Staff & Faculty Directory

Staff & Faculty Directory

Our Amazing Staff & Faculty

At HTS, teaching is not a job. It is a vocation. Our teachers, and staff who support them, take immense pride in encouraging, challenging and inspiring their students to live and learn to their full potential.

There is no shortage of good teachers in schools today, but the educators who are drawn to HTS are a cut above. Beyond expertise in their particular subject area, beyond their individual qualifications of education and experience, they have a gift for helping students, inviting them to be courageous and try new new things and explore new opportunities — and be the person the want to be. It’s a skill that begins in the classroom, but doesn’t end there.

Participation in co-curriculars is encouraged and expected for faculty as well as students at our school, and HTS teachers wouldn’t have it any other way. Many who were top athletes in their undergrad years now coach championship HTS teams. Others bring to life valuable lessons about the rewards of perseverance and teamwork through theatrical productions and community service programmes.

It is all part of the unique HTS experience. It helps to create confident, well-rounded students. Most of all, it fosters the bond of trust and mutual respect, the easy rapport that is so clearly in evidence in the hallways, on the playing field, in concert halls and at Chapel.

For teachers and students alike, that is the very best part of HTS.

Use the directory below to read more about our faculty and staff. Use the department filter if you’re looking for a specific division or department.

Interested in a career at HTS and joining our community of lifelong learners?

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Staff Directory

Our Amazing Staff & Faculty

At HTS, teaching is not a job. It is a vocation. Our teachers, and staff who support them, take immense pride in encouraging, challenging and inspiring their students to live and learn to their full potential.

There is no shortage of good teachers in schools today, but the educators who are drawn to HTS are a cut above. Beyond expertise in their particular subject area, beyond their individual qualifications of education and experience, they have a gift for helping students, inviting them to be courageous and try new new things and explore new opportunities — and be the person the want to be. It’s a skill that begins in the classroom, but doesn’t end there.

Participation in co-curriculars is encouraged and expected for faculty as well as students at our school, and HTS teachers wouldn’t have it any other way. Many who were top athletes in their undergrad years now coach championship HTS teams. Others bring to life valuable lessons about the rewards of perseverance and teamwork through theatrical productions and community service programmes.

It is all part of the unique HTS experience. It helps to create confident, well-rounded students. Most of all, it fosters the bond of trust and mutual respect, the easy rapport that is so clearly in evidence in the hallways, on the playing field, in concert halls and at Chapel.

For teachers and students alike, that is the very best part of HTS.

Use the directory below to read more about our faculty and staff. Use the department filter if you’re looking for a specific division or department.

Interested in a career at HTS and joining our community of lifelong learners?

Explore Career Opportunities

Staff Directory

  • Ms Helen Pereira-Raso

    BA (Hons), BEd, MEd

    Head of School

    Helen Pereira-Raso has dedicated her career to inspiring students to be creative, engaged and curious learners who are fully prepared for life. In her role as Head of School at Holy Trinity School (HTS) and HTS Online, Helen brings a forward- thinking, progressive approach to education that is the foundation for HTS’s reputation as leaders in learning.

    Helen’s career as an educational leader has always focussed on what matters most — developing a school culture in which all learners, adult and young alike, are able to explore, create and learn in meaningful ways. She is committed to professional learning as essential in the journey of educators and has led workshops globally. A visionary leader, Helen has been instrumental in building the HTS Learning Network ensuring all learners, adult and young, thrive. Her leadership and innovative approaches, combined with her passion and commitment to developing learning environments that inspire all learners, are what drive her life’s work.

  • Ms Stephanie Amoruso

    BA, BPS, MA (Hons)

    Global Studies Teacher

    Stephanie Amoruso holds a Masters Degree in English Literature, an Undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies, and a Bachelor of Education. Over the last six years, Stephanie has had the pleasure of teaching in the high school, college and university sector.

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    Dr. Tony Antoniades

    BJourn, BEd, MA, PhD

    English Teacher

    Tony taught in Cyprus, Colombia, Mexico and at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto prior to his arrival at HTS. He recently completed his doctorate in Renaissance Literature at the University of Toronto in 2016.

  • Ms Alethea Argyropoulos

    DipECE, BA, MEd

    Student Success Coach

    Alethea is a dedicated educator with a genuine passion for personalized learning and teaching. She joined Holy Trinity School as a Student Success Coach in 2021, where she focuses on supporting students’ academic growth in their formative years.

    With a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, Alethea concentrated on creative interventions, early literacy support, bilingual teaching strategies, and assisting students with diverse learning needs. She expanded her knowledge with a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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    Ms Pauline Ash

    BA, BEd, DipECE


    Pauline Ash received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University. She also attended Seneca College and received a degree in Early Childhood Education. Pauline has been an educator for 15 years. She spent several years as a teacher with the York Region District School Board, from there Pauline decided to expand her knowledge of education and experience with a variety of cultures by teaching internationally. She spent eight years teaching in Tokyo, New York City and most recently the Caribbean.

    While living in New York City, Pauline had twin boys, Hunter and Logan. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors, especially in the summer.

  • Ms Rachel Aversa


    Content Marketing Coordinator

    Rachel holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University and a double minor in English and Public Relations.

    Through her studies, she learned how to tell stories in different ways, whether that be through digital articles, video, audio or print. Ultimately, she found her love for storytelling and strives to show the joys of life through her work.

    Although journalism and social media are her passion, she also enjoys baking cookies in her free time and playing softball with her friends.

  • Ms Brenda Balfour

    BA, BOR (Hons), BEd, MSc

    Assistant Head of Lower School

    Brenda Balfour holds an Honours degree in Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University and a Master’s in Science from Indiana University. Before earning her Bachelor of Education at Brock University, she had received numerous awards for teaching at the college level: she was named Teacher of the Year by Green Mountain College in Vermont (where she taught in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies), and Educator of the Year by the New England Therapeutic Recreation Association.

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    Ms Melanie Barrett

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Languages Teacher

    As a passionate languages educator, Melanie is dedicated to providing an inclusive and engaging classroom environment that inspires her French students to become life-long learners. Melanie received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo and then a Bachelor of Teaching degree from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

  • Mr. Estephan Bechara

    Director, Facilities and Campus Operations

    Estephan is an expert in managing facilities and operations with more than 15 years of experience in the field. He has a double Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a background in Electrical Engineering. He has been working in several countries around the world speaking three languages fluently. His goal is to create an accommodating environment for all students, parents and staff.

  • Ms Eliza Bianchi

    BA, CFRE

    Executive Director of Community Relations and Development

    Eliza Bianchi is a seasoned fundraising and development professional with extensive experience in the non-profit and private sectors. Her unwavering commitment to fostering a vibrant and engaged community is a testament to her passion for empowering students, families, and the broader school ecosystem to thrive. Eliza firmly believes that all members of the school community should feel valued and have a sense of belonging.

    As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Eliza brings a wealth of expertise in fundraising initiatives and community building. Her commitment to inclusivity is further reinforced by her Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion. With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Mental Health, Eliza's multifaceted skillset is complemented by her fluency in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    Having recently relocated to Richmond Hill, Eliza is excited to get to know the HTS community better.

  • Ms Mary Bramley

    Facilities Coordinator

    Bio to come

  • Erica_Brocco_Global Studies and Business_Social Science Teacher

    Ms Erica Brocco

    BA (Hons), BEd, MA, MEd

    Global Studies and Business, Social Science Teacher

    An academic at heart, Erica discovered her passion for teaching in the midst of a rigorous MA program in English Literature at McMaster University, where her interests in research, reading and scholarly writing merged with her work as a teaching assistant to first year English students. Realizing the joy of teaching and learning, she decided to pause her academic work to pursue a BEd at Nipissing University – a choice that paved forward a rich path of discovery and professional development. Erica spent the first 14 years of her teaching career at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Ontario. It was her great honour to develop the AP Capstone program there, bringing to life the principles of personalization, empowerment, and inquiry in courses that encouraged students to find and exercise their critical voices. She arrived at the doorstep of HTS in 2018 on the winds of change, recognizing the need to continue growing by establishing new roots in the soils of a fresh environment.

