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Faculty

Junior Academy’s community is reflected in the commitment and capabilities of our teachers. With diverse backgrounds, life experiences and teaching methods at their disposal, teachers at Junior Academy work together to know and understand the individual learning styles of their students as they progress through the various grades of the school. Our teachers embrace the fact that they can provide a positive influence that students will carry forward for the rest of their lives.

Mr. Paul Bamberger | Principal

Mr. Bamberger is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University and he has been working in education since 2001. Mr. Bamberger brings a wealth of classroom experience and was nominated as Educator of Character for the Region of York in 2015. In addition, Mr. Bamberger holds many qualifications including the Private School Principal’s Qualification as well as Special Education Qualifications.

Mr. Bamberger has a firm understanding of Junior Academy’s philosophy and academic procedures. Prior to joining Junior Academy, Mr. Bamberger was Co-Principal of Foundations Private School in Aurora for 3 years and Vice Principal for an additional 3 years at the same institution.

Mrs. Cathy Hibbert | Vice-Principal

14th year at Junior Academy

Mrs. Hibbert has a BA from Western, Counseling Diploma from George Brown and a Masters in Education from Canisius College. Teaching is her 3rd Career! She previously worked as an Addictions Counselor for CAMH and as a Professional Water Skier before teaching. In addition to her role as Vice-Principal, Mrs. Hibbert is the school’s Athletics Director. She teaches several PE classes and coaches school teams.

“I love the celebrated individuality coupled with the enormous sense of belonging here at Junior Academy. I love knowing each student’s name! Coaching badminton and leading the dance crew are among my favourite extra-curricular activities.”

 

Mrs. Sarah Fox | Homeroom Teacher

15th at Junior Academy

Mrs. Fox completed her Undergraduate degree in Communications at the University of Windsor. After completing her Undergraduate Degree, Mrs. Fox moved to Australia where she went to teachers college. From Australia, she moved to London, England where she taught for 3.5 years before moving back to Toronto. Mrs. Fox has been with the Junior Academy since 2003.

“One of the things I love most about Junior Academy is that we offer a wide variety of leadership opportunities for students, allowing them to contribute in a positive way to the school community. Our Leadership Crew and “Helping Hands” program helps students in grades 5-8, especially those who might not otherwise be in a leadership role, gain important skills to become role models.”

 

Mr. Mark Sidler | Homeroom Teacher

4th year at Junior Academy

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Sidler moved abroad to Seoul, Korea where he lived for four years teaching Kindergarten and Grade One. This reinforced his passion and commitment to teaching and he decided to pursue his teaching degree at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Afterwards, Mark returned to Ontario and was supply teaching in Toronto prior to joining the Junior Academy team. Mark has an extensive background in athletics and has competed in volleyball at the national and international level. He loves photography and film and is a canoeing enthusiast.

“I like the fact that there are so many opportunities for students to get involved in sport at different levels of competition. As part of the SSAF we send teams to compete against other small private schools in Toronto. We also have a variety of athletic clubs that allow students of different ages and skill levels to participate and improve in a supportive and friendly environment.”

 

Ms. Zoe Stark | Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Zoe Stark graduated from Queen’s University in the Concurrent Education Program with a B.A.H. in Psychology, and a specialty in Arts Integration and Exceptional Learners. She went on to complete additional qualifications in Special Education and teaching intermediate grades. Outside of school, Ms. Stark runs programming for the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto and volunteers for a dance/drama company for individuals of all abilities. Prior to Junior Academy, Ms. Stark assisted in different classrooms across Toronto and ran arts programming in Toronto, Kingston and New York. Ms. Stark has been at Junior Academy since 2016.

 

“Junior Academy is an inclusive community that values exploration, physical and mental well being, and a passion for a life-long love of learning.”

Ms. Tanis Simmons | Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Tanis Simmons has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education as well as additional Special Education and Reading qualifications. Ms. Simmons joins us with a decade of teaching experience, a significant background in Literacy, Social Thinking and developing differentiated curriculum.

Ms. Nicole Doiron | STEPS Program & SSP Coordinator

Ms. Doiron’s teaching career started back in her hometown, Charlottetown, PEI.  She graduated with a B.Ed specializing in Early Years and International Education. After teaching at a primary school in Meru, Kenya, as part of the international program, she moved to London, UK working in various classroom settings until finding work as the Speech and Language Resource Provision Teacher at a school for grades 4-8. Upon returning back to Canada she decided to move to Toronto to pursue a Masters in Education at OISE. Course work was completed in the Developmental Psychology and Education program, with a focus on special educational instruction.

“I am very much looking forward to being part of the Junior Academy team this year. It is my aim to create an inviting and engaging environment for all students to reach their full potential.”

Mrs. Lisa Silver | STEPS Program

2nd year at Junior Academy

Ms. Silver has a BEd from McGill University and is a Special Education Specialist. Upon graduation, she spent time teaching in Mexico before coming back to Toronto where she worked as a classroom teacher, private tutor, and education consultant for more than 15 years.

“What I love about Junior Academy it is a collaborative community where teachers have the opportunity to get to know students as learners and individuals, helping them develop a love for learning and the foundational skills to succeed.”

