WCI Faculty

Early Childhood Faculty

Ruth Ker – EC Program Director

Ruth has been an early childhood educator in preschools and kindergartens for over forty years, first in mainstream education and then at Sunrise Waldorf School in BC, Canada where she was a founding teacher. She retired in June, 2016, from the mixed-age kindergarten classroom. Ruth is a Board member for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) where she also serves on the WECAN Teacher Education Committee. She mentors and visits schools and educators in North America. Ruth participated in both the North American WECAN Older Child Research Group and the International one and is an international presenter. She is the author/editor of the books, “You’re Not the Boss of Me –Understanding the Six/Seven Year Transformation”, “From Kindergarten into the Grades and “Please Can we Play Games”

Esther Chase

Esther took her Waldorf Teacher Training at Emerson College, England and worked for many years as both assistant and teacher principally in the Preschool at the Vancouver Waldorf School. She is also a trained eurythmist and this love of movement is deepened through study, practice and teaching the Wilma Ellersiek gesture games.

Ko Chen Hawkes

Ko is a graduate of Hibernia School of Art Therapy & has been teaching, conducting workshops and practicing art therapy with children and adults in private practice. She has been on the faculty the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy for many years. Ko has been traveling to Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China since 2013 conducting workshops in Waldorf Schools and communities there.

Astrid Lackner

Astrid grew up in Austria and, after leaving school, attended a Kindergarten teacher seminar, graduating in 1987. After moving to Canada, she received her Early Childhood Diploma/Special Needs training from Douglas College, B.C. in 1997, and completed the Waldorf early childhood teacher training with the West Coast Institute in 2006. In 2009, Astrid was able to attend the Eurythmy training in Stuttgart for a semester. Returning to Canada, she became a remedial teacher through Rudolf Steiner College in 2013. Astrid is currently enrolled in the bachelor program for Early Childhood Education at Capilano University (3rd year).

Throughout her 25-year career in teaching, she has worked with children in manifold ways: as a pre-school teacher, special needs worker and in infant-toddler care. Through her own two daughters, she discovered Squamish Waldorf School in 1998, when the school was in its inception. Astrid headed the pre-school and parent/child programs, assisted in the Kindergarten, has taught handwork to the grades and supported grade school children as remedial teacher for 7 years. Since 2008 she has been mentoring students during their practicums in her programs and began teaching at the West Coast Institute in 2016.

Annette Lampson

Annette studied Voice and Choral Conducting full time at the Anthroposophical music college, Alfred Schnittke Institute in Hamburg, Germany. She also has a diploma in Therapeutic Singing. For two decades she has taught voice and music to individuals of all ages and abilities, and directed children, youth and adult choirs. This has included directing Sunrise Waldorf School and Island Oak High School Choirs for several years. She has taught Voice and Choir at the WCI since 1998 and founded and currently directs the (adult) Jubilate Choir and the Glenora Farm Bell Choir for adults with developmental disabilities.

Debbie Laurin PhD

Debbie’s teaching is rooted in her former Kindergarten and Parent and Child classroom experiences with the Nelson Waldorf School in Nelson, British Columbia. Her introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education began in the early 1990’s igniting a life long journey of study to understand the unfolding child. Currently, Dr. Laurin serves as faculty and mentor at the West Coast Institute Waldorf Early Childhood educator teacher training and on the WECAN Birth-to-Three advisory circle.

Lisa Masterson

Lisa has been teaching for 40 years and working in Waldorf schools for more than 30. She has taught in schools in Canada and the US and has also served for many years as an AWSNA representative and/or liaison. She currently mentors and has been an evaluator both in schools and for the AWSNA Accreditation Team. She has served on the boards of three Waldorf Schools as well as for two other non-profit organizations.

Wendalyn von Meyenfeldt

Wendalyn has taught with the West Coast Institute since its beginning. She began her ‘Waldorf Career’ as a Kindergarten Teacher, and later studied Eurythmy and Therapeutic Eurythmy. Wendalyn has taught Eurythmy and Movement Education in several BC Waldorf Schools for many years. She currently teaches at Sunrise Waldorf School in Duncan, BC and offers courses in a number of teacher training programs in Canada.

