Course Tutors

Angela Querido

Angela began her career in special education. She then worked as a class teacher for 22 years at the Bristol Steiner school. Her work in adult education started at Emerson College, where she co created and taught the part time courses. As well as being co director of the present part time WESTT course, she is also an advisor for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and conducts appraisals and assessments in Steiner schools.


Jeremy Nowell

Having been a class teacher at Norwich Steiner school, Jeremy joined  WESTT as a principle tutor in 2015.  He also works as an special educational needs consultant, and is a director of SWASEND (the Steiner Waldorf Association for Special Educational Needs.)   

Sven Saar

Having been a class teacher for many years, Sven held the mandate for staff appraisal at Michael Hall, developed and ran a staff development and mentoring programme in a continental Steiner school, and is an active mentor and advisor.  Having been a regular contributor on the WESTT course in 2018 – 19, Sven will be joining the team as a core tutor in September 2019.

Alan Swindell

Alan has had a distinguished career as a class teacher, teacher trainer, adviser for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and, in recent years, as the first principal of the Steiner Academy Exeter.  We are delighted that Alan will be joining us as a core member of the team from September 2019.

Sibylle Eichstaedt – speech therapist

The voice is one of the teacher’s most imortant tool, and helping children to develop the facility to speak confidently, one of our most important tasks.  Therapeutic speech is an artistic therapy. Through speech exercises, poetry, drama, & storytelling, therapeutic speech works with the voice, the breath, and gesture & movement.

Caroline Thomson

Caroline is director of music at Wynstones School.  She takes WESTT students on a musical journey through the classes, and helps them to develop their capacity to express themselves both vocally and instrumentally. WESTT students are often inviited to attend one of the inspiring school concerts that Caroline brings to Gloucester Cathedral each year.

Pia Poulsen

Pia works with Sensory integration, and teaches students about the senses on the WESTT course.  As Pia herself writes:  “We have many different senses and through them we receive information about ourselves and the world around us. The senses make it possible for us to feel and co-ordinate the body, to feel centred and confidence, to learn and to engage with the world around us. They are the foundation for all our daily human functioning. Many children today suffer from anxiety, they need to move, find it difficult to sleep and concentrate and have challenging social behavior. All of this might be symptoms of that their senses do not support them adequately. It is also important to work with the senses when somebody has experienced trauma.”