11576 Lee Highway
  P.O. Box 247
  Sperryville, Virginia 22740
pre-K through 12th grade  
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“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”
Rudolf Steiner


~ Faculty ~


Kitty Keyser our Pre-first/First Grade teacher is a Certified Waldorf Teacher and has taught at Hearthstone since 1996.

“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.”

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.

Linda Orfila is our First-Third Grade teacher. Linda is teaching Main Lesson, flute, games, Spanish, handwork and nature studies. She has completed three Waldorf Trainings this past summer and she has taught at Hearthstone since 2001.

“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.”

Justine Rosenbaum is teaching Fifth/Sixth Grade and Middle School English. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University where she participated in the Overseas Program in Dijon, France. She has a Teacher's License for grades 1 through 8 and taught in the Rappahannock County public school system for three years. Ms. Rosenbaum has been teaching at Hearthstone School since 2003.

Aron Weisgerber teaches High School. He also teaches woodworking, gardening, phys. ed. and cooperative games.

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 Restoration.

While Attending Prescott College in Arizona, Aron worked for two years as a woodworking teacher at Mountain Oak Elementary, a Charter Waldorf school. Aron graduated from Prescott College with a major in Adventure Education with an emphasis in wilderness leadership 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, crafts and survival skills.

Aron is trained in First Aid and CPR.

Sylvie Blank is currently a Nursery/Kindergarten Assistant and teaches German and Knitting for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades at Hearthstone 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!”

Davette Leonard Davette Leonard is an artist, calligrapher and art educator living, painting and teaching in Rappahannock County. At Hearthstone School Ms. Leonard focuses mainly on middle school and high school in Art, Art History and Calligraphy with an emphasis 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, Charlottesville, VA.

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 School 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 clay to the Hearthstone students for four years. 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. I enjoy being there to assist them on their adventures, while working with a medium I have come to know well."


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