    Embracing a wide range of interests, Erica is at home in both of her disciplines. While she specializes in British and Medieval history, she is also passionate about Canadian military history, as the proud granddaughter of two World War II veterans. She has also explored hip-hop as a form of New Historicist literature in her previous academic pursuits in English, while simultaneously exploring the powerful texts of the British Modernists.

    In her free time, Erica enjoys sketching and water-colouring, reading thought-provoking books, and writing poetry. The next goal for a future chapter of her life story will be to pursue doctoral work in a PhD program.

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    Mr. Craig Brown


    Director of IT Systems and Senior Database

    Craig has worked for HTS for over 20 years.

  • Ms Kelly Bryant

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Languages Teacher

    Former HTS student, Kelly Bryant (Gerred), holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Specialist in French as a Second Language. Before embarking on her career as a teacher, Kelly worked as a Territory Manager for a pharmaceutical company in Kingston, Ontario. In 2010, Kelly was thrilled to re-join the HTS community, this time as a faculty member. With a passion for world travel, Kelly has already had her passport stamped in 30 different countries. She gained valuable experience living ’down under’ in Australia for six months. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter. Her favourite pastimes are skiing, hiking, horseback riding and keeping physically fit.

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    Ms Sarah Bunney

    BMath (Hons), BEd

    Mathematics Teacher

    Sarah Bunney holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from Western University. She has been teaching at HTS since 2020.

  • Ms Jacqueline Butler

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Acting Dean of Students

    Growing up, Jacqueline was fascinated by the natural world and spent countless hours out in the woods discovering and learning about as many living things as possible. This passion for science led Jacqueline to study at Queen’s University, work in ecology research labs and eventually earn a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Biology followed by a Bachelor of Education. A member of the varsity women’s basketball team, she was named a CIAU All-Star and received Queen’s prestigious PHE ’55 Award in recognition of her outstanding athletic and scholastic ability. Jacqueline now shares her love of science, environmental science and biology with HTS Senior School students in addition to coaching both the boys and girls basketball teams. A passionate environmentalist, Jacqueline was the driving force behind the school’s 2010 Gold EcoSchools designation. When she’s not coaching and officiating basketball or protecting the environment, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with husband Andrew and their two children, Grayson and Maeve.

  • Ms Carol Anne Calderone

    AOCA (Hons), BDes

    Integrated Arts Teacher

    Carol Anne has been a faculty member at Holy Trinity School from 1992-1996 as part-time faculty, and 1996 to present as a full-time member. Her commitment as a visual arts educator is to share her passion for the power of creative thinking in the 21st-century classroom, technology and the intersection of the arts in project-based interdisciplinary learning, encouraging students in creative, innovative thinking and visual expression in multiple contexts. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1973 with an AOCA (Hons) degree and returned in 2002 when the school received a university designation (OCAD U) to earn her Bachelor of Design degree. Carol Anne’s career began as a senior art director in a retail advertising agency here in Toronto leading a team of artists in creating award-winning campaigns.

    Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication were the foundation skills that were essential for success then, and now, in how she supports and develops these same skills in her students.

    She was honoured to have been a recipient of two Headmasters Awards, Volunteer of the Year Award, four Learning Innovation Grants and Chair of the Building an Inclusive Culture Learning Team.

    In 2001, she established the Trinity Award to recognize a Middle School student who wholeheartedly connects with our HTS community while achieving their best academically. The Trinity Award honours the support and success of her own children, Lisa and Michael, both graduates of HTS.

  • Ms Angie Calidonna

    BA, BEd


    Angie Calidonna earned her Bachelor of Arts from York University and her Bachelor of Education from Queen's University. Following graduation, Angie taught at the primary level in international schools in Honduras and Panama.

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    Ms Jennifer Cameron

    BFA (Hons), BEd

    Visual Arts Specialist

    A member of the HTS Class of 1988, Jennifer Cameron was a founding student when the school opened its doors in 1981. Pursuing her lifelong passion for visual arts, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and was a graphic designer and creative director before attending Queen's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Education (Artist in Community Education).

  • Ms Tanya Catallo

    BA, MA, BEd, MEd

    Student Success Coach

    Tanya has a passion for learning and education in general. This passion led her to explore teaching and learning practices for neurodiverse students.

  • Ms Abigail Chaddah

    BHSc, BEd

    Physical Education Teacher

    Abigail found a love for athletics at a young age, playing various field, court, and water sports. This led her to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology at Ontario Tech University (OTU).

  • Ms Eunice Chan

    BA (Hons), BEd, MEd


    Eunice Chan received a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, then her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, specializing in Primary Music.

  • Ms Angele Charbonneau

    BSc (Hons), BEd


    Bio to come

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    Mr. Kevin Chorowiec

    BAS (Hons), BEd

    Accounting, Economics, Business and Civics Teacher

    Kevin Chorowiec’s philosophy of teaching is based on an old Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Engage me and I learn." Kevin’s mission is to create a classroom community where students develop self-confidence and the critical thinking skills needed to succeed as innovative global citizens meeting the challenges of a changing and complex society. As a teacher, he believes his role is not to explain the complexity of a topic, but rather to reveal its simplicity.

    Kevin specializes in teaching intermediate/senior division business and social science subjects, but is also qualified to teach intermediate math and junior courses. He is very passionate about continuing professional teacher development, staff training and the use of technology in the classroom. He holds four specialists in teaching, including: a Business Honours Specialist; a Social Science Honours Specialist, an Accounting Specialist; and an Integration of Technology Specialist. Having taught at several schools prior to joining HTS, Kevin is experienced working with international ESL students and continuing-education adults.

    Albert Einstein once said that education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think. This reflects Kevin’s thoughts regarding school experiences outside the classroom. In the past, he has enjoyed working with law students to prepare them for Mock Trial competitions and has acted as a mentor in the York University STARS Mentoring Program. At HTS, Kevin works with DECA to help students develop transferrable communication and critical thinking skills to help prepare them for their future.

    When not teaching, Kevin enjoys world travel, sports, camping and fishing. He enjoys learning about world cultures, religions and lost civilizations.

  • Ms Carmen Chu

    BSc, BEd


    Bio to come

  • Ms Ashlyn Chung

    BA (Hons), MT


    Ashlyn holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in communications and French, with a minor in education. She specialized in digital media and cultural theory — which happen to be some of her interests outside of the educational field.

  • Pr Samuel Chung

    BRE, MDiv, DMin

    School Chaplain

    Pastor Chung been serving in the protestant church setting for over 24 years prior to coming to HTS. His role is leading the chapels along with teaching religious knowledge for the Lower School. Pastor Chung is happily married with two kids. Some of his hobbies include playing hockey, softball, and playing board games.

  • Ms Heather Churchill

    BA (Hons), BEd

    English, Arts Teacher

    A member of the HTS Class of 2002, Heather Churchill earned her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. She balanced her studies in English and History with an active student life: she was a member of the Student Council, Student Orientation Team, and the university’s One Act Drama Festival. After graduation, she spent a year in the UK, supply teaching in Bristol before returning to HTS in 2009. Heather is thrilled to be “back home” at HTS. Currently teaching English and drama, she takes pride in watching her students grow into critical thinkers, persuasive writers and confident performers. She is surprised to find herself enjoying co-curricular's as much as she did in her student days. She is involved in HTS drama productions, field hockey, and coaching rugby.

  • Ms Diana Cibrão

    BEd, MEd

    Academic Director, Global Online Campus

    Diana is an experienced and passionate educational leader with 14 years of experience. Diana comes to HTS having multiple roles in Ontario’s public school educational system ranging from classroom teacher, curriculum developer at the school board level and school administrator. She holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education from Ontario Tech University. She believes in the potential of every learner to succeed and the impact of every educator to transform the lives of learners.

  • Ms Jennifer Clarey

    BA (Hons), MSc

    Technology Integration Specialist

    Jennifer Clarey graduated from Brock University with a BA in Sociology and went on to earn a Master of Science in Teaching for Primary and Junior from the State University of New York. She launched her career as an educator in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina where she was named the Grade Level Chair in her second year of teaching.

