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Hawkins Ross

HawkinsRoss

Teacher

Ross is a history, social science and English teacher who, before recently joining Toronto Prep School, has taught high school courses in English and a range of humanities and arts subjects. Ross studied English literature at the University of Oxford, before moving to Canada to complete a PhD in English at the University of Toronto. Their dissertation, on the subject of experimental radio plays and the BBC, combined their interests in absurdist drama, cultural broadcasting and avant-garde music. Ross has recorded and performed in experimental music projects for 20 years. Ross is passionate about the connection between non-traditional art and culture, and social inclusivity. They strongly believe that human creative expression, critical discussion, and philosophical exploration have inherent personal and collective value, and approach teaching in a way that is protective of these higher forms of value. They particularly emphasise art as a necessary vehicle for social engagement. “The most valuable moments in learning are when we encounter information or ideas that are weird or unimagined. This feeling of discomfort in the presence of the strange is not to be feared, but should be treasured as the most thrilling moment in the learning process. I wish to inspire students with the pleasure of soothing the mind’s ache for understanding.”

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Kinnear Steven

KinnearSteven

Teacher, Head Of Mathematics

Steve is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and dedicated educator who is excited to inspire his students to share his love of learning. He joined Toronto Prep School in the spring semester of its inaugural year, after teaching for four years at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. Steve earned his Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo, his Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, and his Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Mathematics and Physics) from Christchurch College of Education in New Zealand. Steve is tireless in pursuit of student success. Most every morning and after school you will find students in his classroom seeking extra support to realize their potential. Steve is also an amazing resource for others in the school, especially in the areas of math and differentiated instruction. He is never satisfied with the “status quo,” and is constantly searching for new and better ways to connect his students with the subject they are studying. He truly has an enthusiasm and appreciation for the beauty of mathematics and conveys this to his students. Steve runs the Math Club and facilitates math contests throughout the school year. He is also the Award Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at TPS. Steve and his partner, Astrid, have a lovely young daughter who is an enthusiastic competitive swimmer. As a family, they enjoy canoe tripping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and indoor rock climbing. Steve also has a special passion for snowshoeing and camping in the winter. “I always thought that passion made a teacher great because it brought contagious energy into the classroom, but now I realize its deeper function. Passion for the subject propels that subject, not the teacher, into the center of the learning circle – and when a great thing is in their midst, students have direct access to the energy of learning and of life.” – Parker J. Palmer

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O'Dwyer Shannon

O'DwyerShannon

Teacher

Shannon is a compassionate educator with a passion for the biological sciences. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queen's University, and earned a Master's of Education degree from Niagara University. This is Shannon's fourth year at Toronto Prep. In Shannon's classroom, students will be challenged to think critically about the ways in which humans interact with and influence our environments. She likes to connect concepts in science to issues that students experience in their daily lives. She is consistent in helping her students develop their critical thinking, resilience, and problem-solving skills. Her goal is for her students to become curious learners; ready to seek out new information or experiences they are passionate about. Prior to teaching, Shannon participated in various research programs including a shark and cetacean research project in South Africa. Shannon has also travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, and South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has been to 24 countries so far and is always thinking about the next big trip. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her dog and her family. "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein

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Tsimikalis Augustin Maria

Tsimikalis AugustinMaria

Head Of Guidance

Maria, a graduate of Ryerson University, with a degree in psychology, has fully managed a caseload of over 400 students, grades 7 through 12. She provides individual counselling for students' academic, personal and social needs. Maria assists in the set-up of the master schedule each year and enrols students in courses. She manages parent, student, and teacher concerns and mediates parent-teacher-student conferences. Additionally, Maria has been instrumental in helping our graduating students and aiding them with the university and scholarship application process. Having received a substantial scholarship herself to matriculate at the prestigious School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Maria understands the process exceptionally well from both sides of the spectrum – student and counsellor – and as such, TPS has experienced tremendous success in this realm. She assists students and parents with postsecondary planning during guidance lessons, presentations, and individual academic conferences. Furthermore, Maria monitors students' academic performance, behaviour, and attendance to facilitate interventions if needed.

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Tsimikalis Fouli

TsimikalisFouli

Co-Founder, Vice Principal And Head Of Admissions

Co-Founder of Toronto Prep School (2009), Fouli brings 31 years of experience in the field of private education to her administrative, teaching, and public relation duties. A graduate of Victoria College, at the University of Toronto, Fouli was a middle school and high school teacher for 21 years in the private sector. However, her experience was not only limited to teaching, as Fouli organized and supervised many school related activities pertaining to team sports, clubs, charity events, prom and commencement ceremonies. As Director of Admissions, Fouli provides students, parents, and guardians with information regarding admissions requirements and processes. She begins the recruiting process by planning, coordinating, and overseeing promotional events, campus tours, student interviews, and other admissions activities. Fouli reviews and interprets student information, including test scores, extracurricular activities, grades, and any psycho-educational assessments. In addition, Fouli is responsible for the development of our digital and print assets, as well as overseeing our social media plans and posts, advertising campaigns, coordinated event engagements, educational conferences, and trade show presentations.

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McCormick Alysha

McCormickAlysha

Teacher

Alysha McCormick is in her fourth year teaching at Toronto Prep School. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Children Studies whilst completing her concurrent Bachelor of Education at York University. A young professional, Alysha is extremely passionate about education and understanding how her students learn. Alysha is very approachable and ensures that students stay motivated in and outside the classroom. She believes that it is important to connect all aspects of the curriculum and make them understandable to the students she is teaching. This often includes integrating various aspects of literacy to all other subjects. She emphasizes the importance of staying organized, being prepared and managing your time well. These are all skills essential to the world, even outside of the classroom. Staying engaging and motivating for all of her students, Alysha makes her classroom a fun place to be. Alysha encourages students to step outside their comfort zone, in and outside of school. She believes it is important to set goals and see what we can do to meet those goals. Education is used to build not just those math skills or language skills, but the confidence in students to go out in society and do everything to the best of their ability. It is okay to make a mistake, this is how one grows. Alysha is a dedicated educator who is determined to serve the needs of her students so that everyone can be successful. Alysha was the first in her family to graduate from a post-secondary institution. She loves art and drama and hopes to be a part of any school plays at TPS. Alysha also grew up in a “Leafs” household, so she loves to watch her favourite Toronto team take the ice during winter. Evidently, she loves sports, and is eager to coach or assist any extra-curricular sports as they come up throughout the school year. "Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things”.

