• Mr. Michael Paluch
    Assistant Headmaster, Director of Academics
    905-727-3178
    Western - Bachelor of Arts
    Western - Bachelor of Education
    Western - Master of Arts
    Bio
     
    Michael Paluch joined the SAC faculty in September of 2006 as Head of the English Department. Since that time, he has held the position of Director of Academics and Assistant Headmaster, Academics, respectively. Michael started his teaching career at Union School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and subsequently taught English at Bishop's College School and The Country Day School. No stranger to the all-boys experience, Michael served as the Program Director at Ponacka, a boys' residential summer camp on Lake Baptiste, Ont. A member of the Leadership Team, Michael is responsible for the formation, articulation, and interpretation of all aspects of the academic program. He leads the faculty in the areas of curriculum, academic policy and vision, and professional development. In addition to his administrative role, Michael teaches English, serves as the Public Speaking and Debating coach, and supports all aspects of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
  • Paul Bedard '79
    Director of Athletics
    (905) 727-3178 x248
    Bishop's University - Bachelor of Arts
    Bio
     
    Paul Bedard ’79 rejoined the faculty at St. Andrew’s in September 2012 as Director of Athletics and Upper School French teacher. Paul graduated from SAC in 1979 and went on to obtain a BA from Bishop’s University in Quebec. He taught at Ridley College in St. Catharines where he also coached hockey, tennis and soccer. From 1996-2000 Paul was Director of Athletics at St. Andrew’s College, and Housemaster of Sifton House from 1997-2003. From 2003 to 2012 he was Director of Athletics at Villanova College in King City, Ont. Paul’s connection to SAC follows a strong family tradition. His father, Bob, joined the faculty in 1972 as Assistant to the Headmaster and to teach French, going on to serve as Headmaster from 1981-1997; his brothers Mark ’77, Peter ’83, and Michael ’81 are alumni; and his wife, Jane, is Facilities Coordinator at the School. Paul and Jane have two daughters and live on Masters' Row.
  • Carolyn Bilton
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x436
    University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Arts
    Brock University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Carolyn Bilton started teaching in the Middle School of St. Andrew's College in 2004 covering a maternity leave. After a year teaching French Immersion in the Peel Board, and a year travelling through Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, she returned to the Upper School in 2007. She has a BA(Hons.) from the University of Waterloo and a B.Ed. from Brock University. Since her arrival, she has taught French, history, geography, and computer science. She currently coaches Sr. Cross-Country and the MS Alpine Ski teams, and is the coordinator of the Extended French program.
  • Geoff Brennagh '94
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x430
    University of Guelph - Bachelor of Science
    University of Windsor - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Geoff Brennagh '94 joined the faculty in 2008 as a science and math teacher in the Upper School. No stranger to SAC, he is an alumnus of the School having attended for seven years. Geoff earned his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph and his B.Ed. from the University of Windsor. Prior to returning to SAC, Geoff taught science and math for seven years at Da Vinci International School in Antwerp, Belgium, and was a player/assistant hockey coach for Olympia, Heist op den Berg, competing in the Belgian Elite League. Geoff has helped coach the Varsity Hockey team to seven CISAA Championships, as well as three MPHL and two NISIC titles. He was assistant coach on the Varsity Football team for several years. Geoff lives on campus with his wife, Helen, sons Oscar and Jacob, and dog Franklin.
  • Jon Butcher
    Coordinator of Data Innovation and Administration
    (905) 727-3178 x268
    University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Science
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Jon Butcher has a B.Sc. in Honours Physics from the University of Waterloo and a B.Ed.(Hons.) from the University of Toronto.  Having taught science and physics for 10 years in the public system, he is now in his 15th year at St. Andrew’s, currently in the role of Administrative Coordinator and science teacher. One aspect of this role is the leadership and development of SAC’s implementation of the Edsby learning portal. Also active in the Information Technology Integration (ITi) Committee and a member of the SAC Professional Development Committee, Jon is an advocate and supporter of technology in education. Whether through wireless projectors, interactive electronic textbooks, iClickers or electronic data collection and analysis, technology has an essential place in his science classroom. Jon is Head Coach of the 1st Rugby team and an experienced rugby player himself. A former club and university player, twice an OUA champion, an OUA All-Star, a current Ontario Panel referee and Development Officer for the T&DRRS - Jon is always looking for new ways to develop and promote his favourite game. The SAC Rugby program has a record of excellence that includes 22 championship seasons in the past 45 years. 
  • Michael Carroll
    Housemaster, Memorial House
    (905) 727-3178 x263
    St. Francis Xavier University - Bachelor of Science
    St. Francis Xavier University - Bachelor of Business Adminstration
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Michael Carroll joined the SAC faculty in 2008, teaching chemistry and environmental science in the Upper School. He completed his B.Sc. and BBA at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and B.Ed. from Queen's University. He also has extensive coaching credentials and experience, including working as an Offensive Assistant with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and as Receiver Coach at Queen's University. This year, Mike is the Offensive Co-ordinator for 1st Football and Head Coach of Junior Varsity Basketball. He lives on campus as Housemaster of Memorial House with his wife, Sarah, son, Mackenzie, and their goldendoodle, Fenway.  
  • Mr. Michael Chadsey
    Summer School Coordinator, Head of Mathematics
    (905) 727-3178 x456
    University of Toronto - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    Michael Chadsey joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s in September of 2007 as Head of Mathematics in the Upper School. He has a Masters in Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, an Honours Specialist in Mathematics, and completed his BA and Teacher's education at Simon Fraser University. Michael has previously taught Advanced Qualifications courses at OISE, and prior to working at St. Andrew's, he was a senior math teacher and digital literacy co-ordinator at Sir William Mulock High School in Newmarket. Michael is the faculty sponsor for the Christian Fellowship, member of the Standing Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Duty Master in Flavelle House. Additionally, Michael has been the administrator for our Summer School program since 2012. He also coaches SAC Soccer and Lacrosse teams.
  • Aaron Chan
    Lab Technician
  • Sandi Chasson
    Department Head, Music
    (905) 727-3178 x310
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Music
    Bio
     
