“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education. 

–  Rudolf Steiner

Faculty

 

Lisa Early
Kindergarten | The Violet Class
Lisa grew up in the Durham community and has been a part of the Edge Hill Community for 14 years.  Lisa has taught Kindergarten at Edge Hill School for the past 7 years and completed her Early Childhood Educator Certification at the Rudolph Steiner Centre in Toronto.

Lisa is a passionate doll maker and enjoys sewing, needle felting, wood carving, crafting and puppetry.  When not at school Lisa enjoys spending time in nature mountain biking, foraging for wild food, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing and gardening. She credits her time in nature as a way of nurturing a deep sense of gratitude for life. Lisa is thrilled to be part of the Edge Hill Faculty, and in an environment in which the wonder of childhood is nurtured and celebrated.

Doug Vankoughnett
Kindergarten | The Dandelion Class

Doug has been a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for 6 years. Doug has been a Registered Early Childhood Educator since receiving his diploma from St. Lawrence College in 2013. He has also completed foundations in anthroposophy and continues to deepen his knowledge and connections to the global anthroposophical community. During his time teaching, Doug has gained experience in many roles. With lead roles in before and after school care, March break camps, and Friday care, Doug has a set of skills that complement any kindergarten.

Rita Lefebvre
Kindergarten Assistant 

Rita and her husband Paul homesteaded on a Puslinch farm, growing organic gardens, raising goats, chickens, pigs, sheep, beef cattle, and rabbits.  Their first 2 children were born in this environment. Rita worked at the Cambridge Hospital as a Registered Practical Nurse. Her family moved to the Arthur area in order to expand and farm full-time, and were blessed with their third child. Rita worked at Groves Memorial Hospital.

Large scale farming proved unprofitable, so they went began-part time farming in Kenilworth. Rita started a home daycare and worked weekends as a nurse.  They had a fourth child. Rita enjoyed working with young children so much in her day care that she went to school to get a teacher assistant diploma.

Rita helped start up the Ontario Early Centre in Harriston, then worked as a teaching assistant for special needs children in Mount Forest. Moving to the Durham area, they purchased 55 acres of bush along the Saugeen River and constructed an energy efficient home. Rita is honoured to be invited into the Edge Hill community and is excited to assist the teachers in the Kindergarten class.

Renata Freibergova
Grade 1/2 | The Lavendar Class

Renata earned her teacher’s college degree in psychology, social pedagogy, and studies in child development in the Czech Republic. She has always been inspired by the spirituality and morality in Waldorf education. She successfully completed the Waldorf teacher education program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto.

Renata has more than 15 years of experience working with children in therapeutic and educational settings. She has worked in the school system in Halton Region teaching the Czech language and in hospitals as a certified fitness consultant. She also has a diploma as a physiotherapy assistant. She is a passionate, empathetic, and compassionate human who enjoys living life to the fullest and adores being a full-time parent to two active and lovely sons. Renata is delighted to start teaching the Grade 1-2 combined class in the beautiful growing community at Edge Hill Country School.

Suzanne Glick
Grade 3 | The Nettle Class

Suzanne has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 25 years, and is pleased to return to Ontario to be with her extended family. She graduated from the Eugene Waldorf teacher training in 2001, studying early childhood and Grades 1-2. In 2007 Suzanne completed the applied arts and biodynamic agriculture programs at Sunbridge College in New York.

Suzanne has worked internationally in Waldorf schools in Oregon, B.C., and Washington. She helped pioneer the Squamish Waldorf School and created many development initiatives during her 9 years at the Vancouver Waldorf School. Suzanne maintains a homestead farm in Squamish B.C., stewarding 140 acres of wilderness. In 2017 Suzanne opened Tiny Homeschool, a Waldorf inspired Pre K-1 program for families in Bellingham Washington, combining Waldorf methods with a forest school curriculum. This program is now operating under WECAN and employs 3 new Waldorf teachers.

