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Class 1 Teacher
Class 2 Teacher
Class 3 Teacher
Jonathan Hobbs BA (Hons)
Class 4 Teacher
Jonathan Hobbs is a Class Teacher and the Lower School Department Chair. Being a Class Teacher means that Jonathan is responsible for taking the lead on the education of the Class for the eight years he is their teacher. This means developing the community of children, meeting with parents, and working with the teaching team who educate the children.
As Lower School Chair, Jonathan take on administrative aspect of the department for Classes 1 to 8.
Prior to working at the school in 2012, Jonathan completed the Plymouth University BA degree course on Steiner Waldorf Education with first class honours. He came to this vocation after working as a hearing aid audiologist for several years. Jonathan has a deep passion for teaching and loves to meet the joys and challenges of being a 21st century Steiner teacher at our school.
Outside of school Jonathan loves to cycle on or off the road, walk in the beautiful area we live, and spend time with his partner Rosie and their four boys, three of which come to this school.
Class 5 Teacher and Lower School Department Chair
Elizabeth Elsholtz BA (Hons)
Class 6 Teacher, Chair of the College of Management
Elizabeth (BA) is a class teacher, and, in addition to representing Lower School on the SLT, Elizabeth takes responsibility for personnel matters at the school. She also chairs the College of Management.
As a parent of two children (at the school), Elizabeth found herself being a parent volunteer at the local playgroup and then at the primary school that her children attended. Both of these opportunities led Elizabeth to contemplate a future as a teacher, and in particular a Steiner teacher.
The contemplation became a decision and the family moved from the East coast of Scotland to the South West of England so as to enable Elizabeth to study for a BA in Steiner Education at Plymouth University. After her graduation, Elizabeth spent a year as a Class 1 and handwork assistant before starting her teaching career in September 2013 at South Devon Steiner School.
Prior to her teacher training, Elizabeth spent 18 years in hospitality and catering management.
In her spare time Elizabeth is an avid book reader and coffee shop frequenter, not to mention spending time with her family at home.
Class 7 Teacher
Class 8 Teacher
Educational Support Assistant
At South Devon Steiner School, the Lower School staff are just as excited about education as you are.
At the South Devon Steiner School, we aim for children to leave our school as lively, pro-active, confident human beings, able to take initiative, with independent thought and action and the ability to discover their life’s purpose.
Click on the video link (right) to see an excerpt about our school and Steiner education taken from "The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner" by Jonathan Stedall