    Sandi Chasson came to St. Andrew’s in 2001 after teaching all-girls at Havergal College in Toronto for nine years, and boys and girls in Regent Park for 14 years. She holds a B.Mus., a B.Ed.(Hons.) from the University of Toronto, and is a woodwind specialist, the bassoon being her personal favourite. Sandi has elevated the quality and breadth of  the St. Andrew’s Music Program each year since her arrival, culminating in winning Triple-Gold at Nationals in spring 2010. Under her direction, SAC musicians have become known world wide, being invited to perform at the London Olympics in 2012 and in Brazil in 2016. Sandi has experienced a number of firsts, including the first woman to ever play with the Vienna Philharmonic and the first woman to be nominated for the John Philip Sousa award for excellence in conducting and teaching. She is presently the coordinator of the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF) at Roy Thomson Hall, coordinating 47 schools and 1,500 students each year. Sandi lives in Richmond Hill.
  • Joe Commisso
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x458
    UOIT - Bachelor of Education
    McMaster - Bachelor of Arts
    Bio
     
    Joe Commisso joined the SAC faculty in 2013 as an English and geography teacher in Upper School. In 2017, he began teaching geography exclusively. Joe graduated from McMaster University with an honours BA in geography and earth science and a minor in English. He earned his B.Ed from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Joe will lead the SASSAW trip to Madagascar in the summer of 2018 and is teaching the associated travel and tourism course. In addition, he is a coach for the Model UN club, 1st Basketball, and 1st Lacrosse. While at McMaster, he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team and won a National Championship in 2010.
     
  • Mr. Fraser Cowell
    Faculty
    905-727-3178
    Saint Mary's University - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Fraser Cowell joined the faculty in 1989 as an English teacher in the Upper School. He has a BA(Hons.) from St. Mary’s University and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Prior to becoming a teacher, Fraser worked as an editor with Houghton Mifflin in the Elementary Language Arts Textbook division. He has taught at almost every grade level, and currently teaches grade 9 and 11 English. Fraser has participated in a number of SAC’s international trips to Nepal, England and Kenya. He is also involved as a Coach of the Varsity Volleyball and U14 Lacrosse teams. In terms of co-curricular activities, he manages the Silver Star Cadet program and Flavelle House Company, and organizes SLAMfest poetry competitions. Fraser lives in Aurora with his wife Tracey and their two children, Dylan and Bryn.
  • Nicholas Day
    Department Head, Modern Languages
    (905) 727-3178 x405
    University of King's College - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Ottawa - Bachelor of Education
    Nipissing University - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    Nicholas Day was named Department Head, Modern Languages, in September 2017. He joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s in 2003 as a French teacher in the Upper School, and he lived in Macdonald House as an Assistant Housemaster from 2003-2011. He holds a BA (Combined Honours) in Political Science (International Relations) and French from the University of King’s College, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, and an M.Ed. from Nipissing University. After graduating from King's, Nicholas worked in Foreign Affairs and International Trade before teaching at Ashbury College in Ottawa where he also coached soccer and alpine skiing. At St. Andrew's, he is the Course Director of the AP Capstone program and the Co-ordinator of the Extended French program. He coaches the First Soccer and Alpine Ski teams.
  • Mr. Lawrence DeMello
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x454
    University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Mathematics
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    York University - Master of Arts
    York University - Master of Arts
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Lawrence DeMello joined the faculty of St. Andrew’s College in September 2012 as a math teacher and has since transitioned to computer science and engineering. He brings a wealth of experience with him, having spent 12 years teaching in the independent system. While at TMS School, Lawrence was a key leader in the areas of student life, athletics, university counselling, and the Advanced Placement program. He has coached many teams at St. Andrew's including soccer, basketball, track & field, rugby, and softball. Lawrence is a graduate of the math program at Waterloo University, the Queen’s B.Ed. program, and received his master’s degree in mathematics from York University. Lawrence’s exceptional leadership experiences and passion for student success are certainly appreciated by SAC students. He lives in Maple with his wife, Daniella, and their three sons: Lucas ’21, Mathias 23, and Marcus ’25.
     
  • Joseph Foote
    Department Head, Health & Physical Education
    (905) 727-3178 x259
    Wilfrid Laurier - Bachelor of Arts in Physical Health Education
    Western - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Joe Foote joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s in September of 2008 as Head of the Health and Physical Education Department. He earned his honours HPE degree from Wilfrid Laurier University where he was a member of the Golden Hawks 1991 Vanier Cup Championship Football team. He went on to complete a B.Ed. in physical and health education and science at Western University. Joe also holds an AQ qualification in biology, and is an honours specialist in physical and health education. He worked in the York Region District School Board for 11 years at Richmond Hill High School and later at Bur Oak Secondary School where he was the HPE Department Head. Joe has coached junior and senior football, midget and junior basketball, midget, junior, and senior lacrosse, senior soccer, junior and senior hockey, junior and senior badminton, and junior volleyball. He has attained NCCP credentials in basketball, football, lacrosse, flatwater canoe racing, and hockey. At St. Andrew’s, Joe coaches 1st Football and U16 Hockey, and in the summer months is involved with the Gary Roberts High Performance Training Program. Joe lives in Uxbridge with his family.
  • Kyle Fraser-Shoemaker
    Assistant Housemaster Macdonald House
    Bio
     
