Staff and Trustees

Our staff enjoy the unique international community and environment of Michael Hall School, that aims to create a culture of mutual respect, tolerance and fraternity. We are committed to continuing professional development of all our staff and to training new teachers.

The Teachers at Michael Hall School are responsible for delivering the Steiner Waldorf curriculum to the students, guiding the children to investigate core subjects such as language, history, maths, science and geography through creativity and imagination. They aim to:

  • Clearly communicate with students, colleagues and parents
  • Commit to each student individually, throughout their years of school
  • Create lively, interactive lesson plans
  • Push themselves to grow and constantly question their teaching methods
  • Push beyond their comfort zones
  • Think outside the box
  • Inspire their students to keep progressing

Our Administration team works together to support the teachers, and the maintenance and kitchen staff work to ensure a smooth functioning of daily operations of the School.

It is our honour and pleasure to introduce the staff at Michael Hall and their stories (watch this space, as we add everyone!)

Senior Leadership Team | Early Years | Safeguarding, Pastoral Care and Wellbeing | Support Staff

Paul Farr

Principal

Paul Farr

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Mark Fielding

Assistant Principal and DSL - Early Years

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Jacqueline Courtenay

Assistant Principal - Lower School

Jacqueline Courtenay

As we enter this new phase in Michael Hall’s history, I am delighted to be part of the leadership team as Co-Assistant Principal for the Lower School at this very exciting time, helping to take Michael Hall and Waldorf education into the future. 

My love of Steiner education started very young when I was a pupil at both Elmfield and Wynstones. 

Having begun my teaching journey with a Bachelor Education in Bath, followed by having children and starting my own family, I went on to attend the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar. In 2004 we moved from Oxfordshire to Forest Row where my children joined their respective classes 4 and 6, continuing their education until class 12. 

I have been a Class Teacher at Michael Hall for the past 14 years which has given me countless wonderful adventures with my students and colleagues. This has helped shape me into the person I am today and fuelled my enthusiasm for this new management role. My wish is to help take the school forward to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society and world.

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Emmeline Hawker

Assistant Principal - Lower School

I have had a deep love of nature and the environment since I was a young child. This had no small part to play in discovering Steiner education nearly twenty years ago after my son was born. 

Before he was born, I was working in the fast paced world of marketing as a Brand Manager at Unilever but feeling very disillusioned, I swapped it for a career in teaching when I started teaching Psychology A-level at Reigate College. During this time, I also  attended the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar after which I undertook the Heart of Teaching Course here at Michael Hall and went on to become Class teacher to a wonderful class of children for 8 years (as well as being co-College Chair for the last two as well). 

This past year I have been concentrating on the Maths curriculum in the Lower School and recently presented my Steiner Waldorf Maths study at the SWSF Easter Conference.

I hope to combine all my skills  to effectively promote, evolve, and of course preserve, our very special education.

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Michaela Devaris

Assistant Principal - Upper School

Michaela Devaris

I am excited to be part of a new Leadership team as a Co-Assistant Principal for the Upper School, as Waldorf Education is very dear to my heart. 

I was born into a family who had a deep interest in Anthroposophy. I attended a Waldorf Kindergarten in Vienna, but then went through a state schooling as there was no Waldorf School at the time. My love for Eurythmy and movement started very early and throughout my school years I attended classes of Eurythmy and various other dances. I then studied Eurythmy in Vienna after attending a foundation course in Anthroposophy in Stuttgart. 

A period of moving and working in Europe and Asia followed before I settled in Tenerife. Here I built up a Centre for Curative Education and Social Therapy and it was also where my own family of 3 children was formed. 

In 1993, in search for a school for our own children, our journey at Michael Hall started. 

I have had the enormous luck of teaching and seeing the development of some classes from Class 1 right through to Class 12. I love the artistic work and consider myself very fortunate to be able to work so closely with our students as a guardian and tutor. 

During these many years at Michael Hall I have been involved with leadership in different ways. I am looking very much forward to continuing this journey into a new era and trying to find new ways of meeting the challenges ahead.

