Faculty & Staff
Christian has been a professional performer, musician and educator for over 15 years. Born and raised in the UK, he studied performing arts in Liverpool and music production in London, graduating with a BA Honours degree in 2010 from the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, where he earned a first-class accreditation for his final dissertation on music and early childhood development.
After university, he signed a 3 year record deal with ACA UK, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, where he released 5 commercial records as a singer/songwriter, before forming the successful London rock band Haydons Place. He continues to compose music for film, TV, video games and commercial records.
Christian moved to Canada in 2016 and signed with Toronto-based agency Premier Artists’ Management, where he is represented as a professional singer and actor in musical theatre, film and TV. He also opened a private, home-based music studio in Waterdown where he teaches guitar, piano and singing to a roster of varied students. Increasingly in demand, he also teaches pre-school music in day care centres across the GTA and is the music director at Stagecoach Burlington.
Between his performing and teaching careers, Christian is a busy music professional and is thrilled to the join the Waldorf family.
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.
Elizabeth’s eye for simple, organic form has been shaped her formative landscape surrounding Lake Superior, which inspires her work; she visits there often to be at ‘Camp’ with her family, hike and collect tumbled granite stones.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto in Studio Art & Art History; a Diploma in Studio Art from Sheridan College; and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Currently, she is a Master’s student in the M.T.S. program, with a Visual Arts specialization, McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University.
Elizabeth’s work is figurative ceramic sculptures with photographs and paintings of Lake Superior. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, and it is held in public and private collections. It can be viewed at Flagship Gallery, Hamilton where she is a founding gallery member; and at McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, where her Heaven in Earth series was permanently installed in 2017 for her presentation at the Bingham Colloquium.
Elizabeth has 25 years of high school teaching experience, and since 2001 she has been the founding Visual Artist Director at King’s Christian Collegiate, Oakville. She sits on the Art Fundamentals Advisory Council, Sheridan College, Oakville; and, she is a Member of Ontario College of Teachers.
Elizabeth is thankful to have two wonderful sons who are currently pursuing post-secondary studies in London, On. Elizabeth and her husband make their home in Burlington—a seven-minute walk from the high school property! Elizabeth’s artwork can be viewed at www.elizabethhenstock.com
Grade 9 Geography Teacher
Joe grew up in Hamilton, Ontario where he spent much of his time exploring the Cootes Paradise and Bruce hiking trails and enjoying the natural beauty of the Niagra Escarpment. Educated at McMaster and Charles Sturt Universities with BAs in Political Science and Education, Joe has a broad background including several courses in Geography and Indigenous Studies. He travelled extensively before and after university, deepening his global cultural perspective and kindling his interest in education.
After returning from a trip to India in 2008, Joe became increasingly involved in arts based education including a program call ‘Artsaround the World,’ and the wonderfully transformative ‘Under the Willows Summer Initiative.’ Once he got his BA in Education in 2011, Joe went on to teach at the Six Nations reserve where he put his Indigenous Studies background to use filling in for Cayuga and Mohawk culture and language classes. His experience on the reserve strengthened his passion for education while deepening his understanding of student and community relationships to educational institutions.
Joe’s focus has always been on big picture concepts like community building and responsible citizenship. His positivity, creativity and sense of adventure make him a welcome addition to the Waldorf team.
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 Chemistry and Biology Teacher
Eszter holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences with a specialization in cancer research from Queen’s University. She went on to investigate the role of folic acid in modulating chemotherapy treatment outcomes in breast cancer at the University of Toronto where she earned a Master of Science degree. During these years, she held several teaching assistantships and loved being in the classroom. After years of lab work, she joined the realm of pharmaceutical market access research where she was exposed to a different side of scientific research.
Waldorf philosophy has been an integral part of her upbringing. She attended Waldorf kindergarten in Romania and upon moving to Canada enjoyed the vibrant community life of the Halton Waldorf School where her two younger brothers are alumni. Waldorf’s approach to scientific inquiry helped shape her unbounded curiosity about the order of the natural world and helped her navigate the uncertain waters of molecular research.
Eszter currently lives in Burlington with her husband and baby girl. In her spare time (when there used to be some), she enjoys hiking, concocting delicious meals in the kitchen, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Patricia Mac Master
Guest Teacher - Novel Study
Patricia holds a B.M.E. from Texas Tech University and a M.M. from the University of Oklahoma. Her studies focused on an integration of all the arts. She worked as an actress and singer in regional theatres for ten years. She has been a teacher on the high school and college level since 1977. She was a member of the High School faculty at the Toronto Waldorf High School from 2001 to 2018, and is returning in the spring to teach Main Lessons on Parzival and Faust.
Patricia has been a student of Esoteric Sciences since 1991. She has taken workshops with Dennis Klocek, Douglas Gerwin, Georg Locher, and Fabian Lochner. This study is reflected most especially in her Main Lesson work.
Patricia is married to John Mac Master, Canadian Tenor and Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Their daughter, Claire, is an alumna of the Toronto Waldorf School, Class of 2015.
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!