Jason Yates

In 1997, Jason Yates received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University before working internationally as a technology consultant, primarily in the field of virtual reality. He completed the Consciousness Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College in 2006 and went on to join the eurythmy training, graduating in 2010. Following two years of performing in Europe and Asia, Jason completed his therapeutic eurythmy training in Germany before joining the Cascadia Society for Social Working, a Camphill community serving adults with special needs in North Vancouver. Jason has an MA in therapeutic eurythmy from Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, serves on several non-profit boards, and is a teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Early Childhood Adjunct Faculty

Heather Church

Heather started her Waldorf journey at the Huronia Waldorf School as a parent and, shortly after that, began her work as a Kindergarten teacher, twenty years ago. After eleven years of teaching mixed aged kindergarten, at Huronia and Toronto Waldorf Schools, she left the classroom and co-created My Child Myself, a centre that offered parent learning, community building and a shop. Following that Heather went back to the Toronto Waldorf School as Pedagogical Chair supporting parents, teachers and community. Her Kindergarten training was at Sunbridge Institute and Birth to Three Training at Sophia’s Hearth.

Over the last few years Heather has studied Biography, New Adult Learning and Leadership to support her work with parents and teachers. She volunteer as the Regional WECAN Representative for Ontario and Northern New York State as well as a Member of the WECAN board of directors. Currently Heather works as the Early Childhood Coordinator and Early Childhood Faculty Chair at the Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario.

Ralph Danyluk

Ralph has a M. Sc. in physics with a published thesis on energy transfer in plant photo-synthesis. After completing his degree, he went on to work in information technology from the late 70’s through to 2004, spanning over 25 years. During that time he worked for two multi-national corporations as a senior and managing consultant, and owned and operated his own consulting practice for 15 of these years. He specialized in application software development, support and adult training for large scale databases for industries including telecom, forestry and lumber, government, and banking. His work took him throughout the USA, Canada, Japan, and South America. He was witness to emergence of computers from pre-PC 1970 to the dot-com bubble of 2000. After ‘retiring’ in 2004 he has devoted himself to his lifelong love and interest in Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy; lecturing widely and teaching foundation courses for the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy in their Waldorf teacher training program. For five years from 2008 to 2012, he was resident in Switzerland lecturing, teaching, working and studying at the Goetheanum. He also holds a study group in the esoteric foundations of the three fold social organism, soon to begin its second year.

Adola McWilliam

Adola has more than 50 years of experience and practice in Healing Education and Social Therapy, at several different Camphill Communities. Her personal teachers were Karl Koenig, Thomas Weihs, Werner Glas and René Querido, among many others. She continues attending many conferences and still visits Waldorf schools to keep her insights fresh. Adola is an experienced lecturer, having spent time teaching teachers in the US and Canada and also in China.

Herb Walsh

Herb has been teaching practical arts for WCI since 2017. He is semi-retired and makes his living doing small renovations and building furniture. Herb and his wife Monique have five sons and have spent many years as part of the Vancouver Anthroposophical community. Recently Herb has been working with Jennifer Greene helping to plan a Water Workshop in Duncan July 2019.

Jane Williams

Jane is an international trainer in Spacial Dynamics® and a certified Spacial Dynamics® therapist. She has assisted in Spacial Dynamics trainings internationally and is currently leading a training in Vancouver with 2 of her colleagues. Jane’s professional studies and interests in complimentary health form the basis for her own self development and her integrative approach in her work.

She has brought together many years of experience in working with women with trauma, stress, poor sleeping patterns, osteoporosis, childbearing and menopause and has been leading Women’s Wellness retreats in Spacial Dynamics with her colleagues in Canada and New Zealand.

Jane has over 35 years’ experience as a Physiotherapist and is the director of the 19th Street Physiotherapy Clinic in North Vancouver, BC. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapist and has been teaching Therapeutic Touch for over 30 years. Jane is on the board for Hands in Peace Canada and The Greater Vancouver Therapeutical Society for Anthroposophic Medicine.

Visiting Faculty

Celina Gold

bio to be posted soon

Louise de Forest

For the last 12 years Louise has circled the globe once a year, visiting Waldorf initiatives and schools in all parts of the world. Sometimes she gives a lecture, sometimes it’s for an early childhood conference or seminar, but always it’s the joy of seeing Waldorf early childhood education reaching more and more families. Louise trains teachers in China, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States, is a WECAN Board member and one of two North American representatives to the IASWECE Council.

Kim Hunter

Kim graduated in 1998 with the first group of Waldorf Early Childhood Educators to complete the training through the West Coast Institute. She worked at the Vancouver Waldorf School and then taught out of her home on Salt Spring Island, BC for a total of twenty years. In 2014 Kim’s film, Time to Play, was released and in 2016 she received The Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Since then Kim has been lecturing, teaching and mentoring on education in Waldorf and other alternative educational situations, as well as mainstream environments.

