Lower School Profiles

Kate Anthony-Grade 7 Class Teacher

Kate graduated from the Rudolf Steiner Centre in 2006 before starting her Waldorf teaching career at TWS. She has worked as a Substitute Teacher, and was a Lower School class teacher from 2008-12.

In her spare time Kate enjoys woodworking in the tradition of James Krenov, works as a handyman/finish carpenter and trains her German shepherd, Pilot in obedience and tracking.

Margaret Bleek-Educational Support, Lower School

Margaret has a B.A. from Smith College in Massachusetts, and an M.A. from Princeton University. She is a graduate of the Waldorf Teacher Education program at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, and of the applied arts program at Sunbridge Institute, NY. She has a remedial certificate from the Association for a Healing Education. Her two children are graduates of Toronto Waldorf School.

Ena Bruce-Grade 1 Class Teacher

Ena is an experienced Waldorf teacher having worked at both the Waldorf Academy and the Toronto Waldorf School in many capacities. She is a creative story-teller, bringing beauty and imagination to her classroom. With a passion for outdoor education, Ena is able to weave wonder into the hearts of the children.

Stan Cyprys-Orchestra Teacher, Lower School & High School

Stan earned his Bachelor of Music at McGill University where he also studied conducting, piano performance and recording. While living in Montreal, he enjoyed a career as an accompanist, educator, conductor and performer. Since moving to Ontario in 1997, Stan has focused on maintaining his private piano studio and working as a classical music recording engineer.

Susan Digby-Handwork & Pottery Teacher, Lower School & High School

Susan has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education from York University, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has taught part-time at the Toronto Waldorf School since 1991 and full-time since 2004.

Susan has four sons, three of whom are TWS graduates, and one who is currently in our High School.

Julie Folino-Grade 4 Class Teacher

Before becoming a class teacher at TWS, Julie worked here for three years in various capacities. She had previously volunteered extensively with special needs children in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board while staying at home to raise her two sons. Julie is also a certified Waldorf teacher, having completed her training at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. Prior to this Julie had a successful career in Hotel Sales and Marketing.  Her children currently attend TWS.

Miki Higashine-Grade 3 Class Teacher

Miki grew up in Japan and began her career teaching English. She later moved to Canada where she discovered Waldorf education, later moving to Califiornia where she attended the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento. Miki graduated from teacher training in 2002 and has taught Grades 1-8 at the Camelia and Live Oak Waldorf Schools in Northern California.

She enjoys reading, swimming and walking in nature.

Kathryn Humphrey-Lower School Faculty Co-Chair & Grade 6 Class Teacher

Kathryn has been at the Toronto Waldorf School since 1988 and has taken her third class through Grades 1 to 8. Prior to that she taught in Thailand and Ontario, teaching all ages from Kindergarten to adults. Kathryn is a graduate of the Waldorf Teacher Education program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.

She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Kathryn participated in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) Pedagogical Advisors Colloquium. She has completed the Healing Education and Remedial Training (HEART), a program specializing in work with the extra lesson. During her sabbatical years, she has worked in Waldorf Teacher Education programs in Peru, Thailand and Toronto, and volunteered in a local public school.

Ariel Massett-Art Teacher, Lower School & High School 

Agathe Polach-French Teacher

Agathe has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching at the Toronto Waldorf School since 1992, and coordinates the “semaines françaises” — biannual week-long conferences for Waldorf French teachers. Her son is a TWS graduate.

Alexander Scalzi-Grade 12 and ESL Advisor; Teacher (English & Literature, ESL) – Middle School & High School

Alexander is a graduate of TWS (Class of 09) and has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michaels College in the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Alexander has also been working as an English and Humanities tutor at Seneca College for several years, as well as at TWS.

Brian Searson-Grade 8 Class Teacher, Music & Art Teacher

Brian is a very experienced Waldorf teacher who has been contributing in a variety of ways at the Toronto Waldorf School including a key role in the Lower School Music program.

