Class Teachers & Assistants

Hazel Jarman

Hazel Jarman

Hazel has been working in education for the past 14 years. Born in 1977 and raised with Waldorf education, she became inspired to teach after volunteering at two pioneering Steiner initiatives in East Africa. After completing the Plymouth University Steiner Waldorf teacher training in 2001, she worked in London with children excluded from school. Engaging disaffected young people and encouraging cultural diversity in education continue to be of utmost importance to her work. In 2003 she took on Class 1 at St. Paul's Steiner School in north London and graduated with Class 8 in July 2011. She spent the next year teaching in state schools in Sheffield, with intermittent cover for Waldorf schools around the country. She is very excited to be part of the Steiner Academy Frome.

Ann Gulbis

Ann Gulbis

Ann is really enjoying her work at the Steiner Academy Frome. She was born in 1960 in Atherton, Lancashire, and is the second of five children. She has been teaching since 1982, when she graduated from Teacher Training College in Manchester. She worked in state primary schools in Manchester, Cambridge, London and Wolverhampton, before retraining as a Waldorf teacher. She took her first class for six years, and her second class for eight; both at Elmfield School in Stourbridge. She would describe herself as passionate about education! She loves working with the energy and enthusiasm of young people, and appreciates the unique privilege the Waldorf teacher has of accompanying their growth and development. She is married to Martin Gulbis and is the mother of John (29 years old) and Emily (15 years old). When she is not teaching she loves to garden, read, cook and go for walks.

Martin Gulbis

Martin Gulbis

Martin heard of Waldorf education as he came to the end of his PGCE state teacher training in 1985, and has worked in a variety of Steiner settings for most of the years since, playing the role of class teacher for a number of classes, ranging in age from Class 1 to Class 11. He does feel continually re-inspired by the insights Steiner offers for better understanding the growing child, and the opportunities the curriculum gives to trying to be more useful to them as a teacher. Coming to Frome was an exciting venture for him and his family, and also an unexpected way of returning to some family roots. His father once worked as a miner in Midsomer Norton and as a forester at Longleat. His mother came from Radstock, also from mining stock, though her father became headmaster at Writhlington. Martin says "To take a Class 1 is an immense responsibility and a great gift. These children, as they should do, challenge and inspire me with each new day."

Han Van Gelder

Han Van Gelder

Han trained many years ago to teach in the Government Schools (similar to a B.A) in Holland, but during this training he came across Steiner Education. Very soon he was teaching his first class 1, in Eindhoven in the South of Holland.  It is here that he brought up his two children.  Since then he has travelled the world by teaching many classes in Holland, Belgium and the U.S. as well as a Class 1 here in England.  Alongside his teaching he has often mentored new teachers.  Over the years he has developed in the artistic realms of painting, drawing, music and movement which is fundamental to his Class teaching. He returned to England earlier this year when he married his English wife.  

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