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 Nursery/Kindergarten teacher is a Certified Waldorf Teacher and has taught at Hearthstone since 1996. She also teaches dance at the Mountainside School of Dance.

“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.”

Sylvie 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!”

Linda Orfila is our part-time Nursery/Kindergarten Assistant. Linda has completed three Waldorf Trainings 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.”

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 attending Hearthstone 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 originality."

Nicole 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.

Davette Leonard Davette Leonard is an artist, calligrapher and art educator living, painting and teaching in Rappahannock County. At Hearthstone School Ms. Leonard teaches Art and Calligraphy to the Lower School, Middle School and High School 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

Aron 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 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.

Justine 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 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.

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 high school from 2002-2010. In 2011 she spent two years launching a college access program in five 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 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 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 (academically, intellectually, and emotionally) that supports them when confronting challenges, adapting to changing environments, and fosters strong morally responsible individuals.




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