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The Virtual High School team is here to support you! Please use the staff directory below to contact the appropriate person for your inquiry.

  • Local: 1-416-800-1188
  • Toll-free: 1-866-679-9377
  • Fax: 1-519-565-4100

Principal

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker, B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

Principal, Founder, and CEO

1-416-800-1186 phone

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Guidance

Erin Fielder

Erin Fielder

Guidance Coordinator (Last names A-K)

1-416-800-1188 x324 phone

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Rachel Tome

Rachel Tomé, B.A., B.Ed., OCT

Guidance Coordinator (Last names L-Z)

1-416-800-1188 x330 phone

1-866-679-9377 x330 toll free

Please contact your Guidance Coordinator about:

  • Guidance issues and inquiries
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Sending and receiving Ontario Student Records (OSRs)
  • Equivalent Credit Assessments
  • OUAC/OCAS inquiries
  • Inquiries related to prerequisites and prerequisite waivers
  • Reach Ahead students
  • Course reconstruction
  • Career Cruising
  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Sending in a prerequisite? Email: Prerequisite@VirtualHighSchool.com

Laura Mulder

Laura Mulder

Guidance Assistant

1-416-800-1188 x342 phone

1-866-679-9377 x342 toll free

School Administration

Have a general inquiry? Email: Information@VirtualHighSchool.com

Sending in your proctor approval form? Email: Exams@VirtualHighSchool.com

Richard Vallejo

Richard Vallejo, B.A.

Customer Support Specialist

1-416-800-1188 x304 phone

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Ashley Homuth

Ashley Homuth

Head of Admissions & Records

1-416-800-1249 phone

1-866-679-9377 x303 toll free

Adam Wise

Adam Wise, OCAD

Registrar

1-416-800-1188 x315 phone

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Jean anne Hamilton

Jean Anne Hamilton, B.A. (Hon)

Exams Administrator

1-416-800-1188 x341 phone

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Kelli McGregor

Kelli McGregor, B.A., MLIS

Assistant Registrar

1-416-800-1188 x344 phone

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Emily Santos

Emily Santos, Dip. Office Admin, Executive

Records Administrator

1-416-800-1188 x309 phone

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Amanda Zehr

Amanda Zehr, B.A. (Hon), MTS

Unenrollment Administrator

1-416-800-1188 x345 phone

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Darby Sinnet

Darby Sinnett

Assistant Records Administrator

1-416-800-1188 x332 phone

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Hayley Morgan

Hayley Morgan, B.A. (Hon)

Enrollments Data Specialist

1-416-800-1188 x333 phone

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Carly Armstrong

Carly Armstrong, B.A.

Assistant Records Administrator

1-416-800-1188 x343 phone

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Academic Departments

Stacy Schulz

Stacy Schulz, B.Sc. (Hon), B.Ed., OCT

Vice-Principal, Department Head

1-416-800-1188 phone

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Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson, B.A. (Hon), B.Ed., OCT

Co-Department Head

1-416-800-1188 phone

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John Smallwood

John Smallwood, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil., OCT

Co-Department Head
 

1-416-800-1188 phone

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Ron Will

Ron Will, B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

Department Head

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Business Operations, Human Resources, and Partnerships

Kimberley Loebach

Kim Loebach, B.A. (Hon), MIR, CHRP

Director of Operations; Human Resources

1-416-800-1188 x310 phone

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Trevor Hallam

Trevor Hallam, B.A. (Hon), MLitt

Partnerships Coordinator

1-416-800-1188 x339 phone

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Danielle Chisholm

Danielle Chisholm, B.A., Dip. HRM

Human Resources Generalist

1-416-800-1188 x340 phone

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Charlotte Worsell

Charlotte Worsell, B.A. (Hon), Dip. HRM, CHRP

Human Resources Generalist

1-416-800-1188 x312 phone

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Jan Vanden Hengel

Jan Vanden Hengel

Accounting Coordinator

1.416.800.1188 x318 phone

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1.519.565.4100 fax


Jackie Loebach

Jackie Loebach, B.A. (Hon), MDEI

User Experience and Marketing, Virtual Elementary School Coordinator

1-416-800-1188 phone

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Technical Support and Multimedia

Tony Stecca

Tony Stecca, B.Sc., M.Sc.Ed., OCT

Head of Technology;
Web Administrator

1-416-800-1188 phone

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Need technical assistance? Please contact: TechSupport@VirtualHighSchool.com

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Chief Information Officer

1-416-800-1188 phone

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Robert McKercher

Rob McKercher

Multimedia Specialist

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Chris Hamelin

Chris Hamelin, B.A.

