Ola has been teaching since 2006 working in both primary and secondary schools in Poland. Inspired by her parents who are both Teachers she received her Masters degree in 2010 and moved to London where she worked as a nanny and spent time teaching in a Polish School. Ola joined The London Acorn School in January 2018 as an Afterschool Club Assistant and in February 2019 she became a Kindergarten Assistant. Ola really enjoys working with children helping them grow and develop their skills.
Alni has been working in Education since 2009 and has always worked in schools with the Steiner approach. She joined The London Acorn School in 2014 as a Kindergarten assistant and is now the Lead Teacher for Rose Kindergarten as well as the Deputy Safeguarding Lead. Alni is interested in “slow school”, Steiner and holistic early years education in general. In her spare time Alni likes to practice yoga, dance and travel.
Amanda worked as an English teacher prior to undertaking Steiner training in 2013. She was involved in the Waldorf home-schooling movement before joining TLAS as a Class Teacher in 2017. She specialises in Handwork and particularly enjoys weaving stories into projects. Amanda has 2 children who attend the school and spends her free time reading, hiking, and studying psychology.
Anne has 20 years successful teaching experience in Waldorf schools as both class and subject teacher, working with students in classes 1 – 12. Her daughters attended The Acorn School in Nailsworth while she trained in Hauschka Artistic Therapy. She is also a practitioner of Nurturing Arts. Her approach to teaching is artistic and creatively practical, experience based and process oriented. Over the years Anne has attended and participated in countless teacher, medical, art and therapy conferences and workshops. She has a healthy sense of adventure and loves to travel. Her favourite holidays are spent hiking, cycling, canoeing, coastal walking – generally being in nature.
Claire trained to be a teacher in 1994. Since then she has worked as a class teacher, tutor, Literacy and PE Coordinator, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Advisory teacher for a local authority and an Educational Case Manager. She joined The London Acorn School in 2016 as a class teacher. She became deputy head in January 2017 and was appointed Head teacher in July 2017. Claire is an avid reader and an enthusiastic theatre, museum and gallery goer. She loves to cook and unwinds doing yoga twice a week.
Emily joined The London Acorn School in 2018 having worked within the financial sector for over 18 years – 7 years of this within Independent Education. As our School Business Manager and part of the senior leadership team, Emily manages the efficient day to day functioning of the School office and support staff. Away from School Emily keeps busy looking after her young family with whom she enjoys spending time outdoors canoeing, cycling and skiing.
Helga has been a Kindergarten teacher since 2002 and joined the London Acorn School in 2016 after finishing her Steiner Early Years Teacher Training Course. She finds the Steiner approach very inspiring and she loves being with the children. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.
Jessie has been working in education since 2015 and joined The London Acorn School as a Kindergarten assistant. She is a keen gardener and horticulturist and regularly assists with Woodland Craft lessons. Jessie is currently studying for her Level 5 Waldorf Early Years qualification and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and exploring the natural world.
Karin joined the teaching profession in 2002, specialising in Early Years. She joined The London Acorn School in September 2018 as our Woodland Craft Leader and as a leader of the Little Acorns Parent and Child Groups. Karin continues to run her own studio where she writes, tells stories, and designs/performs shadow puppet theatre. In her spare time, Karin likes playing music, fabric printing, and walking in the forest as often as possible.
Linda has been working with The London Acorn School since 2016. As a member of support staff she maintains the high level of cleanliness throughout the school. In her spare time Linda enjoys reading poetry.
Lisa has been in the education sector for over 7 years, specialising in special educational needs with adults. She joined The London Acorn School in 2017 as a German teacher and After School Club leader. Lisa is very community minded and interested in bio dynamic farming. In her free time she likes to look after her garden and spends much time outdoors.
