindergarten Diploma - London Kindergarten Seminar. UK
Anthroposophic School Health Practitioner (ASHP) Awarded by Goetheanum Medical Section
I was born in London, UK. My early education was influenced by the Froebel Institute, having a strong emphasis on nature, play, arts & crafts, drama, and poetry; plus, a rich experience of music via singing and learning to play musical instruments.
After completing a BA Honours in Fine Art, I moved with my husband to the countryside of South West England where we had our five children. I became interested in Waldorf education during the early years of our growing family’s life, due to an increasing concern at the turn education was taking in the UK. My Waldorf Kindergarten training combined an artistic and therapeutic way of working children and families in a homely environment. I worked for 14 years as a full time Kindergarten teacher and also part-time in Main School classes; teaching music, art and helping as a general assistant.
Throughout this period, I developed what is now my main area of work, bringing Waldorf education to a wider audience, through running courses, writing articles in journals, giving lectures at State and Waldorf conferences and in providing training courses. My recent Anthroposophical School Health Practitioner training has brought a greater, medical depth to my work. I look forward very much to bringing this deep understanding of children to home school parents at Waldorf Ways.
I continue to work part time as an artist and stained-glass maker. I care deeply for the natural world, cultivating an organic garden, and I am involved with local environmental projects. I love walking in the countryside, playing musical instruments, and reading when not cooking for and relaxing with my friends and increasing family at home.
Waldorf Window Stars
B.A.(hons) Art & Social Context
CACHE level 3 diploma Play work
Hanan has lived in Cardiff, Wales. U.K. for 30 years. She was born in a small Cornish town. As a child art was their passion and still is over 50 years later!
She converted to Islam over 25 years ago & after having her first child discovered a Steiner kindergarten which began her interest in natural craft & a nurturing environment for children. All four children have attended Cardiff Steiner kindergarten & the youngest two currently attend the school along with her grandson.
She also homeschooled for many years using some Waldorf homeschooling tools.
One of her passions has been bringing Waldorf based crafts to marginalised communities via community city play schemes.
She currently works as wrap around care lead at Cardiff Steiner School merging her love of Waldorf & play.
She spends the rest of her time making/selling window stars, seasonal decor, pinecone fairies, Eid cards & bunting & lunar calendars. Among her influences are Islamic & Celtic art as well as nature.
Eurythmy for 6 to 9 Year Olds
B.A. Eurythmy Hogeschool Helicon, The Netherlands
M.A Eurythmy Therapy, Alanus Hochschule, Germany
Diploma, Eurythmy Pedagogy, Hogeschool Helicon, The Netherlands
Diploma, Eurythmy Therapy, Medical Section Goetheanum, United Kingdom
Rebecca was born in Germany in 1971 and moved to the UK in 1992 where she still lives with her English husband. As a child Rebecca went to Steiner School so eurythmy was always part of her life. When she was 18, Rebecca decided to become a eurythmist and after a brief period of travelling with her husband she moved to The Hague in The Netherlands so that she could study for a BA in eurythmy as a dance form and pedagogical eurythmy from 1995 to 2000. Back in the UK, Rebecca has taught eurythmy for kindergarten and classes 1 to 11 at the Elmfield School in Stourbridge and Meadow School in Bruton. In 2010, she acquired a diploma for eurythmy therapy through the UK Eurythmy Therapy Training and in 2016, she studied for an MA in eurythmy therapy research.
Rebecca currently lives in Bristol in the South West of England and works as a eurythmy therapist with private patients and as a eurythmy teacher in Grace Garden School.
Saying Yes to the World: A Waldorf approach to Adolescence
Diploma in Class teaching and Foreign Language, Witten-Annen, Germany
Chair of ASWTE (Association of Steiner Waldorf Teacher Educators)
Sven has been a class teacher for 30 years and is co-director of the two largest Teacher Education Centres in the UK and works as a core contributor in several others in England and abroad. He is an active mentor and advisor and assists developing schools, regularly giving online lectures and courses in Asia and Africa.
Sven is the chair of ASWTE (the UK network of Teacher Education institutes), and teaches on two Waldorf Masters Courses at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart.
He is also currently putting the finishing touches to a big new book on Relationship Education, Gender and Identity issues from Kindergarten to High School which will be released by the German Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen in spring 2022.