Multimedia Developer

1-416-800-1188 x329 phone

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Our Educators

Staff PD Day 2010

VHS PD Day 2015(Kitchener)

According to distance education specialists, VHS online courses are on the leading edge of elearning! Our courses engage the learner at many different levels resulting in the high level of student completions currently being experienced by our students. Students taking our online courses consistently report that our etexts, communication and other LMS course tools are simply the best that exist! As a Registered Private School in Ontario, we have to consistently exceed the needs of our students as we provide quality online education. And this starts with the teacher. There is no substitute for quality course content delivered by top-notch teachers. Great online courses do not arise from poor teaching philosophy. When one of our students Nalenee reported, "To tell you the truth, you're even better than some of my day school teachers. It is surprising that you are so helpful.", she was reflecting honestly about our online teacher. We strive to provide teachers of distinction so that the student finds success in the online world.

Find your particular teacher listed in the CLASSLIST in your course and contact for questions about:

  • Assessments and Evaluations
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Final Exams
  • The course content
                                                                       

Trina Allinotte Trina Allinotte
B.Sc., B.Ed. ,M.Ed., OCT
Trina Allinotte
Working with the students and staff of VHS has been an exciting and rewarding experience. Online education provides the opportunity to work with people from many different backgrounds and places. I often feel I have seen the world through the eyes of my students, and this has been the most rewarding experience of being a part of an online educational community. The staff is an outstanding collective of energetic people, who have a student centered approach to online learning.
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Trina Allinotte Trina Allinotte
B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT

I am a curriculum developer and instructor for SBI4U and I also teach SNC2D. The excellent questions my students ask certainly keeps me on my toes! I enjoy the flexibility of the online education as it allows me to teach as well as stay involved with my family. This flexibility is also an attractive feature for VHS students, who desire a high quality education, but need to fit it into a busy life. As their instructor, I draw upon over 8 years of teaching experience at both university and secondary levels. I look forward to connecting daily with the VHS community of learners.

Stephen Armitage Stephen Armitage
B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., OCT
Stephen Armitage
My name is Steve Armitage. I have a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in medical physics from The University of Western Ontario where I specialized in diagnostic imaging. The three main passions in my life are teaching, athletics, and my family. I have a wide range of teaching experiences including teaching English as a second language in Japan, teaching mathematics at the elementary and secondary level in Peterborough, Ontario, and teaching physics at Trent University.
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Stephen Armitage Stephen Armitage
B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

My love of sports began at an early age with hockey and I have been coaching and playing many sports since. I have competed at the Canadian national championships in Track & Field, Rowing, and Ultimate Frisbee, and I spend my summers waterskiing at the cottage. I couldn?t do any of this without the love and support of my family and I feel truly blessed to have my loving wife and my 2 year old son in my life.

This is my first year with Virtual High School and I am excited to be part of the VHS team. I hope that I can help you achieve your own goals and I look forward to learning with you along the way.

Tom Card Tom Card
B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT
Tom Card
Tom Card retired after more than 30 years of teaching in Peel Region and a weekend visit to Bayfield led to a teaching position with Virtual High School. Tom is a former Science department head and over the years, he has taught just about every Science course going except Grade 12 University Physics. He has also taught mathematics, accounting, co-op education and special education.
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Tom Card Tom Card
B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

Tom worked on developing the Ontario Science curriculum and has written a number of Science courses for the Independent Learning Centre. This is his first go at on-line teaching and he is very excited about being back in the classroom (virtual instead of one with walls) and interacting with students again. His greatest satisfaction comes from working with students, answering their questions, and supporting them as they learn about Science and their own learning styles.

Tom and his wife have moved away from the greater Toronto area into a little community where they are able to walk everywhere – to the grocery store, post office, bank, and library. They enjoy hiking on the local trails and touring the countryside, visiting the small towns in the area.

Tom likes to start each day with a 5 km run; he has competed in road races in the past and hopes to do so again. He and his wife have travelled to Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia since retiring. Their next trip will likely be to England, Scotland and Ireland. Tom also enjoys reading, both fiction and non-fiction.

