Phil Fertey, Education Director (2019/20)

The Nelson Waldorf school is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Education Director position beginning in August 2019 by Philippe (Phil) Fertey.  Phil and his wife Joanne King have returned to the Nelson area, enjoying a year’s sabbatical following Phil’s graduation of his Grade 8 class of 26 students from the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Phil is an inspiring, well respected and experienced Waldorf educator and brings years of teaching and school leadership experience from his years of service in Vancouver and Nelson.   In Vancouver he served as faculty chair, college chair, board member, and is known for his teacher mentoring and parent education sessions. Phil was a long time colleague at the Nelson Waldorf School, taking a class of children from grades 3-8, and doing a second year of gr 8 to graduate his daughter’s class.

Phil and Joanne are well known and connected in wider Waldorf circles. Phil has taught teacher training classes at the West Coast Institute, as well as summer teacher intensives at the Rudolf Steiner Centre (Ontario). This summer, he will also be working with teachers at the Center for Anthroposophy (New Hampshire). Phil is a writer and member of the editorial advisory board for Renewal Magazine. You may recall seeing his articles on the morning handshake or the morning verse. Before being a teacher, Phil was an advertising copywriter and speechwriter for twelve years.

Those of us who know Phil see this as a wonderful step into a flourishing future for the Nelson Waldorf School community. Welcome Phil and Joanne! We are absolutely delighted that our paths have joined once again.

Welcome Ralf Hoerger – Class 1 Teacher (Sept 2019)

The Nelson Waldorf School is very happy to announce that Ralf Hoerger will be joining our team as class one teacher for September 2019.  Ralf will graduate his grade 8 class from the Squamish Waldorf School this coming June, having taught them as a split class since grade one in 2012.

Before taking his class in Squamish, Ralf taught class 1-5 at the Nelson Waldorf school from 2005 – 2010.  In the 2010/11 school year he taught handwork and movement ed at NWS. He began his career in Waldorf education at the Spring Valley Waldorf School in New York State where he was the handwork teacher and Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for various sports.

As you can see Mr. Hoerger brings many years of diverse experience in Waldorf education and we are thrilled that he is rejoining the Nelson Waldorf School community.

Head of School

The Nelson Waldorf School is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Head of School / Principal to lead us in an upcoming period of growth and change. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our school, ensuring efficient and effective operations, and meeting business goals, highest standards of Waldorf Education and BC Ministry of Education curriculum requirements.

The Head of School will be the face of the Nelson Waldorf School on business matters and public affairs, working closely with the Board of Trustees, the parent community, and the public. S/he will lead faculty and staff to ensure alignment with the Nelson Waldorf School’s Vision, Mission and Values and collaborative achievement of strategic objectives. The Nelson Waldorf School has created a joyful community in which we value open communication, transparency, recognition and collaboration. We are looking for a Head of School / Principal who is deeply aligned with Waldorf values and will enhance our culture and values through positive and inspiring leadership.

For a detailed job description, please click on the following link: NWS Head of School Job Description.

Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a letter of interest, and a brief biography to with the subject line stating “Head of School”.

Deadline for applications is March 18th, 2019.

Class Teachers, 2019/20

The Nelson Waldorf School is looking for teachers for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 school year, with the contract beginning in August 2019.

Class teachers have a passion for Waldorf education and for inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.  With the responsibility of carrying a class of up to 24 students, the successful candidate(s) will have excellent class management and organizational skills.

Within kindergarten – grade 8 school teaching, responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • lesson planning & classroom preparation
  • teaching main lesson
  • teaching track classes
  • report writing
  • attending faculty meetings
  • leading class parent meetings

Terms of Employment: Permanent, full-time; base salary with increments and some benefits

Education and Skill Requirements:

  • BC Teacher Certification
  • 5 years or more of Waldorf Class Teaching is preferred
  • Waldorf Training Certificate
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills

Location of work: Nelson British Columbia

Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Parent and Tot through to Grade 8. Waldorf education has been growing steadily in British Columbia, and the Nelson Waldorf School is one of several Waldorf schools in the province. This provides many opportunities for collaborative working with the other B.C. Waldorf schools.   

Nelson is a thriving little city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Known as “The Queen City”, and acknowledged for its impressive collection of restored heritage buildings and its strong artistic and cultural life, the surrounding area offers a magnificent four seasons outdoor playground.  

Contact Information: 250-352-6919

How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references, via email to  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at

Classroom visits, faculty conversations and the interview process require a minimum of three days. Travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

Welcome Corey Friesen, new Business Director!

We are most pleased to welcome Corey Friesen back to the Nelson Waldorf School, taking up the position of Business Director. Lindsay Morris, our current BD, is working alongside Corey for the rest of the calendar year, helping orient and guide him in this most important work. We’re so glad to have you back with us!

Halloween Journey SOLD OUT!

Our beloved Halloween Journey sold out much quicker than anticipated – we’re sorry not everyone who wanted tickets was able to get them this year, and wish you all a very Happy Halloween no matter how you end up celebrating it. (And we look forward to greeting those who were able to get a ticket to this magical and mysterious journey here at the school – tours starting at 4:50p.m.).

All School Meeting and AGM

The Nelson Waldorf School is holding an All School Meeting (ASM) in conjunction with its AGM Thursday November 22nd, 5 pm – 7 pm. All families are warmly welcomed. With your participation, it is the hopeful expectation that all families will be represented.

It is in the best interest of our children and the overall health of our school that we honour our parent agreements to attend the AGM and other school meetings that require participation. We will be having conversation and interaction about the future of the school related to: Vision/ Mission/ Values, Communication & Community-building, Financial Health, and Governance Structure.

Share your heart, thoughts, and comments as we grow our school in a healthful, effectual, and sustainable way!

Welcome Jonathan Snow, Eurythmy Teacher

We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Jonathan Snow for our fall session of eurythmy.  He comes to us from the Toronto Waldorf School (from which he’s currently on a year’s sabbatical). He has pursued eurythmy internationally, completing both artistic and pedagogical training in Stuttgart, Germany, obtaining the eurythmy teacher Bachelor of Arts in The Hague,  Netherlands and participating in workshops in the USA. He is a certified Bothmer gymnast and Spacial Dynamics® associate. As well as teaching in Waldorf schools, he has given workshops for adults in both Germany and Canada. He continually  explores various movement arts, from dancing to martial arts.

Class 8 FUNdraising

On Friday, September 14th, the grade 8 students and parents took their own initiative, further to the school program, to organise a triathlon fundraiser where they canoed, cycled and hiked (from Lakeside, up Pulpit, and back again). Ms Lavine was a welcomed participant, too. Decked out in beautiful red t-shirts and complete with a ribbon cutting, these amazing students set the challenge and completed it in fine form (and with great teamwork). Dronemates was on hand to photograph the event, too.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this successful (and fun) fundraiser – we raised $2500, and donated $250 to the West Kootenay EcoSociety to help support all the good work they do.

Congratulations to all and thank you parents for ensuring a safe and fun adventure for these remarkable students.

Welcome back, Ms. Guthrie

The Nelson Waldorf School is excited to welcome Ms. Guthrie back after a year away from the school. Celeste is taking this year’s Class 2, coming back to the same classroom she started in when first teaching at this school.