High School Profiles

Grade 9

Sheila Anderson-Masse - Grade 9 Advisor; French Teacher, Middle School & High School

Sheila has studied in Toronto, Québec, and Paris. She has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and an Ontario teaching certificate. In Paris, she studied comparative literature.

Before moving to France, Sheila taught at both Etienne Brûlé and Collège Français, Toronto high schools in the French public school system. While living in France with her family in the 1990s, she was an active parent at the Waldorf school in Chatou and took part in a Waldorf initiative near Bordeaux.

Sheila was a teacher at Waldorf Academy for thirteen years and her three boys are graduates.

Leed Jackson - Grade 9 Advisor; Physics, Metalwork, Woodwork Teacher

Leed has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a sculpture diploma from Emerson College in England; He has apprenticed with Alfred Kolber, a master goldsmith and has also attended Rudolf Steiner Collegein Fair Oaks, California for continued teaching development. He has taught at TWS since 1992, and enjoys camping, hockey, basketball, sculpting and hobby farming in his spare time. His two children attended TWS.

Grade 10

Andrew Starzynski - Grade 10 Advisor; Math Teacher, Middle 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 children joined TWS in 2017.

Shubnum Vijan - Grade 10 Advisor; Biology & Chemistry Teacher

Shubnum holds an honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the teaching profession, she worked as a research assistant at Lawson Research Institute in London, Ontario and subsequently at Toronto General Hospital. Shubnum is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Ariel Massett - Grade 10 Advisor; Art Teacher, Lower School & High School

Profile to come

Grade 11

Rachel Aide - Grade 11 Advisor; Drama, English, Civics & Geography Teacher

Rachel has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education (After Degree) from the University of Alberta. She has held teaching certification for both Alberta and Ontario, and is a graduate of Waldorf Teacher Training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Alexander Scalzi - Grade 11 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.

Susan Digby - Grade 11 Advisor; 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, all of whom are TWS graduates.

Grade 12

Nabila Halani - High School Faculty Chair, Grade 12 Advisor, Math & Social Sciences Teacher

Nabila is a Toronto Waldorf School alumnae with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science from McMaster University. She received her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Lucas Sorbara - Grade 12 Advisor; High School Teacher

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.


Lynn Featherstone - Music & Choir Teacher, Lower School & High School

Lynn was raised in Cambridge, Ontario, where she started piano lessons at age 6, beginning a life-long pursuit in musicianship – as a choral singer, soloist and conductor. At the University of Toronto she completed both her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in Voice Studies and her Masters in Music Education. Lynn is an alto with the Elmer Iseler Singers, a 20-voice fully professional choral ensemble that performs across North America, and for over a decade Lynn has been an alto soloist at Fairlawn Avenue United Church. Lynn was formerly Associate Conductor for the Bach Children’s Chorus, under conductor Linda Beaupré, as well as a music teacher at Crescent School in North Toronto.

Jonathan Snow - Eurythmy, Movement; 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, Spacial Dynamics® Level II therapist and Level III instructor. He has been a guest instructor in schools and adult training centres around the world. 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.

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.

Robyn Stevan - High School Drama/English Teacher and Grade 3 Handwork Teacher

Robyn received a B.Ed., Honours from York University in the Equity and Diversity Program and a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English and Art History. Before becoming a teacher, Robyn was a professional actor for almost 20 years in theatre, film and television. She is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company. Before coming to Waldorf, Robyn worked in the public system, and was a founding teacher of Equinox Holistic Alternative school, a TDSB school in the east end of Toronto.

Laura Stevenson - School Counsellor – Lower School, High School

Laura has come to Waldorf with over 30+ years working as a Child and Family Therapist. She was trained for over 10 years with Sick Kids Hospital, with a specialty in Attachment. (Modified Interaction Guidance). Laura was an active member on the York Region High Conflict Forum for over 15 years and was the Chair for the past year. Laura brings over 8 years experience of being submerged in supporting families going through separation and divorce and as a result knows the inner workings well of Child Welfare and the family Court system.

Laura has years of experience providing group services, public speaking, mentorship, theraplay and is thrilled to grow and learn at Waldorf.

Mary Jo Clark - On Sabbatical

Mary Jo has a Recreation Facility Management diploma from Seneca College in Toronto. She previously worked as an assistant teacher in the Toronto Waldorf School Early Childhood program from 1996 to 2002, and as volunteer coach for our High School volleyball teams. She now teaches movement in the Middle School, circus arts in the High School, and is the Athletic Director and coach for the after school sports program.

Mary Jo is a graduate (IS-6) of the Spacial Dynamics Institute and has her Level 1 NCCP Coaching Certificate and Level 2 Certificate from the Basketball Coaching Association of Canada.