Meet our Staff

The staff at Kindlehill comprise a variety of teaching, support and administration roles. Throughout the School, our staff possess a wealth of qualifications, skills and experience.

Early Childhood and the Kindy Garden

Kirsty Edwards

Kirsty Edwards

Kindy Teacher

Kirsty has completed Studies of Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner Education (Early Childhood) at the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from James Cook University. She joined Kindlehill in 2008 as a Kindergarten assistant and has been Kindergarten Teacher since 2013.

“As the Kindergarten teacher, I nurture the young child as they begin their journey at Kindlehill. I enjoy creating an environment that is rich in imagination, beauty and wonder, supporting and guiding the development of the whole child”.

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

Kindy Assistant

Sarah has worked with children for 15 years, and joined the Kindy Garden in 2015. She has also taught movement classes for children, is a qualified and practicing Naturopath, and specialises in children’s health. Sarah is currently undertaking post graduate training in Anthroposophic Medicine at the Eugen Kolisko Academy Germany.

"I love the atmosphere and feeling of Kindy, it cares for the child’s whole development and invites them to be healthy in all spheres of life".

Susan Brophy

Susan Brophy

Playgroup Leader

Susan holds a Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education from the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College and is currently completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (TAFE). She has worked as Playgroup Leader since 2015.

“As Playgroup Leader I love welcoming new families to our beautiful school and introducing them to the magical early years of Steiner education.”

Anna Randall

Anna Randall

After School Care Co-ordinator

Anna has a Diploma of Children’s Services and 13 years of experience working with children of all ages in Steiner education and childcare services. She joined Kindlehill in mid-2020.

"To really meet a child and to hear them is to enable them to grow wings and fly into their own person. My child grew wings and strength here and I’m so excited to offer that to other children."

Primary School

John Daniel

John Daniel

Class 1/2 Teacher

After 20 years working as a civil engineer, manager and general manager, John joined the School in 2001 and has taken several cycles of primary school students from 1st to 7th class. A founding Director, he has also been the School’s Business Manager and Company Secretary, and currently chairs the Finance Committee.

“Through an education immersed in beauty, imagination and creativity, the growing child can step into the world with independence, confidence and deep social engagement: liberty, fraternity, equality.”

Erica Chaperlin

Erica Chaperlin

Class 3/4 Teacher

After extensive experience with Barnardos Australia, Erica joined the teaching profession in 2004, focusing for many years on high school teaching for young people with behavioural issues not able to be in mainstream classes. Erica joined Kindlehill School in 2009. She has a B. Arts ( Hons) (USYD) and a Master of Teaching (UWS).

“Through a profoundly nurturing and rich education of the whole child we help to heal the world and move towards greater kindness and respect – that’s why I am here.”.

S’haila Bernard

S’haila Bernard

Class 5/6 Teacher

With a B. Arts (Social Ecology) and a Master of Teaching (UWS), S’haila has been at Kindlehill since 2001 when she came to a Spring Open Day with her children - and stayed! Since then, she has variously been Playgroup leader, Kindy assistant, member of the Village people, Craft coordinator, Gymnastic and sport coach, Music program coordinator, SEA delegate, Gardener and Gardening coordinator, Class Teacher and College member.

“I do what I love, I love what I do”.

Pippita Bennett

Pippita Bennett

After obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture (USYD) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (CSU) Pippita joined Kindlehill in 2005 where she has taught Primary School for 15 years and run Playgroup for 4 years. A practising artist Pippita loves “The place where Art meets Mathematics!”.

“In teaching at Kindlehill I can give students the education I wished I had as a child”.

Sayoko Yanai

Sayoko Yanai

Japanese Language Teacher
Sue Totterdell

Sue Totterdell

Class Assistant, Ukulele and Singing Tutor

Sue has had a varied career in administration, teaching, music and acting. She worked for several Steiner Schools in NSW before joining Kindlehill in 2011 where she has been Administration and Class Assistant, Music Tutor (ukulele and voice) and High School Choir leader. Sue is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University.

“Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do,” said the boy. “You’ll catch up,” said the horse”.

Amy Jenkin

Amy Jenkin

Class Assistant, Library Co-ordinator; Specialist Craft Tutor
Sally Rasmussen

Sally Rasmussen

Class Assistant, Gardening
Nicole Kelly

Nicole Kelly

Class Assistant

High School

Lynn Daniel

Lynn Daniel

High School Co-ordinator

Originally a High School teacher in the public system, Lynn has also taught at TAFE and in community settings. In the Steiner context, she has previously been a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher. In addition to her roles as Chair and Principal, Lynn is High School Co-Ordinator, teaches Geography and History, and co-ordinates the Outdoor Education Programme. Lynn has a B. Arts (UWA) and a Dip. Ed. (WA Secondary Teachers College).

