~ 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.”
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
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