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Richard Siddons

Assistant Principal - Upper School

Richard Siddons

I am thrilled to be selected for the position of Assistant Principal at Michael Hall School. I look forward to helping many students grow into free-thinking adults equipped with the skills to tackle our new emerging world.

I have a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol, this gave me the confidence to solve challenging problems and create beautiful aesthetic design solutions. After graduating, I worked in flight training, undertaking several roles. It was in project management I learned the power of a successful team. I hope to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and parents to ensure Michael Hall School can provide an outstanding learning experience for all its children. 

Making a difference in the way we learn to fly soon became a desire in me to make a difference in helping children rocket to success.  I took a position as a Head of Biology and Chemistry at a small private school for two years, then later returned as Head of Sixth Form for a further three years.  This experience coupled with working at Michael Hall School for the past four years has shown me the advantages of a skills-based curriculum to aid the development of insightful students. 

Before coming to Michael Hall School I worked in the city as an Education and Training Manager for a finance trade body, it was in this role that I learned about the different facets of leadership and its value in creating the vision for an organisation and the wider community it serves. 

I am excited to begin this new life journey and I look forward to working with: the many committed and passionate colleagues; the loving and caring parents; and principally the bright and eager students in our wonderful home we call  Michael Hall School.

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Jacqui Phillips

SENCo and DSL

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Liz James

Business Manager

Liz James

I am so delighted to be back at Michael Hall, albeit starting under very strange circumstances from my bedroom computer!  Some of you may remember me from when I first started at 

Michael Hall nearly 8 years ago as Upper School Coordinator, whereupon I promptly had a horrid car accident after only a few weeks in the role.  Not my finest hour!  Once well enough to return to work, I took on various roles at Michael Hall to support different administrative areas, and 

qualified as a School Business Manager. I left in 2015, and feel privileged to have gone on to work at new schools to get a rich flavour of different types of schooling and approaches to educational business management.   

I first joined a large primary school in Crowbrough, helping it through an academisation process, developing  business and administration systems and ensuring its financial stability.  As part of this new Multi-Academy trust, I took on the business management of a second school, and was delighted be part of the team that opened a new free school in Tonbridge, opening our doors to our first cohort in September 2017.  

I have spent the last 2 years as a member of the senior leadership team of a top London 

Secondary Grammar School, again helping them develop operational systems and move into a new, positive chapter of the school’s history.

I live locally to Michael Hall, and have a young family.  The opportunity to rejoin this wonderful establishment, in such a beautiful setting and with such a vibrant, welcoming community feels so right.  I am delighted to be back, working with the school’s new Senior Leadership Team to see Micheal Hall move further with its continuing journey of improvement.  I look forward to meeting you and working to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for your children.

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Fadellah Khettabi

Kindergarten Afternoon Club Assistant

Fadellah Khettabi

I studied Arabic at the Department of Arab Studies in Cairo (DEAC) and at the Arabic Teaching Institute for foreigners in Damascus in the late eighties. This was a deep conscious forming educational experience of my year of studies. My interest and love for languages, various cultures and travel brought me into work in Casablanca airport as a station manager for the British Airline.  I was then recruited in London and joined BMed airways flying mainly to the Middle East and around the world for a few years. 
I have always been sensitive towards children, advocating for their inborn right to be loved and respected. I had the first opportunity to work with children in 1992, teaching French speaking children in’ Charles de Foucauld ‘primary school in Casablanca. I found this role very satisfying and nourishing, it gave me great joy to be with and guide the children. 
Another very forming experience was the duration of my pregnancy, and discovering the true meaning of motherhood. Raising my child came to me as my first and foremost priority . My son and I were then blessed to join Brighton Waldorf school’s mother and baby group and its community.
In 2014, when my son was ready, I eagerly got myself involved in the school. I first joined as a Kindergarten assistant cover and then was given the opportunity to undertake the role of afternoon session assistant. In parallel, I worked as a French teacher in an after school club at ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ primary school in Rottingdean.
I completed the Level 3 EYFS Teaching course and was delighted to join Michael Hall school in 2018 and the Early years team.I am now working as a Kindergarten assistant in afternoon club, where I enjoy learning and improving everyday, as well as being involved as part of a great vibrant school community.  I’m continually deepening my knowledge of childcare and find it a very rewarding experience.