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IversonDamian

Attendance Counsellor

Damian came to Toronto Prep School in 2018 after previously working in the legal field for years. Damian graduated from Durham College as a Paralegal in 2010, and in 2014, he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Legal studies with a specialization in ADR from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Damian held various legal positions throughout his career. Damian works alongside the administrative staff of TPS and is able to take his professional experience and insight and share it with the students. One of his responsibilities is making sure every student is accounted for throughout the day and for each period. Damian has a fiancée and a beautiful baby girl. He loves football (NFL), working out and is a car enthusiast.

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Stamper Matthew

StamperMatthew

Teacher, Head Of Communication Technology

Matthew earned both a degree and a diploma in Media and Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber, and followed that with his Bachelor of Education from York University. This is his fifth year on staff at Toronto Prep School. Matthew is a passionate educator who believes that each student learns in their own unique way. He is dedicated to creating flexible environments where all students can strive, adapting and encouraging them along the way. Matthew is also a supporter of the creative process, allowing students to explore the feelings and ideas that inspire them to create strong artistic work. He is also a strong proponent of utilizing technology in the classroom to ensure that students are technologically literate for the 21st century. He is a spirited teacher who has coached table tennis, as well as both indoor and outdoor soccer at TPS. Matthew is also a member of the Toronto Prep Music Club, keeping a steady backbeat with either a bass or acoustic guitar. "The 'what' of the subject matter is far less important than the 'how' and 'why'. The last two are key to the critical thinking that I want all students to have by the time they leave my class."

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Kazianis Vasiliki

KazianisVasiliki

Teacher

Aliki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History from Concordia University in Montreal. After graduating from Concordia, she worked at a large professional services firm for several years. She then decided to act on her growing interest in teaching by going back to university to complete a Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate- specialization in History). Aliki’s first formal teaching experience was working at an international high school, in China, where she worked as a social studies teacher. Prior to teaching at TPS, Aliki’s most recent experience was working as a teacher in London, UK for the past four years. While in London, she had the opportunity to participate in the Year 3 project exhibition at the Tate Modern. Over the past four years, Aliki has formed her passion for teaching the junior years. She came to understand that these were foundational and formative years for a student. Aliki believes all concepts even the most challenging can be mastered through confidence, support and practice. She also considers herself to be an empathetic teacher who enjoys forming positive connections with her students. Ms Kazianis specifically enjoys traveling to France and Greece to visit family when she can. After circling the globe in her teaching travels, she is rediscovering her hometown, Toronto, with her husband, son and dog, Elsa. "In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can" -Nikos Kazantzakis

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Ravenhill Emma

RavenhillEmma

Teacher

Emma Ravenhill earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph and obtained her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Emma is a passionate educator that encourages a collaborative and lively classroom. Emma believes that learning activities should be engaging and relevant to students so that their lessons surpass the classroom walls and can be applied to their everyday lives. In her spare time, Emma can be found reading, at the cottage, hiking, singing a good show tune, cheering for the Leafs or watching the history channel! “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

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Popescu Smaranda

PopescuSmaranda

Teacher

Smaranda Popescu is an outgoing and devoted educator who strives to develop a strong sense of individuality and self-motivation in her students. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Education specializing in intermediate/ secondary. She has also completed an Outdoor and Experiential Education specialist while at the same university. Smaranda has taught in a variety of diverse settings ranging from backcountry trips to virtual schools which has permitted her to grow a stronger appreciation for the Educational field. She believes that students do best when they are challenged and provided opportunities to develop their personal skill sets. Smaranda’s professional interests are based around developing an inclusive environment where students are not afraid to make mistakes and see them as learning opportunities. She believes that every student is different and this should be celebrated within each and every classroom. Outside of school, Smaranda enjoys any outdoor activity; from surfing to backpacking to wilderness trips. She also has a strong interest in music (as an avid vinyl collector) and street fashion.

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ZuberiAdnan

Teacher

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Stabins Alexandra

StabinsAlexandra

Alexandra has over 20 years professional experience in media, marketing and education. Ten years ago Alexandra realized her love for teaching while teaching piano, and decided to head back to school to earn her M.Sc.Ed. Her devotion to earning her Masters came with sleepless nights and weekend class attendance while working full-time during the week. Prior to her stint back at school, she worked for major companies such as the Home Depot Head Office in their Marketing Department, The CBC in their Marketing and Sales Department and Metroland Publishing in their Sales Department, as well as the Toronto radio station now known as Z103.5 in their Sales and Promotions Department. After acquiring her M.Sc.Ed. she ran a successful tutoring academy before realizing she really wanted to be in the classroom and has been teaching in-class ever since. Alexandra holds a B.A. in English from York University, a broadcasting diploma from Humber College and an Advertising Diploma from Sheridan College. When not in the classroom, Alexandra enjoys spending time with her new husband, her almost 13 year old Boston Terrier Venus, and playing soccer with the same team for the past 20 years. Alexandra takes the time to really get to know her students so she can give them the differentiated attention they need and because she cares about who her students are as people. She fosters a safe and inclusive classroom where every question is welcomed and answered completely. Alexandra feels that life is a journey of discovery, and asking questions builds life long learners with a solid knowledge base to take them wherever they want to go. Alexandra looks forward to being a part of the TPS teaching team, and enriching her students by incorporating real-life experiences into daily lessons.

