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
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.
School Business Manager
Liz rejoined Michael Hall as the School Business Manager in April 2020. She graduated from Durham University with a degree in geology. After graduation, Liz chose to work in educational administration, gaining a Diploma in School Business Management. She has worked as a Business Manager in a range of educational settings. Liz is committed to bringing her expertise and experience to Michael Hall school so that good practice and efficiency is embedded in all the systems and operational aspects of Michael Hall School. She is passionate about ensuring the school flourishes to allow pupils to benefit from the wonderful education the school offers.
Chair of Trustees
William was born in South West London but with his parents working in the Foreign Office had lived in 7 countries by the time he was 7. One gift of this period was an enduring love of language. From age 8 – 11 he was lucky enough to attend a Steiner school in Oslo which he remembers with gratitude. After that his education was conventional at private boarding schools in the UK and he took a degree in Modern Languages (German and French) at Oxford in 1972.
After a 5 year career in steel trading, trade finance and international banking which enabled him to live in Forest Row and send his children to Michael Hall, William attended the part-time teacher training based at Michael Hall following which he accepted a post teaching German, French and Commerce, took a Class through to Class 7 and then focused on Upper School Humanities (Politics, Ethics, Economics, Philosophy and Parzival) until his retirement 2019. He helped to found the in-service teacher training at Michael Hall, known as “At the Heart of Teaching” and have taken a variety of leadership roles during his time at the school.
William is immensely grateful that his 8 children were able to benefit from Waldorf education at Michael Hall and currently take prospective new parents round the school. He has been a trustee since May 2017.
Vice Chair of Governors
Sue Kirby, a maths graduate and qualified teacher, has taught mathematics in secondary schools and colleges of Further Eduction, ending as a Headmistress. Sue is a Fellow of the Girls’ Schools Association. She has been a school governor for over 25 years either as chair of committees or chair of governors in 6 different schools. She has also worked as a school inspector. After her headship she has carried out the appraisal of heads and conflict resolution in schools. Sue is committed to the provision of quality eduction for pupils in an environment where they can enjoy learning. She is vice chair of governors as well as chair of the resources committee, having previously chaired the academic committee.
A former Waldorf pupil at Canterbury Steiner School, Louis is interested in seeing Waldorf education thrive in the UK and continue to legitimate itself as an education that is not only relevant to the challenges of the modern world but one that helps ground students, providing a strong, deep and rich foundation upon which to build thier futures. Having previously worked in strategic consultancy Louis now splits his time between the UK and Denmark where he is currently working on a research project, funded by the European Commission, on the impacts of Brexit and completing his PhD.
Heidi discovered Waldorf education when their daughter was a toddler in Hong Kong and found the early years setting captivating. Thus began a journey as formative for the family as it was for their daughter, who is now an Upper School student at Michael Hall. Heidi has been substantively involved at both schools and is currently a parent member of Michael Hall’s Trustees.
Heidi believes strongly in educational excellence and the importance of school choice. She particularly values the unique understanding of child development which undergirds Waldorf education, facilitating wonder, imagination, and creativity through the school years and beyond.
Heidi has a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She spent several years in fundraising before moving into finance and is now a registered Carer, living in Turners Hill with her family.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Tali Michaels is a parent at the school. Her daughter joined the school in kindergarten and is currently in Class 2b. Tali is a family law barrister and specialises in child protection. Tali is also a vice chair of a private children’s foster care panel. Tali joined the Board of Trustees in November 2020 was appointed as the Trustee responsible for Safeguarding in April 2021.
Tali attended Michael Oak Rudolf Steiner School in Cape Town and Perry Court Rudolf Steiner in Canterbury. She also has attended state schools including a grammar school to complete her A’ levels. Tali brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Michael Hall School.
Tal joined the Michael Hall Council of Trustees in October 2019. She has been involved with four Steiner Waldorf Schools in three different continents since 2008. During this time, she has volunteered for a number of roles including the organizing of an ongoing Parent Study Group, establishing a Parent Association, Assistant Teaching, Council membership and Class Contact. She attributes the lifestyle and wellbeing of her family to her experience of Waldorf Education and remains dedicated to its efficacy and development. She has a Bachelor of Economics from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Marketing from the New York Parsons School of Design. She currently lives in Nutley with her family, including two children who attend Michael Hall. She works as a Circle Facilitator for women and girls and is the Company Director for a leading fashion consultancy business.
Emily was born living on the Michael Hall School grounds and is the daughter of Waldorf teachers. Having finished her A-Levels at Kings Langley Steiner School, she went on to read Politics at Leeds University before going into Consulting in London. Now a Management Consultant specialising in the “people” side of large-scale business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, high-speed growth, and leadership consulting. She uses behavioural economics and organisational psychology to identify “What Great Looks Like” and then builds a model to develop, scale or select people against this high-performing profile. As a Trustee at Michael Hall School, she holds the staffing portfolio and assists with the Association of Members since 2018.
Class Teacher and Trustee
Vanessa was a pupil at Michael Hall from Class 6 to 12, she pursued a career in science and a PhD in Clinical Microbiology. Vanessa has had two children at Michael Hall. She joined the Heart of Teaching training programme in 2011 and became a class teacher at Michael Hall in 2013, completing class 8 in 2019. Vanessa was the Michael Hall Lower School Faculty Chair in 2019/20 and took a new class 1 in 2020. She has been an event organiser at Michael Hall, for the Easter conference, the Midsummer Festival and Advent Fair. Vanessa was a Trustee from 2016-19, and re-joined council in 2020 to support the school and the trustee body as a teacher member.
Marliese graduated from Emerson College in 1995, and begun her teaching career as a Class Teacher in Hereford. She joined Michael Hall School in 1998 as a German and Handwork teacher for the Lower and Middle School. Marliese has also taught a wide range of Main Lessons.
This is the second time Marliese has served as a Trustee for the school, the first being from 2002 to 2006. She cares deeply about the school, and this is shown in the work she does to support the welfare of school staff.
Margaret (Kempster) Hindler
Resources Committee Member - Estates Portfolio and Association
Joined January 2020
Initially at the SW London Waldorf School, Margaret’s three children graduated from Michael Hall having joined in 2002. Her motivation to send her children to a waldorf school came from mainstream education’s lack of creativity and a brush with Steiner’s philosophy and architectural ideas at university. Heavily involved in the past as a class contact and with Clockhouse fundraising she believes in participation, action and communication to foster community cohesion. Architect by profession, an erstwhile Frow Festival organiser and Parish Councillor on Finance and Planning Committees 2015- 2019, she was part of the Parish team that implemented the Venue on the Green.