David Gordon taught Secondary Science (Grade 9 and 10 applied and enriched), Biology, Environmental Science and Co-operative Education for 30 years. As a Science educator, his pedagogical focus was on project-based inquiry learning, with an emphasis on collaborative teamwork, student led inquiry, and socially relevant content.
As the lead teacher of the Environment and Science SHSM program for ten years, he consistently attained a completion rate of 75-90%. Capital expenditures from this program allowed him to acquire over $40,000 of probeware for the Science department, which he used in his inquiry-based learning projects to make the “invisible visible” and to allow students to collect, analyze and understand detailed quantitative data.
As a Cooperative Education teacher, he led an expansion of partnerships into the Science and Not-For-Profit sectors, providing career learning opportunities for students at nurseries, pharmacies, veterinary offices, sustainability related NGOs and the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is an avid four-season urban bicycle commuter lives in a house with a green roof, and is co-owner of the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve.
Brian Donohue is a veteran Ontario secondary school teacher with broad experience supporting student success in Business and English. His most recent teaching experience teaching Accounting (BAF3M and BAT4M) and Economics (CIA4U) to students in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Brian found helping his Malaysian and international students to achieve their academic goals was a deeply gratifying professional experience. His mission as a teacher is to help students to master and apply concepts in ways that provide a solid foundation for success in their future educational pursuits, their careers and provides a clearer understanding of the world around them.
Anita De Oliveira has been in education for over 25 years and continues to enjoy the love of teaching in various forms. She began her career as an elementary teacher, moved to secondary schools and found a strong connection, working with teenagers in the subject areas of English, History, and Dramatic Arts. Anita was also given the opportunity to teach in other subject areas including: Law, History, Geography, Math and Special Education. All of these subject areas prepared Anita for the honour of training future teachers.
Anita worked as a Literacy Consultant, helping teachers improve the literacy skills of student. Anita also worked on supporting teachers as they received ministry documents such as the Growing Success model supported across Ontario. Soon after, Anita was offered the opportunity of working as a Vice Principal and has enjoyed that role as well.
Anita is always happy to be in a classroom with students whether physically in the same space or on a virtual platform.
Chuck Stone has taught a broad range of subjects since 1991. His education ranges from the Washington, D.C. area (Bachelor’s Degree) to Boston, Massachusetts (Master’s Degree), with his Teacher Education qualifications completed at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. His Honours Specialist in Teaching English Language and Literature at the secondary level in Ontario was earned at Brock University. Mr. Stone has done further studies in English and Special Education at the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University. To support the schools that he has taught at, he has done extensive photography and videography publicity efforts, which has since developed into a professional practice. Mr. Stone and his wife enjoy breeding and showing Airedale Terriers, of which they have international champions.
Mr. Li is a high school educator who is proficient in many fields of science! Mr. Li’s teaching style brings a lot of personality into the classroom, as he loves to bring in pop cultural references from both the East and West sides of the world into his lessons.
In the past, Mr. Li has attended both the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo for studies in math and physical sciences. He can assist students and guide them into these two target schools, as he understands what the applications look for and what extracurriculars students require.
Mr. Li’s current hobbies currently involve playing the guitar, programming software, and learning the Chinese mandarin language. He is always looking to try learning new things.
Tara Stewart has been a pre-IB Science and math, and senior IB Biology teacher since 2004. In 2015, she became one of the first teachers in Ontario to complete the Teaching and Learning through E-Learning additional qualification course through Queen’s University. This enhanced her teaching and passion for learning, and she began teaching with a blended learning format as well as fully online courses. Her experience and passion for online learning led her to develop digital online courses for the government of Ontario’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC).
Paul Cleaver has been travelling and teaching around the world since 1994. Two months after finishing teacher’s college he was on a plane to Japan where he taught ESL for 1.5 years. He then had the opportunity to teach the Ontario curriculum for Senior level English Literature and World Issues Geography in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also continued to teach ESL classes with a particular focus on the writing process. He then returned to Japan to take part in a joint venture with Disney, as a teacher trainer. After completing his Master’s, he taught a variety of Business-related subjects, including Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Law, and Economics. It was during this time that he also wrote two books based upon his teaching and personal experiences: 50 Things the New ESL Teacher Should Know, and Will You Read to Me Tonight, Dad? He is now happily residing back in Canada and enjoying this latest stage in his teaching career.
Alexandria has been a full-time secondary school English and Special Education teacher since fall of 2012. After graduating with a Specialist in English Studies from the University of Toronto in 2010, Alexandria pursued her Masters of English at McMaster University, while lecturing and grading for first year Canadian Literature courses on campus. In 2011, she began her teaching program with York U in Toronto, working with students across grades 6-12 in courses including English, History, Music, and Social Sciences. She was promoted to Department and Curricular Lead of Special Education and ESL in 2018, and continues to teach Grade 12 English online during the summer. She has facilitated workshops for students, including the JustAsk Project — an ongoing effort to increase student voice in schools. She has also developed multiple resources for staff on topics like Differentiation, Essentialism, Universal Design Learning, Restorative Mindset, Supporting Wellness, and the positive influence of 21st century technology — including eSports — on teaching and learning. Alexandria lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys walking her dog, Nala, in Sunnybrook Park.
Julie Gallagher is a 32-year veteran of teaching and has taught English and Dramatic Arts at the Intermediate and Senior levels of high school. She believes that education should be collaborative, responsive, and inclusive. It is her mission to help students develop their communication, critical and creative thinking skills in order to be successful in college, university, and the workplace. Ms. Gallagher holds a B.A. in English and Cultural Studies from Trent University and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Education. Ms. Gallagher has directed and produced drama and coached boys’ and girls’ athletics. Ms. Gallagher lives in Toronto and enjoys music and the arts: gardening, yoga and reading.
Kathleen is a young and enthusiastic teacher who has taught Mathematics and Science at the high school level and tutored students ranging from the elementary level to the university level. Kathleen believes education needs to be collaborative, engaging, and relevant in order to provide students with the skills they need for college and career. Kathleen holds a BSc in Biology and a BEd from York University, holding Intermediate and Senior qualifications for teaching Mathematics, General Science, and Senior Biology. Kathleen has moved her passion for teaching online and is excited by the opportunity to reach, connect with, and educate students outside of her city to make their dreams reality.