“In every lesson I seek to engage the students with inner world/outer world explorations. Every new topic is a lens for making sense of our lives whether through examining the past or by looking out into the richness and complexity of the world.”

Curt Stocksiek

Curt Stocksiek

Science Teacher

Curt has extensive experience and qualifications in both management and in teaching. His teaching qualifications include a Dip. T., Bach. Ed. and Grad. Dip. Env. Stud. Since beginning as a Science Teacher at Salisbury High School (SA) in 1984, Curt has taught at the University of Western Sydney and various schools in western Sydney before joining Kindlehill in 2019.

“After over 30 years of teaching at Secondary and Tertiary levels it is a joy to be in a learning environment where a teacher can connect with students. I became a teacher to make a difference to lives and here, given the values and environment engendered at Kindlehill, I can.”

Eliza Logan

Eliza Logan

Drama Teacher Term 3 2020

Eliza graduated with a BA (Performance) from Theatre Nepean (UWS) in 1994. Since then she has worked as a professional actor (in film, tv, theatre, voice over, animation) and as a teacher of drama/acting for all ages both privately and in schools, universities and the corporate arena. Eliza is currently one of the three principals of Blue Mountains Drama.

"I really loved co-directing the Kindlehill production of BESTEST WORLD in 2019 and am delighted to be back teaching drama with senior students for T3 2020 where we’ll investigate communication, storytelling and empathy through drama and devising a performance".

Sharon McCarthy

Sharon McCarthy

Mathematics Teacher

Sharon grew up in London and has degrees from Newcastle Upon Tyne University and North London University. She taught at schools in London, Brisbane and Sydney before joining Kindlehill when the High School was formed. Sharon’s aim is for the students to gain an appreciation of mathematics, skills and problem-solving techniques and learn more about ourselves.

“My final aim is that each student leaves a lesson, a little more curious, a little lighter and happier than when they started the lesson”.

Stephanie Dawes

Stephanie Dawes

English Teacher

Stephanie has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (COFA, UNSW), a Bachelor of Communications (UTS) and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Monash). She has a pre-teaching background in the arts, public affairs and publishing, and taught in London and Sydney before joining Kindlehill in 2017.

“I love the creativity and freedom that Kindlehill affords both teachers and students, and how this allows us to engage in meaningful and relevant learning experiences in an exciting, engaging and empathic way”.

Rowley Holmes

Rowley Holmes

Music Teacher

Rowley’s musical career began as a Music Scholar at Marlborough College, UK. After completing a B. Arts (Hons) and professional training as an Actor/ Musician at Rose Bruford College, UK, Rowley arrived in Australia in 1998 and began his teaching career (piano and clarinet) in the Blue Mountains. Rowley joined Kindlehill in 2017.

"I believe a young person’s confidence can be supported by fostering a love and an appreciation of music. This confidence can inspire character in everyone and remain a key strength for life."

Libby Gahl

Libby Gahl

Literacy Support Teacher

After graduating from NIDA, UTS and TAFE, Libby worked as a Production/Stage Manager/SD designer in theatres around Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2007, she has worked as an English Language Literacy Teacher at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney and has been the Literacy Support Teacher at Kindlehill since 2013.

“A ridiculously beautiful school, in the most sparkly place on earth; I’m grateful to teach and learn from equally sparkly children”.

Lindsey Pacchini

Lindsey Pacchini

PDHPE Teacher

Since completing a Bachelor of Education in Human Movement and Health Education (USYD) in 2003, Lindsey has had extensive experience as a PDHPE teacher in public and independent schools in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Lindsey joined Kindlehill in 2019 and has recently been appointed as the School’s Award Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

“From the moment I arrived at Kindlehill, I knew I was home. Each day I am here, I am inspired by all that surrounds me”.

Sayoko Yanai

Sayoko Yanai

Japanese Language Teacher
Sarah Daniel

Sarah Daniel

Creative Arts and Teaching Assistant

Sarah has a B. Arts (UN) and a Master of Teaching (UNE). She works both as a Teacher and as Student Support throughout the School.

“One of the most exciting things when working to support students, is when they find something that they are passionate about, that they really connect to. Finding ways to support their engagement and the depth of their learning is incredibly rewarding. As a teacher, it is a pleasure to be working in an environment where creativity, critical thinking and a real sense of love for the world is valued and imbues all you do”.

Music Tutors

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick

Clarinet and Shakuhachi Tutor

After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the Canberra School of Music with distinction, Bronwyn pursued her interest in the shakuhachi flute and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study in Japan with Japanese masters. She has taught clarinet in the Blue Mountains for over twenty years both privately and in schools.

“I love teaching at Kindlehill. The energy is positive and dynamic, and the students are engaged and enthusiastic. I always walk in and out with a spring in my step.”