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Genevieve Carter

Kindergarten Assistant

Genevieve Carter

I was fortunate enough to land a position as Kindergarten Assistant in Saskia’s Kindergarten back in September 2019. I simply adore working with the children; to be able to play a part in creating such a nourishing and wholesome environment for these little souls to thrive and blossom in is truly a dream come true. Although relatively new to Steiner’s teachings when I began my role, I have always harboured an interest in spirituality and I have found a real resonance with his ethos, philosophy and teachings, particularly when it comes to the Steiner approach to bringing up children. Prior to working in this magical setting my main focus was bringing up my young family and studying macrobiotics, I have a keen interest in natural healing and nutrition (still working on self restraint when it comes to chocolate though!).

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Emma Dixon

Kindergarten Teacher

Emma Dixon

Emma joined Michael Hall in 2016 while she undertook her Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies – Level 5. She Became a Kindergarten Lead Teacher in 2019. Emma’s background is in the Arts. She completed a BA and MA in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and Bath Spa University, and received grants from organisations including the UK Arts Council to undertake artist’s studies and residencies internationally. Emma’s conclusions in her artistic study and practice lead her towards an interest in education and child development and opened the doorway to Steiner Waldorf education. 

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Kristen Ram Kleps

Kindergarten Assistant

Kristen Ram Kleps

Kristen has been a Kindergarten Assistant at Michael Hall since 2015. She studied art at University and received her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification in 1995. Kristen went on to study Michael Chekhov acting technique and worked as a Craniosacral Therapist and nanny, before becoming the founding teacher at Sanderling Waldorf School in California. She then taught for ten years, six of which were at her own home based Waldorf Preschool. Kristen completed a second Foundation Year in Waldorf Education in 2000. She came from the US to study Fine Art and Sculpture at Emerson College and completed a Pedagogical Art Training there in 2008. Kristen and her family lived and worked at a biodynamic farm and care home for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. They then settled here at one of our local biodynamic farms, where her husband is the Dairy Herdsman and she organizes class three camping visits for surrounding schools. Kristen is a painter and digital artist with a keen interest in a  anthroposophical communities and the art of social renewal. 

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Rachel Ford-Blanchard

Kindergarten Teacher

Rachel Ford-Blanchard

Rachel was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.  She moved away 26 years ago and lived all around the world before moving to England.   Rachel discovered Michael Hall when she first arrived and felt connected to its community, its practise and the vast beautiful school grounds.  After working in other Steiner settings, Rachel returned with her family to Forest Row in 2017 to work at Michael Hall as a Kindergarten Teacher with an interest in belonging to a school dedicated to Steiner Waldorf Education and the modern child. Rachel has  a background in remedial therapies and worked in medical environments prior to education.  She has been active in the Steiner Waldorf Early Years for the past 10 years, working as a Parent Child Group Leader, Afternoon Club Leader, Craft Group Leader, and Waldorf Doll Maker before becoming a Kindergarten teacher. She has a passion for diversity and the ways in which equality and representation can be promoted in the kindergartens, especially with dolls. Rachel is trained as a Level 5 Steiner Waldorf Early Years teacher. 

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Sarah Lett

Kindergarten Assistant

Sarah Lett

I was born and grew up in the West Midlands, England.  I have one older sister, who is a violinist.  I began flute lessons at the age of nine and later also learnt piano.  Music became and remains an important part of my life.

I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester.

In my teens and early twenties, I spent several summers working as an Au Pair.

After a year of travel, mainly in Australia, I worked at a publishing company and also spent some months working in a Camphill Community, which is a movement that supports adults with learning and other disabilities.

After attending a course in Anthroposophy at Emerson College in 2012, I completed the Level 5 Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies training. I have worked as a Kindergarten Assistant at Michael Hall since 2016.

As well as playing flute and piano, I enjoy singing and playing guitar, walking and creative writing.  

