“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



Kara Riepert
Kindergarten | The Snail Class

Kara has a Bachelor’s in Literature and Global Culture Studies, as well as a Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement from Western University. She has also been a scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School in the Ottawa Valley, where the best questions aren’t answered. After the last year of self-study and observation, she looks forward to pursuing further studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf teaching.

Over the years, she’s occupied many roles including stage actress, house cleaner, tooth fairy, governess, espresso server, and pretend medical patient, just last year joining Edge Hill as a kindergarten assistant. After much here and there-ing, Kara is glad to have landed in Grey County last winter and is excited to dig in her heels at Edge Hill. 

Kara places her labours in the service of the generations both behind and ahead by her deep commitment to wonder and reverence at how it all came to be this way. 

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.

Lisa Early
Grade 1 | The Firefly Class
Lisa has successfully completed the Waldorf teacher certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto specializing in Early Childhood Education.  She has been a lead teacher at Edge Hill School for the past 9 years and has been a member of the Edge Hill community for 14 years. 
Lisa grew up in the Durham area and is a passionate doll maker and enjoys sewing, needle felting, wood carving, crafting and puppetry.  
When not at school Lisa enjoys spending time with her two children who attended Edge Hill.   She finds solace in nature: mountain biking, foraging for wild food, winter fat biking, paddling, and cross-country skiing. 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.

Christina Schwarz
Grade 2/3 | The Moth 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.

P.J. Dean-Thornton
Grade 4 | The Cricket Class

Ms PJ grew up in New England, building treehouses in the woods and saving her school work in case she became a teacher some day. 

      She attended the University of New Hampshire, Sunbridge College for Waldorf teaching, and the Heartwood School of Building for timber-framing.  After teaching for one year in Vermont, PJ crossed the border to join her partner in Canada and hunted for Edge Hill School one summer day in 2001, and fell in love with the community!

       She joined the faculty in 2005 and taught grades, music, and woodworking , and even Kindergarten. She taught on and off while timber-framing and raising four children who attended Edge Hill.  Some folks might recognize her from Chicory Common over the past few years.

      Ms PJ herself has a deep, wide-as-the-world, and enthusiastic love of learning, and of sharing that love with children.  Waldorf’s deep developmental insights are a constant source of revelation and fascination as she gets a longer view of the developing human being.

Jennifer Hicks
Grade 5 | The Golden Bee 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.

Lise Gunby
Grade 6/7 | The Dragonfly 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.



Erin Little
Financial & Executive Administrator

Erin and her family are new to Edge Hill this year, however, they are far from new to the Waldorf lifestyle. Erin has been educating her girls since birth and for the first time ever their two girls will be attending Edge Hill. Erin also spent two years teaching at a Waldorf-inspired school which was the root of her inspiration to educate her children at home. She has spent the past 11 years being a full-time mother, caring for her home, running a Waldorf-inspired daycare, being active in her local community and advocating safe, effective and affordable drugs for rare diseases. Erin is excited to join the community while their children start their academic future at Edge Hill.


Karen U.
Communication & Enrolment Administrator

Karen has been a parent at Edge Hill Country School for many, many years, with her two oldest children having graduated from Edge Hill and her two younger children still attending. She has served on the Board of Directors for several years in the past, has held both the water contract and the cleaning contract, has volunteered as much as possible over the many years, and enjoys being a part of this community immensely.


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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