Kindergarten Profiles

Kindergarten Lead Teachers

Susan Hayashi - Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Susan completed her Teacher Education at the Rudolf Steiner Center, Toronto in Spring of 2014. She also holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from York University as well as a Public Relations and Marketing qualification from Seneca.

She has worked at Toronto Waldorf School in various kindergarten roles since 2007 and enjoys spending time with her family as well as creating pottery in her studio.

Nadia Singh - Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Nadia has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Queens University. She also studied in a four-year post graduate program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a Naturopathic Doctor in 2003. In 2007 Nadia’s search for a more holistic approach to education led her to discover Toronto Waldorf School. In the 2013-2014 school year, Nadia worked as the lead teacher in the aftercare program at TWS, before joining the Kindergarten shortly thereafter. In 2018, Nadia completed the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto.

Mario Mancuso - Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Mario Mancuso brings a wealth of knowledge and heartfelt dedication to Waldorf education and early childhood development. He completed his Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification and foundation studies in Anthroposophy at the Rudolf Steiner College Canada. In July 2017, Mario joined the Toronto Waldorf School after several years of teaching at Waldorf Academy. He currently teaches and mentors aspiring educators in the part-time Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education Program at RSCC.

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE), Mario graduated from the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College, where he also shared his expertise as a teacher in one of the college’s lab schools. His passion for early childhood education led him to play a pioneering role in implementing full-day kindergarten with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), where he coordinated a variety of enriching workshops on child development and early learning.

Additionally, Mario is a certified yoga instructor who finds joy in teaching and practicing yoga and meditation. His holistic approach to education and well-being reflects his deep commitment to nurturing the whole child.

Kindergarten Assistants

Polina Gohshtein - Kindergarten 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.

Leili Golbous - Kindergarten Assistant

Profile coming soon!

Kyungmin Kwon - Kindergarten Assistant

Profile to come!

Mary Meschino-Natale - Kindergarten Assistant

Mary graduated from the Institute of Child Study from the University of Toronto, receiving her Teacher’s Certificate and Early Childhood Diploma along with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. She is also a certified Waldorf Early Childhood Educator, receiving her certificate from the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto in 2012. Her learning included the Foundations Studies and the Healing Education & Remedial Training programs.

Mary was hired as a Kindergarten Assistant for the TWS Early Childhood Faculty in 2006 and has since continued to work in all areas of the early childhood and kindergarten faculty. Her interest in children’s stories and storytelling has led Mary to write several children’s stories which have been featured in the We Nurture Stories for Children podcast.