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Malik Tareena

MalikTareena

Teacher

Ms. Malik is a highly enthusiastic and engaging STEM teacher. She strives to make learning much more than textbooks, notes, and memorization by implementing discussions, demos, labs, and activities to show real world applications of the topics studied in her classes. She joined Toronto Prep School in the fourth quadmester of 2021, after teaching at private schools for four years at the senior level and has also tutored at many top tier tutoring institutions over the past eight years. Ms. Malik earned her Advanced Levels from the University of Cambridge and her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guelph, for both of which she received scholarships based on academic merit. Ms. Malik strongly believes that a teacher needs to have a strong sense of empathy and the ability to relate to her students. She realizes that every student is different and will have their own strengths and weaknesses, and hence, there will never be “one uniform way” of teaching. She is very happy that TPS recognizes this as well and has small intimate classroom sizes so she can adapt her teaching approaches year to year based on her students. Being able to have a small role in her students’ successes and to see them achieve great things in life is one of the best feelings in the world to her and she would not trade it for anything!

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Blair Brett

BlairBrett

Teacher

Brett (Mr. B) is very excited to be joining the TPS family this year! He will primarily be teaching French classes at all levels, but will also be occasionally teaching English, Art and Drama. He intends to be an active participant in French Club, Drama Club and the Human Rights Club. Brett graduated from the University of Guelph back in 2004 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French and Sociology. After his first year of studies, he participated in a 6-week immersion program to Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. He subsequently completed his entire third year of studies at the Université de Nice, France. After a 16-year career executing a variety of bilingual positions in the Financial Services industry, Brett decided to return to school and completed his Master of Arts in French Studies in 2020 at the University of Guelph, specializing in French-as-a-second-language pedagogy and English/French translation. During his graduate studies, he was employed as a Teaching Assistant for a first-year undergraduate French course and also worked for 2 years with a company called VIPKid where he did one-on-one online ESL tutoring with Chinese students. Regardless of the subject matter that is being taught, Brett’s classroom is a warm environment where the values of empathy, diversity and human rights are a top priority. He strives to ensure that every student feels welcome and safe. Coming from a family of teachers, Brett is well versed in classroom management and believes strongly that learning should be fun and engaging. One of Brett’s main goals is to see a higher enrolment in elective French classes after the Grade 9 level as he wants to encourage students to develop a genuine love for the French language in our officially bilingual country!

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Oest Eric

OestEric

Director Of IT And Head Of Science

Upon graduating from McGill University in the summer of 2001, Eric found himself working in the IT industry for a subsidiary of Cisco Systems. He discovered that it was a rather solitary profession and his personality was ill-suited for it. Fortunately, a friend happened to need a full-time tutor at a private school in Toronto. He took the job and quickly grew to love interacting with students. Over the course of his first year at the school, he concluded that this was the perfect job for him. 19 years later, he is still teaching and he is still finding new ways to love his job. In addition to coaching numerous sports teams (track and field, cross-country, soccer) and helping out with various other extra-curriculars (Reach for the Top, Model United Nations), Eric is a huge proponent of ensuring that students are computer and technology literate. This involves ensuring that they have access to current technology, but more importantly, it also means ensuring that they are equipped with the skills they will need to thrive in a 21st century work environment. Eric wants learning to be fun. If a student is not engaged in the classroom, the content will not matter and the entire learning experience is diminished. This means that he needs to constantly be learning in order to find the most effective ways to reach students. Secondly, Eric thinks it is important for teachers to understand their student audience in terms of what they expect to gain from a specific course. As a science teacher, he recognizes that not every student will want to or need to become a scientist or engineer. However, he believes that every student should leave high school with a certain degree of scientific literacy. As a society, we need a population that understands the science behind policy decisions. Eric would like to think that his teaching style is based on this premise. A long time ago, Eric had this marvelous thing called free time. He enjoyed playing sports, playing the guitar, and making various cured meats. Currently, Eric is doing everything he can to raise two energetic kids with his wife. He yearns for what he believes to be some well-deserved free time.

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Osborne Shane

OsborneShane

Bursar And Office Manager

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Pascos David

PascosDavid

Teacher, Head Of Theatre Arts

David is a creative soul. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. David is committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to his students. In his classroom everyone is both a teacher and a learner. Students learn as much from the lessons and practical skills as they do through each other and their collective experience. Deep friendships are forged in this type of learning environment, but more importantly so are deep roots of self-confidence and self-expression. He believes that the true value in the arts is not the final product, but the process by which that art is created. David admires and encourages students who experiment, and wish to go beyond the normal expectations of an arts course. Art in the real world has no bounds, and neither should it in the classroom. David helps coordinate the Toronto Prep School Arts Night, is the TPS Yearbook co-coordinator, the director of the Theatre Department, and overseer of all the school plays. Both students and staff recognize him as a person who has a deep passion for the arts and his students, and who is an invaluable part of the school’s creative community. In addition, David is married and has two young sons in elementary school. “Creativity is one of the most essential skills one can learn. The arts are our first forms of communication, our windows into human history, the sparks that generate innovations, and the rallying cries that propel us into the future. But learning through the arts is about much more than that - it’s also about honing our life skills; increasing our social awareness; practicing observational, analytical, and communication skills; and developing a keener sense of understanding (about ourselves, of each other, and of the world in which they live). Regardless of what future career a student pursues, these are skills they will take with them for the rest of their life”

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Philip Eliza

PhilipEliza

Teacher

Eliza is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher with five years of experience. Eliza earned her Master in Mathematics from University of Toronto and her M.Sc. in Mathematics in India from Indian Institute of Science. Eliza has been passionate about Math since high school. Her love for the subject is often reflected in her conversations with students. Eliza helps students maintain a positive attitude towards learning. She works to create an encouraging atmosphere for students adaptive to the needs of students of varied Math skills. Eliza enjoys exchanging riddles with students ranging from brain teaser to more challenging problems. Eliza spends her spare time doodling in her sketchbook and digital painting concept art. “Making mistakes is an essential component of learning. How we pick ourselves up, learn and adapt from our mistakes define the type of individual we evolve into.”

