Childcare Profiles

Lead Childcare Teachers

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 joined the TWS faculty in 2017. She completed her Foundation studies in Anthroposophy at the Rudolf Steiner Center, and thereafter finished her Waldorf Teacher Training for ages Birth to Three in 2019.

Tara is an RECE, and after completing her Early Childhood Education diploma in 2006, she spent over 10 years abroad gaining international experience in the Childcare field.  She also holds a BA in World Religions and is a registered sleep consultant.  She has enjoyed working with a variety of families from across the globe.

Tara is a Waldorf alumna from TWS and feels very blessed to be teaching at her childhood school, where currently her two daughters also attend.  In her spare time, she loves to play piano, gather in women’s circles, and travel.

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.

Kimberly Sham - Lead Childcare Teacher

Profile to come!

Childcare Assistants

Chelsea Eo - Childcare Assistant

Profile coming soon!

Kyun Min Kwon - Childcare Assistant

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Lena Luong - Childcare Assistant

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Sama Ranjbari - Assistant Support Teacher

Sama recently graduated from the four year Early Childhood Leadership degree program at George Brown College/ Ryerson University. As part of the requirements for the degree program, Sama completed a 420 hour internship at the Toronto Waldorf School where she became accustomed to administrative roles and shadowed Helen Choi, learning the day-to-day child care operations. Sama also learned from the lead teachers about Waldorf education and discovered that her personal beliefs and values coincide with the Waldorf pedagogy as she has become invested in learning more about how Waldorf education can best meet the needs of children. Sama hopes to continue her education and complete the Waldorf teacher training to become a lower school Waldorf teacher in the near future.

Remi Yeo - Childcare Assistant

Remi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Korea National University of Arts and a Masters of Expressive Arts Therapy from Seoul Women’s University. She studied Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Seonam Waldorf Foundation in Korea. She is currently taking the Foundations in Anthroposophy course at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. She has more than a decade of work experience working with children as a performer, an art therapist and teacher in a variety of establishments. She is the author of a poetry song book entitled, “Cucumber is Alive.”  She is passionate about sharing her love of nature through artistic work. She also enjoys gardening and composing songs for children.