     Kyle Fraser-Shoemaker joined the faculty of St. Andrew's in 2015 as a history teacher in the Upper School and member of the Macdonald House residential team.
  • David Galajda
    Director of Residential Life, Macdonald Housemaster
    (905) 727-1219 x261
    McMaster - Bachelor of Science
    Brock University - Bachelor of Education
    University of Toronto - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    David Galajda began his career at St. Andrew's in 1987 as an Assistant Housemaster of Macdonald House. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from McMaster University, a B.Ed. from Brock University, and an M.Ed. specializing in curriculum studies from the University of Toronto, OISE. He also earned his CAIS Leadership Institute diploma in 2003. David was appointed as the Head of the Science Department in 1999, Housemaster of Macdonald House in 2001, and Director of Residential Life in 2004. He has developed and implemented the School's residential life curriculum. He has presented on residential life at the TABS Boarding Schools’ Conference and the CIS Residential Life Conference on multiple occasions. He also presented on school safety & security. David has coached various teams at SAC, including Varsity Track & Field and Varsity Hockey, which won the OFSAA championship in 1993, four MacPherson Tournaments, and the Confederation Cup. During the winter months, David coaches the U14 Hockey team.
  • Kevin Gate
    Assistant Housemaster - Memorial House
  • Anthony Gilroy
    Faculty, Assistant Housemaster, Sifton House
    (905) 727-3178 x444
    Bio
     
    Anthony joined SAC's Upper School English Department in 2013. He has since been appointed to the position of Housemaster of Perrier House, a role he dutifully carries out alongside teaching English and coaching U16 Rugby and U16 Volleyball. Anthony received an honours bachelor of arts in English from McMaster University in 2009 and is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
  • Teri Groves
    Head, University Counselling
    (905) 727-3178 x284
    Shaw College - Business Administration
    Bio
     

    Teri Groves joined St. Andrew's College as the Associate Head of University Counselling in 2006, after working at York Region District School Board. In July 2017 she was promoted to Head of the Department. She graduated from Shaw College for Business Administration. Teri lives in Aurora with her husband, Bob, her youngest daughter, Cayden, and their puppy, Coby.
  • Len Gurr
    Department Head, Social Science
    (905) 727-3178 x295
    Western - Bachelor of Arts
    Western - Master of Arts
    Western - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Len Gurr joined the faculty of St. Andrew's College in 2005, teaching history in the Upper School. He was named Head, Social Science, in September 2017. Len is also a Foundation Trustee on the SAC Board of Governors; Head Coach of Varsity Football; Assistant Coach of Varsity Baseball; and Faculty Advisor for the Andrean Life Council. He holds a BA (Hons.) with a double major in English and history, an MA in history, and a B.Ed. from Western University. Len also holds the ‘Honour Specialist’ accreditation in history, and has completed the CAIS Leadership Institute program. During his time at Western, Len played for the Mustangs Varsity Football team and was named an ‘Academic All Canadian Athlete.’ Following his playing days, Len’s focus shifted to developing an extensive coaching career. In addition to coaching at St. Andrew’s, he has served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in San Antonio, Texas, and Team Ontario during the Football Canada Cup. He has also guest coached at multiple NCAA and CIS universities. As a dedicated historian, he is particularly passionate about North American politics and military history. He lives on campus with his dogs, Jackson and Maximus. 
  • Deanna Harris
    Faculty
  • Stephen Holmes
    Faculty
    University of Guelph - Bachelor of Science Honours
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Stephen Holmes joined the St. Andrew's faculty in 2015 teaching mathematics and science in the Middle School and now teaches in the Upper School Science and Modern Languages Departments. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Guelph, and a B.Ed. from University of Toronto (OISE). Stephen has many accolades as an elite middle distance runner including winning the 2013 Canadian Championship in the 1000-metre race, and brings his expertise to coaching the Middle School U14 and U12 Track & Field programs. In addition, he coaches the U13 Basketball team and has worked to develop the Middle School First Lego League Robotics program.
  • Jamie R. Inglis '91
    Coordinator of Student Life
    (905) 727-3178 x414
    McMaster - Bachelor of Science
    McMaster - Master of Science
    York University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Jamie Inglis joined the faculty in 1999, teaching courses in physics and science. He holds a B.Sc.(Hons.) and M.Sc. from McMaster University, and a B.Ed. from York University. As the son of a former teacher and Housemaster, and an Old Boy from the Class of 1991, Jamie brings a unique perspective to his role in the Upper School. Jamie is the Coordinator of Student Life and is a member of the Administration and Student Life teams at St. Andrew's. In addition, Jamie coaches U16 Rugby and Alpine Skiing, and works closely with the Pipes and Drums and the Upper School music program. He is a former Housemaster of Ramsey House and Sifton House, and lives in Newmarket with his wife, Jane, and their children, Hillary and Andrew James.
  • Matthew Jaekel
    Faculty, Assistant Housemaster, Sifton House
    (905) 727-3178 x459
    Bio
     