Stephanie Casemore Stephanie Casemore
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Stephanie Casemore
Teaching online is the opportunity I've been waiting for my entire life! I find that online learning allows for a different kind of interaction between student and teacher than the traditional classroom setting; the online student/teacher relationship has the potential to be much more collaborative. It also provides the opportunity for substantial feedback and increased dialogue, when students are willing and eager to participate fully.
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Stephanie Casemore Stephanie Casemore
B.A., B.Ed., OCT

Teaching online is the opportunity I've been waiting for my entire life! I find that online learning allows for a different kind of interaction between student and teacher than the traditional classroom setting; the online student/teacher relationship has the potential to be much more collaborative. It also provides the opportunity for substantial feedback and increased dialogue, when students are willing and eager to participate fully.

The experiences that have brought me to VHS include a combination of formal education and real-world experiences. I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph with a double major in International Development and English. I then went on to complete an After-Degree in Education from the University of Alberta with a specialization in secondary English and a minor in Intercultural Education. While I did not pursue a career in the field of international development, I still have a passion for this area of study and strive to include a global perspective in my teaching. The study of world literature is a valuable method of understanding both the world and people around us; it is a vehicle to understanding the differences between us, but more important, the commonalities we all share.

After a number of years teaching for Edmonton Public Schools, my husband and I made the decision to return to our home province of Ontario. Upon my return, I worked briefly for the Thames Valley District School Board in London. When my son was born, I left the classroom to be a full-time mother. I spent eight years away from teaching gaining real-world experience in the subject I love to teach: English. During this time I wrote a book and established my own publishing company.

In addition to teaching with VHS, I continue to operate my publishing company and continue writing. I also provide editing and back-of-the-book indexing services to authors and publishers which allows for a wide variety of work and the privilege of working on many interesting book projects. My experience in the publishing industry continually adds to my knowledge and skills, which I can then pass on to my students. While time is never free, I do enjoy running, reading, baking, and have recently bought a touring kayak and am looking forward to exploring the beautiful lakes and waterways around eastern Ontario.

The opportunity to teach with VHS is a true joy. I view my role as that of a facilitator: a partner in my students' learning. A day just isn't complete without logging in to check how everyone is doing, answer questions, and review newly submitted assignments. Of course, being able to do it at 6 a.m. in my pyjamas and with a hot tea in hand is a nice added bonus to the job!

Sarah Cooper Sarah Cooper
B.A.(Hon), B.Ed., M.A., OCT
Sarah Cooper
I am excited to be teaching History and English courses at VHS. I currently teach sections of ENG3U, CHI4U, CHW3M, and CHC2 Academic and Applied streams. After graduating from the Queen's University Concurrent Education program in 2001, I taught for one year in England before returning to do a MA in History at University of Toronto. I then spent four wonderful years teaching History to grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 at the National Ballet School in Toronto, during which time I completed an Honours Specialist AQ in History.
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Sarah Cooper Sarah Cooper
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.A., OCT

In my teaching of History, I enjoy the challenges of making the past relevant and interesting to students, as well as helping them develop the strong research, analytical and writing skills they will require in their careers, whatever paths they choose. During the past year I have been leading a semi-nomadic existence following my husband to various academic posts, and have been keeping busy working with undergraduates at the Princeton University Writing Centre, and teaching ESL to adults in Toronto, in addition to my VHS courses. In my spare time, I love reading, photography and travelling the world- which may explain why sometimes my students will see me online at strange hours of the day!!

Paul Craigen Paul Craigen
B.A., B.Ed., B.Com., M.B.A., OCT
Paul Craigen
Paul is an Ontario school teacher with over 22 years experience having taught Business Studies, Computer Science and Special Education at all grade levels in secondary school. Prior to teaching, he worked in the private business world in the finance and accounting areas having spent a portion of his business career living and working in the US and the UK. Paul is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and an MBA, which he obtained from York University.
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Paul Craigen Paul Craigen
B.A., B.Ed., B.Com., M.B.A., OCT

Paul brings a very practical approach to business studies to his classroom activities and discussions which his students report highly engage them in their learning. He is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher with real world examples that bring his business classroom to life.

Adrienne Crookshank Adrienne Crookshank
B.Sc., B.Ed., B.Math., OCT
Adrienne Crookshank
Since graduating from the Concurrent Education program at the University of Windsor 5 years ago, I have been teaching math and physics at a private school in Vaughan. I have had the opportunity to teach every grade of math including all three grade 12 courses and both grade 11 and 12 physics.
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Adrienne Crookshank Adrienne Crookshank
B.Sc., B.Ed., B.Math., OCT

I have two beautiful twin boys, Andrew and James, who were born in 2011. In my free time, in enjoy running, playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee and reading.

