Layla Ali-Childcare Assistant
Katja Bazgosha-Alaei-Lead Childcare Teacher
Ilse Black-Lead Childcare Teacher
Ilse completed the Waldorf Teacher Education program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. She also completed the Waldorf Collaborative Leadership program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in conjunction with Antioch University in the spring of 2006. Ilse has a Home Economics diploma from the National Institute for Economic Professions in Graz, Austria.
She has been teaching at the Toronto Waldorf School since 1993, and served as Early Childhood Co-Chair on the Circle of Chairs for 4 years. Ilse has been mentoring aspiring Early Childhood teachers.
She enjoys reading, tai chi and hiking.
Tara Chen-Childcare Assistant
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.
Claire Greenaway-Childcare Assistant
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.
Judy Mann-Childcare Assistant
Judy has been working in early childhood education for almost 20 years. She has a B.A. in English from McMaster University, Hamilton, a B.Ed. from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia and is an RECE having received her diploma from George Brown College. She also trained as a Montessori teacher and worked in these schools for 8 years earlier in her career.
More recently, she taught kindergarten on two First Nations reserves. The second one was with Skaronhyase’ko:wa Tsyohterakentko:wa Tsi Yontaweya’tahkwa, The Everlasting Tree School, which is a Mohawk immersion school with a Waldorf inspired curriculum, on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. During this time, she came to see how well the brilliance and simplicity of Waldorf pedagogy serves the needs of the young child.
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.
Mary Meschino-Natale-Childcare Assistant
Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Toronto, with a minor in Political Science. She graduated from the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto in 1985, receiving her Ontario teacher’s certificate and Early Childhood Diploma with Honours. Mary taught in private and Catholic schools between 1988 and 2000.
She earned her Foundations Studies Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto in June 2005 and was a supply teacher for the Toronto Waldorf School Early Childhood faculty. Mary has also worked in our Summer Camp.
Mary has trained with the Healing Education And Remedial Training (HEART) program and is a certified Waldorf Early Childhood Educator.
Her interests in health and wellness have led her to become a certified foot reflexologist and a Rei Ki Master.
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.
Gledis Naska-Childcare Assistant
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.