Katja attended Waldorf schools from kindergarten to Grade 12. She is an alumna of Michael Hall Steiner School in Sussex, England, where she was born, and the Toronto Waldorf School, in Toronto, Canada, where she moved with her family as a child.
She has been involved to some degree with Waldorf schools and Waldorf education since graduating from TWS, briefly as a teacher but mostly as an alumna working with TWS’s alumni/ae program and as a parent of two young daughters. She moved to Nova Scotia with her family in 2016 so her children could attend the South Shore Waldorf School. She is currently involved with SSWS as a board member. She continually ponders how Waldorf alumni/ae can best support Waldorf education in their communities and around the world and why it is important that they do so with ever more commitment in the 21st Century.
Katja is a writer of fiction. Her debut novel Little Bastards in Springtime is published by HarperCollins Canada (2014), Pena Yayinlari, Turkey (2014), and Steerforth Press, USA (2015). It tells the story of a young boy who survives the Siege of Sarajevo in the early 90s and immigrates to Canada as a troubled teenager. She is presently at work on her fourth novel. In a former life, Katja pursued an academic career. She holds an MPhil in social and political sciences from King’s College, Cambridge, and a PhD in theory and policy studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.