    Matthew Jaekel joined St. Andrew's in 2015 as an Associate Faculty member and Residential Don. He earned full-time status in September 2017 as a member of the Business Department. Matthew is Assistant Housemaster in Sifton House and leads the grade 9 Leadership and Adventure program. Matthew earned his bachelor of management and organizational studies degree with a specialization in finance from Western University in 2012 and his B.Ed in 2015. While at Western, Matthew was a member of the varsity tennis team. Prior to working at St. Andrew's, he worked in the wealth management industry at CIBC Wood Gundy. Matthew is a coach in both the squash and tennis programs at SAC and leads the Investment Club.
  • Taylor Johnston
    Faculty, Jr. Assist. Housemaster Flavelle House
    (905) 727-3178 x468
    Bio
     
    Taylor Johnston joined St. Andrew's as an Associate Faculty member in 2015, earning permanent full-time status in September 2017. He continues to teach in the English Department, act as a Duty Master in Flavelle House, and is a coordinator for the Slam Poetry Festival. He is the assistant coach of the Varsity B Hockey team and Varsity and U16 Track & Field teams.
  • Dr. David Joiner
    Department Head, Geography
    905-727-3178
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Science
    Queen's University - Doctorate
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    Queen's University - Master of Science
    Ontario College of Teachers - Teaching Certificate
    Bio
     
    David Joiner began his teaching career at St. Andrew’s College in 1999. As a Ph.D. graduate in earth sciences from Queen’s University and B.Ed. recipient from the University of Toronto, David is Head of the Geography Department. His doctoral work gave him experience in climatology and forest carbon dioxide balances by assisting with the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study international climate change project in the boreal forest of northern Manitoba. David is the Assistant Coach for Boys and Open Curling and coordinates recreational squash. He has helped with the faculty Experts-In-Us program and is involved with global awareness initiatives, as well as faculty coordinator for SAC's Reach for the Top teams. He is a Duty Master in Macdonald House and is known for showing up for duty with trivia challenge buzzers or with his telescope on clear nights. Recently, he has also marked AP Human Geography exams in Nebraska and Ohio for the College Board. He served as an independent school special representative on provincial Geography organizations and co-chaired the Ontario Geography teachers' conference at SAC in fall 2017. In 2018, David was made a member of the College of Fellows for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. David lives in Aurora with his wife, Louise, and their three children: Graham ’12, Liam '15, and Ethan '20.
  • Marke Jones
    Teacher, Department Head of Science
    (905) 727-3178 x461
    McMaster - Bachelor of Science
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Marke Jones began his career at St. Andrew’s in 1984 as a physics teacher in the Upper School. He holds an Honours B.Sc. from McMaster University, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an Honours Specialist Certification in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Marke now teaches grade 10 science and is in the process of developing an AP chemistry program. Prior to working at SAC, Marke made it through the first round of selections for the Canadian Astronaut program when the Canadian Space Agency was first founded. He coaches U16A Soccer and Varsity Badminton, and is enthusiastic about partaking in SAC’s international trips with the students, having travelled to Austria with his soccer team, New Zealand and Fiji with a group of SAC Rugby enthusiasts, and having visited other distant lands, including Russia and Australia. Marke takes a special interest in aviation. A pilot himself, he provides extra guidance for students who would like to take the next steps to further their education in this area. Marke lives on campus with his three children, Paige, Oliver, and Maxwell. 
  • Dennis Jumaquio
    Assistant Housemaster, Memorial House
    (905) 727-3178 x455
    University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Mathematics
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Dennis Jumaquio joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s College in September 2012 as a teacher of Upper School math and business, and an Assistant Housemaster in Memorial House. Dennis has a bachelor’s of math degree from the University of Waterloo and a B.Ed from Queen’s University. He is the lead advisor for the DECA program and coaches R4 in the fall and U16 Badminton in the spring.
  • Kristen Kang
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x437
    Macquarie University - Master of Education
    Ryerson University - Bachelor of Commerce
    Bio
     
    Kristen Kang joined SAC as an AP economics teacher in the Upper School in September 2015. She is a graduate of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management and holds a post-graduate diploma in Education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Before joining SAC, she gained industry experience by working for software, engineering, and forex companies. She also has years of AP teaching experience from her former school, PCA, in Markham, Ont. Kristen enjoys team sports and has coached U16 Squash and U16 Volleyball. Given her tremendous experience with the subject matter, commitment to school life, and careful approach to her work, she quickly gained the respect of students and faculty alike. 
  • Stephen Kimmerer
    Head of Art
    (905) 727-3178 x309
    University of Alberta - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Alberta - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Stephen Kimmerer joined the faculty in 1984 as an art and history teacher in the Upper School. He has a BA and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, and previously taught at Spruce Grove in Alberta for five years before moving to Ontario. Stephen is currently the Head of the Visual Arts Department and teaches media arts and visual arts in the Upper School. For the past 15 years, he has been the Faculty Advisor for the yearbook, The Review, and has become the media arts guru, sharing his expertise with all groups and organizations throughout the SAC community. Stephen has spent over 20 years behind the bench with SAC’s Varsity, JV, and U16 squads, as well as Aurora Rep Hockey. He has also coached 1st Football, 1st Soccer, JV Soccer, U16 Soccer, 1st Badminton, and U16 Badminton. Stephen believes in giving back to his community and has spent 11 years coaching hockey and soccer in Aurora, seven years on the Board of Directors of the Aurora Youth Soccer Club and is now the President of Sport Aurora, an organization that represents and advocates for over 41 local sport and recreation providers, and he sits on the Board of the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. Stephen has two Old Boys sons: Scott ’11 and Erik ’13.
  • Mr. Bennett Kitagawa
    Housemaster, Perrier House
    (905) 727-3178 x406
    Brock University - Bachelor of Arts
    Sheridan College - Business Diploma
    I.T. Institute - AIT Diploma
    York University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Ben Kitagawa joined the SAC faculty in 2001 and teaches business, economics and geography. He holds a BA from Brock University, an AIT Diploma from ITI, and a B.Ed. from York University. Before joining SAC, Ben worked as a major account manager for a sportswear company and a general manager for a healthcare firm. He held the position of Housemaster for Smith House for two years and is now the Housemaster for Perrier House. He is the founder and faculty advisor of the student-run SAC-TV, and coaches U16 Football and U12 Softball. Ben lives in Aurora with his wife, Arima, and their two children, George and Lucy.
     
