Lancaster Steiner School

Our Staff

Our Staff

Office Staff

Ola Mustapha (SLT)

School Manager and Bursar

Ola is an experienced administrator, with a passion for figures and school administration. She has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and has previously worked as administrator at the University of Cumbria and at HMP Prison Service Lancaster Castle. She spent her early years in the UK, before a 21 year spell in Nigeria, where she studied Chemistry with Education for her first degree.
For the past 16 years Ola has been the Treasurer and Finance Manger for her local church. She also volunteers as a Street Pastor. She absolutely loves athletics and volunteers as a UK Athletics qualified coach and official, officiating at local, regional and national competitions. It has been an honour and pleasure to her to coach the last two sets of Class 5 pupils at the school in preparation for their Steiner Olympics.

Heidi Graham

Office Assistant

Heidi holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from Greenwich University, London. She has previously worked in IT support roles at the Royal National Institute for the Blind. She also worked at Aon Hewitt in London for 18 years in IT support, managerial and training roles. She is a qualified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist and enjoys spending time outdoors. Heidi’s son attends Lancaster Steiner School. She loves that at the school “learning is a journey not a race”.

Deborah Parker


Deborah is our School Caretaker and keeps our school in tip top condition as well as coordinating our School Maintenance Days where our parents volunteer their time to help out.  Deborah brings a variety of skills to the fore and helps to keep our beautiful garden and buildings in ship shape. 

Teaching Staff


Elspeth Mukerji (SLT)

Elspeth was a mainstream primary teacher for 25 years and a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Senior Leader for 12 of those years. Her two children attended the Steiner Kindergarten, moving up to the Lower School. She developed an interest in Steiner Education initially through the seasonal and daily rhythms she experienced in the toddler groups and was drawn to its environmentally conscious approach. On seeing the school in action, Elspeth wanted to learn more about its holistic and active learning, which is so clearly grounded in knowledge of child development. She became a teacher at the school and undertook the two-year Steiner teacher training course. What she appreciates most about the school is that children are given the time and space to grow and learn in a loving community.

Louise Duirwyn

Class 4/5 (Oak Class) Teacher

Katie Flasby

Class 3/4 (Linden Class) Teacher (SLT)
Katie started working at Lancaster Steiner School in 2019 as class teacher for Willow Class, this year she is the Linden class teacher. She also teaches German to both Oak and Willow Class. Katie moved to Lancaster in 2008 from Switzerland to study Social History at Lancaster University. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Cumbria with a PGCE and has since worked in a mainstream primary school for 2 years, as well as doing supply work. Katie is currently in her final year of her NESTT Steiner Teacher training. What she loves most about the Steiner approach is that it truly takes into account the development of the whole child and fosters a lifelong curiosity and connection with our world.

Bregje Pinkse

Kindergarten 3 /Class1 (Hazel Class) Teacher

Bregje is an experienced member of our Early Years Team. She is currently in her final year of her NESTT Steiner Teacher training. After attending a Steiner Primary and Secondary school in the Netherlands she gained a Masters in Science from Amsterdam University. In the Netherlands she worked for a regular after school club and on moving to France with her family she became a stay-at-home, helping-hand-at-school mum. After moving to the UK she has now settled in Lancaster. Her two daughters attended Lancaster Steiner School and are now doing well at a local high school. What she loves most about the school is that everybody takes care of each other and therefore let her and her family feel at home immediately.

Sarah Simpson

Teaching Assistant

Lancaster Steiner School is Sarah’s first step on her learning journey as a teaching assistant and what a wonderful first step! She believes the ethos of the school to be fantastic and as a parent of a child with Special Educational Needs, she totally understands the importance of “Learning is a journey not a destination”. She cannot wait to see where this journey takes her.

Rachael Levis-Johnston

SEND Teaching Assistant

Fernando Mello

After School Coordinator

Fernando has been working as an educator in Primary Schools since 2015. He has completed the NESTT Steiner Teacher Training and worked at our school for 2 years supporting pupils and teachers as a Teacher Assistant. At the moment he is our After School Coordinator. Being a Capoeira teacher, he uses Capoeira, dance and a range of movement games as an educational tool with the children.

He has a degree in Social Communication as a Journalist, which was his occupation for six years before he changed careers. He also has a background as a Youth Worker. He is passionate about Education and a strong believer that there are three forces which are at the very nerve of Education: the need and understanding of imagination, sense of honesty and truth as well as a feeling of responsibility and freedom.

Sessional peripatetic music teacher – TBC