~ Faculty ~
Keyser our Nursery/Kindergarten teacher is a Certified
Waldorf Teacher and has taught at Hearthstone since
1996. She also teaches dance at the Mountainside School
“I teach because I love children. It is my way of
serving society, to make this world a better place, because these children
WILL do so! The reason I teach at Hearthstone is because it's a loving
environment for the children, and it's a school that I feel is serving
the children in the best way possible. Children have the right to an
education that nourishes them in such a way to be whole, healthy, wise
and loving human beings...an education that academically prepares them
... and that assists them in being good stewards of our planet.”
Blank is currently the First/Second Grade teacher. She also
teaches German and handwork to the Lower School.
In 2003, she graduated with a teaching degree in Germany as a “staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin” and worked in different German pre-school/Kindergarten classrooms where she experienced a great mix of teaching styles and the influence of Waldorf Education. In 2004 she traveled to Australia and New Zealand and was able to acquire more teaching experience while working as a substitute teacher in Sydney, Australia. In 2007 her family relocated to Culpeper, Virginia from Germany.
Sylvie incorporates the German culture in the daily routines through songs, finger plays, crafts and games. “I love it here at Hearthstone School, where children can be children – and also learn for life!”
“Teaching at Hearthstone School allows for
the pure joy of learning to shine through. I feel this joy deeply
at the same moment I see in my students' faces when they have
grasped a given academic concept through art, music, nature, humor
and love. This is perfection on earth.”
and raised in Rappahannock
County, Virginia. Kiaya
is a singer/songwriter
and performs locally with
her father. She was home
schooled until the age
of 15, when she began
School for 9th, 10th and
11th Grade. Kiaya attended
the University of Virginia
and graduated in May of
2013 with Bachelors in
Anthropology and Linguistics.
Kiaya teaches main lesson, drama and music
to the Middle School (Fourth through Seventh Grade). "My
goal is to use my love
of music and language
to assure the children
that the song they have
to sing is both unique
and a gift to the world.
It takes courage to find
your voice and share it
with others. Music and
language creates independent
thinkers and reinforces
Wyant is teaching Ceramics to all grade levels.
She teaches Kindergarten on Fridays. She has been a teacher/helper
in Ms. Kitty N/K class for the past three years. Ms. Wyant is a free-lance
photographer as well as our school photographer. She studied Ceramics
at Northern Virginia Community College and has apprenticed at Manassas
Clay & Tin Barn Pottery under Fran Newquiest for over 10 years. She
assists the internationally renowned Raku artist, Ramon Camarillo,
with workshops and instructs several six-week children's pottery camps.
Leonard Davette Leonard is an artist, calligrapher
and art educator living, painting and teaching in Rappahannock
At Hearthstone School Ms. Leonard teaches Art and Calligraphy
to the Lower School, Middle School and High School
on the enriching experience of art in everyday life and learning.
The artwork of Ms. Leonard is in the style of European
Renaissance still life and portrait painting and may be seen at
the Caulfield Gallery, Washington, VA and the McGuffey Art Center,
Other teaching experiences include Artist in Residence
at Rappahannock County Elementary School, Headwater’s Summer
Art Workshops, Charlottesville Homeschool Enrichment Community
classes, Rappahannock County Adult Education classes and private
lessons in art and calligraphy for all ages.
Ms. Leonard has a BLS in Studio Arts at the University
of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA., and studied at the
of Visual Arts, NY, NY, and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington,
DC. And as a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild she
was a recipient of the Herman Zapf Scholarship, making it possible
for her to study with Sheila Waters.
For further info: www.davetteleonard.com
Weisgerber teaches gardening, phys. ed.
Aron is a Rappahannock County native,
born just outside the town of Sperryville, VA. He
is a graduate of Hearthstone School and a lifelong student
of Waldorf education.
He is a graduate of Prescott
College in Arizona. Aron studied Outdoor Education,
Wilderness First Aid, Search and Rescue, Environmental Science,
Sculpture, Photography, Business Management, Ecological Design,
Rope Course Facilitation, Experiential Education and Ecological
While Attending Prescott College in Arizona, Aron
worked for two years as a woodworking teacher at Mountain Oak
Charter Waldorf school. Aron graduated from Prescott College with
a major in Adventure Education with an emphasis in wilderness
and program management, and a double minor, one in environmental studies
and the second in the arts.
Since 1999 Aron started and has operated a summer
camp for children and young adults in Sperryville, Virginia.
The summer camp
offers outdoor experiences ranging from plant identification to ropes
course activities, backpacking, swimming, games,
and survival skills.
Aron is trained in First Aid and CPR.
Rosenbaum is now a substitute teacher. She has taught all
grade levels at Hearthstone School since 2003. She has a BFA in Ceramics
from Indiana University
in the Overseas Program in
Dijon, France. She has a Teacher's License for grades 1 through 8
taught in the Rappahannock County public school system for three
Torry Keane is now a substitute teacher at Hearthstone.
Prior to this she taught junior high and high school at Hearthstone School
from 2013-2016 and she taught
In 2011 she
spent two years launching a college
high schools in the counties of Page and Shenandoah in Virginia.
For over 25 years she worked as a professional photographer receiving awards
from the Virginia Press Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Attained degrees: Endicott
College, Bachelor of Science
in Psychology (minor in
in Science in Integrated
Studies. Keane was awarded
the title of Summa Cum Laude
for both undergraduate degrees.
She received training in
Waldorf eighth grade education
from Sunbridge Institute,
and is a graduate of
Clemson University’s School
of Health Education and
Human Development with
a Master of Science in Youth
Development and Leadership
(YDL). As an YDL, Keane
approaches education with
consideration given to all
aspects of human development.
Her personal goal is to
provide youth with a platform
and emotionally) that supports
them when confronting challenges,
adapting to changing environments,
and fosters strong morally