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Kapal Aeshwarya

KapalAeshwarya

Teacher

Aeshwarya has been involved in high school education for over 15 years. Before joining TPS two years ago, Aeshwarya worked in the non-profit field, where for six years she supported high school students by providing accessible social and academic support. Prior to this endeavor, Aeshwarya organized international volunteer trips (to both Kenya and Cambodia), in order to educate students about current issues such as globalization, social justice, and sustainable economic and environmental practices. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a BSc in biology, Aeshwarya’s introduction to secondary school education came when she taught grade 12 biology in Costa Rica, which focused on the various aspects of the diverse ecology in tropical rainforests and dry forests. Aeshwarya is dedicated to supporting her students and helping them reach their academic, personal, and social development goals in a holistic and student-centered manner. Aeshwarya firmly believes that education should be a transformative experience that exists within a collaborate environment characterized by respect and empathy. She insists that students develop their own curiosity, critical thinking skills, scientific literacy, and appreciation for the science that manifests all around us. When Aesh is not teaching, she can be found enjoying nature with her two children, dog, and partner, working on an urban farm, reading, and travelling. “Science and everyday life cannot be and should not be separated.” – Rosalind Franklin

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JacksonDaniel

Teacher

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Turck Kiera

TurckKiera

Director Of Teaching, Curriculum, And Resource Management For The Departments Of Mathematics And Science

Kiera brings a wealth of international teaching experience to Toronto Prep School. She earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Upon graduation, Kiera moved to Italy and taught for several years at an international school, this was followed with a posting in Istanbul, Turkey at another prestigious preparatory high school for two years. Fortunately, for us, Kiera decided to come back home to Canada and continue her teaching career at Toronto Prep. Kiera possess a positive and effective teaching style with the willingness to work above and beyond the call of duty. Her amazing patience, understanding, and willingness to go above and beyond are unmatched as is her collaborative and supportive demeanour. Kiera is an effective communicator and resourceful teacher with proven ability to enhance students’ performance and empower them with knowledge and self-confidence. She serves as an excellent role model to both students and staff. Kiera teaches math and science which some students are excited about and love before they ever walk into her classroom while others see them as subjects which elicit fear and anxiety. Her goal as a teacher is to make the classroom an inviting, comfortable, and enjoyable place to be. Her hope in doing this, is that students will enjoy coming to a class even if they struggle with the subject matter or are only taking the course because it is a requirement for graduation. Her students understand her high expectations, and yet feel relaxed and eager to please. In addition, Kiera has coached the TPS curling team to the TDCAA Championship and a berth at OFSAA. She has also been involved the TPS Muses and has chaperoned a number of school trips including one to Ottawa and a hockey tournament to Pittsburgh. “To watch a student work hard and to persevere in spite of challenges is fantastic. Watching a student’s face when he or she reaches a goal is exceptionally rewarding and it’s the reason I started teaching and the reason I keep teaching year after year.”

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Wood Jessica

WoodJessica

Attendance Counsellor

Jessica came to Toronto Prep in 2018 after working in Real Estate Development for 5 years. Before that she had a lengthy career in the Animal Welfare field working for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well as many other shelters within the area. She has a strong commitment to animal welfare to this day and continues to support those in need. She has opened her home to 100's of foster cats/kittens through various animal shelters in order to rehabilitate, nurse back to health and find loving homes. Jessica is also a self taught artist and has a passion for the arts. She has turned her love of animals into a budding profession and paints pet portraits for clients all over North America. Her work has been accepted into juried art shows, hung in cafes around Toronto and she has been a Guest Painter at a workshop offered by her graduating high school. Jessica works alongside the administrative team at TPS and tries to put her experience and compassion into her work everyday. You can find her organizing TPS Picture Day and grad photos, the Public Health Vaccination Clinic, Parent/Teacher interview meetings and helping with Arts Night. She is an avid runner, enjoys her time at the family cottage and adores her 3 cats. "You can do anything here — the only prerequisite is that it makes you happy" - Bob Ross

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Oldridge Nathan

OldridgeNathan

Teacher

Mr. Oldridge is a dynamic and engaging teacher who strives to make technical ideas more accessible and understandable. He is trained as a chemist (Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and Master of Science from the University of Toronto) but he has since developed a strong interest in Computer Science. Mr. Oldridge spent six years tutoring students one-on-one as a freelance math and science tutor, and developed a penchant for allowing students to do work on their own while being gently guided. His teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by Salman Khan’s “The One World Schoolhouse”, which advocates for letting students wrestle with ideas individually and in groups, and practicing their way to mastery with help from both the teacher and other students. The classroom, even the traditionally-solitary math classroom, is enhanced when students are willing to (and feel empowered to) co-operate with each other and help each other understand the material. Mr. Oldridge is a member of the cross-country team and in August 2021 earned his certificate in "Coaching the Short Sprints", enabling him to help students train to run 60m, 100m and 200m races. He has been a staff contact for the Kazoo Club, Robotics Club, Homeless Relief Club and the YouTubers and Streamers Club.

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Leung Ada

LeungAda

Teacher

Ada is a passionate teacher who has a wide range of expertise in the Fine Arts. Ada graduated from OCAD University with a Major in Sculpture and Installation Arts and a Minor in Drawing and Painting. Her competitive program only accepts 40 students per year and due to her high-achieving nature, Ada won the OCADFA Harvey Townsend Memorial Scholarship Award. During her journey at OCAD, Ada also had the opportunity to travel to Florence for an exchange program. Prior to university, Ada was accepted into the 4 year Arts York program at Unionville High School. Ada has been teaching Grade 12 and 11 Visual Arts / Media Arts / Photography in a private school setting for five years. Prior to teaching at a secondary level, Ada specialized in university art portfolio building for art, design and architecture students. All her students were successfully accepted into OCAD, Carleton, Waterloo and U of T. Aside from teaching, Ada enjoys travelling around the world and also has a passion for dance. Ada was part of a competitive dance team for Latin Dance (Salsa/Bachata).

