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Our Middle Years & Upper School Faculty

Middle Years teachers, Grades 7 and 8, address the unique individual needs, talents and passions of the adolescent learner through our Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Our Upper School faculty, Grades 11 and 12, prepare students for success at university and life beyond with Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum designed to be academically challenging and balanced.

Mrs. Mariana Aitken

Grade 10A Teacher,
US French & Spanish Teacher


Member of: Brant House
B.A., Hons (England), PGCE (England)

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Mr. Ian Carswell

Grade 9B Teacher, Head of Guidance


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.A. (Harvard), B.Ed. (Toronto)

Mr. Carswell joined the SJK community in 2007 and has taught at all grade levels between Grades 6-12 in a variety of subject areas, most notably physical education, mathematics and career studies.

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Ms. Lesa Currie

Grade 11B Teacher, US Math Teacher & IB DP Coordinator


Member of: Simcoe House
B.A. Dip. Ed. (McGill), M.A. (Concordia)

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Mrs. Rebecca Dufour

US English Teacher & US Learning Support


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.A., B.Ed. (Brock)

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Mrs. Julie George

Grade 12C Teacher,
US Computer Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.Math (University of Waterloo), B.Ed. (Queen's University)

Mrs. George began teaching both math and computer science at SJK in 2002, but now focuses on computer science and design.

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Mr. David Newman

Grade 12D Teacher,
MY/US Drama & English Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.A., B.Ed. (Queen's University), M.Ed. (Western University)

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Mr. Hamed Shateri

Grade 10B Teacher, US Math & Physics Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo), M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo), B.Ed. (University of Toronto)

Hamed Shateri teaches Upper School Physics and Math. Mr. Shateri is originally from Toronto, Ontario.

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Ms. Julia Malcolm

Grade 12A Teacher, US Biology Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.Ed., OCT Certified, BSc. (Queen's University)

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Mr. Ivan Partserniak

MYP Science Teacher


Member of: Brant House
B.Sc. (McMaster University), M.Sc. (McMaster University), B.Ed. (OISE, University of Toronto)

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Mr. Paul Boyd

Grade 10B Teacher,
US Chemistry & Science Teacher


Member of: Brant House
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Guelph University), B.Ed. (University of Toronto)

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Dr. Chris Cigolea

MY/US Music Teacher


Member of: Brant House
M.A. Music Education (National Music University - Bucharest Romania), M.A. Music Performance (University of Toronto), Ph.D. Music (University of Toronto)

Dr. Cigolea, originally from Romania, moved with his wife and son to Canada at the age of 23.

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Ms. Andrea de Boer-Jones

MY Music Teacher


Member of: Brant House
Hon. Music Specialist (McGill University), B.Mus. Hon. (Wilfrid Laurier University), Int/.Sr. Hon. (OISE)

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Mrs. Tracey Duldhardt

Grade 7A Teacher,
MY/US Math Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.Math (University of Waterloo), B.Ed. (Queen's University)

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Mr. Jordan Grant

Grade 8B Teacher,
MY/US Math & Science Teacher


Member of: Brant House
B.A. (Queen's University), B.Math (University of Waterloo)

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Mr. Maki Katsube

Grade 12B Teacher, US History Teacher


Member of: Simcoe House
B.A. (St. Francis Xavier University), B.Ed. (St. Francis Xavier University)

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Mrs. Catherine Paleczny

Grade 9B Teacher, US Art Teacher


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.A. Hons. (University of Waterloo), M. Fine Arts (University of Calgary), M.Sc. (Niagara, NY)

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Mrs. Ashley Stewart

Grade 11A Teacher,
MY PE Teacher & Chair of Physical and Outdoor Education


Member of: Brant House
B.Sc. Kinesiology, B.Ed. (University of Calgary)

Mrs. Stewart teaches Grades 6 to 10 Physical Education, and is also the Chair of the Physical Education and Health Department.

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Mr. James Becker

Grade 11C Teacher, US Business Management and Economics Teacher


Member of: Brant House
M.Ed., OCT Certified (University of Minnesota)

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Ms. Leanne Dietrich

Grade 10A Teacher, Director of Athletics


Member of: Simcoe House
B.Sc. (University of Waterloo), B.Ed. (University of Western), M.Ed. (University of Western)

Ms. Dietrich grew up on a 100-acre mixed farm in Exeter, Ontario.

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Mrs. Carey Gallagher

Grade 8A Teacher,
US English Teacher & MYP Coordinator


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.A. English (Nipissing University), B.Ed. (Nipissing University), Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior IB Qualifications

Mrs. Gallagher'S SJK adventure began in September of 2000 teaching Grade 6.

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Ms. Alison Hunter-Stewart

Grade 9A Teacher,
US English & Drama Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.A., Hons. English and Theatre Arts (Western University), B.Ed. (Queen's University)

Coming to SJK has been a life-changing experience for Alison.

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Mr. Terry McDonald

Grade 7B Teacher


Member of: Brock House
B.Sc. (Guelph University), B.Ed. (University of Toronto)

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Ms. Katherine Rogers-Hern

Grade 11E Teacher, Librarian


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.A. (Trent Universtiy), B.Ed. (Queen’s University)

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Ms. Dora Takacs

Grade 9A Teacher,
US French Teacher


Member of: Simcoe House
M.French (Kossuth University)

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Ms. Sarah Regli

Grade 11F Teacher,
US Chemistry Teacher


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.Sc. Chemistry, Physics (University of Guelph), M.Sc. Chemistry (University of Alberta), B.Ed. (OISE - University of Toronto)

Before arriving at SJK, Ms. Regli taught IB chemistry at United World College in Victoria, BC.

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Mr. Kevin Tersigni

MYP Physical Education Teacher


Member of: Tecumseh House
B.PE, B.Ed., M.Ed. (Brock University)

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