Angela Light

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Robin Warmby Laskowski

Robin is the lead teacher in Honeybees mixed age Kindergarten at Bright Water Waldorf School (BWWS) in Seattle, Washington. Prior to her time at BWWS she worked as an early childhood special education teacher at Boyer Children’s Clinic, she co-created and taught the inclusive preschool program at Seattle Children’s Playgarden and founded Robin’s Nest NW, a non-profit therapeutic center for children with special needs and their families. Robin will complete the ‘Nurturing the Roots’ training in July 2019. She completed her Waldorf early childhood training at WCI in June 2017 and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health from the University of Washington in 2005. In 1994 she received a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Education from Whitman College. She’s held a Washington State Teacher’s Certificate since 1995.

Michael Soule

bio to be posted soon

Grades Faculty

Lisa Masterson – Grades Program Director

Lisa has been teaching for 40 years and working in Waldorf schools for more than 30. She has taught in schools in Canada and the US and has also served for many years as an AWSNA representative and/or liaison. She currently mentors and has been an evaluator both in schools and for the AWSNA Accreditation Team. She has served on the boards of three Waldorf Schools as well as for two other non-profit organizations.

Chris Bennett

Chris was a Waldorf student in England for Grades 5-8, and, after completing a degree in Aeronautics, went to Emerson College in Forest Row, UK, graduating from there in 1972. He has been a Waldorf teacher ever since, alternating between the Grades and High School (mainly Math), in Austria, the UK, Hawai’i, Canada and California. In 2017 he graduated an 8th Grade at WSOC [Waldorf School of Orange County]. He has been working in Waldorf Teacher Education for more than 25 years, in Europe, North America and Asia, and is currently the director of the WSOC Adult Education Program.

Lisa Hitch

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Andrea Lyman

Andrea has been teaching music for more than 45 years, in both the public and private school sector, and has been involved in Waldorf education since 1992. With both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Music Education, she was part of the first Waldorf music teacher training in the US, receiving her Waldorf teaching certificate in 2005 from Sunbridge College in New York. Andrea was a founding member of the Association for Waldorf Music Education (AWME), and has served as its president since its inception in 2000. She organizes and helps facilitate its annual Waldorf Music Conference each summer. Her two-part article, “Let There Be Music: The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School, (Grades 1-8)” appeared in RENEWAL Magazine in 2009. Andrea is a contributing author to <em>The Mood of the Fifth: A Musical Approach to Early Childhood</em>, a WECAN publication. Andrea serves as a mentor for music teachers internationally and on many continents.

Hans-Peter Mothes

Hans-Peter was born and raised in Germany. His two children attended Waldorf schools since kindergarten and graduated from a Waldorf high school. Hans-Peter received his education at the University of Mannheim, Germany, in linguistic and literary studies and at the teacher training college for Waldorf schools in Mannheim, Germany (College of Anthroposophical Pedagogy). He graduated as class teacher for grades 1 through 8, remedial/curative educator with specific classroom management skills, and foreign language teacher for grades 1 through 12. He has graduated a class in Hawaii and one on Vancouver Island and is currently on his next journey with a grade 3 class. Hans-Peter is an entrepreneur, a food and literature lover, a martial artist, and a passionate researcher and learner in the areas of child development, brain plasticity, and movement to enhance learning. He lives with his wife and four cats on Vancouver Island, BC

Michael Preston PhD

Michael has been a Waldorf class teacher in England, Hawaii, and Seattle for 33 years. He first taught as a school-leaver volunteer in Vanuatu (near Fiji) , and then for two years in Gloucestershire as a state primary school teacher. He trained as a Waldorf teacher at Emerson College in England, and then gained a B. Ed in a state teacher training college in the Lake District, Cumbria, and later an MA and PhD from London University in Philosophy and Education. Through looping in the middle school years he has graduated six 8th grades, but has also taken three early years classes, one of them to 8th grade.

Christina Price

Christina has been a dedicated Waldorf Teacher for 16 years, working both in Preschool, as a Grades Music Teacher, and as a Class Teacher. Her three grown children have been some of her best teachers along the way. Currently teaching Grade 7 at the Vancouver Waldorf School, she loves to be inspired and energized by young people. When she’s not drawing or painting, you can find Christina running the roads or the trails of the beautiful North Shore.

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen received her teacher training certificate from the Michael Institute in 2002. She then began her journey as a class teacher at the Portland Waldorf School where she taught for 14 years. For the last three years she has been teaching at the Santa Fe Waldorf School. Kathleen began teaching curriculum courses with the West Coast Institute in 2012.

