~ 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.”
to the Lower
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.”
Kiaya Abernathy was born
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
to the Lower School (Second
through Fourth 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
Rosenbaum is teaching Fifth through Seventh Grade
teacher. She has a BFA in Ceramics from
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
years. Ms. Rosenbaum has been teaching at Hearthstone School since
Torry Keane returned to Hearthstone School as a high school teacher in 2013 after spending two years launching a college access program in five high schools in the counties of Page and Shenandoah in Virginia. From 2002-10 Keane worked with Hearthstone as a high school teacher, and continues in that position today as the English, History, Journalism and Photography instructor. 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 photography), Associate 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 currently a graduate student at Clemson University’s School of Health Education and Human Development, where she is a candidate for 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 (academically, intellectually, and emotionally) that supports them when confronting challenges, adapting to changing environments, and fosters strong morally responsible individuals.
teaching High School
Math and Spanish
to the Middle School
and High School.
She holds a PhD
University, a Master
of Engineer from
Institute and State
is originally from
the Republic of
in Central America
where she obtained
her Bachelor Degree
in Civil Engineering
in 1998. She is
a Fulbright scholar
and a Periship fellow.
Throughout her career
as an engineer she
the area of academia
subjects at various
school, high school,
college and universities.
She has 18 years
she shares a passion
for the mathematical
field as well as
fields. She is also
a mother of three
dedicated wife and
a daughter .
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
Manabu Nagase teaches music at Hearthstone School. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and established music instructor. He plays violin, mandolin, guitar, keyboards,bass, trumpet and saxophone. He is well versed in bluegrass, oldtime, Jazz (from swing including gypsy jazz to post bebop) rock, blues, early music and classical. Manabu has won numerous awards for guitar, fiddle and mandolin at various festivals in the Southeastern United States. He has an extensive knowledge of music theory which allows him to teach numerous styles of music.
Manabu came to the United States in 1995 from Tokyo, Japan. He has played bluegrass since 1975 and has studied jazz and classical music at several music institutions. He was a member of a rock band for over a decade in the Tokyo area where he played guitar, bass and keyboards. He is fluent in Japanese and English.
|Jill Fetterman graduated from Philadelphia
College of Art with a BFA in Ceramics. "I have been teaching
to the Hearthstone students since 2008. We do handbuilding,
using various techniques, making functional and sculptural pieces.
Working with clay is a good way for children to feel empowered
through using their hands to bring ideas and feelings into form.
being there to assist them on their adventures, while working with
a medium I have come to know well."