Jeff Cummings
Jeff Cummings
B.A.(Hon), B.Ed., OCT
Jeff Cummings
I have been teaching for 9 years, and it has been the most rewarding and fulfilling career choice. I am a very active teacher in the classroom, as I enjoy discussion, and interaction with students. I coach numerous sports including football and wrestling. I also love the online learning environment in the flexibility it allows students to achieve their learning goals. Currently, I am teaching history course at VHS and have had the pleasure of interacting with so many fantastic students from various places and backgrounds.
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Jeff Cummings
Jeff Cummings
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

Last year, I was married to my wonderful wife Jennifer. The other love of my life is my Bernese mountain dog, Samson. In my free time, I run a sports and fitness business which keeps me very busy, but offers me a tremendous opportunity to meet people throughout my community.

Gayle Detenbeck Gayle Detenbeck
B.Math., B.Ed., OCT
Gayle Detenbeck
Mrs. Detenbeck is a retired teacher who is enjoying her many hobbies of travelling, biking, badminton, swimming, playing bridge and reading. She has taught mathematics in Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown and even taught one year in Melbourne Australia. As well as enjoying her career as a math teacher she coached boys & girls hockey, swim team, girls soccer. She has 2 daughters, and one son. Her 4 grandsons are all under 4 and provide lots of entertainment for her and her husband.
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Gayle Detenbeck Gayle Detenbeck
B.Math., B.Ed., OCT

Mrs. D. enjoys working with all her online students and helping them reach their goals. She hopes her students will email her and introduce themselves.

Mark Dietrich Mark Dietrich
B.B.A.(Hon), B.Ed., OCT
Mark Dietrich
Mark Dietrich is a newly qualified teacher who is excited to start his teaching career, here at VHS. He holds a B.B.A.(Hon) with a concentration in Accounting from Brock University and a B.Ed., from Lakehead University. After completion of post-secondary, Mark had the amazing opportunity of travelling around Australia during school holidays, while supply teaching in Secondary Schools in Melbourne, Victoria.
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Mark Dietrich Mark Dietrich
B.B.A.(Hon), B.Ed., OCT

Mark is still eager to travel and hopes to see more of the world in the near future. Some of his other hobbies include watching and playing sports such as golf, hockey, and tennis, as well as his vast interest for outdoor activities. During his holidays, Mark can be found canoeing and portaging through Ontario?s beautiful Provincial parks. Mark is very eager for the opportunity to gain experience in his field with a well-established education provider.

Heidi Van Dyke Anthony Di Palma
B.Sc.(Hon), GDipEd.,
MET,OCT
Anthony DiPalma
Anthony has been teaching secondary level science since 2005 in Ontario.  With accomplished international experience he brings a comprehensive understanding of the changing space of education to VHS.  Anthony has taught a variety of courses in the traditional classroom including biology, chemistry, mathematics and religion and has a cutting edge understanding of the latest technologies and applications employed in online learning environments.  His teaching endeavors have taken him to Australia, Central America and Mexico and of course include his native Canada. 
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Anthony Di Palma Anthony Di Palma
B.Sc.(Hon), GDipEd.,
MET,OCT

He holds an Honors BSc from the University of Guelph in Biological Science, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies from The University of Wollongong in New South Wales Australia and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from The University of British Columbia.  When Anthony is not teaching in the classroom or behind his computer he can be found coaching on the rugby field, ski instructing on the slopes of Ontario or under water scuba diving the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

Fred Driedger Fred Driedger
B.Sc.(Hon), B.Ed., OCT
Fred Driedger
After graduating from the University of Waterloo in Mathematics and Physics, Fred began his secondary teaching career in south western Ontario. As computer technology became available to support student learning, Fred was instrumental in promoting it for classroom use both locally and across Ontario as a probeware specialist with IBM Canada. Fred has also authored a locally developed course, The Physics of Engineering, which utilizes LEGO Robolab to investigate Physics principles in a hands-on learning environment.
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Fred Driedger Fred Driedger
B.Sc.(Hon) ,B.Ed., OCT

Online learning, seemed like a logical progression, as Fred now enjoys teaching the VHS SPH4U and SPH3U courses. Fred and his wife own a 45 acre farm in south western Ontario. While initially, he was actively involved in the farming operation, he now leaves that for the experts and instead enjoys the sounds of chirping birds in the morning and the quiet country nights. His hobbies include gardening, woodworking and the restoration of classic cars.