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Bradshaw Jason

BradshawJason

Communications And Social Media Administrator

Jason, and his role as Communications and Social Media Administrator, are new to Toronto Prep School. As Communications and Social Media Administrator, Jason spends his time working on everything from web design to yearbook layout. He is a tech-savvy digital native with an eclectic educational and professional background. Jason completed his Bachelor of Communication Studies at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2015. In 2019, he received a Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Philosophy from the University of Alberta. Jason has professional work experience in software development, web development and corporate communications. When Jason isn’t behind a screen plugging away at code and designing for the web, he’s usually glued to a screen on the working end of a controller. An avid gamer, Jason has amassed a large collection of retro video game consoles and cartridges that hearken back to his youth. This hobby also extends into the physical world. Jason loves playing board games, tabletop RPGs and cards. During his Masters, he spent a great deal of time immersed in Game Studies. Jason has published articles and given numerous presentations on video game theory. Jason’s fandom doesn’t just stop there. He’s a lover of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and anime. One of his proudest achievements was publishing a chapter in the 2018 anthology, “The Philosophy of Westworld.” In his chapter, entitled “Order and Chaos in Westworld: The End of Existentialism,” Jason explores the popular HBO sci-fi series through the lens of existentialist philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche and Albert Camus. Jason moved to Toronto with his family from Alberta in September of 2019. He lives with his lovely partner, Althea, and his adorable young daughter, Shiloh. He looks forward to what the future has to hold here in the big city and at Toronto Prep School! “Reading furnishes the mind only with the materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ― John Locke

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Bernal Juan-Carlos

BernalJuan-Carlos

Teacher

Mr. Bernal joins TPS in his first year. His experience spans from teaching at the YMCA where he founded the first Math Club in the association to teaching at private schools. Moreover, Mr. Bernal’s experience extends to teaching the GED curriculum to differently-abled students. Mr. Bernal’s philosophy in general is: anyone can learn anything, especially Math, if given the right approach — patience is a key attribute that Mr. Bernal champions. Mr. Bernal's greatest teaching moment occurred while tutoring a student with a learning disability at Frontier College; the student was able to apply the Pythagorean Theorem, but not by the formula. Instead, the student applied the theorem in the same manner that Pythagoras once made such observation. Mr. Bernal graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor Degree with the intention of becoming a teacher. It is due to Mathematics that Mr. Bernal became interested in aviation. He enrolled in the Canadian Air Forces aviation program where he had the opportunity to fly and travel across Canada. Mr. Bernal holds a pilot licence and flies when time and weather permit. On a personal level, Mr. Bernal, apart from Mathematics, loves and plays soccer, music and table tennis. In fact, Mr. Bernal launched the very first ever Table Tennis program at the YMCA during his tenure. Mr. Bernal maintains an active physical lifestyle as he practices what he preaches.

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Tsimikalis Pete

TsimikalisPete

Principal

Pete has been a part of the TPS admissions department since its inauguration. In those early days, however, Pete was also a professional hockey player. After an all-star career in the OHL, Pete signed multiple professional contracts, and played in the AHL, as well as in the Swedish Allsvenskan league, before his retirement in 2011. Upon the completion of his hockey career, Pete enrolled at the University of Toronto where he graduated with high distinction in 2015 in the field of Religious and Historical Studies. After his undergraduate degree, Pete was accepted into the University of Oxford (Oriel College), where he undertook his Master of Philosophy in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies. Pete graduated with distinction in 2018 and segued into PhD studies at the University of Toronto, wherein he got the opportunity to be a teaching assistant and instructor at the university level. This experience allows Pete to parlay first-hand information to the students at TPS regarding what university courses are actually like. In his academic work, Pete’s research has focused on several ancient Greek and Hebrew texts using a multitude of philological, analytical, and literary frameworks. While his thesis investigated ideas of exemplarity, wisdom, and memory in the Book of Ben Sira, Pete has also engaged with notions of ancient genre, pedagogy, gender, ethnicity, and identity. The academic conversation surrounding these concepts has proven very fruitful and is as applicable to the modern world as it is to ancient texts. Pete’s status as a teacher, student, and administrator allows him to bring multiple perspectives to the students at TPS. Currently at TPS, Pete serves as Principal, helping to shape the overall ethos of TPS and serving as an academic support for staff and students alike. Moreover, he assists Fouli with the application process, which entails introducing prospective students to the culture of TPS, providing tours of the premises and establishing whether TPS is the right fit for a given student. Pete is married to Jen and has three sons, Beau, Wolf, and Jones. Pete loves watching his boys play sports and is an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan. “Just do your work.” - Steve to Pete, and Pete to everyone else

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Papagiannis Helena

PapagiannisHelena

Teacher

Before recently joining Toronto Prep School, Helena taught a range of high school courses in the social sciences and humanities. As a long-time advocate for community involvement, Helena has volunteered with Toronto-based initiatives, where she has worked with children, women and newcomers to Canada. Helena holds a Master of Arts degree in European and Russian Affairs from the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto. Helena has also studied at Masaryk University in Czech Republic and Central European University in Hungary. Helena’s academic background has contributed to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. She believes that by understanding the interconnectivity of ideas and themes, students can explore the relationships between disciplines and the real world. Helena encourages critical thinking and motivates students to consider the multiple perspectives from which a topic can be explored. Helena’s classroom operates on principles of inclusivity and mutual respect.

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LingsDavid

Teacher

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MarianiAndrew

Teacher

Mr. Andrew Mariani is a personable and motivating teacher who challenges his students to be independent learners. Andrew trained as a Math specialist in the UK and began his teaching journey at one of London’s top preparatory schools before moving across the Atlantic to Toronto. He studied Sport Science at the Masters level but decided that his heart was in teaching - having worked with young people in a variety of capacities. In addition to two years of teaching in London Andrew has taught at two private schools in Toronto, refining his skills to meet the demands of the private school system in Canada.  Andrew believes that students learn best when they can be themselves without fear of judgement. He aims to create an environment where students feel safe and enjoy learning. Andrew’s biggest strength is his caring and personable nature, which allows him to create strong bonds with his students.  Andrew is a keen track athlete and trains with members of the Canadian Olympic team. Whilst not an Olympian himself, he enjoys the dedication and drive that comes with trying to keep up with the best! Andrew met his Canadian wife, Vanessa, while teaching at the same school in the UK. They married in Canada and have settled here to experience the wonderful lifestyle that it has to offer. 

