~ 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. Ms. Janet is our Middle School drumming teacher. She is an
exhibit¬ing fiber artist and a percussionist. Janet special¬izes
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 mother Kitty Keyser in the Nursery/Kindergarten, and leads when Ms. Kitty is unavailable. 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. Mia went on to pursue her Masters in Clinical Psychology, graduating top of her class
Mia has vast hands-on experience with children, from being in the classroom with her mother throughout her adolescence, and accompanying her to Sunbridge for Waldorf conferences, occasionally sitting in on classes.
“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.”
Pennington teaches Middle School (Fifth through Eighth Grade).
Mr. Pennington obtained his Bachelors of Arts in History at
the University of Mary Washington and is currently finishing up
his Masters at the University of Marburg in Germany where he is
and Cultural Studies. He has taught English and World Culture to
middle and high school students in Germany and ran a middle school
seven years through Culpeper Baptist Church. He has taught middle
school children gardening, cross-country running, hiking, and poetry.
Currently living in Sperryville, he is an avid outdoorsman and
athlete (also a Triathlete).
Leonard Davette Leonard is an artist, calligrapher
and art educator living, painting and teaching in Rappahannock
At Hearthstone School Ms. Leonard teaches Art and Calligraphy
to the Lower School, Middle School and High School
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
A guitarist, singer, and songwriter for many years, Maddison has joined Hearthstone School for the 2017-18 school year. Previously the Fine Arts Director and Music Teacher of St. Luke's School, Maddi currently teaches middle and high school music at Belle Meade Montessori School and private lessons at Drum & Strum School of Music. Maddi performs live music locally nearly every weekend, harnessing her powerhouse voice and natural guitar style to interpret stories and tell her own through song.
Maddi is known for her vivacious persona, true compassion for her students and their families, and her ability to connect on a deeper personal level. These strengths serve her well as she guides her students to self-empower through self-expression.
She encourages each student to learn the fundamentals of music as the foundation for a fruitful lifelong relationship with song and sound: reading notation and/or tablature, ear-training, composition, basic music theory, and an intro to instrument-specific styles.
Weisgerber teaches gardening, phys. ed.
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.
Torry Keane is now a substitute teacher at Hearthstone.
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