    In 2005, Jennifer began teaching at HTS. She taught Grade 1 for 7 years and Grade 5 for 6 years. She is now one of the school’s technology integration specialists, working closely with teachers across the school to bring a variety of innovative practices into their classrooms. A firm believer that nobody is too young to teach or too old to learn, she encourages her students to ask questions, share information, and acquire her own enthusiasm for learning new things. Jennifer is an avid reader who also enjoys physical fitness, dance, and travel.

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    Ms Sarah Cowan

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Global Studies and Business, Social Science Teacher

    Sarah graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history and contemporary studies, accompanied by a minor in religion and culture. She received her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University with all intermediate and senior secondary qualifications. From a young age, Sarah has had a strong desire for exploration and adventure, which lead her to embark on a lifelong journey of travel, notably to Asia. In Hong Kong, she taught history, geography, social sciences and headed student leadership at Delia School of Canada (international). Her passion for working with youth manifested into her dedication to the student leadership team, guiding her students to develop a global mindset and become agents of change in the world and in their own community.

    Her time abroad afforded her opportunities to strengthen her belief and involvement in community service, both globally and locally, aiding her evolvement as a teacher and responsible global citizen.

    Sarah has returned to her home province to join HTS, grateful and thrilled to begin a new educational journey and be a part of our school community.

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    Mr Chris Coyne

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Science Teacher

    Chris received an Honours Bachelor of Science at Ontario Tech University and his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. He chose these two schools as they are known for their tech integration and forward thinking education. He has been working within the independent school system for over a decade with students from grades 6 to 12.

  • Fr. Stephen Crowther

    BFA, BSc, MA (Divinity)

    School Chaplain

    The well-rounded Rev. Canon Stephen Crowther holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of King’s College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Mount Allison University, as well as a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College. After 12 years as a parish priest, Stephen joined HTS in 1999. As Chaplain, he is responsible for religious knowledge instruction throughout Lower, Middle and Senior School, and for daily Chapel service, which is the heart of HTS community life. Stephen was named an honorary Canon by St. James' Cathedral in the Anglican Diocese in 2012.

    Stephen is happily married with three children. He enjoys printmaking, photography, and watercolour painting as well as gardening, hockey and storytelling.

  • Mr. Brian Csinos

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Director of Experiential Learning

    A true believer in the value of post-secondary education, Brian Csinos has completed programs at four separate universities. While an undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University, he also took on the duties of Geography Teaching Assistant for two years.

  • Ms Ashley Csinos

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Lower School Teacher

    Ashley Csinos majored in Geography and minored in Child Studies at the University of Guelph. After specializing in Early Primary Education at Queens University Faculty of Education, she spent some time overseas, teaching kindergarten in Hong Kong.

  • Ms Adisha Cyrus

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Global Studies and Business Teacher

    Adisha holds a BA in Sociology, which has equipped her with a deep understanding of societal dynamics. This knowledge fuels her commitment to creating inclusive and supportive classroom environments.

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    Ms Veronica D’Aprile

    BA (Hons), MT


    Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. While pursuing her undergraduate education, she became very involved in research projects in the field of cognitive psychology with a focus in math anxiety. Her interest in learning about how others learn and working with children motivated her to pursue a career in teaching.

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    Mr. Edward Daranyi

    BFA, BEd

    Drama Teacher

    As an actor, director and theatre animateur Mr. Daranyi has spent 30 years working across the globe. He spent 19 seasons with the world renowned Stratford Festival.

  • Mr. Colin Darling

    BA, MMJC

    Alumni Relations Coordinator

    As an HTS alumni '17 himself, Colin’s impassioned commitment to strengthening the school’s ever-growing graduate community burns bright. His goal is to always champion the voice of HTS alumni and keep their Hawk pride alive long after they leave the halls of the school as a student. He believes HTS is an amazing place to grow up and that those memories should be nurtured and re-visited.

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    Mr. James Darling

    BA, BA (Hons), BEd, MEd

    Director of Character and Leadership Development

    As a former student and teacher at Lakefield College School, James Darling has literally grown up in the independent school system. James completed an Honours BA in English at Wilfrid Laurier and Trent University, a teaching degree at the University of Toronto and his Master’s of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. James continued to pursue his passion for teaching and learning as a graduate of the CAIS Leadership Institute in 2007 and as a graduate of the CAIS Next Steps program in 2017. Since James first came to HTS in 1999, he has taught both English and drama in the Senior School, serving as chair of the department for eight years. He was the Leadership Program Coordinator for the Senior School before moving into his current role as Director of Character and Leadership Development in 2018. He has also served as a co-director of the Senior School play for the past fifteen years and continues to coach the Senior Boys Soccer team. James resides in Toronto with his wife Linton, their two boys and the family dog, Aussie. James loves to travel and continues to pursue his passions of reading and writing, playing his guitar, soccer, skiing and spending time at the family cottage.

  • Ms Stephanie DeRose


    Stephanie DeRose is a passionate educator and lifelong learner. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from York University, where her love for literature was ignited. Building upon her academic foundation, Stephanie pursued her passion for teaching and obtained her Bachelor of Education degree in English and Social Sciences from Niagara University.

  • Ms Dora Deutch

    Accounts Payable / Billing Specialist

    Dora came to Canada 33 years ago with a Civil Engineering degree and went back to school to study accounting and computers. She graduated from Toronto School of Business on the Dean’s list and never looked back. She came to HTS in 2013 after working for 17 years in accounts payable and receivable in a private sector. She uses her vast experience in accounting to provide the best service to our community of parents, students and teachers. In her free time Dora likes to read, be with friends and travel.

  • Mr. Jason Dickinson

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Technology Integration Specialist

    Jason Dickinson attended HTS from 1986-1989, after which he earned his Sociology degree from Trent University in 1996 He spent the next decade working in the music industry, in sales and recording studios. During this time, he kept himself busy supply teaching and volunteering for NGOs such as Big Brothers of Canada. In 2008, he returned to HTS as a full-time teacher.

    An enthusiastic musician who enjoys playing guitar and drums as well as singing a song or two, Jason has also been a computer enthusiast since the 1980s. More recently, he has recently taken up the study of photography. He married his lovely wife Melanie in 2006.

  • Ms Victoria Dimitropoulos

    BA (Hons), BEd


    As a passionate and collaborative Educator, Victoria is dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, and engaging classroom to inspire young people to become life-long learners and agents for social change. Victoria received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and English, and then her Bachelor of Education, both from Queen's University. While at Queen's, Victoria was actively involved in volunteering as a mentor and a tutor for at-risk children. She was also an advocate and speaker for mental health. Victoria taught with the YRDSB for 3 years before joining HTS.

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    Ms Jennie Dixon

    Student Success Coach

    Jennie Dixon has worked in a variety of educational settings during her 40 years in education. She was a classroom teacher for 18 years and worked alongside students in grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Jennie then moved into the role of Elementary School Principal for the next 15 years.

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    Ms Irene Dongas

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Integrated Arts Teacher

    An honours graduate from the University of Toronto, Irene Dongas completed her Bachelor of Education at OISE with her initial focus being in the intermediate/secondary division with visual arts and history as her main teachable subjects. She later expanded her qualifications to include primary and junior levels so that she could explore developmental progress from a wider scope.

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    Mr. Matthew Donkers

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Science Teacher

    Spending his formative years working with children as a camp counsellor and a special needs support worker, Matthew knew from an early age that he wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Western University with a Bachelor of Science, Honors Specialization Kinesiology, he obtained his Bachelor of Education at Brock University. He spent his first year teaching abroad in England, where he established a love of travelling that has motivated him ever since. Matthew has spent the last nine years working at Greenwood College School teaching math and sciences and has evolved his practice through their exemplary teacher development program. He has spent significant time working with his students on growth mindset, perseverance and grit, and he strives to implement an inquiry focused student-centred learning environment in his classrooms. After a recent move to Stouffville, Matthew is excited about his transition to HTS, and looks forward to getting to know the community both inside and outside of the classroom. Apart from teaching, Matthew enjoys all things outdoors; from camping and canoe trips, to hiking and climbing mountains, the more intense the better. He is also an avid lover of sports including hockey, rugby, football and Aussie rules. Coaching is one of his favourite parts of the job, and he looks forward to coaching U-15 soccer and varsity hockey this year at HTS.