Jonathan SnowEurythmy, Movement, Circus Teacher, Lower School & High School

Jonathan is an alumnus of Toronto Waldorf School. He pursued eurythmy internationally, completing both artistic and pedagogical training in Stuttgart, Germany, obtaining the eurythmy teacher Bachelor of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands and participating in workshops in the USA. He is a certified Bothmer gymnast and Spacial Dynamics® Level I associate. As well as teaching in Waldorf schools, he has given eurythmy workshops for adults in both Germany and Canada. He continually explores various movement arts, from dancing to martial arts.

He also has a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree at the Université de Moncton, specializing in Philosophy, Arts and Social Sciences.

Lucas SorbaraTeacher – High School, Lower School

Lucas Sorbara graduated from the Toronto Waldorf School in 1988 and worked as a carpenter and travelled throughout the south pacific and southeast Asia before returning to university in 1992 to study anthropology and environmental issues.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in anthropology from Dalhousie University before pursuing his doctorate at the University of Sussex in the U.K. A Commonwealth Scholar and recipient of an Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Research fellowship for research on biodiversity conservation in the eastern Himalayas, he resigned his doctoral research and return to Canada to raise a family and pursue a career in health promotion and research with The University Health Network and Ryerson University.

He returned to TWS in 2005 to pursue his love of teaching and give back to the school that helped him to fall in love with learning. He currently teaches senior English and life sciences. His four children attend TWS.

Mary-Lu Spinney-Grade 5 Class Teacher

After studying biology at the University of Western Ontario, Mary-lu moved to Toronto to complete a three year intensive training program in contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She then worked as a choreographer, director and performer for over ten years. In 2002 she completed her yoga teaching certification in Ashtanga yoga. In 2010 she completed her Foundations in Anthroposophy and in 2011 her Waldorf Teacher Training certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Mary-lu enjoys the circus arts, growing her own food, and yoga. Her son currently attends TWS.

Andrew Starzynski-Math Teacher, Lower School & High School

Andrew was born to two Waldorf teachers and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After majoring in Mathematics and Philosophy and minoring in Computer Science for his undergraduate degree at Beloit College, Andrew went on to work in IT in Austin, Texas. He later completed a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Houston and then went back to Chicago to teach high school mathematics. Three years later he was married and living in Honolulu, Hawaii this time teaching both middle and high school math and computer science.

In 2013, Andrew moved to Toronto where he taught middle school math at Waldorf Academy in downtown Toronto. Andrew, his partner Erika and their two sons Eoin and Leo moved to Richmond Hill in 2017.

Erika Starzynski-Educational Support Teacher – Lower School, High School

Erika has a Masters of Education from Antioch University, NE where she also completed her Waldorf teacher-training in 2006.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Soka University of America in Orange County, CA.

She did her student teaching at the Chicago Waldorf School and taught her first class at the Honolulu Waldorf School.  She returned home to Toronto after being in the U.S. for almost 10 years where she was a class teacher at Waldorf Academy in downtown Toronto.  After having her second son, she moved into mentoring new teachers and working Professional Development and Curriculum development. Erika is currently participating in the Healing Education and Remedial HEART program.

Krisinda Valenciuk-Grade 2 Class Teacher

Krisinda is a graduate from Humber College and the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at The Rudolf Steiner Centre (2002). She also completed studies toward the Existential Integrative Psychotherapy Diploma Program at the Living Institute, in Toronto. Before joining TWS as a lower school teacher in 2016, she taught for 9 years at the Waldorf Academy in Toronto. She brings her love of learning and experience in the Arts to her teaching. Her daughter attends the early childhood program at TWS.

Angelika WarnerEurythmy Teacher

Angelika attended Queen’s University, then went to Sunbridge College where she earned a eurythmy diploma. She completed Waldorf Teacher Education and taught at the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She was a member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley performance group and went on to be a member of the Goetheanum performance ensemble in Switzerland. She studied therapeutic eurythmy in Stuttgart, Germany. She then started her own private therapeutic eurythmy practice in Toronto and helped establish the Hesperus Fellowship Community. Angelika has been a teacher and therapist at the Toronto Waldorf School since the early 1990s. Her two children graduated from TWS.

Myra Willis-Aftercare Lead Teacher & Camp Director