• Steiner Education Teacher Training, De Vrije School Brabant
  • Qualified teacher status primary and secondary in the Netherlands, NUTS Pedagogiscye Academy (now Fontys University of Professional Education, Eindhoven)

Han Van Gelder – Class 4/5 Teacher

Han has over 30 years experience as a Steiner Teacher. He intially trained and taught as a mainstream teacher in the Netherlands, before he was asked to help found and teach at a new local Steiner School being set up by internationally renowned Steiner Teacher Trainer, Else Gottgens. He undertook Steiner Teacher Training in 1980 and taught at the school for 17 years, including time as head teacher alongside teaching duties.

Following this, Han spent several years teaching/mentoring in California, Belgium and the Netherlands (including as a Teacher Trainer at Rudolf Steiner College, US) before moving to the UK in 2015, where he taught at Steiner Academy Frome.

Han has also also completed the Healing Education and Remedial Teacher Training (Extra Lesson) course for Steiner Teachers. The Extra Lesson was developed in the UK by Audrey McAllen, with a first lesson of assessment techniques and a curriculum of movement, speech, drawing and painting exercises for children found to have learning barriers.

Han brings a deep knowledge of Steiner pedagogy and understanding of the curriculum and a commitment to supporting children and their learning.