Scott Dykes Scott Dykes
B.ASc., PhD., B.Ed., OCT
Scott Dykes
I graduated from University of Toronto in 1984 with a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering. My working career started as a senior research scientist with DuPont Canada. There my research activities led to a patent and several proprietary processing equipment designs.

I changed my career path to teaching in 1991. Over the years I have taught a wide range of courses at the high school level in mathematics, computer science, science and business.
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Scott Dykes Scott Dykes
B.ASc., PhD., B.Ed., OCT

I have been working online as a tutor for 7 years and really enjoy the experience. I have now branched out to teaching entire courses online in Mathematics and Computer Science for VHS. I find the one-on-one contact very stimulating, working with students who want to complete the courses. The key to success in my view is found in this quotation. "One does not fail by falling down, one fails by not getting back up."

Ann Findlay Ann Findlay
B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT
Ann Findlay
Ann Findlay has been an educator for 12 years and a lifelong learner. She has earned a BSc, Chemistry (Dalhousie), BEd, Technology (UNB), MEd, Curriculum Design (Mount St. Vincent), and MEd, Educational Administration (ST. Francis Xavier). Ann's strengths in the classroom, both virtual and physical, are complimented by her excellent grasp and use of technology. Staying current with, and implementing these resources, offers Ann's students a diverse and engaging learning experience.
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Ann Findlay Ann Findlay
B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT

Ms Findlay has a well rounded teaching resume having taught grades 5 through 12 in Canada and the USA, as well as teaching post secondary students within Trent University's BEd program. Ann is as equally comfortable teaching International Baccalaureate courses as she is teaching applied level courses.

Ann coaches cross country and track and field and feels the responsibility that comes with extra-curricular activities helps to shape a well rounded individual. Ann has written two science courses for VHS and is excited to be teaching in the virtual world.

Christy Flynn Christy Flynn
B.A.(Hon),Grad.Dip.Ed., OCT
Christy Flynn
I have been acting like a teacher for most of my life ? literally. As a young child, it was one of my favorite role-play characters as it gave me the opportunity to boss around my older siblings. As I got older, my love of 'acting' became a little more aggressive, as did my love for music, theatre, dance and all aspects of art. Teaching became more like subtle tutoring as I tried to involve all of my friends in the arts as well (it turns out I am the biggest ham of us all).
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Christy Flynn Christy Flynn
B.A.(Hon),Grad.Dip.Ed., OCT

I danced competitively for many years and performed in as many stage shows in as many genres as I could manage. I attended Queen's University where I not only grew to love the arts even more, but found a true passion for working with other students and gaining a real understanding of how the arts can shape student's lives. I attended teacher's college in Melbourne, Australia and have worked as a teacher from grades 8-12 for the last 6 years. One of my main ambitions in teaching has been to provide opportunities for students to be creative, whether that is in a social science class or a drama class!

Pam Frassinelli Pam Frassinelli
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Pam Frassinelli
I graduated in the bilingual stream of Glendon College's Concurrent Education program. For over 18 years, I taught in three different Boards in the Ontario public school system. I have additional qualifications in English, Special Education, French as a Second Language, English as a Second Language, and Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction. It is both an honour and a privilege to be part of the outstanding and innovative VHS team. The online learning community continues to rapidly gain momentum. These are exciting times in education!

Uma Gnanaharan Uma Gnanaharan
B.Sc., OCT
Uma Gnanaharan
Mrs. Uma Gnanaharan has been with VHS since 2003 and has written three math courses and revised/edited two math courses. She graduated from the University of Victoria (BC) with her B.Sc. in mathematics in 2001. She is also with TVO, Ask a Teacher. She developed content for the Ask a Teacher website and does online tutoring. She earned her ABQ in computer studies in 2009.
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Uma Gnanaharan Uma Gnanaharan
B.Sc., OCT

At the University of Victoria, Mrs. Gnanaharan developed secondary/college level computer science programming instructional units for the use of a new information technology text for upper school levels in Central America and China. She feels that online students in our school should possess the ability to be self-motivated and self-disciplined, be able to use the technology properly, and have the ability to think critically.

Darrell Goddard Darrell Goddard
B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., OCT
Darrel Goddard
Mr. Goddard is a teacher with the Simcoe County DSB where he teaches Mathematics, Physics, Science and Computer Science. In addition, he is an online tutor with TV Ontario and teaches Grade 12 Advanced Functions at the VHS.

