~ Faculty ~
Keyser our Nursery/Kindergarten teacher is a Certified
Waldorf Teacher and has taught at Hearthstone since
1996. She also teaches dance at the Mountainside School
“I teach because I love children. It is my way of
serving society, to make this world a better place, because these children
WILL do so! The reason I teach at Hearthstone is because it's a loving
environment for the children, and it's a school that I feel is serving
the children in the best way possible. Children have the right to an
education that nourishes them in such a way to be whole, healthy, wise
and loving human beings...an education that academically prepares them
... and that assists them in being good stewards of our planet.”
Kerig has a BA from the University of Maryland and 30 years of teaching
experience. Ms. Janet has been assisting in the Nursery/Kindergarten
since 2011. She is an
exhibiting fiber artist and a percussionist. Ms. Janet specializes
in earth basketry, wheat weaving and children's folk art, including making
natural plant dyes, candle-making and felting. For many years, she and
Ms. Kitty have run a Waldorf-inspired summer day camp at Hearthstone.
Mia Grisham assists her in the Nursery/Kindergarten. Ms. Mia was one of our first students in the Hearthstone Upper School and went on to graduate from the Washington Waldorf School. She pursued her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of CA, Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior, graduating cum laude. During her time at UCI she worked in several research clinics. The most fulfilling was at the J.F. Shea Center, a therapeutic riding center, working with a spectrum of mentally and physically challenged adults and children in equine and hypotherapy. Ms. Mia went on to pursue her Masters in Clinical Psychology, graduating top of her class.
“I feel honored to work at Hearthstone, to be working with such beautiful children and wonderful families. This is the type of education and community that I feel passionately about.”
Christy Barron is our Pre-first and First Grade teacher. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC; a school that incorporates work and service into its academic model. From there, Ms. Christy spent a year as an Americorps VISTA working on programs and services for children and families in Northern California. She started as the Early Childhood Assistant, was a substitute teacher and taught specialty classes to grades 1-8 at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County in Calpella, CA. Ms. Christy was hired as the first grade teacher in the following year. She stayed with her class for first, second and fourth grades. In 2017, Ms. Christy returned to Virginia and taught at the Aleph Bet Preschool.
Ms. Christy is passionate about cookies and pastries, the preservation of childhood, roller skating, and keeping the Waldorf movement active and evolving.
“Spirits of earth, sun, water, and air, ye have made this world so fair. Flower and singing bird and tree, ye have blessed all things that be. For this place be blessing, too, in all we think and speak and do. Beauty here, with courage keep, banish fear, for folly, weep; spirits, wise and good shall rule. Love and joy be in this school.”
This year Torry Keane is teaching Middle School.
Prior to this she taught junior high and high school at Hearthstone School
from 2013-2016 and she taught
In 2011 she
spent two years launching a college
high schools in the counties of Page and Shenandoah in Virginia.
For over 25 years she worked as a professional photographer receiving awards
from the Virginia Press Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Attained degrees: Endicott
College, Bachelor of Science
in Psychology (minor in
in Science in Integrated
Studies. Keane was awarded
the title of Summa Cum Laude
for both undergraduate degrees.
She received training in
Waldorf eighth grade education
from Sunbridge Institute,
and is a graduate of
Clemson University’s School
of Health Education and
Human Development with
a Master of Science in Youth
Development and Leadership
(YDL). As an YDL, Keane
approaches education with
consideration given to all
aspects of human development.
Her personal goal is to
provide youth with a platform
and emotionally) that supports
them when confronting challenges,
adapting to changing environments,
and fosters strong morally
Rosenbaum is teaching Middle School Math. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University
in the Overseas Program in
Dijon, France. She has a Teacher's License for grades 1 through 8
taught in the Rappahannock County public school system for three
years. Ms. Rosenbaum has been teaching at Hearthstone School since
Leonard Davette Leonard is an artist, calligrapher
and art educator living, painting and teaching in Rappahannock
At Hearthstone School Ms. Leonard teaches Art, Calligraphy an the Fiber Arts
on the enriching experience of art in everyday life and learning.
The artwork of Ms. Leonard is in the style of European
Renaissance still life and portrait painting and may be seen at
the Caulfield Gallery, Washington, VA and the McGuffey Art Center,
Other teaching experiences include Artist in Residence
at Rappahannock County Elementary School, Headwater’s Summer
Art Workshops, Charlottesville Homeschool Enrichment Community
classes, Rappahannock County Adult Education classes and private
lessons in art and calligraphy for all ages.
Ms. Leonard has a BLS in Studio Arts at the University
of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA., and studied at the
of Visual Arts, NY, NY, and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington,
DC. And as a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild she
was a recipient of the Herman Zapf Scholarship, making it possible
for her to study with Sheila Waters.
For further info: www.davetteleonard.com
Eric Hovermill is our Middle School Music teacher. He has a BA in Audio Recording/Engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Eric has experience working in professional recording studios in Phoenix and LA. He was a technician at Busch Gardens running live sound for plays and performances. He was a camp counselor for YMCA, Charlottesville and ran a music program at Camp Friendship in Palmyra, VA. Mr. Eric is a master drummer and also teaches beginner guitar, bass, ukulele and piano.
“I feel that music is like any other language and conveys a variety of emotions.”
Weisgerber teaches Middle School Archery and Outdoor Program (knot tying, map and compass, camping).
Aron is a Rappahannock County native,
born just outside the town of Sperryville, VA. He
is a graduate of Hearthstone School and a lifelong student
of Waldorf education.
He is a graduate of Prescott
College in Arizona. Aron studied Outdoor Education,
Wilderness First Aid, Search and Rescue, Environmental Science,
Sculpture, Photography, Business Management, Ecological Design,
Rope Course Facilitation, Experiential Education and Ecological
While Attending Prescott College in Arizona, Aron
worked for two years as a woodworking teacher at Mountain Oak
Charter Waldorf school. Aron graduated from Prescott College with
a major in Adventure Education with an emphasis in wilderness
and program management, and a double minor, one in environmental studies
and the second in the arts.
Since 1999 Aron started and has operated a summer
camp for children and young adults in Sperryville, Virginia.
The summer camp
offers outdoor experiences ranging from plant identification to ropes
course activities, backpacking, swimming, games,
and survival skills.
Aron is trained in First Aid and CPR.