Luana joined The London Acorn School in 2017 after moving to the UK from New Zealand and having worked previously as a Waldorf class teacher for 5 years. Luana started as a classroom assistant and is now a Class Teacher and Games and Assessment Coordinator. Luana discovered Waldorf education during her first year as a primary school teacher after being enticed by an engaging child centred curriculum. After training as a Waldorf teacher, she became passionate about the benefits of both movement and relationships in education and she holds these at the core of her practise. Her spare time is filled with travelling, yoga, tennis and cycling.
Mariam has been in the teaching profession since 2012, teaching maths and economics at secondary level in the mainstream sector. She joined The London Acorn School in 2017 as a Maths Subject Specialist, and is now also one of our Parent and Child Group Leaders for Little Acorns. Mariam has a son who attends our Kindergarten and she is interested in holistic and gentle parenting. In her spare time, Mariam likes to write about parenting and nutrition and also enjoys cooking healthy meals for her family.
Mélani has been in the teaching profession since 2013 and completed her Early Years degree in Spain. She joined The London Acorn School in 2015 as an afterschool club assistant moving on to Leading the sessions not long after. In 2017 she joined the Kindergarten team as an assistant and in 2019 she began co-teaching after completing her level 5 Steiner Waldorf Training. She is also our early years assessment coordinator for Kindergarten. Mélani loves handwork, experimenting with all sorts of crafts and different materials, from wool to clay, wood or paper.
Nimrod has been teaching for 10 years and working in education for 14 years. His career to date has been spent largely in democratic education. Nimrod has worked with children of all ages and was co-head of a democratic middle school before moving to London last year. Nimrod joined TLAS in 2017 as a class teacher. Nimrod has volunteered in various initiatives around education and social justice, involving different age groups (youth, university students and adults). He also volunteers in a mental health youth support hotline. In his spare time Nimrod enjoys the countryside and being outdoors.
Soraya has been working within the education sector since 1995 spending her time within Early Years for settings with a Steiner approach. Soraya joined The London Acorn School in 2014 as a Kindergarten Teacher. In her spare time Soraya enjoys reading, craft and spending time outdoors with her family.
Stéphane has been a private tutor/teacher of French and Spanish since 2010. He joined the London Acorn School as a French teacher, Forest School leader and Drama Club leader in March 2017, and has since focused on teaching French. Away from school, Stephane is completing his PhD in Media, Culture and Language, and has started his own holiday club business ‘My Favourite Club’. Being naturally dramatic since birth, Stephane also enjoys acting on stage and on screen.
Tamara joined the London Acorn School as Administration Officer in January 2018 after moving to the UK from Switzerland. With several family members attending school, she was already familiar with our unique philosophy. Tamara ensures the smooth organisation of the office administration and also helps out in After School Club. With Tamara’s hands on approach she has established an in-depth knowledge of the schools’ operations giving her the opportunity to get know each pupil as an individual. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys discovering London and its’ rich international population.
Vic has been working with children from 1977, coordinating adventure playgrounds and as a youth worker and probation officer. He also ran his own retail business importing giftware and handcraft. Vic’s daughter attended the Waldorf School in South London and Vic enjoyed being involved in the PTFA. Vic joined The London Acorn School in 2013 as a volunteer and became the Building Manager soon after. Outside of work Vic enjoys working his allotment, cooking his home grown produce, walking his dog and visiting galleries with his daughter.
Ya-Hsin has been working in education since 1999 gaining valuable experience as a primary school teacher in three different types of schools in Taiwan while also promoting ethical living and organic agriculture to adults in her spare time. Ya-Hsin joined TLAS in 2016 as a Kindergarten assistant. She enjoys watching dance performances, appreciates visual arts and is interested in exploring different cultural traditions through travelling. As a keen gardener, Ya-Hsin spends a lot of her free time on her allotments. She loves cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Stacey is a qualified and experienced Waldorf teacher from South Africa. She has taught at both primary and high school level since 2010, including working one-to-one. Experienced in both graphic design and TEFL colour, Stacey’s teaching strategies support her special area of interest – building resilience in children.
Foraging, homesteading and craft are great passions of hers. These are eagerly shared with the children both in class and through Woodland Craft.