Faculty & Staff
Yilmaz (Yo) Mustafa is a director, actor and teacher. He graduated from the Sheridan College Theatre programme in 1981 and went onto complete the one-year acting master class at the HB Studio. He has directed over thirty productions including ,Hair, Homechild the Musical, Mating Game ,Perfect Wedding, Come Back to Five and Dime Jimmy Dean ,Amadeus, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias, The Birthday Party , Oliver. His acting credits include: Romeo in Romeo & Juliet for the Young People’s Theatre, Hosanna in Hosanna for W.E.S.T., Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs for C.V.D.S., Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee for B.L.T., Garson in Norman, Is That You? for W.E.S.T.and also Jan in W.E.S.T.’s Fortune & Men’s Eyes. Serge in Art and Joseph Merrick in the Elephant man.Yo has been teaching since the early 1980’s.
Grade 9 English Teacher
A Master of English Literature, published writer, and educator for over 25 years, Kim DeBon joins our faculty as a member of the Humanities Department. She has spent over 20 years teaching English Literature and Writer’s Craft in CAIS schools, most notably St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School, Hillfield Strathallan College, and Ridley College. She has also spent some time teaching overseas at CCI: The Renaissance School, in Italy. She currently works as an Editor and Writing Instructor for the City of Burlington. Kim’s writing has recently appeared in The Globe and Mail, Be Well Kids, and the City of Burlington’s Centre Piece.
Dr. Meg Popovic
Member of the Pedagogical Group
Meg Popovic, PhD is a university professor, professional speaker, and certified life coach. Dr. Popovic holds Master’s and PhD degrees from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University and serves as a faculty member in the School of Leadership and Social Change at Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University. Her award-winning teaching and research focuses on the areas of leadership, organizational development, and youth culture. Dr. Meg has presented her research around the world, including Denmark, Australia, Cuba, New Zealand, the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece, and over 30 conferences throughout North America. In her coaching practice, Dr. Popovic works with high school and university students, twenty-somethings, parents, and athletes. She holds her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation with the Coaches Training Institute and her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation through the International Coach Federation. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Popovic has taught, coached, and facilitated workshops in academia, corporate arenas, and sport to help young people cultivate their identity, self-worth, and success.
Member of the Pedagogical Group
Nastassia has been an elementary and secondary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board for 13 years and is currently seconded to the Faculty of Education at York University where she is a course director for teacher candidates. Her teachables are Contemporary studies, Physical Education, and History.
Moreover, she has an undergraduate honours degree in Sociology and a Master’s of Education with a focus on Africentric and Transformative learning.
Nastassia has 3 children currently attending the Toronto Waldorf School. After enrolling her children, she became deeply curious about Waldorf Education and attended several conferences, workshops and completed Part 1 and 2 of Foundation Studies at the Rudolph Steiner Centre of Toronto.
When she is not teaching she enjoys deepening her inward journey through being in circle with others, reading a good book, and birdwatching.
Arpik moved to Canada with her family in 2009 from Armenia. Arpik holds a Master’s degree in French language and literature and has over 13 years of professional experience teaching French. She got her passion for French and teaching from her mother who was a university French professor.
Arpik fell in love with Waldorf in 2010 when her daughter joined nursery in Toronto Waldorf School. She started volunteering in Toronto Waldorf School in 2014 and completed the Antroposophy Foundation studies at the Rudolf Steiner centre in 2016.
Arpik loves nature and being outdoors, theatre, music and arts, enjoys crocheting, reading and cooking and of course most of all she loves spending time with her family.
High School Coordinator & Grade 9 Math Teacher
Lisa has an Honours Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. She earned a Masters of Science degree in Education from Niagara University. She completed Foundations Studies while teaching at the Aurora Waldorf School. She has a Waldorf High School teaching certificate from the Centre for Anthroposophy.
Over twenty years ago, Lisa left the world of software engineering to become an educator. For the last 12 years she has been involved in Waldorf education. She was a class teacher at the Aurora Waldorf School and then a middle school and high school mathematics teacher at the Emerson and Green Meadow Waldorf Schools.
Lisa has three children, all of whom have attended Waldorf Schools. She currently lives in the Niagara region with her husband and two of their three children. When she is not working with the High School Group at the Halton Waldorf School, Lisa enjoys being outdoors, knitting and of course eurythmy!