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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: 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. 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.

“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

14th 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.”

 

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!”

Mrs. Jacqui Robbins | Kindergarten Teacher

Jacqui graduated from Yale with a degree in theatre and anthropology, but she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She has a Master’s in Child Development and Early Childhood Education certification from the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Prior to coming to JA, Jacqui taught for nearly 20 years in inclusion, special education, preschool, and elementary classrooms, most recently at Centennial Infant and Child Centre, a preschool for children with special needs in Toronto. She is also the author of several picture books for young children. Jacqui fell in love with Junior Academy because the school is so responsive and supportive of the students and teachers!

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 her additional qualifications in Special Education part 1 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. Zoe 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. Muniza Haq | Homeroom Teacher

Muniza S. Haq is a certified educator in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada; and  Massachusetts, United States.  She has been recognized with:

​a Masters Degree in Moderate Disabilities from Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts, an Orton-Gillingham Associates from the Orton-Gillingham Institute in New York, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certificate from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Transition Planning Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder Students (Pre-K – 12) training in Boston, Massachusetts, Executive Function and Managing Working Memory Training from Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ms. Haq’s goal is to transform learning experience for students with diverse needs – by making it as inclusive as possible.  This is achieved by building the student’s confidence and independence in conditions that are challenging for them. Her innate ability to achieve successful outcomes for her students begins with establishing trust through kindness, warmth and humour.  Once that critical aspect of the teacher-student relationship is present – she utilizes her extensive training in curriculum and behaviour modification to design a personalized strategy to address her students’ specific needs.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking with friends and volunteer for important cause in her community.

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.”

 

Mr. Eugene Negrii | Music Teacher

Mr. Negrii has been teaching Music for the last twelve years and he is a professional jazz musician. Mr. Negrii has taught all over the world including Jakarta, Singapore and in Saudi Arabia. Most recently, he has taught music at The York School. Mr. Negrii has expertise in the Orff technique and a substantial experience teaching Pre-K through Grade 8.

Mr. Andrew Perryman | Physical Education Teacher

3rd 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 | 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!” 

Mr. Ricardo Parkinson | French Teacher

Mr. Parkinson has a Bachelor Degree in French and Spanish as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree in teaching French and Spanish. He is also currently working on his Master’s degree through Univeristé Paris-Sorbonne. As a certified teacher, Mr. Parkinson has been teaching English, French and Spanish for the last twelve years. Mr. Parkinson has taught all grade levels and has spent many of his teaching years in France and Jamaica. Mr. Parkinson has experience teaching various learning styles and his educational philosophy, focusing on participation, is well aligned to our school.

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

2nd 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 Business 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.”

“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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