  • Ms Anne-Marie Dubuc

    BMus, BEd

    French Teacher

    Mme Dubuc holds a B.Mus in Music performance from the University of Ottawa, where she studied saxophone performance with Jean-Guy Brault and choral conducting with Laurence Ewashko. She pursued her interests in Jazz studies at Humber College where she studied with Mark Promane and performed across the city in multiple venues.

  • Ms Donita Duplisea

    BA (Dbl. Hons), BEd, MEd

    Academic Director

    Donita Duplisea, Academic Director, started her global education very young, growing up in the Canadian Military; attending 11 schools in 12 years in both Canada and Germany.

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    Mr. Cameron Eby

    BA (Hons), MScEd

    Mathematics, PHE Teacher

    Cameron previously taught at Rosedale Day School, The York School and St. Andrew’s College before arriving at HTS. An alumni of Crescent School, Cameron brings a wealth of experience in the CAIS environment to our school community. Cameron was a varsity basketball player at Queen’s University. He has a passion for basketball and looks forward to contributing to our athletics program here at HTS.

  • Ms Belen Echegaray

    BA, BEd

    Technology Integration Specialist

    Bio to come

  • Mr. Joseph Farrugia

    BFA, Grad Dip

    Teacher, Global Online Campus

    Joseph Farrugia grew up on a farm in rural Ontario and has a deep connection and appreciation for nature. He graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA and then the University of Canterbury with a Dip. of Teaching and Learning.

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    Ms Tracy Faucher

    BSc, MEd

    Deputy Head

    Tracy's background includes teaching in Toronto and Istanbul, as well as counseling and serving as a Dean of Academic Programs before joining HTS.

  • Ms Sairah Fazil

    BMath, BEd

    Teacher, Global Online Campus

    With a Bachelors of Computer Math from Carleton University and a Bachelors of Education from Ottawa University, Sairah brings over 17 years of diverse education experience. Her journey includes roles ranging from K-12 math and tech instruction to serving as a Technology coach and integrator. For 13 years, Sairah has taught at international schools, fostering global perspectives.

  • Ms Louise Fisher

    BA, BEdP


    Louise Fisher received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, then her Education Diploma from Canisus College. Louise graduated from HTS in 1988. She returned to HTS in 1994 and has been teaching in the Lower School for the past 29 years.

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    Ms Laurie Foley

    BA, BEd

    Assistant Head of Senior School

    Laurie earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Glendon College where she studied Literature, Philosophy, and French, and her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University - a program that incorporated teaching with technology and outdoor education.

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    Ms Umika Gajria

    BA (Hons), BEd

    English Teacher

    Umika holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, after completing a double major in English and sociology. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. She has her Intermediate/Senior qualifications in English and social sciences. Umika is currently completing her Master of Education in teaching and learning through the University of Ottawa. Umika has a variety of experiences in the teaching profession, both abroad and in Canada. After graduating, she embarked on an educational adventure by teaching overseas in Abu Dhabi for five years. She had the opportunity to teach high school students English and Ethics from Grades 7 to 11. This experience helped build Umika’s strong passion for working within a school environment and creating a safe space for students to learn and grow. She is extremely excited for her new role as a Middle School English teacher and to continue to be part of the HTS community.

    Aside from Umika’s drive and determination as an educator, her many interests span outside of the classroom. She enjoys travelling around the world, being outdoors, supporting Canadian sports teams and spending time with loved ones.

  • Ms Danielle Ganley

    BA (Hons), BEd

    English Department Head

    Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She holds her CAIS Leadership Institute Diploma from the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. Danielle has been at HTS for over 15 years and began her career in the Lower School before spending the last 12 in the Senior School. As an avid reader with a real passion for books, the English department felt like the perfect fit for Danielle. Over the years, Danielle has served as a public speaking and debate coach, student leadership advisor and publicity for senior school play. She is also currently working in a teaching ed-tech role for Apple Canada.

    Danielle resides in Newmarket with her husband Paul and daughters, Emma and Ava.

  • Ms Jennifer Gibbons

    BCom, BEd

    Admissions Officer

    Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. She originally set out for a career in business but after working as a course counsellor during her commerce degree, she discovered her passion for education. Jennifer worked as a primary teacher at private schools in the Toronto area before taking some time off to raise her family. In 2014, Jennifer joined HTS as the Admissions Coordinator. She brings to this role her private school experience as a teacher, parent, and community outreach coordinator. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys golfing, reading, biking and watching ‘The Amazing Race.’

  • Ms Rita Gideon

    BA, BEd

    Languages Teacher

    Rita Gideon has been teaching French, at virtually every grade level, for over two decades. At HTS since 2000, her extensive classroom experience, along with her love of languages, ensures that her students are kept motivated and excited about learning. She has coached both Junior and Middle School students on the Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Since 2006, Rita has also been co-advisor for the school’s Yearbook. A keen advocate of lifelong learning, she has recently begun taking Spanish literature and IT courses, to broaden and improve her skills.

    Rita and her husband have two children. Like many parents, she spends much of her spare time ferrying her children to sporting events and dance classes.

  • Ms Jennifer Gravel

    BMath (Hons), BEd

    Mathematics and Computer Science Department Head

    Jennifer joined the HTS faculty in the fall of 2011 after teaching Middle and Senior School mathematics at St. Clement’s School (SCS) for seven years. Jennifer is an active member of ISOMA (Independent Schools of Ontario Mathematics Association) and OAME (Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators. In the classroom, Jennifer’s goal is to have each learner be inquisitive about mathematics and make connections and extensions between past course content and current material.

    Jennifer has extensive experience as a coach, having coached swimming, volleyball, and track and field teams at her previous school, and having successfully coached the U16 Boys, U14 Girls and U16 Girls’ volleyball teams at HTS over the past 10 years.

    Having grown up in Northern Ontario, Jennifer is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys swimming, golfing, running and hiking in her time away from the classroom.

  • Anita Guest

    Ms Anita Guest

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Physical Education Teacher

    Anita Guest holds a Specialized Honours degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Ms Nancy Gutcher

    BA, MA

    Athletic Therapist

    Nancy Gutcher graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to York University to complete the Athletic Therapy Certificate, as well as her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology.

  • Rachel_Hashimoto_Aftercare Coordinator

    Ms Rachael Hashimoto

    BSc, BEd

    Aftercare Coordinator

    Rachael studied Family and Community Social Services at the University of Guelph-Humber where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University.

  • Ms Elke Haugen

    Grad Dip., MA

    Languages Teacher

    New to the HTS family, Elke Haugen is very excited to be teaching in both the Global Studies and Modern Languages Departments. An honours graduate from the University of Guelph, she completed her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in French and a Minor in Spanish. She continued her studies and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Translation at the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in Spanish studies at the University of Toronto.

  • Mr. Armin Hodaei

    Science Teacher

    Armin, a dedicated science teacher at HTS, holds a Master's degree in Physics from McMaster University. He brings expertise and a profound passion for science to our school community. Serving as the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Amateur Astronomers (CAAA), Armin's commitment to education and enthusiasm for astronomy shine through his work with CAAA. He organizes the National Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads in Canada, sparking students' curiosity.

  • Ms Tracy Howard

    BA (Hons)

    Director of Student Success & Post-Secondary Counselling

    Tracy Howard graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology and Theatre Arts. Following a brief career in marketing and public relations, she made counselling her vocation, initially with Corrections Canada.

    In her undergrad years, Tracy enjoyed performing in theatrical productions, as well as writing and producing for the stage. The theatre remains an abiding passion.

