Executive leader for non-profits and the public education system for over 25 years; holds an international certificate in fundraising (CFRE).
My son graduated from the Shambhala School due to the care, skill and kindness of the school’s teachers and the learning environment they create. I am very committed to helping the school grow so we can offer this amazing educational experience to many other students!”
Managed both nonprofit and for-profit businesses.
One of the things I have always loved about Shambhala is the continuity. The flow from grades PP to 12 is very well thought out. Shambhala offers a learning experience very different from other schools that I support whole-heartedly.
My two sons are Shambhala Grads; Trey attended from Grade 2-12 and John attended from Primary-12.
Middle/High School Academic Co-Director
Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Math Grade 10
BEd at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2013. I have worked in China, Germany, and the public school system in NS.
Teaching is all about the connection with the students. It is why I choose to work at Shambhala. This school not only allows for a deeper connection between student and teacher (and students and material) but encourages it. Working with these incredible humans in an environment that allows students to thrive and explore has been a wonderful experience. The students (and teachers) demonstrate a deeper relationship with their learning here. I am also grateful for the other teachers at Shambhala. They are an incredible resource for one another and I have learned so much from them!
I have three children, two grandchildren and one partner. I love to read, knit, hike, and travel.
Science Grades 9 & 11, Chemistry Grade 12
BS Chemistry, University of Leicester, UK, Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Education, University of Southampton, UK.
My passion is to encourage young people to study science after university. I like introducing my students to weird and wonderful STEM opportunities that exist in the world of work. I love seeing the awe on my grade 9’s faces and hearing their astonishment when they make a science discovery. It fills me with delight.
I have two daughters, one at Shambhala pre-primary. I take ice-skating lessons and enjoy volunteering at a local elementary school.
French Grades 6-12
Université Libre de Bruxelles, U of Toronto, U de Montréal, Mount Saint Vincent U (BEd)
I love creating situations where children have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and structured environment. Whether it is managing the French classroom or coaching Lego Robotics, my goal is to provide opportunities for children to be creative and problem-solve together. It is a privilege to see the ‘Ah-Ha!’ moments children experience. I appreciate the opportunity to meet each child where they are and tailor the curriculum to meet their needs. This is my 25th year at the Shambhala School and the flexibility and freedom that we experience here are very rewarding. I have also coached Lego Robotics for 8 years now and I am regularly amazed by the children’s accomplishments.
I love to dance, hike along the shore, sail, and snorkel in warm places.
Music Performance Grades 4-12
Jazz voice & piano, Mohawk College. Taught Basic Keyboard and first-year Jazz Harmony.
I have been a touring musician since age 15 and have performed all over the world. I am lead vocalist, piano, mandolin and 12 string guitar player for the band Signal Hill., as well as a drummer, and a songwriter and big band arranger with several top 10 east coast countdown singles as a solo artist.
I enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking and biking and snowmobiling with my two children, both Shambhala students. On vacation, I enjoy taking part of the Via Rail Artist on Board program to travel and perform across the country by train.
Art Grades 6-8
Professional Artist – Social Sculptor, Educator, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Facilitator and Community Maker for 25 years plus.
I love working with youth as they are perpetually blossoming, radiating with an openness and eagerness to see, understand, and embrace the world around them. I feel very fortunate to teach at Shambhala as its philosophy and practices are based on the true essence of open mind and kind heart, parallel to my own personal values.
I have a son and a daughter who give me lots of experience thinking outside the box, an awesome doggie Jojo and two silly kitties. I live between Halifax and rural N.S. where I work endless hours in my studio and on the land, and where I run a collective gallery, The Swan, in Lunenburg.
Math Grades 8-9, Science Grades 8 & 10, Biology, Science Fair, Drama
B.Sc in Biology, M.Sc in Biology, Dalhousie University. Teaching experience includes introductory biology labs, diversity of life, developmental biology, economic botany, and leadership in science. Conducted campus-wide workshops on pedagogy, including topics of educational leadership, and the importance of ethnic and gender diversity in the classroom at Dalhousie’s Centre for Learning and Teaching, After having served as a judge for the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo and the Canada Wide Science Fair, I am delighted to have begun establishing our Science Fair program here at Shambhala!
Shambhala is a school of embracement, compassion, exploration, and a wholesome appreciation for one’s self, those around us, and the universe in which we share. It is a place where I can contribute my love of knowledge and mentorship with our generations of the future, to embolden their individualities, to play an everlasting part in their limitless potential.