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MinicucciMichael

Guidance Counselor

Mike joins TPS in his first year as a guidance counsellor. He received a Double Honours Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Religious Cultures from Nipissing University and later received his Bachelor of Education from York University. In between his degrees he spent time in South Korea teaching English as a second language, cultural studies, and conversational / business language skills to students ranging from pre-school to post-graduate. He taught in both private and public institutions, and assisted in creating standardized provincial testing in English proficiency for elementary schools. When he returned to Canada he taught science / art programs in elementary classrooms and hosted educational entertainment programs to audiences of up to 1000 people. He also spent some time as a tour director bringing students and teachers to Ottawa on guided cultural and historical tours through the city. Mike likes to create an educational environment that is very collaborative and likes to involve his students in co-creating classroom materials, assignments, research topics, and experiences. The only way to truly make connections to learning is to involve everyone in the process and engage their passions and interests along the way. When he’s not at the campus, Mike tries to keep as busy as possible and likes to explore a number of interests. You might find him volunteering at film festivals, tutoring elementary and high school students, playing competitive and recreational volleyball around the province, or at a park somewhere getting comfortable with a good book. You may also find him learning new ways on how to propagate plants and fruits to keep his garden going into the winter months.

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NegiLeah

Teacher

Leah Negi joined Toronto Prep School in 2021 as an English Teacher. Leah has a Bachelor of Arts from Western, a Bachelor of Education from OISE/UofT, Masters of Education from Queens University, Additional Qualifications from OISE in Media studies, Guidance and Careers, and Primary Education, and is also a Member in Good Standing with the Ontario College of teachers. Leah has over 12 years of experience in the field of Education in various capacities including private tutoring and academic coaching, homeschooling, outdoor education, elementary and secondary school teaching in both private and public schools, learning centers, and cultural centers. She enjoys helping students expand their perspectives and become more compassionate, confident and capable individuals, while helping them find their own voice. Leah is a former Yoga instructor, the mother of a busy preschooler, and loves that she is always learning new things by being a teacher. “As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.” ― bell hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

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PepinJames

Co-Athletic Director

James Pepin joins TPS as the new Co-Athletic Director in 2021. James has a Master’s of Science in Sport Management and a Master’s of Science in Coaching & Sport Education from West Virginia University (WVU). He also received honours a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from Brock University. Mr. Pepin spent three years at WVU for the College of Physical Activity & Sports Science, within the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies. There he taught up to 10 different courses in PE, fitness, and coaching. James has also coached for the ACHA Hockey Club at WVU and worked with elite athletes in the NHL, MLB,NCAA, and professional tennis. His philosophy for students is that they strive to be the best individual (Spartan) that they can be, and to become 1% better each day. James believes in a hands-on experience approach to teaching and relates and showcases real-life examples. Mr. Pepin is a fan of country music, fitness, sports, and family.

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McDermottStephen

Teacher

Stephen is an outgoing, creative and dynamic teacher with more than 13 years teaching experience in French, ESL, Business and Spanish. He holds a Master of Education from Hibernia College (Ireland) as well as a Diploma in English Language Teaching from the University of Cambridge (UK). He also earned his B.Sc.(Hons) in Business Management from the Technological University, Ireland. He is a proud Dubliner, but began his teaching career teaching English in Costa Rica. Stephen’s love of teaching stems from his own passion for learning languages, which began with his native Irish (Gaelic) and then studying at the University of Montpellier in France. Inspired by this love of languages and experiencing different cultures, he has studied and taught in a variety of different countries and cultural contexts before moving to Canada, including Ireland, France, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Colombia. Stephen believes this experience as a student and a self-starter in his own learning journey helps him connect with students as he has plenty of first-hand experience of his own learning challenges, struggles and successes. He consistently looks to understand and connect with students and their needs, first and foremost. For Stephen, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing students develop a love for learning, and then to witness them develop their own learning strategies to feed that curiosity. He speaks French, Spanish, Irish and Portuguese and is always looking for more time to improve and practise with language exchange buddies and watch foreign language films. Aside from being a huge language nerd, he loves spending time with his family. He also enjoys singing, playing soccer, cinema and running. He is married to the amazing Aisling and together they have a young son, whom he is currently teaching to enjoy The Beatles, Spanish and soccer.

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Collins Stephen

CollinsStephen

Teacher

Stephen is in his third year at Toronto Prep School. He earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education/Geography) from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Stephen has 22 years of teaching experience. He has taught in Japan, the United States, Quebec and Toronto. Stephen is an enthusiastic teacher who always strives for his students to reach their full potential. He is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive classroom and physical education environment. His class instruction is engaging, encouraging and one where students are encouraged to express their ideas, and in the case of Physical Education, an atmosphere where students can improve their skills. Stephen believes that his role as an educator is not only to provide knowledge, but to provide students with the work ethic and skills that will make them successful as they move forward with their education and their future endeavours. Stephen is actively involved in the Toronto Prep athletic department. He coaches Flag Football, Curling, Badminton and Softball. In his time away from school, he enjoys watching sports, movies and spending time with family. “ I believe that that teaching students that learning is a lifelong endeavour is very important. The process of learning how to work is often more important than the products.”