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Oliver Room

Pastoral and Behavioural Lead

Oliver Room

I have been teaching at Michael Hall now for 9 years, having done a degree in Sport and Exercise Science I went onto gain my QTS in PE. I then taught across a range of mainstream and private settings, as well as managing outdoor pursuits centres.  I have a specialism in behavioural difficulties and have a passion for working with students who are struggling to access education. Since discovering Waldorf education I have trained in Bothmer Gymnastics and Waldorf teacher training.  

Being a Father to 4 children keeps me active and I have always had a passion for sport and movement. Having played a variety of sports at a county or national level, including Boxing, athletics, triathlon and basketball. I am dedicated to helping students to have a healthy relationship with sport and movement. 

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Anne Harwood-Stamper

Science Department Technician

Anne Harwood-Stamper

I have been at Michael Hall School since summer 2018 working in the Science department preparing experiments for the classes taught by the Science teachers. I love working in such a great team of people who are both inspired and inspiring. 

I graduated with BSc Hons in Microbiology from University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) way back in 1978 and since then have worked in both science orientated environs (Research and analytical science) and more recently company administration roles while my children were growing up. 

I am very happy to be back working in Science again and am enjoying helping with more innovative experiments to give the children a good experience of science subjects.

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Blanca Rey

School Nurse

Blanca Rey


I decided to study Nursing in my late twenties obtaining a Batchelor’s Degree in Nursing in June 2013 at the “Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona”. I graduated with a special mention in Oncology and Palliative Care. During my nursing training at University I discovered Anthroposophic Nursing and that gave me a deeper and wider understanding of the human being as a spiritual being within a physical body. I felt passionate about it so this took me to England in order to get the Anthroposophic Nursing training.
I trained at Emerson College in a part time course for over two years and I graduated in January 2017 obtaining an Anthroposophic Health Care Diploma. 
Before starting at Michael Hall as a School Nurse I worked in Palliative Care. After becoming a mum in 2017 I felt the urge to work in a different environment and the position at Michael Hall became available. I am delighted to be part of the Michael Hall School community and to be able to serve and support the children and their families on their journey.

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Chris Ji

Learning Support Assistant

Chris Ji

I was born and grew up in China. After completing my tertiary education as an engineer, I joined Henkel, a German chemical company and worked in several cities and in various disciplines.

After my daughter was born, our family attention switched to her upbringing. In the early years of our daughter’s education in an international school, we discovered the Steiner philosophy. I became closely involved in the Steiner movement in China. After 4 years of research, we relocated to Forest Row specifically to have our daughter attend Michael Hall.

Once settled in the village, I trained as a class teacher through the heart of teaching program, followed by SEN training with Align for learning and now work in the learning support department. My faith in anthroposophy is strong and I am continually adding to my knowledge by means of external courses. I hope we can take the children in Michael Hall through a profound learning journey and prepare them well for the future with clarity of thinking, moral integrity and strong will to take actions.

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Geraldine Crawshaw

Afternoon Club

Geraldine Crawshaw


After taking a B.Sc in Geography, Geology and Marine Biology at Queen Mary, University of London, I went on to Bangor, University of North Wales for post graduate study. ( I didn’t go there just to be able to go rock climbing most weekends!).  My teaching career began at Eaton, City of Norwich School and then Oathall (Hayward’s Heath), teaching Geography and Geology.  I began working at Michael Hall in 1992 as a Kindergarten Assistant to Sally Schweizwer when two of my three children had recently joined the School community. In 1996 while still working with Sally, I set up an Afternoon Club for children in Classes 3 and 4. I have been running the Club ever since, widening the scope to include Classes 1 and 2.  Years of fine tuning have, I hope, produced a Club offering a quite unique experience of learning through creative arts and crafts, games, outdoor adventures and mini- projects with time for listening and time for play.
I have always been a keen musician and at present play violin in the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Forest Row Orchestra as well as playing melodeon and dancing for the Forest Row Morris Dancers (Shalesbrook).  My other interests include research with the Wealden Iron Group, landscape archaeology and many local history projects.  I live on the edge of Sheffield Forest where I walk my collie, Bracken, every day!
Although my own children were not at Michael Hall for very long, I know the education they received here helped to shape their lives enormously and helped them to become adaptable young adults. My daughter is now a very successful film costume designer; one of my sons studied 3D Design and uses his artistic skills in many ways and my other son now works for the Woodland Trust.