  • Ms Amanda Hroncok

    B.Sc (Hons), BEd

    Fitness Trainer

    Amanda Hroncok is an accomplished fitness professional with a passion for holistic well-being. As a registered CSEP-CPT and fitness nutritionist, Amanda brings a wealth of scientific expertise to her programs. Her experience in teaching, coaching, and competitive sports equips students and staff with the knowledge and skills to achieve their health and fitness goals.

  • David_Hunt_Student Success Counsellor

    Mr. David Hunt

    BA (Hons), MEd

    Student Success Counsellor

    David is a long-serving member of the Canadian independent school scene. A graduate of Ridley College, he worked at Toronto French School, Bishop's College School, and West Island College (Alberta) prior to coming to HTS. David is a dedicated advocate for all students who struggle and for designing solutions to support them. David has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Trent University, and completed his teacher training at the Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto. He recently completed a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. David is excited about the opportunity to work with the exceptional team at HTS, serving as a Senior School Counsellor.

    David is a rugby enthusiast, keen paddler, and amateur musician, sharing these passions with his wife and two sons.

  • Ms Kimberley Hunt

    BA, MSc

    Business Teacher, Global Online Campus

    Kimberley Hunt brings a unique blend of educational and business expertise to her teaching practice. With over 8 years of experience working in Marketing, she is excited to bring her real life experiences to her Business classes. She loves the outdoors, exploring new countries and learning about different cultures.

    Kimberley is thrilled to be a part of the HTS Global Online Campus and is looking forward to getting to know her students and supporting their online learning.

  • Ms Lauren Hunt

    BPHE, BEd

    Physical Education Teacher

    Lauren’s undergraduate studies were at Laurentian University, Honours Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Outdoor Adventure Leadership) followed by a Bachelor of Education at Trent University in Physical and Health Education and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies.

  • Adam_Hurley_Principal_Global Online Campus

    Mr. Adam Hurley

    BPHE, BEd, MEd

    Principal, Global Online Campus

    Adam has been a Principal for nearly a decade and believes in creating school experiences that are always student-centred.

  • Tara_Irani_Science Department Head

    Ms Tara Irani

    BSc, MSc

    Science Department Head

    With a McMaster University degree in science and an interest in business, Tara Irani spent 15 years in the corporate world before deciding that she had missed her calling. Time spent volunteering in local schools convinced her that this was a profession in which she could make a real difference. She enrolled in Buffalo’s D’Youville College, and earned her Masters of Education. As a supply teacher in 2006, Tara fell in love with the energy and community spirit she sensed at HTS. She has been teaching Senior School science here ever since. A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, she embraces the opportunity to learn from her students, while engaging them in critical thinking and other 21st century skills. In 2012, Tara was appointed to the Head of the HTS Science Department. In 2016, she stepped down as Head of Science to fully focus on her craft of teaching. In 2017 she was asked to step back into the role as Acting Head of Science and realized how much she missed and enjoyed being an Academic Leader so she decided to stay on as the Head of Science ever since.

    Tara began playing both singles and doubles tennis at a very competitive level in university. She continues to enjoy the sport, coaching at HTS and participating in a variety of leagues all year round.

  • Matthew_Iu_Science Teacher

    Mr. Matthew Iu

    BSc (Hons), MSc, MT

    Science Teacher

    Matthew completed his Bachelor of Science from McGill University, majoring in biochemistry. It was during these years that he was an active researcher, working in medical science laboratories on several projects dear to him. These included designing mouse models to better study human liver cancer and examining some of the important molecular processes that drive breast cancer cells. With a continual passion for medical science (as well as Montreal), Matthew decided to stay at McGill and complete a master’s project. His work focused on exploring new therapies for smokers who develop emphysema. This led to his discovery of a gene that protects lung cells against cigarette smoke and resulted in a scientific journal publication. Ever curious, he continues to informally collaborate with his lab on new projects even after his departure. Given an opportunity to teach undergraduate students, he quickly realized that teaching was a dear passion and a profession that offered the greatest sense of belonging. He attended the University of Toronto to obtain his Master of Teaching and gain teacher certification. Matthew was given the opportunity to teach summer school at HTS where he witnessed the extraordinary calibre and character of its students. He was thrilled to be able to join the faculty in 2019.

    Matthew also pursues several interests outside of school. A self-confessed classical music nerd, he attends several symphony concerts and is an avid violinist. Matthew also enjoys playing and watching ice hockey and hopes to apply this towards coaching. Driven by a love of being a student (and a love for good food), he is enrolled in the continuing education program at George Brown College where he is gradually working towards a culinary degree.

  • Andrew_Johnson_Mathematics and Science Teacher

    Mr. Andrew Johnson

    BSc, MSc, MEd

    Mathematics and Science Teacher

    Andrew brings a diverse teaching background to HTS, having taught in public and private schools within the United States and Canada. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving both a Master of Science in physics and Master of Education in instructional leadership. Andrew’s passion for teaching is apparent, as he has taught AP and Cambridge programs in addition to having taught several post-secondary physics courses as an adjunct professor. Prior to teaching, Andrew worked on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. His research at CMS included studies in high-energy particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and nuclear physics studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. While pursuing his Bachelor of Science in physics at Western Illinois University, Andrew researched novel ion trap designs and published in the American Journal of Physics for his design and investigations of a mechanical analogue to the RF-Paul ion trap.

    Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and recently moved to Toronto in 2016. Outside of the classroom, Andrew enjoys competing within the Toronto Recreational Sports League, playing competitive real-time strategy PC games, and participating in casual poker tournaments.

  • Mr. Sleiddy Joseph

    Basketball Coach

    Bio to come

  • Ms Jaclyn Jovanovic

    BKin (Hons), BEd


    Jaclyn Jovanovic completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in English.

  • Mr. Aimé Kayembe

    BSc (Hons), BEd, MSc, MEd


    Aimé holds a Master's degree in Science, an honours Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Computer Science, and a Bachelor's degree in Education from Trent University. Aimé is currently supporting HTS through its Online campus in Chemistry, Math and French courses.

  • Mr. Waqas Khan


    Director of IT Operational System

    Waqas Khan brings a diverse background in technology and the cybersecurity landscape, holding an Honours Bachelor of Technology degree in Informatics and Security from Seneca College (2014). His career journey includes significant roles, starting as a Systems Administrator at Holy Trinity School (HTS) before progressing to become the Director of IT Operational Systems. With over a decade of experience, Waqas has contributed significantly to the field. He has also held notable positions at Toronto Rock Lacrosse and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

  • Ali_Keller_Fitness Trainer

    Ms Ali Keller

    BFA, Certified Conditioning Coach and Certified Personal Training Specialist

    Fitness Trainer

    Bio to come

  • Haleh_Khosravani_Instructional-Coach

    Ms Haleh Khosravani

    BA (Hons), BEd, MA

    Instructional Coach

    Bio to come

  • Ms Gursheen Khurana

    BSc (Hons), BEd


    As a passionate educator, Gursheen has a love for learning. She has completed a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology from UofT. She the completed her BEd from Nipissing University. Gursheen has taken over 10 AQ courses from OISE and she loves to travel!

  • Ms Esther Kim

    BA, BEd

    Mathematics Teacher

    Esther Kim is a caring and dedicated educator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from York University and Bachelor of Education from Tyndale University.

  • Mr. Chris Kolar

    BPHE (Hons), BEd

    Physical and Health Education Teacher

    Chris earned his Honours Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University where he was also a member of the men's varsity basketball team. He then attended York University to complete his Bachelor of Education.

  • Ms Marina Korostelev

    Compensation and Benefits Officer

    With a solid foundation in accounting principles and applications, Marina Korostelev is a valued member of the finance/HR team. In 2012, Marina became the HTS Payroll Accountant after being the Senior Account at SDI Media Canada. With over 20 years in accounting and HR employee relations, Marina is able to master complex methodologies for the administration of all human resources and administrative functions. She has a strong knowledge of general accounting, compensation, benefits, pension systems, internal controls and management. During her spare time, Marina enjoys travelling with her husband and spending time with friends.