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BoudreauLori

Executive Assistant To The Principal

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Mayer Mariola

MayerMariola

Teacher, Head Of Visual Arts

Mariola brings over 20 years of international and professional experience in the fashion and interior design fields to her post as Head of Visual Arts and Design. Although she was accepted at Parson School of Design in New York she elected to enroll at the American College in London, England earning her Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) and her Associate of Arts in Fashion Design from the American College in Lucerne, Switzerland. Mariola's life experiences and passion for art resonate with her students and provide the basis for her commitment to student improvement. After completing her post-secondary school studies, Mariola took the fashion world by storm garnering European Awards that included, Best First Year Design, Most Creative Design and Designer of the Year as awarded by Calida of Switzerland. She apprenticed with internationally recognized designers Yuki in London, England and Emilio Pucci in Florence, Italy. Mariola was then selected by Hishiya Ku to work as a head designer for Burberry in Tokyo, Japan. Women's Magazine of England recognized her as a Top 10 designer of 1985. It was this very year that she started her own label, "Mariola Mayer" showcasing her collections at Holt Renfrew and Lipton's to name a few and ran a very successful fashion wholesale company until her early retirement in 2000. During this time Mariola won the most coveted Woolmark Award of Recognition for Design Excellence in Canada and was awarded a special grant for achieving standards of excellence in design in both 1995 and 1996 by the Matinee Ltd. Fashion Foundation. Mariola previously taught at the post-secondary school level both at the American College in London as well as at the International Academy of Design in Toronto. We were very fortunate to have her come aboard at our inception and head our Visual Arts and Design Department. She is a great believer in exposing students to many different types of art media and to have them push the boundaries of their comfort zone. This enables students the opportunity to showcase their creativity and artistic ability while building a strong portfolio and growing as young artists. Mariola is an avid world traveller. "Teaching enables you to see the stages of growth from the beginning to the end of a course, to see the creativity that comes through a student's artwork when they progress from one stage to another in utilizing their individual talent and improving their skills. It is also a joy to see the reaction of parents when they see the progress, talent and direction their children have exhibited throughout the course."

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Sischy Paul

SischyPaul

Teacher

Paul is a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated educator who brings a wealth of experience to his lessons. Paul has been teaching for 14 years in a variety of educational environments including high schools, universities and language schools in different cities including Toronto, Montreal and Kyoto. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in History and Humanistic Studies) from McGill University, his Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, his Masters of Arts (History) from Concordia University and his Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the International Language Academy of Canada. Paul believes that the desire to learn is instinctive and that students are happiest and most satisfied when learning. Everything he does as a teacher is informed by this belief. As such, his job as a teacher is to facilitate the process of learning and to make it as engaging as possible. To achieve this he tries to teach course content with materials and questions that students relate to and which they find genuinely interesting. He inspires students to deeply engage with the course material. Consequently, course content serves as the context for class analysis and discussion, which in turn become both educational and stimulating. The aim is to have students express themselves in the clearest and most effective way possible. He wants students to be creative, pay attention to detail and take pride in their work. Paul’s classes serve both the requirements of the course as well as provide students with the knowledge and skills to help them in their future education. Paul’s interests are varied. Besides spending time with his young family he is passionate about music (both the listening to and the making of), playing tennis, reading, cooking, and travelling. As a high school student, Paul was taught by Mr. Tsimikalis. Paul is married and has two lovely young children. “Teaching is a dynamic vocation. It is interactive and as a result it changes. My favourite teaching moment is the satisfaction that comes with leading a group of students through an idea and having them run with it.”

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ShepherdsonLaura

Teacher

Laura is a passionate, enthusiastic, and caring educator who has dedicated her life to helping students find their true potential since her own high school days. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and her Bachelor of Education from Trent University. She has additional qualifications in and a decade of experience working with students with Acquired Brain Injuries from Kindergarten all the way through University level of education. Laura’s classroom is an inclusive community where all are welcome. Students are consistently challenged to meet their goals then reach even higher to grow as individuals. She believes that learning is a life-long process and as such, never stops learning herself. She models this value in her classes to promote the cultivation of curiosity in the wider world and develop deeper understanding. No matter what subject Laura is teaching, her focus always revolves around teaching students to think critically, open their minds to possibility, and act with fairness. When Laura is not at school, she can be found getting lost in the wilderness, jumping into lakes, and digging into her garden with her dog. She is a voracious reader and almost always has a novel with her in some form. Laura loves to craft and usually has several projects on the go at once. Also, she loves spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and baking delicious treats. "It is crucial that we create safe and inclusive learning environments where students are able to freely express themselves. We are teaching students to meet the challenges of a future that is not yet realized, and as such, we need to teach critical thinking, problem-solving, and global citizenship. It is in a safe learning environment that students are able to safely explore these challenging concepts to become the leaders needed to change our world for the better."

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Johnson Bradley

JohnsonBradley

Teacher

After teaching for over fifteen years at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, Brad joined the staff of Toronto Prep School in 2016. Brad holds a B.A. in History, a B.A. Honours in Classics, and a M.A. in Classics, all from McMaster University, and he received his Bachelor of Education degree from York University. Brad is a dedicated educator who displays a passion for teaching, as well as historical and classical studies, and who believes that it is his responsibility to assist his students in achieving success in their educational pursuits. Brad’s classroom is stimulating, entertaining, as well as challenging, and he is focussed on providing students with the skills necessary to be successful at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. His lessons are informative and interesting, and he is always cognizant of his students’ diverse learning styles; therefore, he adapts his instructional methodologies to meet the needs of his students. A lifelong learner himself, Brad’s overall goal is to foster a desire in his students to learn more about the subject matter that he presents in class, and to cultivate a love of learning in his students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Brad supervises the Classics Club and Chess Club. Brad is married, and has two children. “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Fitch Lucas

FitchLucas

Teacher

Lucas teaches Geography, Civics, and History at Toronto Prep, and has eight years of experience teaching subjects ranging from English to Kinesiology. Originally from the East Coast, he was educated at the University of King’s College before graduating from the University of Toronto with a double major in English and Peace and Conflict Studies. After two years of teaching in Japan, Lucas returned to U of T where he gained a Master’s in English and South Asian Studies, and a B.Ed from OISE. At TPS, he currently helps run the Saturday Club, tries not to kill too many plants with the Garden Club, and is involved with the GSA. Lucas loves to travel and loves to read. A dedicated, enthusiastic teacher, he’s passionate about helping students make connections between their classroom studies and the wider world, and loves the opportunities for life-long learning that teaching provides. “The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”--​James Baldwin