I really enjoy traveling and being immersed in other cultures. I have worked on nature conservation projects in Costa Rica and South Africa and studied Baroque culture in the Czech Republic. I love the performing arts. I’ve been in many musical productions, dinner theatres, and sing in a quartet. In my spare time, I enjoy reef keeping and playing musical instruments.
English Grades 10-12
B.A. in English, Washington State U; B.A. in Education, University of Puget Sound, Certified Mindfulness Instructor.
Teaching is a job where every day is unique. I believe I learn as much from the students as they learn from me. I began this school as its first director but soon found that that job distracted me from teaching. I have always loved teaching older teens. It has been a joy to work where there is such autonomy.
I have two children who went to school here. My husband spent his career as a stained glass artist. I like to cook, sew, bake, read, and watch movies.
Head of Admissions
Grade 3, Math & Science Grade 6/7
B.A. English and History, B. Ed., teaching for 16 years in both independent and public schools.
I get to spend my days with wonderful people. I like to present curriculum in a variety of ways to present each student with the opportunity to shine. I strongly support the pillars on which the school is built. I hope the work I do here helps foster kind and strong individuals who are stewards of the natural world.
I have one daughter who is a criminal defense lawyer working with a mainly indigenous population in Northern Manitoba. My husband is a fabulous cook and the kindest person I know.
English Grade 6/7, History & Study Skills, EAL Grades 10 & 12
PE and Outdoor Programs Coordinator Grades Primary-5
BA English Literature, BEd Secondary English and Social Studies. I have taught in Hong Kong and for the Province of Nova Scotia, and was Director of Big Cove YMCA Camp for 8 years.
Loved and nurtured youth will not only be successful and emotionally prepared for life, but will lead in their own way, loving and nurturing the world. This school encourages students to awaken, be mindful and enjoy each moment. The love of learning and school community are top priorities here.
I have two sons who are students at Shambhala School. I love going camping, canoeing, biking and everything outdoors! When I have quiet time I enjoy writing, reading and listening to my vinyl records.
Waldorf Grades Teacher Certification. Taught with the Waldorf curriculum in Independent Schools in Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
I have a deep love of Waldorf Education, as the learning process is essentially threefold, engaging head, heart, and hands‚ or thinking, feeling, and doing. I am blessed as a Waldorf teacher to work, nurture and engage each child, through a curriculum and methodology that integrates academics, arts, and practical skills. Shambhala School offers a culture wherein the whole child is considered and nurtured in their education.
In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga.
Dean of Mindfulness and Contemplative Education
English, History & Health Grade 8
World History Grade 10, Canadian History Grade 11, Global Studies Grade 12
Mindfulness Grades 4-12.
BA Religious Studies, Certified Mindfulness Instructor for 20 years, teacher at Shambhala since 2004. Author “Teaching With Bravery: Meditation and Heart Advice for Teachers.”
Learning in its fullest sense is a process of connection between teachers and students. It combines nurturing the heart and the intellect, as well as serious purpose and a sense of play. It’s a wonderful and mutual experience.
For me, Shambhala School is a place to help build a model for education infused with the philosophy of natural goodness. It’s deeply inspiring to see young people learn to trust themselves and relax into who they are. Small classes, mindfulness practices, and the whole school culture allow this to happen. The teachers spend a ton of time contemplating each student and how to support them.
I have two children at school. I like tea, books, cookies, and tigers.
English & History Grade 9
Masters in Teaching, Griffith University. Developed multiple sailing programs dedicated to the development of leadership, confidence, and self-reliance in youth aged 12-18. Established the first independent high-school aboard a Canadian-registered tall ship.
I love identifying and nurturing the potential of young people while playing a role in helping them become the best versions of themselves. On a daily basis, I enjoy making their learning experience challenging, yet joyful. I want each and every student to feel safe and welcome in class and I want them to look forward to coming to school each day. The Shambhala School is a place of warmth, caring, and acceptance. Our students understand that, live, and practice it. I love Shambhala because at every staff meeting I can see how much teachers care about the students, how much time and thought they invest in providing exceptional learning experiences for each individual student.
I have two boys, age 7 and 18 months. We snowboard every weekend in the winter and this summer we look forward to sailing in the warmer months. I also enjoy writing, woodworking and making art.
Middle/High School Academic Co-Director
Art Grades 9-12; Ceramics Grades 11-12
Health 6/7; Study Skills 8; Health 9; Guidance Counselor
BFA Ceramics. 24 years of teaching experience; 21 at the Shambhala School.
