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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: Parts One & Two.

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. Julie Stewart | Vice-Principal

17 years at Junior Academy

Mr. Stewart has a B.A., B.Ed and M.Sc. from the University of Western, Southbank University and Griffith University. Prior to joining the Junior Academy in 2000, Ms. Stewart taught in Nepal, Australia and England. Ms. Stewart has a son and daughter who both attend Junior Academy.

“I love how the Parents Association plan so many fun activities for the students in our school.  Small seasonal ‘FUN’raisers at Halloween to big ‘FUN’raisers like the Fun Fair. These events all support programs and resources for the students to enjoy and use at the school!”


Ms. Jill DeJean | Homeroom Teacher

14 years at Junior Academy

Ms. DeJean graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters in Education, with a focus in Curriculum Development. Prior to joining the Junior Academy in 2002, Ms. DeJean worked for Sick Kids, TEAM School and Fern Hill School.

“I love that at Junior Academy our middle school students are given many scholastic and leadership opportunities that help pave their way to success in high school.”


Mrs. Sarah Fox | Homeroom Teacher

13 years 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.”


Mrs. Cathy Hibbert | Teacher

13 years 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.

“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.”

Ms. Heather Bialkowski | Homeroom Teacher

6 years at Junior Academy

Ms. B graduated from the University of Western Ontario with Honours in Sociology. She then moved on to attend Griffith University in Southport, Australia where she obtained her Masters in Teaching. Before coming to Junior Academy in 2005, Ms. B taught for 1 year in Seoul, South Korea.

“Junior Academy ski days at Snow Valley are always one of the highlights of my year.  It is a chance for teachers and students to enjoy the outdoors and experience learning outside the classroom.  It’s something I look forward to every winter!”


Mr. Mark Sidler | Homeroom Teacher

3rd 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. Lindsay MacKinlay | Head Resource Teacher/Admissions Coordinator

15 years at Junior Academy

Mrs. Mackinlay has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a B. Ed in Primary/Junior from Queen’s University. Prior to joining the Junior Academy in 2001, she taught at The Bishop Strachan School.

“I love being part of the Junior Academy community because I truly believe we support every child individually to develop, achieve and succeed within the classroom and beyond. Working collaboratively with teachers and parents, we can develop a program that is conducive to the child’s learning styles and needs. Our goal is Individual Excellence.”

Mrs. Lisa Silver | STEPS Program

1st 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.”


Mr. Ryan Spratt | Music Teacher

3rd year at Junior Academy

Mr. Spratt has been performing in Toronto’s diverse music scene for over a decade and is a graduate of Humber College, where he earned a degree in Contemporary Music studies. He is also a graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Education program. He has taught private music lessons for seven years and has also worked at music camps teaching ensembles for three years. Mr. Spratt has consistently proven himself to be a versatile musician and reliable teacher.

“Music class is a wonderful creative outlet for the students of Junior Academy to feel comfortable expressing themselves.  I am happy to share my enthusiasm for learning about different styles of music and look forward to another year of singing, dancing and performing with the students.”


Mrs. Nicole Burul | STEPS Program

1st year at Junior Academy

Mrs. Nicole Burul has a B.A. from McGill University and a M. Ed in Special Education from Loyola University Chicago. After teaching in Chicago public schools as a special education teacher, she worked as the head of special education at Children’s Support Solutions.

“Junior Academy is a wonderful community dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the students. All ability levels are supported and celebrated.”


Mr. Andrew Perryman | Kindergarten Teacher

2nd year at Junior Academy

Mr. Perryman graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before attending Nipissing University in North Bay where he completed his Bachelor of Education degree. During his undergrad, Andrew competed for his University’s Golf team and continues to play a variety of sports at different levels. Prior to working at Junior Academy, Andrew was a supply gym teacher at Aurora Montessori School working with grades 1 to 8.


“The before and aftercare program allows me to work with students from all grades within the school. I like that I am able to connect with so many different students and develop unique relationships with each one of them.”

Ms. Jeanetta Dunn | Kindergarten Teacher

1st 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!” 

Mrs. Bonnie Reiter | Homeroom Teacher

2nd year at Junior Academy

Mrs. Reiter has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has recently completed her Master of Science in Education at Canisius College in Buffalo. Prior to teaching Mrs. Reiter ran an engineering and technology school where she taught as well as developed early literacy programs, educational software and curriculum for children. Mrs. Reiter most recently worked at Havergal College where she developed and delivered their After School Program and worked as an Educational Assistant.

“I look forward to being part of a team that is so community minded. I am passionate about giving children many meaningful opportunities to give back to the community and I know that Junior Academy does that!”

Mme. Laura Wood | French Teacher

Mme. Wood has completed her B.A., specializing in French Studies, at Western University.  She then continued on to complete her Master of Science in Education, specializing in Primary Studies, at Medaille College.  Prior to Junior Academy, Mme Wood has had the opportunity to work at King’s College International School for the Bright and Gifted, De La Salle College, and Glenburnie School.  Mme. Wood has a passion for the French language and culture, and is excited to be able to bring six years of French teaching experience, as well as an interest in sports, drama and music to Junior Academy.

I love using the A.I.M. approach to teach French! I have so much fun with my students – more and more every day! Singing, dancing, joking, acting, writing, reading, drawing and speaking – the fun never stops!

Mr. Graham Douglas | Teacher

2nd year at Junior Academy

Upon graduating from Bishop’s University with a degree in Drama and English he ventured to South Africa where he ran a shelter for street children. He became involved in music there, running a recording studio and singing in a popular local band. Returning to Canada he taught Drama and English at Metro Prep. Since completing his teaching diploma at D’Youville College in Buffalo he has had opportunities to teach at Crestwood Preparatory Academy as well as run his own businesses in a variety of fields including elevator contracting and fine carpentry. When he’s not teaching Graham other interests include; canoeing, yoga, running and reading.

As a staff we have the flexibility to create programming that is unique and engaging on a variety of levels and appealing to a student body with a diverse learning spectrum. Being given the opportunity to build a gifted program from scratch is a perfect example of how JA seeks to distinguish itself.”

Mr. Matt Johnson | Chief Business Officer

5 years 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. He has now been working for the Junior Academy as our Manager for over 4 years.

“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.”

Mr. Nicholas Johnson | Admissions and Marketing Manager

1st 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”

“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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