  • Vanessa_Krause_Senior Visual Arts and Design Educator

    Ms Vanessa Krause

    BFA, BEd, MFA

    Integrated Arts, Senior Visual Arts and Design Educator

    Vanessa Krause (she/her) is a Toronto based artist. She studied Drawing and Painting (minor in English) at OCAD University in Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She went on to finish her Bachelor of Education at Brock University. After graduating, she moved to Hong Kong to start her teaching career at Delia School of Canada (International) where she taught Grades 9-12 visual arts. While teaching, Vanessa co-created an arts night at her school that brought together the unique talents of both teachers and students to celebrate the arts within her secondary school community. Vanessa moved back to Toronto to attend the Interdisciplinary Master of Art, Media & Design program at OCAD University in Toronto. While studying, Vanessa realized the potential for interdisciplinary ways of making, that range from craft, digital fabrication and traditional fine arts approaches. She was challenged by and embraced decolonial methods of learning that are integral to contemporary art and design in Canada today.

    Vanessa is thrilled to continue her teaching career at HTS in the Senior School Visual Arts and Design program.

    Vanessa is a process-based artist who works with a variety of materials and mediums including crocheting, installation art, bronze casting and storytelling. She is an avid reader and appreciates Fiction, Science-Fiction and contemporary writers.

  • Lisa_Kresky_Student Success Coach

    Ms Lisa Kresky

    BA (Hons), BEd, MEd, MACP

    Student Success Coach

    Lisa Kresky has a passion for learning. She can often be seen continuing her education doing courses, and in addition to her degrees, she has over 30 additional teaching qualification courses with specialists in Guidance and Career Education; Teaching English Language Learners; First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples: Understanding Traditional Teachings, Histories, Current Issues and Cultures; Librarianship; Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction; Reading; and Special Education.

  • Thiru_Kulasingam_IT Analyst

    Mr. Thiru Kulasingam


    IT Analyst

    Thiru worked at Bishop Strachan School before joining HTS and has more than 15 years of IT experience in private schools.

  • Zohra_Ladha_Global-Studies-and-Business-Teacher

    Ms Zohra Ladha

    BCom, BEd, MBA, MCom

    Global Studies and Business Teacher

    With a dual Master's degree in Finance and Accounting, Zohra has dedicated her career to inspiring high school students around the world. Having taught in diverse countries like India and Singapore, she has cultivated a dynamic teaching style that embraces cultural diversity and encourages critical thinking.

  • Sundy_Lai_Teacher

    Ms Sundy Lai

    BA (Hons), BEd


    Growing up, Sundy has always had a fascination and passion for languages and the natural world. She has received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, specializing in French and Geography at the high school level. Since coming to HTS in 2021, she has taught French at the senior and primary level and will be teaching at the middle school level for the 2023-2024 school year. Outside of school, she loves being in nature, dancing and reading.

  • Ms Zoe Laurin

    BSc, MScEd

    Virtual Learning Hub Educator

    Zoe Laurin was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada as a young girl with her family. An early affinity for mathematics eventually led her to graduate school in the United States. She attained her Master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education at Indiana State University, receiving her teacher’s licence upon graduation. She spent the following year teaching in an American high school, before moving back to Canada and beginning her career at HTS in 2006. Zoe is committed to creating a learning environment in which students are encouraged to stretch themselves beyond their abilities, with many opportunities to feel that they have overcome a new challenge successfully.

  • Ms Sarah Leaper

    BA (Hons), BEd

    English Teacher

    Sarah holds her Honours Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, where she attended Victoria College and OISE while studying English, History, and Education & Society.

  • Ms Clare Lee

    BFA (Hons), BEd

    Aftercare Coordinator

    Clare earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education from Queens University. She specializes in cross-curricular arts integration through the Artist in Community Education (ACE) program track and brings a wealth of creative insight to HTS.

    Having gained experience in private tutoring (literacy and math), and shadowing the Creative Director at HarperCollins Canada post-graduation, Clare's diverse background enriches her role in the Lower School. In her second year at HTS, she coordinates Aftercare, assists in various classes including Kindergarten Art, and collaborates with teachers to infuse art and innovation into lessons. She is excited to facilitate the Summer START program at HTS in July 2024.

  • Ms Esther Lee



    Esther is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo and a minor in Psychology.

  • Mr. Evan Lee

    Teacher, Global Online Campus

    Evan is a former Health and Physical Education teacher at the HTS campus with a background in coaching elite athletes and business executives in strength and conditioning. Additionally, he is a health tech entrepreneur and consultant. His passion lies in integrating his experiences to empower students to utilize health and physical activity as essential tools for a fulfilling life.

  • Ms Taiah Lee

    BioTech Dip (Advanced)

    Science Lab Integration Specialist

    Taiah's passion for molecular biology is a derivative of her life-long enthusiasm for science in general. She possesses an advanced diploma in the field of Biotechnology. Her time in the research and development sector has allowed her to gain experience in a broad range of disciplines including; synthetic biology, protein extraction and chemical manufacturing (biofuels). As the Science Lab Integration Specialist at Holy Trinity School, she aims to use her experience and enthusiasm to provide students with guidance and opportunities to grow!

  • Danielle_Leuchter_Teacher

    Ms Danielle Leuchter

    BA, PEdP


    Danielle Leuchter graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education in 2004 and with her certification in elementary education in 2005.

  • Mr. Eli Lewis

    BMus, BEd

    Integrated Arts Teacher

    Mr. Lewis holds a BA in Music from Kent State University (Ohio), where he studied trumpet performance, percussion and African music.

  • Mr. Scott Lougheed


    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Scott graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in the Radio and Television Arts program. He spent a decade in Advertising and Brand Strategy, with his later roles working alongside non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions and independent schools. Scott made the jump to client-side marketing, working at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and York University over the last decade. He also had the opportunity to teach part-time in the Advertising program at Centennial College. At home, Scott loves spending time with his partner and two children. His favourite activities include hiking, camping and surfing.

  • Ms Karen Lyons

    BAA (ECE), BEd


    Karen Lyons graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education. A member and 3-year captain of the varsity women’s basketball team, she was named a OUA All-Star and was awarded Ryerson’s Greatest Contribution to Sport, Campus, and Community Life. She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Education shortly thereafter. Karen joined the HTS faculty in 2013 after teaching Grades 2 and 3 at Kempenfelt Bay School for ten years. Karen quickly became involved in co-curricular activities at HTS, coaching both girls and boys basketball.

    Away from HTS, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Norm and two daughters, Lauryn and Ellis. When time allows, she also enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and reading.

  • Heather_MacDonald_Head of Lower School

    Ms Heather MacDonald

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Head of Lower School

    Heather MacDonald earned both her BA and BEd at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She also completed a Certificate of Advanced Leadership with the Canadian Association of Independent Schools in 2014. Heather joined the HTS faculty in 1996, and she has held a variety of teaching roles across the divisions of the school. Heather is currently the Head of the Lower School. In this role, she strives to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and dynamic learning environment for students and teachers. Having a good character, strong academic skills, independence, confidence, and a love for learning continues to characterize the values of the Lower School. Heather is happily married to her husband, David, and together they have three children, Scott, Graham, and Alison. When not cheering in a hockey arena, she can be found enjoying family time at the family farm or cottage. In the future, when family life becomes less busy, Heather hopes to dedicate more personal time to her long-time passions; horses and polo!

  • Ms Charlene MacLean

    Human Resources Coordinator

    Charlene is an experienced Human Resources administrator with history of working in Education and Healthcare. Charlene completed her education in Human Resources Management from Toronto Metropolitan University. In her free time, Charlene enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets.

  • Adam_Maingot_Global Studies and Business Teacher

    Mr. Adam Maingot

    BA (Hons), MScEd

    Acting Department Head, Global Studies

    After completing teachers college, Adam decided to take an exciting risk and travel to Vietnam to start his teaching career at The Canadian International School in Ho Chi Minh City. Adam quickly reaffirmed his love for teaching and for traveling during his four years abroad.

