Childcare Profiles

Layla Ali-Childcare Assistant

Katya Bazgosha-Alaei-Lead Childcare Teacher

Katya graduated from the University of Bremen, Germany with a Masters Degree in Social Pedagogy. She also did a Birth to Three training at the Paritätisches Bildungswerk in Bremen, Germany. During her studies, she was a substitute teacher in a Waldorf inspired childcare and later became the lead teacher of the toddler group in 2007. Katya received her certificate in Foundation Studies from the Rudolpf Steiner Center Toronto. She joined the TWS Childcare in 2016, bringing with her 13 years of experience working with children aged 1-3.

Tara Chen-Lead Childcare Teacher

Tara Chen is an RECE in the Elderberry classroom. She comes with over ten years of international experience in the childcare field and is a registered sleep consultant for children. She is a Waldorf alumni and feels that teaching at her childhood school is a full circle wonderful experience.

Helen Choi-Childcare Administrator

Profile to come!


Claire Greenaway-Childcare Assistant


Polina Gohshtein-Childcare Assistant

Polina is a recent graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at Seneca College. She completed her Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy in 2013. She volunteers as an administrator with LifeWays Ontario while working towards her LifeWays Early Childhood Certification.

Jasmine Gure-Childcare Assistant

Jasmine Gure is an Early Childhood Educator who holds a diploma from Humber College. Jasmine has assisted and worked as a student teacher at Humber College Childcare Centre, Network Child Care and St. Raphael’s Catholic School. She also has experience working in a Waldorf Childcare.

Yu Kanazawa-Childcare Assistant

Profile to Come!

Mario Mancuso-Lead Childcare Teacher

Mario Mancuso completed his Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher certification and Foundation studies in Anthroposophy at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.​ He was an Early Childhood Teacher at Waldorf Academy for 3 years before joining the TWS faculty in July of 2017.

Mario is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and a graduate of the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College. He held an ECE teacher position at one of the George Brown College Lab Schools. He was also a pioneer in the implementation of full-day kindergarten with the TCDSB where he coordinated a variety of workshops on child development and early learning. Mario is a certified Yoga instructor and enjoys teaching children’s yoga to foster and support self-regulation.

Debbie McAlister-Lead Childcare Teacher

Debbie graduated from the Waldorf Teacher Education program at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto in 2005, specializing in Early Childhood Education. Since then she has worked at Toronto Waldorf School in a variety of Early Childhood roles.

Debbie is a graduate of High Mowing Waldorf School in New Hampshire. She completed one year of Fine Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, then Foundation Studies at Emerson College, England, before attending the School of Eurythmy in Spring Valley, NY.

Debbie enjoys reading, crafts, walking, riding her bike, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Rihana Mustapha-Rutledge-Childcare Supervisor

Rihana is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in fiber arts and is registered with the College of Early Childhood Education, CECE, earning an Honors diploma in Early Childhood Education from Seneca College.

She has been working with young children for over fifteen years as art teacher/therapist, including the Waldorf Homeschoolingl group of 2007-2009, and in assistant and supervisory roles in Childcare.

Rihana completed certification training in Art and Biography at Arscura, School for Social Art and Healing and trained as a Transformative Arts Therapist at Tobias School of Art and Therapy in the UK. She enjoys social art, reading and walks in Nature.

Flavia Schunemann Frantz-Childcare Assistant

Flavia completed the Early Childhood Education Program at Seneca College, and she is currently taking the Foundations in Anthroposophy course at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Flavia has a Civil Engineering Degree from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil, her home country.

Falvia began her career at the Toronto Waldorf School in August of 2017.