    Coach Kitagawa was been coaching football at St. Andrew's College since 2001. For the first seven years, he coached the First Football team including two OFSAA championship teams in 2001 and 2003. Responsible for coaching the defensive line in 2001 and 2002, Coach Kitagawa took over the defensive backs from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, Coach Kitagawa volunteered to move to the U16 Football program as the Defensive Coordinator to help develop players and prepare them for the First Football program. In 2012, he took over as Head Coach of the Junior Program.
     
    Ben has coached every level of hockey at the School: Varsity, Junior Varsity, U16, U14 and U12. Since 2001, his teams have won two league championships and three tournament championships, the most significant being the Junior Varsity CISAA championship in 2006 where the team went undefeated against most CISAA varsity teams. 
  • Jeff LaForge
    Assistant Housemaster, Macdonald House
    (905) 727-3178 x462
    Bio
     
    Jeff LaForge joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s College in September 2012 as an Upper School teacher of English and social science. Jeff holds an honours bachelor of arts degree with a major in history, and minor in political science and English, and a B.Ed from Ontario Institute of Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining SAC, Jeff worked at the University of Toronto as an academic support coordinator and assistant coach for the football team, and as an assistant support to the manager of children and youth programs. Jeff is currently an Assistant Housemaster in Macdonald house, where he lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter Hailey. Jeff's interests include football, basketball, reading, and politics. He coaches 1st Football, U16 Football, U16 Basketball, and is involved with the Model UN Club and the Holiday Heroes program.
  • Sean Ludwig
    Department Head, Business
    (905) 727-3178 x308
    Laurentian University - Bachelor of Commerce
    University of Windsor - M.H.K.
    Brock University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Sean Ludwig joined the faculty in 2006 as a business teacher in the Upper School. He obtained his B.Comm. from Laurentian University, his MHK from the University of Windsor, and a B.Ed from Brock University. As the Course Director for the McEwen Leadership Program, an academic program modeled after the vision of Rob McEwen ’69, Sean provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and apply them to ‘real-world’ business simulations. Sean was made Department Head, Business, in September 2017. He is also head coach of the Varsity Basketball team. Sean lives in Newmarket with his wife and SAC Middle School teacher, Whitney Elliott, and their daughters, Avery and Caris.
  • Emilia Macdonald
    Faculty, Assistant Housemaster - Memorial House
  • Lucas Madill
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x464
    McGill University - Bachelor of Education
    University of New Brunswick - Master of Science
    University of New Brunswick - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Lucas Madill joined St. Andrew's College in September 2015 as an English and social sciences teacher in the Upper School. Prior to coming to SAC, he taught grade 11 English and grade 12 social sciences at an independent high school in Ontario. Lucas has both a master's of science in Exercise & Sport Science (Sport Psychology), and a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), where he won the Lieutenant Governor’s silver medal for education. He also holds a B.Ed in Kinesiology from McGill University. Lucas played hockey at both McGill and UNB and was an academic-all Canadian at both institutions. After his playing career ended, Lucas began coaching at UNB where won a CIS National Championship as an assistant coach of the men’s hockey team. In 2017, Lucas was appointed by Hockey Canada to serve as a mental performance consultant for the National Under 17 program. He currently lives with his wife, Christine, and their identical twins, Abbie and Marlie, in Stouffville.
  • David Manning
    Faculty, First Hockey Coach
    (905) 727-3178 x299
    Colby College - Bachelor of Arts
    Memorial University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    David Manning joined the faculty in 2006, having previously taught with the Eastern School District and St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s,N.L. David earned a BA from Colby College in Maine and a B.Ed. and Technology Education Diploma from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has also had experience as a Youth Care Worker for the St. Francis Foundation, an organization dedicated to the development and growth of troubled teenagers. He has his master’s degree (M.Ed) in Educational Leadership. David teaches courses in Canadian civics, health and physical education, and computer science in the Upper School. He coaches 1st Soccer and 1st Hockey, and lives on campus with his wife, Nicole, daughter, Libby, and son, Levi.
  • Brian McCue
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x292
    Western - Bachelor of Music
    McGill University - Master of Music
    Bio
     