She is an avid beekeeper, permaculture teacher and has traveled the West Coast for 20 years attending arts festivals with Maiden Avalon, her mobile textile studio.

Suzanne has 4 children, and the youngest will be attending Edge Hill School this year. Suzanne has a passion for community development. She enjoys designing small business initiatives that enhance and support community sustainability.

Jennifer Hicks
Grade 4 | The Angelica Class

Jennifer Hicks graduated from the University of Guelph in art and sociology and from Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Education and Art Specialist degree. Jennifer studied traditional Korean pottery methods and Korean hand acupuncture while teaching Grade 2 in Korea’s first English Immersion School. Jennifer is a graduate of Rudolph Steiner Centre’s anthroposophy course. Before moving to the Grey-Bruce area with her son, Jennifer worked at Westdale Children’s School, Halton Waldorf School, Hamilton Hebrew Academy, and Columbia International College in Hamilton. She also owned and operated Ecoworks, a successful environmentally friendly cleaning company, ran a homeschooling centre, and was a Homestay Mom to six international students for several years.

After working various positions at Edge Hill School Jennifer took a break, recently working short contract positions in remote Inuit communities and at Trinus Waldorf School in Guatemala. Jennifer studied “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education” through the University of British Columbia and feels fortunate to have learned first-hand from Inuit in northern communities and from her Indigenous cousins. Jennifer is also an artist, curator, and art event coordinator. Jennifer resides in Owen Sound with her 19-year-old son and her cockapoo, Lily.

Christina Schwarz
The Turquoise Class

Christina has been involved with Edge Hill Country School for over 20 years now. She grew up locally, in Hanover, and graduated from the University of Guelph earning a Fine Arts degree. Her four children, who are all now young adults, attended Edge Hill. As a parent, she was very involved in school life by volunteering at the many festivals, chaperoning field trips, serving on the board and various committees and helping out the Edge Hill Community whenever she could. Christina taught as a supply teacher for several years before holding her own class. She has now been a full-time teacher at Edge Hill for 10 years. She enjoys her students and appreciates the work that allows her to be creatively challenged. She finds great satisfaction in nurturing and developing the curiosity and skill set of the young students at Edge Hill.

Lise Gunby
The Lapis Lazuli Class

Lise holds her Waldorf teaching certification as well as an Ontario Teaching Certificate and is qualified in primary, junior, intermediate, and senior divisions. She holds a diploma in Journalism, a Master’s in Literature, and a B.Ed. She has a particular interest in curriculum development and comparative studies in education. She has taught for 26 years, both elementary and high school, and Waldorf classes for 16 years. Professional development activities include AQs in special education, language learning, writing, and mathematics, a series of ETFO Summer Academies, the Goetheanum English conference, and trips to various Waldorf schools and conferences at home and abroad. Her two children attended Edge Hill School and still carry the magic with them into their university studies and beyond.

Myriam Legault
French

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Myriam grew up speaking French and English in equal measure. She holds a bachelor’s degree in translation from Laurentian University and a master’s degree in French literature from the University of Ottawa. She is the author of two French fiction and poetry books.

Myriam lived in Guatemala for nearly a decade, where she raised her two young daughters while volunteering at a permaculture institute. She is the co-founder of the Ecology and Solidarity Council (ECOSOL), a non-profit organization that seeks to empower communities and individuals to take action for the defense of the natural world and dismantle systems of oppression.

She discovered Waldorf pedagogy while living in Guatemala, and is currently undergoing Waldorf training. She loves that her new-found profession enables her to combine her skills, experience, and deep-seated passions while participating in the life-giving force that is teaching and learning.

Edge Hill Country School

Address: 423281 Conc. 6, Durham ON, N0G 1R0

Phone: (519) 369-3195

Founded in 1986, Edge Hill Country School is part of a world-wide educational movement with a highly developed curriculum to teach the whole child in an artistically and academically rich environment.

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