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 | Trustees

Emmeline Hawker

Acting Educational Lead

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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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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William Forward
Sue Kirby
Tal Souleimen
Tali Michaels
Marliese MacDonald
Vanessa King
Margaret Hindler
Louis Lines
Emily Maselin
Heidi Hebrank

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