    Major Brian McCue joined St. Andrew’s in 1999 as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Cadet Corps, Pipe Band Snare Drum Instructor, and Assistant Housemaster in Flavelle House. He holds a B.Mus.(Hons.) from The University of Western Ontario and a M.Mus. from McGill University, as well as more than 25 years of Cadet experience, most recently as Commanding Officer of the 48th Highlanders’ Cadet Corps. Arriving as a Captain in 2002, Brian was later promoted to Major, and became Commanding Officer of the #142 Highland Cadet Corps at St. Andrew’s College. He also went on to serve as Housemaster of Flavelle House for four years. In addition to his duties as CO, he has had an extensive background in the Arts, where he has been a symphony percussionist, pipe band lead drummer, and studio musician. Brian's teaching duties focus on the pipe band drummers and percussionists in the Music Department. Under Brian's tutelage, students are able to take pipe band drumming as their principal instrument for their Upper School music credit in grades 9 through 12.
    A Reserve Officer since 1988, Brian takes a special interest in the Cadet Corps program and the development of future leaders both in civilian and military paths. In addition to delivering a five-year leadership development program through the weekly Cadet program, he oversees a wide array of optional weekend activities, such as Young Drivers programs, lifeguard training, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. During the summer months, Brian is often leading a Cadet trip to Scotland to participate in a British Army summer camp alongside Cadets from Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen. This year, Brian will be coaching U16 Soccer, Marksmanship and Biathlon (a combination of Marksmanship and Nordic Skiing). He and his wife Christine, a tutor and head Swim team coach at St. Andrew’s, live in Aurora.
  • Jim McGillivray
    Teacher, Director of the Pipes & Drums
    (905) 727-3178 x243
    Wilfrid Laurier - Bachelor of Arts
    Bio
     
    Jim McGillivray is one of the most successful and prolific Canadian competitive pipers in history, and has taught bagpiping at St. Andrew’s since 1998. He holds a BA(Hons.) from Wilfrid Laurier University. A renown and respected piper, pipe teacher and musical authority world-wide, he takes great pride in the performing standard of the Pipes & Drums and his solo pipers, and in knowing his students leave St. Andrew’s with a lifetime hobby. Before joining St. Andrew’s, Jim spent 15 years as a professional business writer. In addition to publishing in piping trade publications around the world, he continues to practice those skills as the main writer of feature stories and profiles for the alumni magazine, The Andrean. Jim lives in Aurora with his two children. For more information on Jim's piping career click here.
  • Eric McMillan
    Music
  • Joel Morrissey
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x404
    University of Ottawa - Bachelor of Science
    Trent University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Joel Morrissey joined the faculty of St. Andrew's College in 2011 as a teacher in the Math Department. In 2012, he became a teacher in the Science Department. Joel earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa in chemistry and biochemistry and earned his B. Ed. from Trent University in 2011. An avid sports fan, Joel continues to play hockey throughout the year, as well as ultimate Frisbee. Joel is a coach for JV Hockey and JV Lacrosse. Joel and his wife, Hannah, and their daughter, Evelyn, live in Newmarket.
  • Claudio Numa
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x277
    McGill University - Bachelor of Arts
    Université de Montréal - Teaching Certificate
    Bio
     
    Claudio Numa joined SAC in 2003 as Head of Modern Languages in the Upper School where he teaches French and Spanish. In September 2017 he assumed the roles of Grade Coordinator and Day Housemaster. He holds a BA and a Teaching Certificate from  Université de Montréal. Prior to his career at SAC, he taught languages and film studies for five years at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Alberta. Claudio is involved in planning, organizing, and managing school trips to various French and Spanish-speaking locations, including Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the St. Donat, Que., trip. He has played an integral role in the successful launch of the Extended French program. Claudio coaches 1st Volleyball and U14 Squash, and is currently living on campus.
  • Chris Papalia
    Housemaster, Laidlaw House
    (905) 727-3178 x304
    Macalester College - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    University of Toronto - Masters of Education
    Bio
     
    Chris Papalia joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s College in 2012 after teaching and coaching with the Durham District School Board for three years. At SAC, he has taught in both the Mathematics and Science Departments of the Upper School and regularly teaches the AP Statistics course. Currently, he is the Housemaster of Laidlaw House and coaches First Hockey and First Baseball. In addition to his coaching duties, he is the co-faculty advisor of the Social Justice Council, the faculty advisor for the Data Analytics in R co-curricular program, and is a member of the faculty IT Integration Committee. He has presented at the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators annual conference twice and guest lectured to teacher candidates at the University of Toronto. Chris is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he majored in physics, was a four-year letter winner in baseball, and worked with the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He earned his B.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2009, where he played with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Baseball team, and, in 2018, he earned his M.Ed. from OISE/UT focusing on the implementation and integration of blended learning programs in schools. Chris is a Baseball Ontario learning facilitator and coach evaluator and coached baseball for Ontario at the Canada Cup and the Canada Summer Games. He enjoys learning, golf, and squash and lives on the SAC campus.
  • Terry Prezens
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x411
    Bio
     
    Terry Prezens joined the faculty in 2005 and teaches computer science and computer engineering in the Upper School. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Terry has taught computer science courses through Continuing Education Programs and courses on Computer Engineering at Centennial College. He also has experience writing several textbooks on computer programming. Prior to his career at SAC, he taught all-girls at St. Clement’s School in Toronto. By combining his passions for sports and technology, Terry created a co-curricular Robotics Club, where students were given the opportunity to design and build mini-autonomous robots that competed in national and international soccer competitions. The club was so successful it became a course, and in 2010 one of his teams finished first in the world in the Superteam division of  the RoboCup Jr. soccer competition. He also oversees the Computer Programming Club. Terry has more than a decade of high school coaching experience and this year will be coaching the U16 Football and U13 Rugby teams. He lives in Markham with his wife, Kathy, and their daughter, Kiana.
    Coach Prezens has only been at St. Andrew’s College for six years, but has found his niche as Defensive Backs coach for U16 Football. Prior to coming to St. Andrew’s he was involved at the First Football level with a team that went on to become the Golden Horseshoe champions. He brings his years of Rugby coaching to the defense and strives to make his DB’s great tacklers. He remembers learning years ago from a previous mentor that, “offense might score points, it is the defence that will win games.”
  • Kevan Quinn
    Faculty, Assistant Housemaster - Flavelle House
  • Keith Ramon
    Housemaster, Sifton House
    (905) 727-3178 x442
    Trent University - Bachelor of Arts
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Keith Ramon began teaching English at St. Andrew’s College in 2002. He holds a BA (Hons) from Trent University, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an Honours Specialist from the University of Toronto. Keith is an active athlete and continues to compete in Ironman triathlons throughout North America. He is the head coach of the triathlon team, and also coaches cross-country running, Nordic skiing, biathlon, and weight training. Keith is also a Senior Course Officer for the #142 Highland Cadet Corps and involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award as an organizer of various outdoor pursuits. Keith is the Housemaster of Sifton House and is responsible for the 60 boys that live in his care. He lives with his wife, Melissa, a teacher in the Middle School, and his two young children.
  • Mr. Gregory Reid
    Executive Director of Advancement
    (905) 727-3178 x258
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Arts
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Physical Education
    University of Toronto - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    Greg Reid joined the faculty of St. Andrew's College in 2000 as Director of Athletics. He was promoted to Assistant Headmaster, School Life and Operations, in September 2012, where his responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of student life, leadership, and discipline. As of June 2018, he will be taking on the role of Executive Director of Advancement at SAC.
     