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Rosenbaum Adam

RosenbaumAdam

Director Of Teaching And Learning

Adam is a dedicated educator who draws upon teaching experiences in multiple countries. He earned a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education graduating with Honours from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Adam has completed several specialist teaching courses covering areas of special education such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities. He joined Toronto Prep in 2014 after relocating from Australia. Adam was born and raised in the coastal town of Port Macquarie in Australia. It is where he began his teaching career before traveling to North America and Europe. He then went on to teach in Cambridge, United Kingdom, before continuing his teaching career in Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, he taught full time in a special education school and was an advocate for the inclusivity of students with special needs. He assisted with the development of supportive programs throughout Sydney that still currently operate. Adam then relocated to Canada and found his way to Toronto Prep. Throughout his journey, Adam has developed his teaching skills under a variety of experienced educators who he credits for continuing to fuel his passion for education. Adam is driven to find the best way to educate all types of learners. He draws upon his experiences of teaching in a variety of educational settings to identify ways that best cater to a student’s individual learning needs. He believes that each individual has the opportunity to be successful; they just need to be inspired and given the correct skills in order to do so. By providing guidance and mentorship, he views himself as a part of the journey with each student as they navigate their way through the challenges that present themselves. Adam can be found coaching a multitude of sports at Toronto Prep and strongly believes that healthy living and participation in physical activity is a vital part of a student’s education. Adam is a passionate sportsman who has played an integral role in developing the sport of Touch Rugby in Canada and is currently the Captain and Coach of Toronto Touch Rugby. In his spare time, Adam enjoys exploring the variety of neighbourhoods that Toronto offers with his family, as well as avidly following the Raptors and Blue Jays. “Being a teacher is a privilege. It is great knowing that each day you have the ability to inspire and to help a student achieve their goals. The reward is seeing the growth of a student after they have put in the hard work required. Each day and each student bring something different and that is what makes teaching interesting and fun.”

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Pizzuto Michael

PizzutoMichael

Teacher, Head Of Canadian And World Studies

Michael is one of the original staff from Toronto Prep School’s inaugural year in 2009. His teaching experience spans 20 years and two continents. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. After teaching for two years in Japan, Michael returned to Canada and has been involved in private education for the past 16 years. Michael’s outgoing personality and his ability to think like his students enable him to turn his classroom into a fun, inviting place where learning occurs. He is a dynamic, resourceful teacher with a genuine interest in students’ social and cognitive growth. Michael is involved in all aspects of TPS may they be education including curriculum development, teacher mentoring and coaching Reach for the Top, the athletic life of the school by coaching basketball, volleyball and hockey or in voluntarily participating in the social fabric by organizing events such as Pancake Breakfast and the NHL House tournaments. One of Michael’s extracurricular highlights thus far was Toronto Prep’s championship win at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers hockey tournament besting some of the top teams in Pennsylvania, as well as winning three TDCAA hockey championships with the TPS Hockey Team. Michael is married and has a son, Noah, and daughter, Emma. He is an avid sports fan, especially of the Montreal Canadiens and counts harassing Toronto Maple Leaf fans as a favourite pastime. Cooking, reading, watching sports, and Sudoku are interests of his. “The classroom should be a place where learning and fun occur at the same time.”

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Birkett Sandra

BirkettSandra

Teacher, Head Of English

Sandra is the Head of the English department, and teacher in the humanities and social science departments. In addition to her role in the classroom, she runs the student leadership programs at TPS, including the Student Council and the House Captains. Sandra attended McGill University, earning a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and World Religions and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. After a number of years working in the publishing industry, Sandra moved to Tokyo to teach English. Upon her return, she completed her B.Ed., and has been teaching English and social science courses at small independent schools in Toronto ever since. Before joining the team at TPS, Sandra completed her MSc. at the University of Edinburgh in the department of Literature, Language, and Culture. Her dissertation focused on the tenuous future of the physical book in the English classroom, and defended its right to remain there as a primary teaching tool. While completing her degree, she presented at academic conferences regarding the design of assessment materials that allow for successful differentiated learning styles, and also got to hold Jane Austen’s very first paycheck in her hands. Sandra combines her boundless enthusiasm for the humanities and social sciences with years of experience in the classroom in her various roles at TPS. She believes that students must develop a strong command of the language, in written and oral contexts, in order to eloquently and elegantly represent themselves. Her classroom is full of laughter. She holds her students to high expectations and is dedicated to helping them achieve them. Sandra is a lifelong learner, shamelessly eager traveler, voracious reader, adventurous cook, and loyal friend. “The very best thing you can be in life is a teacher, provided you are crazy in love with what you teach, and that your classes consist of eighteen students or fewer. Classes of eighteen students or fewer are a family, and feel and act like one.” - Kurt Vonnegut

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MotocAurelian

Teacher

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Owens Maxwell

OwensMaxwell

Teacher, Guidance Staff

Max is the English Resource teacher at TPS and is also a fixture in after school Homework Club. Max took an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Toronto, and a Masters in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor, with a concentration on poetry and literature of the modernist period. After teaching for three years, Max decided to refine his skills formally and applied to teachers college at York University, earning a B.Ed in 2015. Since then, Max has been a full time teacher of English, ESL, and social science classes in the GTA, and an occasional tutor. This is Max's third year with Toronto Prep, in the role of Resource teacher. It is a pleasure to be in a position that allows him to become acquainted with a broad spectrum of students, and to provide support in a direct, personal, and personalized way. Max's previous roles have exposed him to a wide variety of academic settings, encompassing academically driven students, those from ESL backgrounds, those with significant emotional and learning needs, some from limited-support households. This experience has given him essential training in providing tailored strategic support to students of all kinds. While his affection for great literature often drives him to push students to reach deeper and attain to a higher standard, his favourite teaching moments often involve small steps and tiny triumphs with students still developing. "And when I am forgotten, as I shall be, And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention Of me must be heard of, say, I taught thee." —William Shakespeare, on teaching "Look at Shakespeare for instance. Very unbalanced. Used to go about stealing ducks." —P.G. Wodehouse, on Shakespeare

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