  • Georgette_Marshall_Music Teacher

    Ms Georgette Marshall

    Honours Specialist, BMus, BMEd

    Music Teacher

    Native Newfoundlander Georgette Marshall earned her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education at Acadia University, where she was actively involved with student committees and choral events. She began her career at a school, which had been one of her student teaching placements, in the Annapolis Valley. Georgette moved to Ontario, and to a teaching position at HTS, in 2000. Although she teaches Lower School Music, she conducts choirs of all ages, and enjoys working with students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. An annual highlight is accompanying student performers to the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, where she has twice been chosen to conduct. Georgette has also served as Musical Director and vocal coach for the HTS productions of West Side Story and Godspell.

    Away from school, Georgette is a devoted wife and mother, who enjoys reading, travelling, and cooking.

  • Gillian_Martin_English Teacher

    Ms Gillian Martin

    BA (Hons), BEd, MEd

    English Teacher

    Gillian has happily spent her career in education immersed in the independent school environment, growing up at Ridley College in St. Catharines, working as a residential faculty, English teacher, and vice-principal at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, and as Head of Senior School at Havergal College in Toronto. After several years in school leadership, working primarily to foster and promote student leadership and character education, as well as student support and wellness, Gillian is thrilled to return to the classroom, and share her passion for English with Grade 7 and 8 students at HTS! Gillian, along with her husband Paul and their three children (Kylie, Zoey and Sawyer), feels very lucky to have been welcomed into this this joyful and supportive school community.

  • Ms Linda McAree

    Hawk Shop Store Manager

    Bio to come

  • Jessica_McDonnell_Guidance Counsellor_Global Online Campus

    Ms Jessica McDonnell

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Guidance Counsellor, Global Online Campus

    Jessica is an educator with over ten years of experience, and five of those years were spent teaching and supporting students in a virtual environment.

  • Ms Christine McIsaac

    BA, BEd, MA

    Student Success Coach

    As a fierce believer in creating amazing learning stories for all learners, Christine is one of our Student Success Coaches supporting students and teachers in their learning journey.

  • Anoush_Mobasheri_Teacher

    Mr. Anoushiravan Mobasheri

    BA, MEd


    Anoushiravan Mobasheri earned a degree in Politics at DeSales University in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

  • Kyle_Moore_Teacher

    Mr. Kyle Moore

    BA, MScEd


    Kyle Moore graduated from both Carleton and York University with a concentration in philosophy of education and social ethics.

  • Ms Alida Moreno

    Development Coordinator

    Alida is a senior manager with over twenty years of experience in several major companies and institutions such as Siemens, European Commission, Portuguese Youth Institute and the Aga Khan Development Network.

  • Evan_Morrison_Music-Teacher

    Mr. Evan Morrison

    BAMus (Hons Specialist), BEd

    Integrated Arts, Music Teacher

    Evan is an accomplished musician and educator with over a decade of experience working in independent schools with students of all ages.

  • Ms Tina Morrison

    Student Success Administrative Coordinator

    Tina has been in the education field supporting the Student Success department for over 5 years. Outside of work she dedicates her time to youth sports in her local community.

  • Mr. Praveen Muruganandan

    B.Sc (Hons), MT, MEd, MBA

    Executive Director of Admissions and Enrolment Management

    Praveen is a passionate educator with 20+ years of experience having served in a number of leadership roles both in higher education and K-12 schools. He started his career teaching high school math in NYC before transitioning to lead the Enrolment team at the Schulich School of Business. During this time, he was responsible for recruitment, admissions and engagement efforts to enhance the overall student experience.

  • Ms Carrie Ngo

    BA (Hons)

    Student Success Counsellor

    Carrie is an experienced post-secondary counsellor with a demonstrated history of working in the secondary and post secondary education industry.

  • Jenifer_Nguyen_Mathematics Teacher

    Ms Jenifer Nguyen

    BMath (Hons), BEd

    Mathematics Teacher

    Jenifer graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo in the mathematics teaching option program along with a BEd from Queen’s University. She taught at St. Andrew’s College and in England before starting at HTS in 2018.

  • Mr. Bob Nicholson

    Chief Operating Officer

    Bob is a parent of three HTS alumni and is a former Board member. He joined the HTS staff in 2016 and is currently responsible for Finance and Facilities operations. Previously he spent a career working as a senior executive in the professional sports industry, both in Major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals, and in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts. He enjoyed success as part of two World Series and three Grey Cup Championship teams.

  • Ms Amanda O’Neill

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Science Teacher

    Amanda's academic journey began as she graduated from Brock University, where she earned a BSc (Hons) followed by a BEd from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

  • Marcus_O_Neill_Physical and Health Education Department Head

    Mr. Marcus O’Neill

    BA (Hons), PGC Ed

    Physical and Health Education Department Head

    Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Exeter University with a specialism in Physical Education. For over a decade, he dedicated himself to educating students at a Selective Grammar School and Specialist Sports College in the South East of England.

  • Ms Debra O’Sullivan-McCrory

    BA, MScEd


    Debra McCrory earned her Psychology and Rehabilitation Services undergraduate degree from York University and Seneca College.

  • Ms Amanda Palumbo

    BA (Hons), BEd, MS

    Global Studies Teacher

    Amanda is a graduate of the Concurrent Education program of Queen's University. From there, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Education.

  • Elicia_Pavan_Science Teacher

    Ms Elicia Pires

    BSc, MT

    Science Teacher

    Meet Elicia Pires, our dedicated and passionate Middle School Science Teacher. Elicia is a proud alumna of Holy Trinity School ‘11, and her deep connection to the HTS community drew her back to teach here.

  • Michael_Peppler_Global Studies and Business Teacher

    Mr. Michael Peppler

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Global Studies and Business Teacher

    The newest addition to the HTS physical health and education team, Michael Peppler comes to us with 12 years of teaching experience from both the public and private school sectors and is no stranger to this community having grown up in Richmond Hill. Michael attended the University of Guelph, receiving his Honours degree in History and his Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Growing up hearing "your health is your wealth," Michael is passionate about health and fitness and using it to develop students' self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Michael is a fan of all athletics, however his personal favourites are tennis, swimming and running. An avid outdoor runner, when Michael isn't spending time with his wife and son he can be found hitting the pavement training for the next community-run.

  • Ms Penny Poulakos

    BA (Hons), BEd


    Penny Poulakos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at York University and her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. She has also completed her Honours Specialist course in English. Penny is a Lower School homeroom teacher and currently teaches Grade 4 homeroom. Fostering her students’ academic and emotional growth are very important to her. Participating in the school’s extracurricular activities such as Track and Field and Primary Soccer allows her to build relationships with different students outside of the classroom.

  • Ms Yolande Pratt

    Accounting Coordinator

    Yolande has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. After graduation she worked as the Dean’s Assistant and before immigrating to Canada in 2013 she worked in the Business Office of Summerwood Primary School.

  • Lyndsay_Promane_Music Teacher

    Ms Lyndsay Promane

    BMus, OpDipPerf

    Private Music Lesson Coordinator and Primary Music Teacher

    Lyndsay Promane (she/her) is the Private Music Lesson Coordinator and Primary Music Teacher at the Holy Trinity School. Lyndsay joined the HTS team in 2017. Graduates of Lyndsay's studio have completed examinations for the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Yamaha School of Music, and the Suzuki School of Music with an average score of 85%. Graduates have also been successful in auditions for the Upper Canada Chorus.

  • Ms Maria Pulsoni

    Event Coordinator

    Maria has been a member of the HTS team since 2017. If you have attended one of our school events since that time, whether it was a Graduation Ceremony or a Gala, you've seen her work.

  • Ms Jocelyn Rawlins

    BA, BEd

    Student Success Counsellor

    As an eternal learner, HTS graduate, and HTS parent, Jocelyn gets to bring her passion, joy, curiosity, experience, and institutional knowledge to the Student Success Department and counselling team. From her post-secondary educational foundations in Kinesiology, Psychology, English, and Education she supports and connects with each of her students on their personalized journey of learning, growth and development.