    Greg earned BA, B.P.H.E. (Hons.) and B.Ed. degrees from Queen’s University and completed an M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration at OISE, University of Toronto. Greg is also a graduate of the CAIS Leadership Institute, recently completed the CAIS Next Steps Diploma program in Advanced Leadership, and holds the professional designation of Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA).
     
    Greg holds multiple coaching certifications as well as qualifications in scuba, canoeing, and challenge-course management. He has coached SAC's 1st Lacrosse team since 2003, and is currently an assistant coach with SAC's Varsity B Hockey team. Greg has coached lacrosse at the provincial, national, and international levels, and is currently the Director of High School Teams for Evolve Elite Lacrosse. He assisted in the design of the School's Upper Fields project, resulting in the outstanding Yuill Family Athletic Complex, and also consulted on the design and construction of the La Brier Family Arena.
     
    Greg lives with his wife, Chryssi (an elementary school teacher), and their two sons, Bowen '15, Queen's '19, and Brayden '18.
  • Steve D. Rush
    Director of Information Technology, Head of Computer Science
    (905) 727-3178 x265
    Western - Bachelor of Arts
    Bio
     
    Steve began his teaching career at St. Andrew’s in 1988. He has a BA in Economics and Computer Science from The University of Western Ontario and is an Honours Specialist in Philosophy. Steve is currently the Director of IT and the Head of Computer Science and teaches two courses on Philosophy in grades 11 and 12. He is also Coach of the Varsity and Intramural Squash teams, and is devoted to developing junior squash players at the school. The Varsity Squash team won the CISAA Championship seven of the eight years between 2006 and 2014. He has coached U14 Hockey, U16 Football and Varsity Football, where he was part of three CISAA Championship teams.  He competes provincially in masters squash tournaments and has been ranked as high as 3rd in the province. Steve lives in Newmarket with his wife, Paula, an English literature and drama teacher at Newmarket High School, and their five children: Colleen, Stephen, Kevin '12, Brendan '17, and Nolan '21.
  • Samantha Scheepers
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x457
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Toronto - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    Samantha Scheepers joined the St. Andrew’s faculty in 2012 as an English teacher in the Upper School. Teaching senior English and AP Research, she holds a master’s of education, specializing in metacognition and reading comprehension, as well as a BA (Hons.) with high distinction in English and Renaissance Studies from the University of Toronto. She has recently completed a teaching fellowship focused on leadership in Independent Schools at Columbia University and presented her research on perspective-taking and literature discussions at the 2017 International Boys' School Coalition Conference in Baltimore. Samantha has enjoyed experiences working with both Upper and Middle School students, having taught at Havergal College, John M. Denison Secondary School, and Lawrence Heights, as well as working as the Director of Literary Camps at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She is the faculty advisor forSAC Students for Social Justice, as well as the Assistant Senior Debate Coach. She coaches U13 Rugby and is the Chair of the College's Standing Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. 
  • William Scoular
    Department Head, Drama
    (905) 727-3178 x422
    Oxford - Bachelor of Arts
    Oxford - Master of Arts
    Bio
     
    William Scoular joined the faculty of St. Andrew’s in 1987. He is a graduate of Oxford University where he received a BA and MA in English Language and Literature. William is now Head of the Drama Department and teaches English and theatre studies in the Upper School. He has directed more than 25 main stage productions and over 60 plays for the annual FOCUS Festival of the Arts, a celebration of the arts he founded 20 years ago.  William is also author of Not An Ordinary Place, co-author of A Question of Guilt, and editor of Secret Agent: The Selected Journals and Letters of Harry Somers.
  • Courtenay Shrimpton
    Assistant Headmaster
    (905) 727-3178 x307
    McGill University - Bachelor of Arts
    McGill University - Bachelor of Education
    Royal Roads University - Master of Arts
    Bio
     
    Courtenay Shrimpton joined SAC in 1999 as a history teacher and Housemaster of Flavelle. He holds a BA and B.Ed. from McGill University, and a master's degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Previously the Dean of Students at Lower Canada College, Courtenay served as the Assistant Headmaster, Student Life at SAC for eight years, and for the past five has taken on the responsibilities of Assistant Headmaster, Upper School and Strategic Development. In this capacity, Courtenay oversees the Upper School, its faculty, and students. He oversees the administration team and works closely with department heads. He is responsible for the coordination and direction of strategic initiatives at the School, with a focus on implementation of strategic priorities through the new strategic plan (2017-2022). He coaches 1st Football and U16 Basketball and volunteers as a coach with two community provincial rep. basketball teams. He has completed his CAIS Leadership Institute Diploma and writes and teaches extensively on independent school leadership. Courtenay lives in Aurora with his wife, Leslie, also a teacher, and their three daughters.
  • Chris St. Cyr
    Social Science
  • Dave Stewart
    Coordinator of Student Engagement and Well Being
    (905) 727-3178 x280
    Bio
     