 

Ms. Jeanetta Dunn | Primary Educational Assistant

2nd year at Junior Academy

Ms. Dunn graduated from OCAD University with a Fine Arts degree in Photography before attending Trent University where she completed her Bachelor of Education degree. During both degrees, Jeanetta worked as a Swimming Instructor at the Toronto and Peterborough YMCAs and at Trent was a swimmer on the Master Varsity Synchronized Swimming Team.  She continues to teach private swimming lessons to all ages and enjoys every minute.  Prior to working at Junior Academy, Jeanetta was support staff for the Toronto District School Board and ran the grade 1 aftercare program with the daycare connected to Earl Beatty Public School.

“I am really looking forward to working with students from all grades in the aftercare program. I have had a wonderful welcome by all the staff at Junior Academy and look forward to a great year working with Mr. Perryman in the Kindergarten Classroom!” 

Ms. Jennifer Vinton Trataris | Homeroom Teacher

Mrs. Trataris attended Dalhousie University, where she completed two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Education and another in Physical Education. After completing her degrees, Jennifer moved overseas to teach.  She has been teaching overseas, in International Schools, for 18 years and has worked in six different countries. Jennifer has taught a variety of grades and subjects throughout her time overseas. She is excited to return home, to Canada, and to be joining the staff at JA.

 

“From the very beginning, I have felt welcome at JA and am thrilled to be working in such a friendly and supportive community. It is a wonderful environment where individual differences are celebrated.”

Ms. Jessica Jakymyc | Kindergarten Assistant

Jessica Jakymyc graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Previously she worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years. This is her 4th year at Junior Academy, 1st year in the Kindergarten classroom as an ECE/ Assistant and previously as an Educational Assistant at Junior Academy for 3 years. 

 

I love working at Junior Academy because they focus on the individual needs of each student, they are inclusive and supportive of each and every student and staff member.”

Mr. Nicholas Johnson | Admissions and Marketing Manager

3rd year at Junior Academy

Mr. Johnson graduated from Bishop’s University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Prior to Junior Academy, Mr. Johnson was working in the business world for a number of different start-ups.  He has also worked with a number of different volunteer kids programs ranging from reading buddies, hockey H.E.R.O.S and rugby and hockey coaching at both the U-14 and U-18 level.

” I am excited to be apart of this amazing community of students and staff”

Mr. Matt Johnson | Chief Operating Officer

6th at Junior Academy

Mr. J majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Entrepreneurship while attending Bishop’s University. As an alumnus of the Junior Academy, Mr. J feels a strong connection to the school and it’s family values.

“I love the overall atmosphere of the Junior Academy. We are a small family-run school and in turn, our atmosphere is inviting, family oriented and close-knit.”

Mrs. Kristine Locklin | Occupational Therapist

Ms. Kristine Locklin has over 10 years of experience working in pediatrics and is our on-site Occupational Therapist and Therapy coordinator. Kristine completed her Bachelor of Science and Degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and she has completed a wide array of Professional Development including training in sensory motor integration, cognitive behavioural therapy, social thinking, self-regulation, executive functioning and strength-based education. Kristine also oversees our FLEX program at the school and consults with all staff on a weekly basis

Ms. Nicole McGown | Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Nicole McGown has a Masters degree from York University as well as a Masters in Elementary Education from Medaille College. Ms. McGown is a Special Education Specialist and has most recently been working at Brighton school, since 2011, with significant experience with young learners.

Mr. David Condon | Music and Outdoor Education Teacher

Mr. Dave Condon is our musical director as well as teaching several OE classes and a number of other curricular assignments. Mr. Condon has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from London Metropolitan University and Mr. Condon has spent the last eleven years as a music teacher and a department head in London, England. Mr. Condon plays Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Ukulele, Trumpet and also enjoys singing

Mr. Guy Charles-Antoine | French Teacher

Mr. Guy Charles-Antoine  has an extensive background in French and Primary PE instruction. Mr. Charles-Antoine has a Bachelors degree from Le Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters from Amhurst University in Denver. He has over ten years of teaching experience in both French and Physical Education as well as significant coaching experience. Mr. Charles-Antoine has taught in several Private School settings in both Canada and the United States and he is excited to utilize the AIM Program and Project Based Learning to facilitate French language classes.

Ms. Melshean Boardman | Primary Full-Day STEPS Teacher

Ms. Melshean Boardman will be taking over the Primary STEPS class during the remainder of Ms. Leach’s maternity leave. Ms. Leach is due to return to Junior Academy in January.

Ms. Boardman has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Bishop’s University and a B. Ed from the University of Toronto. She is currently working towards her M. Ed at the University of Toronto. Ms. Boardman has a background in Special Education and has been working at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space as a Learning Specialist and Workshop Coordinator, supporting students who have additional needs.

 

Ms. Ellie Manimanakis | Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Manimanakis is a veteran teacher who has spent her career in the elementary school system. In addition to her classroom teaching experience, Ms. Manimanakis has substantial experience in Special Education, having fulfilled the role of a Special Education Resource Teacher and Consultant. She has a significant background in Literacy and Numeracy, is a trained therapist and has a passion for the Arts. Ms. Manimanakis is exceptionally well suited and qualified to deliver a superb program and support all of the learning needs of your child.

“We are especially impressed by the abilities of our child’s teachers.  The homeroom teacher has made such an impact and is positive, calm and adaptable.  She (and his tutor) have worked really well together, too.” — A New Parent

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