  • Ms Brookelyn Romans

    Front Office Coordinator

    Brookelyn Romans attended Fanshawe College for interior design. During her time at Fanshawe she developed a passion for customer service though her co-op sales position at a stone countertop fabrication company. Having worked in a variety of retail spaces she is adept at managing administrative tasks and client relations, while fostering a welcoming environment. She is eager to hone her skills and gain new experiences at HTS. Brookelyn enjoys all things health and fitness, and goes horseback riding in her free time.

  • Greg_Rose_Head of Senior School

    Mr. Greg Rose

    BA, BA (Hons), DipEd

    Head of Senior School

    Greg Rose attended Memorial University of Newfoundland for his undergraduate degree before heading to Australia to complete his Diploma of Education. He began his teaching career in London, England, then returned to Canada where he spent two years working at Lakefield College School.

  • Robyn_Tarshis_Student-Success-Coach

    Ms Robyn Roy

    BA, BEd

    Student Success Coach

    Robyn Roy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biology from Queen's University and has a diverse background spanning the Canadian Mental Health Association, where she assisted clients in transitioning from in-patient care. Her passion for human creativity led to her development and teaching of children's art programs. She later earned an Interior Design Degree and managed her own design business for a decade. Her dedication to learning inspired her to pursue a Bachelor of Professional Studies from Niagara University, earning awards for her commitment to student learning and special needs.

  • Alana Sardellitti_Math Teacher

    Ms Alana Sardellitti

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Mathematics Teacher

    Alana Sardellitti is a dedicated and passionate educator and lifelong learner. She graduated with honours from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Music and a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in Educational Technology. While at Queen’s she enjoyed her time in the Queen’s University Chamber Orchestra, Queen’s Jazz Band, and Queen’s Dance Club.

  • Ms Abby Sasikumar

    Digital Content Specialist

    Abby Sasikumar graduated on the Dean's List from McMaster University where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Multimedia. During her time at McMaster, Abby was the Vice President of Marketing at MACTSA and a member of the McMaster Improv Team.

  • Ms Cheryl Savage

    BSc, BSc (Hons), H.Dip.Ed, MSc

    Teacher, Global Online Campus

    Cheryl has taught at the HTS Campus for the past 11 years, holding a variety of roles including the Assistant Head of the Senior School and designing and implementing the advisory program.

  • Andrea_Schaaf_Languages Teacher

    Ms Andrea Schaaf

    BPHE, BEd

    Languages Teacher

    After graduating from the School of Physical Education at the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences in Santiago, Chile, Andrea Schaaf devoted herself to students with physical and mental disabilities. She coached sports at the Helen Keller School for the Blind, the Centre for Cerebral Palsy, and the National Special Olympics. While she was a Physical Education teacher at a school for children with Down syndrome, Andrea became a part-time Professor at the Playa Ancha University, teaching third-year students how to adapt the regular PHE curriculum to all disabilities. After moving to Canada, Andrea volunteered while learning English. A year at OISE inspired her to teach Spanish as a Second Language, completing her diploma. At HTS since 2003, Andrea enjoys educating her students about Hispanic heritage, and culture.

    When she’s not in class, Andrea loves travelling and spending time with family and friends.

  • Ms Manali Shah

    Hawk Shop Associate

    Bio to come

  • Ms Sejal Shukla

    BCom, BEd, MCom


    Sejal holds a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University, showcasing a strong foundation in finance and business management. Additionally, she possesses a Bachelor of Education degree, emphasizing hercommitment to education. She embarked on an educational journey to Queen's University, Canada.

  • Sharon_Schultz_Teacher

    Ms Sharon Schultz

    BA, PEdP


    With an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Waterloo and an education degree from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Sharon has been a proud member of the HTS family since 2008.

  • Mr. Ben Stephens

    IT Systems Integrator

    Ben is an IT professional with business analysis, development and integration experience. Ben has a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University.

  • Stephanie_Stephens_Executive Director of Learning Innovation and Technology

    Ms Stephanie Stephens

    BMath, BEd (Hons)

    Executive Director of Learning Innovation & Technology

    Stephanie's role at HTS is to provide leadership and guidance to the IT, database and technology integration teams at the school. She works together with the school's IT directors to guide the development appropriate infrastructure and workflows and provides guidance in curriculum planning, tool selection and training, working in the classroom with our students and teachers.

  • Ms Swetha Srikanthan

    BSW, MSW

    Social Worker

    Swetha believes in a trauma informed, client centred, strengths based, anti-oppressive and anti-racist approach to wellbeing. As a Registered Social Worker she worked with marginalized populations in providing mental health, crisis intervention, project management, psychotherapy, as well as community development. She strongly believes in holding spaces for holistic healing. Swetha worked in community mental health, public education settings as well as private practice.

  • Ms Anne Sugiharto

    Database Coordinator

    Anne speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento. She is happy to be part of the amazing HTS community.

  • Ms Crean Tam


    Development Data Coordinator

    Crean graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She has over 20 years of experience in non-profit fundraising with a strong background in Capital Campaign and Major Gifts. Prior to HTS, Crean served as the Associate Director of Development at Mon Sheong Foundation for 7 years, and Manager of Gifts Administration at MacKenzie Health Foundation for 4 years. There she worked with many influential volunteers and donors. Crean also loves to travel. She believes that life is a journal and strives to make the most of it.

  • John_Tam_Computer Science and Mathematics Teacher

    Mr. John Tam

    BSc (Hons), BEd

    Computer Science and Mathematics Teacher

    Upon completing his Computer Science degree, John left his hometown of Edmonton to embark on a software development career at the IBM Toronto Laboratory, where he had previously completed a 16 month Industry Internship Program during his undergrad. At IBM for 19 years, he dedicated his entire career there engrossed in his passion of C and C++ compiler quality assurance and performance benchmarking.

  • Ms Amanda Tankovich

    BASc, MT


    Bio to come

  • Marisa_Tassone_Assistant-Head-of-Middle-School

    Ms Marisa Tassone

    BA (Hons), BEd, MEd

    Assistant Head of Middle School

    Marisa Tassone holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French Linguistics, English and Sociology from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Education from OISE. Following her passion for learning, Marisa later went back to OISE to complete her Master of Education in the Social Science, Humanities and Social Justice Education department, where she took courses related to philosophy, sociology, race, gender and language.

  • Ms Natasha Tersigni

    Front Office Administrative Assistant

    Bio to come

  • Nickie_Thompson_Director of Athletics

    Ms Nickie Thompson

    BPHE (Hons), BEd

    Director of Athletics

    Nickie Thompson has Honours degrees in Physical and Health Education from Brock and Queens University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.

  • Rob_Thomson_Head of Middle School

    Mr. Rob Thomson

    BSc (Hons), BEd, MEd

    Head of Middle School

    Rob started teaching at HTS in 1996 as a Grade 5 homeroom teacher. Missing the school that he loved, Rob returned to HTS as the Head of the Middle School in 2012.

  • Susanne_Tsafoulias_Director of Human Resources

    Ms Susanne Tsafoulias


    Director of Human Resources

    Susanne is an experienced human resources leader with a demonstrated history of working in a variety of industries.

  • Ms Christine Van Vugt

    BCD (Hons), BEd, MEd

    Aftercare Coordinator

    Christine is a dedicated educator with an Honours Bachelor of Child Development from Seneca College, as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education (specializing in Social Justice) from Lakehead University. During her Master's program, she served as a teaching assistant for the Bachelor of Education program.

  • Kristina_Waller_Modern-Languages-Department-Head

    Ms Kristina Waller

    BA (Hons), BEd

    Modern Languages Department Head

    Kristina began teaching in 2013 when she moved to South Korea. There, she taught English to grades 1 and 4. It was a great experience and Seoul remains her favourite city. Afterwards Kristina moved to Sweden to teach French to grades 7 to 9. She found it interesting to compare and contrast educational systems and societies. After five years abroad, she moved back to Canada and started working at HTS in 2017. Her passion is to travel, see different cultures and learn new languages. In her free time, she plays piano and enjoys fitness and sports with her husband.