Mary-Anne Taylor

Mary-Anne has a BEd from UBC. She taught grade one for two years in Mackenzie BC before deciding that public school teaching was not for her, or her children. She went on to get a certificate in computer systems and also became a board certified lactation consultant. She pursued these two career avenues, but when her own children were in grade 5 and 8 at the Vancouver Waldorf school she took on the Grade 4 class and took them through to Grade 8. Mary-Anne trained at various Institutes: Sacramento, Portland, Colorado, Dornach and Vancouver. She took a second class from Grade 1 – 8 before retiring in 2012. As well as class teaching, she taught choir for grades 4-8. In her ‘retirement’ she continues to mentor, substitute teach and perform evaluations for Waldorf Schools. May-Anne began teaching at WCI in 2015.

Herb Walsh

Herb has been teaching practical arts for WCI since 2017. He is semi-retired and makes his living doing small renovations and building furniture. Herb and his wife Monique have five sons and have spent many years as part of the Vancouver Anthroposophical community. Recently Herb has been working with Jennifer Greene helping to plan a Water Workshop in Duncan July 2019.

Jason Yates

In 1997, Jason Yates received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University before working internationally as a technology consultant, primarily in the field of virtual reality. He completed the Consciousness Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College in 2006 and went on to join the eurythmy training, graduating in 2010. Following two years of performing in Europe and Asia, Jason completed his therapeutic eurythmy training in Germany before joining the Cascadia Society for Social Working, a Camphill community serving adults with special needs in North Vancouver. Jason has an MA in therapeutic eurythmy from Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, serves on several non-profit boards, and is a teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Grades Adjunct Faculty

Rachel Cameron

Rachel has been involved in Waldorf Education for almost 20 years and has 10 years of experience teaching in Waldorf classrooms. She took a class from grades one through eight at Sunrise Waldorf School. Rachel has a degree in English Literature, and she completed her Waldorf teacher training along with a Masters of Education Degree at Antioch University. She is now the Education Director at Sunrise Waldorf School.

Wade Cavin

Wade received undergraduate degrees in Art and Biology, and worked in research and commercial labs before becoming a Waldorf teacher. Following teacher training in 2000 at the Center for Anthroposophy, he received his MA in Goethean Science at Prescott College in 2015. Wade has taught in Waldorf schools for 19 years in both high schools and middle school. Wade is presently a member of the Center for Contextual Studies which presents Waldorf Teacher conferences throughout the United States in math and science and general developmental philosophy.

Ralph Danyluk

Ralph has a M. Sc. in physics with a published thesis on energy transfer in plant photo-synthesis. After completing his degree, he went on to work in information technology from the late 70’s through to 2004, spanning over 25 years. During that time he worked for two multi-national corporations as a senior and managing consultant, and owned and operated his own consulting practice for 15 of these years. He specialized in application software development, support and adult training for large scale databases for industries including telecom, forestry and lumber, government, and banking. His work took him throughout the USA, Canada, Japan, and South America. He was witness to emergence of computers from pre-PC 1970 to the dot-com bubble of 2000. After ‘retiring’ in 2004 he has devoted himself to his lifelong love and interest in Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy; lecturing widely and teaching foundation courses for the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy in their Waldorf teacher training program. For five years from 2008 to 2012, he was resident in Switzerland lecturing, teaching, working and studying at the Goetheanum. He also holds a study group in the esoteric foundations of the three fold social organism, soon to begin its second year.

Ute Grimm

bio to be posted soon

Ko Chen Hawkes

Ko is a graduate of Hibernia School of Art Therapy &  has been teaching, conducting workshops and practicing art therapy with children and adults in private practice. She has been on the faculty the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy for many years. Ko has been traveling to Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China since 2013 conducting workshops in Waldorf Schools and communities.

Donna Huston

Donna graduated from the Handwork Teacher Training program at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, N.Y. The next seventeen years were spent teaching handwork skills to grades 1 through 8 at Sunrise Waldorf School in Duncan, B.C. Although she retired from full time teaching in 2014, she continues to teach knitting, crochet, cross stitch, doll making, sewing and even cooking to home schoolers in the Cowichan Valley.

Annette Lampson

Annette studied Voice and Choral Conducting full time at the Anthroposophical music college, Alfred Schnittke Institute in Hamburg, Germany. She also has a diploma in Therapeutic Singing. For two decades she has taught voice and music to individuals of all ages and abilities, and directed children, youth and adult choirs. This has included directing Sunrise Waldorf School and Island Oak High School Choirs for several years. She has taught Voice and Choir at the WCI since 1998 and founded and currently directs the (adult) Jubilate Choir and the Glenora Farm Bell Choir for adults with developmental disabilities.

Graham Oslund

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Sonia Plewa

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