INSTRUCTORS

Experienced Educators. Waldorf Trained.

BARBARAH NICOLL

Instructor

Working in the not for profit sector with an entrepreneurial and creative impulse, Barbarah is an mentor and educator of teachers and graduate learners, and a mentor for and initiator of innovative businesses and community projects. She has started schools, developed curriculum, initiated peace and social justice projects, hosted youth exchanges and led international service learning and exchanges. Her newest venture is Ubuntu Learning, an empathy based adult learning initiative.

Barbarah’s formal education includes a Master of Integrated Arts, Waldorf High School Teacher certification, BA General Studies, Expressive Arts certification, Youth Development diploma from Grant MacEwan College, Improvisation for the Classroom – Paul Sills and The Art of Facilitation Training with Caroline Estes of the Alpha Institute.

SIMONE IAFOLLA

Instructor

Simone worked in the Alberta Independent School sector as an Executive Board member, in administration, and more recently as an instructor of eurythmy for children and adults. Her experiences have inspired Simone to develop and facilitate programs that support sound holistic educational principles. Simone feels that Independent schools are fortunate to experience freedom in education, and understands that how we choose to bring material and leadership qualities to our students is enlivened and deepened by developing our own ideas and professional practice, with commitment to our own growth and development as role models and mentors.

Leaning on her experience in the educational realm, facilitation and consultation with the Ubuntu Learning program, Simone brings a dynamic, positive, and inspiring experience to educators, leaders and executive teams. Her approach fosters resilience, team building and leadership skills that are strengthened from within. Simone herself is a lifelong learner, committed to continuing education and still engages  in training as a eurythmy instructor, and philosophy studies. She also holds degree in psychology and has 16 years of  experience in organizational health and wellness.

MARK MCGIVERN

Instructor

Mark has been an educator most of his working life. He has worked as a Waldorf class teacher, a high school mentor and with adult language learners in various parts of the world. Mark has developed high school curriculum, trained middle school Waldorf teachers in curriculum studies, and been a student of Anthroposophy for many years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Ontario and trained to be a Waldorf class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. He has worked for many years with online learning and hosted online groups of youth in thematic explorations.

Mark is passionate about finding pathways from living ideas to renewed practices. As a co-founder of Ubuntu Learning he wants to engage with educators and practitioners in innovative ways to nourish and enliven the art of teaching. He has published in Renewal magazine on storytelling with children. He has given talks at Anthroposophical events on Modern Story, the Influence of Owen Barfield on JRR Tolkien, and Anthroposophy in Tolkien’s Mythology.