I love the students. I approach each student as an artist and encourage them to trust themselves, open to the materials they are using and be creative. I love the school. Both of my sons attended grades 7-12 and graduated from here. All of our graduates are leaders when they walk out of our doors after graduation, with great confidence to follow their interests and passions. I like being an influence on their development and in their lives.
I am a studio potter and a long-time student of Chado (Japanese Tea Ceremony). I have 2 sons and a wonderful husband who is a professional photographer.
Degree in early childhood education from Mount St. Vincent University and 35+ years of teaching experience.
I love the vibrancy & curiosity of young children and developing a community with the children, their parents & teachers. I teach at the Shambhala School because it embraces experiential and developmentally appropriate learning. It respects diversity of all kinds. It demonstrates mindfulness and kindness. It creates a safe environment for students to explore and thrive.
I am a mother of 3 grown children, grandmother of 2. I enjoy reading, cooking and eating plant-based meals. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, sewing, walking in the woods, and spending time on the beach.
BA at Trent University, Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training at the Rudolf Steiner Center of Toronto.
I teach from a place of trust in the journey of each child. I love how as I get to know each child, they teach me what they need and how to meet that need. I strive to create opportunities for children to develop their capacities of imagination, compassion, emotional awareness, and physical development.
I find the parents and faculty at the Shambhala school to be very
supportive and I enjoy the community that we all build together. I love watching the children grow up as they move on through the grades.
I grew up in Nova Scotia and attended the Shambhala school myself from grades 5-9. I have a daily meditation practice, connect very deeply with the natural world, engage in water protection and indigenous solidarity work in my free time, am in the process of painting my own Tarot deck, and love to dance.
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Early Childhood Education, University of Newcastle. Waldorf Grades Teacher Training, West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy.
I enjoy working to help students build confidence and trust in their own capabilities. Shambhala School is such a warm and welcoming community, where students are given the space and encouragement to truly be themselves.
My interests include cooking, travel, and dance.
Elementary School Academic Co-Director
Clinical Supervisor of counseling intern
Middle/High School Physical Education Grade 6-10
Extracurricular Athletic Coordinator Leadership Development Grade 11-12
MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, focusing on Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University.
Foundationally, I love supporting people to explore connections within themselves, each other and the natural world. Teaching Phys Ed at Shambala, I can connect with students in a different way. Not only am I able to reach students who may struggle with other classes, but I also engage all students with their bodies in a fun and healthy way. Some of the most lasting lessons in my own life came from athletics and sports teams in which I participated. In my PE classes at the Shambhala School, we learn a variety of sports, teamwork, creative strategy, personal kinesthetic literacy, resilience, and healthy boundaries, as well as “kind competition.”
I love rock climbing, Tai Chi, making music, bushcraft, fly fishing, most sports, playing with my kids and wife, rich discussions, playing in the snow, adventuring, making art near our wood stove on cold winter days and a good challenge.
After School Program Director, Pre-primary Assistant
Queen’s University (History) degree, Ontario College of Art and Design (Visual Art), Early Childhood education, currently studying Waldorf education.
I believe in creating a nurturing and supportive environment to foster children’s exploration of their world. Teachers at Shambhala School see and nurture the unique qualities in each child and help them to incorporate these qualities into a social group. The combination of seeing both forest AND trees encourages social and emotional growth and resilience.
My 2 children have been at Shambhala school since pre-primary. I love reading, drawing, and painting.
Elementary School Academic Co-director
BA Music Therapy, Enki Contemplative Teacher Training Program, Founding teacher Elementary school, Certified Mindfulness Instructor.
I love educating children to become well-rounded adults, intelligent with their minds and hearts. Keeping open capacities by learning through the arts is something I believe we do really well! I love making sure children have time to play outside and have opportunities to experience wilderness.
I have two adult children, both of whom attended Shambhala School, and one grandchild. I sing in the Kings Chorus and enjoy hiking and kayaking.
Early Childhood Education at Nova Scotia Teachers College.
Working with young children is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences. Fostering and encouraging children’s minds through daily activities brings me joy. I love Shambhala for its sense of community throughout the whole school from pre-primary to grade 12.
Our daughter has been at Shambhala starting in pre-primary and is now in grade 9. My hobbies include running, biking, and being with my family.
Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Recreation.
At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the knowledge that positive energy in the classroom enables student success both in their academics and their personal growth. I appreciate the freedom I have to be creative in the classroom and that time is given to educate the whole child (social, emotional, and academic).
I love to craft and bake.