Donna Switzer

Education Director / Principal


Education Director / Principal

Donna and her husband moved from Edmonton to raise their three daughters in the Kootenays.  In their search for the best possible education for their children, Donna and Rob attended a weekend workshop in Creston: it was about Waldorf Education and its underlying Steiner philosophy, and was offered by Franklin Kane, a “Master Teacher” in Waldorf Education. Donna and her husband found themselves so inspired by the depth of the curriculum and the trueness of Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of the human being that they decided to do whatever it took for their children to have a Waldorf education.  They returned to Edmonton where Donna apprenticed with Franklin for one school year.   A year later they moved to Nelson so that Donna could teach at what was then called the Kootenay Valley School.  Subsequently, Donna taught three classes through complete cycles from grades 1-8 at what later became the Nelson Waldorf School.  Donna now serves as Education Director, which includes the responsibilities of teacher Mentor.