    David Stewart joined the faculty in 2000 as a history teacher in the Upper School. He holds a BA (Hons.), with a major in history and minor in drama, and a B.Ed. specializing in history from Queen’s University. Prior to coming to St. Andrew’s, he worked at Queen’s University as a Recruitment Officer. David became the Department Head of History and Social Sciences for the Upper School in 2004 but has stepped away from that role to assume the position of Middle and Upper School Chapel Coordinator as well as joining the School Life Team. He has spent 11 years in residence at SAC, first as Assistant Housemaster in Macdonald House then as Housemaster of Flavelle House. He organizes the annual St. Andrew’s College Remembrance Day Ceremony. David is also the principal announcer at major SAC events, including Homecoming and the MacPherson Tournament. Since 2003, David has planned and organized the annual Battlefield Tour to France and Belgium. In 2015 and 2016, he was the honoured recipient of the Biafran Award. This year he will be coaching U14 Hockey and Junior Golf. David lives in Newmarket with his wife, Natascia, and their two children, Conor and Hannah.
  • Melissa Tackaberry
    Faculty, Arts and Co-Curricular Plus Coordinator
    (905) 727-3178 x425
    University of Windsor - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Windsor - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Melissa Tackaberry started at St. Andrew’s in 2001 as a math teacher in the Upper School. She holds a BA and BEd from the University of Windsor and previously taught in the Simcoe Country District School Board. She is the faculty advisor for the Student Outreach Council, runs the Holiday Heroes program in conjunction with the York Region Children's Aid Society, and is the coordinator of the School's ACPlus program. 
  • Amanda Thorne
    Coordinator of Academic Support
    (905) 727-3178 x236
    University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Science
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Education
    Nipissing University - Master of Education
    Bio
     
    Amanda Thorne joined St. Andrew’s in 2001 as a science teacher in the Upper School. In July 2017, she was named to the US School Life Team, providing support to both the pastoral and academic needs of the College. Amanda holds a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an M.Ed. from Nipissing University. Prior to joining the faculty at SAC, Amanda taught courses in chemistry and biology at Sutton District High School with the YRDSB. She currently holds the position of Learning Resource Specialist and coordinator of the Guided Learning Centre, and teaches one section of grade 12 chemistry.
  • Matthew Trevisan
    Department Head, English
    (905) 727-3178 x428
    Queen's University - Bachelor of Arts
    University of Toronto - Bachelor of Education
    Bio
     
    Matthew Trevisan joined the St. Andrew's faculty in 2010 as an English teacher in the Upper School. In September 2017, he was named Department Head, English. Matthew has a BA (Hons.) from Queen's University and a B.Ed from OISE's inner city program. Before coming to SAC, Matthew wrote for The Globe and MailCTVOlympics.ca, and the Kingston Whig-Standard. He has worked as the Assistant Housemaster in Memorial House, helped launch the School's Social Justice Council, and co-taught the broadcast journalism program in its first years. He currently is the teacher advisor for the Writing and Publication Council, assists with weight training, and coaches Track & Field.
  • Nick Tsioros '88
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x402
    Bio
     
    Nick Tsioros began his teaching career at St. Andrew’s in 1994 teaching health and physical education to grade 9 students and courses in exercise science for grade 12 students. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Ed. from Boston University and is a graduate of SAC from the Class of 1988. Nick was a competitive distance runner for many years, and as a junior athlete he represented Canada at several World Cross Country and Track Championships. In 1996, he was ranked fifth in Canada and narrowly missed making the Olympic team for the marathon. He coaches the Varsity Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. In the past, he has also coached club runners in the Etobicoke Track & Field Club as well as in the Newmarket Huskies. Nick lives in Aurora with his family.
  • Tanya Weedon
    Associate Head, University Counselling
    (905) 727-3178 x275
    Bio
     
    Tanya Weedon joined the University Counselling team at St. Andrew's College in 2012. Prior to working at SAC, Tanya worked in Admissions at Mount Allison University and in Residence & Student Life at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. In her role as Associate Head of University Counselling, Tanya will work closely with grade 11 and 12 students interested in applying to university within Ontario and Canada, and is looking forward to working with all Upper School students as they plan for their future beyond St. Andrew's College.
  • Matthew Wyatt
    Faculty
    (905) 727-3178 x438
    Lakehead University - Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Transart Institute (Berlin/NYC) - Master of Fine Arts
    Bio
     
    Matt Wyatt joined the faculty in 2014. He holds an Masters in Fine Art in New Media from Transart Institute (Berlin/NYC) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) in Visual Arts (Studio) from Lakehead University. Prior to joining St. Andrew's, he taught art and English in Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for six years. Outside of teaching, he has worked in musical performance, marketing, and design, and he also maintains a fine art painting practice. Matt joined the visual arts team to help broaden students' visual arts experiences and understanding of contemporary art. In 2015, he helped design and introduce the new broadcast journalism course and student news program. Matt lives on campus with his wife, Nao, and their two children, Hana and Ryu.
  • Jessica Zhou
    Faculty
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