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Karen German

HR Manager

Karen German

I am delighted to be returning to Michael Hall.
I started within recruitment for British Airways many years ago, recruiting for pilots, cabin crew and other airline staff. I then left to live in New Zealand to raise my 2 children and stayed there for 9 years where I was the chair of a small Kindergarten, including working for Air New Zealand.    When we returned to the UK for family reasons in 2012 I took up the recruitment role again within British Airways while studying the first level of CIPD Human Resource Management, and in the last 2 years I have completed the Level 5 degree level CIPD in Human Resource Management.

Before returning to Michael Hall I was working for Compass UK Ltd, within Medirest at Kings College London as an HR Manager responsible for over 1000 facilities staff, it was the greatest challenge yet especially when we were at the coal face of the recent pandemic.
I am excited about being back at Michael Hall in this time of transformation, I believe that we will get through these challenging times together and be very proud of ourselves in the future of where we have come. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone again in September.

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Jenny Robertson

Learning Support Teacher - Early Years SENDco

Jenny Robertson

I was privileged to be educated in Steiner Waldorf schools from Kindergarten to Class 12. After gaining a degree in Education I trained to be a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher at Steiner House in London. I worked in Kindergarten for 5 years before having my first child. I have worked in the Learning Support Department at Michael Hall for the last 10 years as a Learning Support Teacher, and also, in recent years, as the Early Years SENDco. Both my children attend Michael Hall.

Ruth May

Cover Teacher

Ruth May

I have been a cover teacher at Michael Hall for several years now, having retired from secondary school English teaching in 2016, after 39 years of very varied experience. I got married in 1994 and had my daughter, Sophie in 1997, but apart from maternity leave, have been a full time English teacher all my working life. 

After gaining a BA Honours degree in English in 1977 in Ulster, I did my PGCE in Oxford and went to work as a full time English teacher in a huge comprehensive school on the Isle of Sheppey. Punk had arrived [a bit late in Sheppey] and as I walked into my first lesson, I was a bit apprehensive to see safety pins through noses, colourful spiked hair styles and no school uniform-well, I was only 21. I need not have worried, as I went on to really enjoy my time at the school, which was very much at the centre of the community. 

After 5 years, I felt ready to widen my experience and started teaching at a small independent school for girls in Pinner, Middlesex, which quickly changed its identity when it became part of the Girls Day School Trust. I became Head of English there and produced the school magazine for several years. 

Moving to a much larger school, Royal Russell in Croydon, as Head of English, brought some particular challenges, not least because there was a boarding community, many of whom were from overseas, speaking sometimes little English and far from home and family for much of the year, so school life in its widest sense played a vital role for these students. 

In 2004, I decided that a pastoral role was calling and began working at Lingfield Notre Dame in Surrey [now Lingfield College] In my years there, I was Head of Year 7 and Head of Year 8 at different points, as well as continuing to teach English full time throughout the secondary school. 

After retiring and a 6 month period of reflection, I applied for the position of Cover Teacher at Michael Hall. I missed the contact with students and staff after teaching all my working life and was delighted to be given an opportunity to join such a friendly and positive school community. As I work occasional Thursdays and every Friday, I have the added pleasure of knowing from the smiles on staff and student faces that seeing me signals that it’s nearly the weekend!

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Samantha Salter-Rafferty

Kitchen Assistant

Samantha Salter-Rafferty


My background is in fashion and arts and crafts, I came to work at Michael Hall after my daughter started here and I stayed after she left. I have been here for three years now. I have a passion for delivering good and varied food for the children.

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Sarah Devaris

Kitchen Assistant

Sarah Devaris

I’m Sarah and I work in the kitchens. Growing up locally I have always been aware of Michael Hall school but I furthered my knowlege of Steiner education while studying to be a teaching assistant back in 2010. Shortly after, the opportunity to work in the kitchen came up and I was keen to learn more. I have been working in the kitchen for 9 years now and enjoy the energy of the daily school life. Nothing is more satisfying then watching the studients flourish as they move up the school.

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