Steve Grieve

Steve Grieve

Guitar Tutor

As well as being an active professional musician Steve holds a BA in Anthropology and Political Science (ANU), a Master of Research (WSU) and is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. He has recently completed two new albums of original music. As well as tutoring guitar, Steve is responsible for the School’s maintenance and is a member of the Finance Committee.

“The lively enthusiasm and commitment of the students at Kindlehill make ensemble and instrumental tuition consistently enjoyable and rewarding, both for myself and the young musicians”.

Jade Tinkler-Smith

Jade Tinkler-Smith

Flute Tutor

A conductor, composer and performer (flute), Jade has received numerous awards, scholarships and degrees, including a Master of Music (conducting) from the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney. She has been musical director and conductor of many orchestras, choirs and ensembles in Tasmania, Sydney and the Blue Mountains where she now resides.

"As a musician, working at Kindlehill is incredibly rewarding because the students have an adventurous spirit that is refreshing, and the school is imbued with a culture that values music."

Elizabeth Cooney

Elizabeth Cooney

Violin Tutor

Administration

Hugh Hallard

Hugh Hallard

Business Manager

After a career of 35 years in international hotel management, travel and tour operation, Hugh joined Kindlehill in 2020. He is responsible for all aspects of the School’s non-teaching administration, including accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, buildings and grounds, WHS and government reporting.

“As Business Manager, I enjoy keeping the School running efficiently for the teachers and other staff to deliver the best educational outcomes to the students”.

Rebecca Cornish

Rebecca Cornish

Administration Assistant

A mother of four children, all currently at Kindlehill, Rebecca joined the School in 2018. Rebecca manages all enquiries, including enrolments, and is responsible for supporting the teaching and administration staff, including booking camps, organising school events, Sporting Schools grants, purchasing, performance space bookings, onsite IT assistance and marketing.

‘I love supporting the staff, students and families of Kindlehill. It is wonderful to work with people passionate about teaching the next generations to shape the world”.

Lisa Parragi

Lisa Parragi

Compliance Officer

Lisa studied music and arts management at university and worked in arts administration in Sydney before moving to the Mountains and joining Kindlehill in 2018. In the role of Compliance Officer, Lisa is responsible for monitoring the School’s policies and procedures, government reporting and payment systems, and preparing the Annual Report, Kindlings and other materials.

“I am incredibly fortunate to work with such a close community of teachers, staff, children and their families in the beautiful environment of the school and its surroundings”.

Julian Crawford

Julian Crawford

Finance and Strategy Advisor

Julian is the founder of EcoSTEPS, a sustainability strategy consultancy and a principal with the CFO Centre. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA-CAANZ) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). As a director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, Julian is a leading advisor in the areas of finance and sustainability strategy and reporting.

Sean Glassford

Sean Glassford

Building and Grounds Maintenance

The Board

Lynn Daniel

Lynn Daniel

Chair

Originally a High School teacher in the public system, Lynn has also taught at TAFE and in community settings. In the Steiner context, she has previously been a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher. In addition to her roles as Chair and Principal, Lynn is High School Co-Ordinator, teaches Geography and History, and co-ordinates the Outdoor Education Programme. Lynn has a B. Arts (UWA) and a Dip. Ed. (WA Secondary Teachers College).

John Daniel

John Daniel

Director

A founding director, John joined the School in 2001 and has taken several cycles of primary school students from 1st to 7th class. He has also been the school’s Business Manager and Company Secretary, and currently chairs the Finance Committee. In his previous life, John spent 20 years working as a civil engineer, manager and general manager.

Erica Chaperlin

Erica Chaperlin

Director

After extensive experience with Barnardos Australia, Erica joined the teaching profession in 2004, focusing for many years on high school teaching for young people with behavioural issues not able to be in mainstream classes. Erica joined Kindlehill School in 2009 and has been a director since 2019. She has a B.A (Hons) and a Master of Teaching.

Steve Grieve

Steve Grieve

Director

As well as being an active professional musician Steve holds a BA in Anthropology and Political Science (ANU), a Master of Research (WSU) and is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. He has recently completed two new albums of original music. At the School Steve tutors guitar, is responsible for maintenance and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

Director

Sarah has worked with children for 15 years, and joined the Kindy Garden in 2015. She has also taught movement classes for children, is a qualified and practicing Naturopath, and specialises in children’s health. Sarah is currently undertaking post graduate training in Anthroposophic Medicine at the Eugen Kolisko Academy Germany and has been a Director of the School since 2017.

Carole Young

Carole Young

Director

Carole is a founding Director of EcoSTEPS, a sustainability strategy consultancy where she worked on environmental and social sustainability offerings. Carole is also a physiotherapist who is recognised as a specialist in recovery from trauma and chronic pain. Carole has had two children attend Kindlehill starting in 2004 and has been an advocate and supporter of the school since.