Mr. Goddard has taught adults and adolescents in various places such as Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario and Physics at a private high school in Switzerland.
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Darrell Goddard Darrell Goddard
B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

He enjoys travelling to Europe, especially England and Germany.

He is father of five young children and in any spare time that's left he enjoys playing the guitar and piano, plays in a band at church, loves to bike for exercise and to go camping.

John Graham John Graham
B.Com., B.Ed., OCT
John Graham
John Graham has been a Business Studies and Communications Technology teacher in Ontario for over 13 years. He holds a bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. He is currently working on his Masters of Education in Information Technology through Memorial University in Newfoundland.
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John Graham John Graham
B.Com., B.Ed., OCT

Mr. Graham has a Business Honour Specialist, a Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Education qualifications and is qualified to teach at the junior level. He has authored a number of business studies courses for the Ministry of Education and E-Learning Ontario, has tutored for TVO's Ask A Teacher, and authored a business studies course for the Independent Learning Centre. He teaches part time for Queen?s University, Faculty of Education.

In his spare time, Mr. Graham enjoys curling, playing basketball, and golf. He is an avid traveller and enjoys visiting Caribbean countries.

Derek Grainger Derek Grainger
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT
Derek Grainger
Derek Grainger is a graduate of the Concurrent Education program at Brock University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education. He spent a year teaching in a remote Northern Ontario community before moving back home to London, Ontario to continue his teaching career. Derek is also an online math tutor through TVO. Derek is excited to join the VHS team because of his passion for teaching, technology, and mathematics.
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Derek Grainger Derek Grainger
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

Derek teaches Grade 10 Foundations of Mathematics (MFM2P) and Grade 11 Foundations for College Mathematics (MBF3C) at VHS. He is a firm believer that anybody can succeed in mathematics and is eager to help all of his students find that success. He is always available for questions and clarification, and encourages his students to do their best and ask for help when it is needed.

Outside of teaching, Derek spends most of his time playing sports, training for triathlons, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with his fiancée and their puppy, Max.

Stephanie Gray Stephanie Gray
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Stephanie Gray
I am excited to be teaching the grade eleven University English course here at VHS this year. I recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a French major and English Literature minor. I have also received my B.Ed from Lakehead University and currently teach grade nine French part-time.

I enjoy the challenges that teaching a language presents. I have always enjoyed reading in my free time, as well as travelling. A grasp of both English as well as a second language has enabled me not only to observe another culture, but also to be able to participate in that culture. Read More

Stephanie Gray Stephanie Gray
B.A., B.Ed., OCT

I also believe that one should meet students outside the typical classroom. Prior to teaching at VHS, this meant coaching student athletes and helping them. I hold my coaching certificate for soccer, and I co-coach my high school track and field team in Tillsonburg, ON. I also still remain active in my own life, playing both recreational soccer and competitive soccer both indoors and outdoors in London. VHS will enable me to connect with my students and learn through their experiences which they will bring into their own unique writing styles. One of the delightful surprises in teaching at VHS is the ability we have to connect with students and to develop relationships that, in many cases, are more meaningful than those we would develop in conventional classrooms. Add to this the fact that we are "virtually" an international school and the possibilities for exciting teaching experiences are endless.

Michele Hart Michele Hart
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Michele Hart
I am very excited to be a new member of the staff at the Virtual High School and look forward to yet another opportunity to promote learning in an alternate way. I am from Newfoundland and I completed my B.Ed. and a B.A. in Folkore/English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. For many years now, I have been an English teacher in the Ontario public school system and, in the past three years, I have branched out into the virtual classroom which, I believe, is on the cutting edge of education. I also teach in an alternate education program that accommodates students who are unable to attain their credits in the usual way. There are many reasons why a student can't find success in a mainstream classroom!

Sarah Hemingway Sarah Hemingway
B.Sc., B.C.Ed., OCT
Sarah Hemingway
Sarah Hemingway is an OCT certified teacher who has experience teaching Biology, Physics, Science, and Math in the 'bricks and mortar' school setting. At Virtual High School she teaches Biology 11 and the Biology 12 upgrade course. Mrs. Hemingway wrote the SNC1D Science course and was Virtual High School's second online teacher. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, mountain biking, camping, canoeing, hiking, and reading.

Terry Hsia Terry Hsia
B.A., M.A.,
Terry Hsia
Terry Hsia graduated from UC Berkeley with both her BA in psychology and her MA in education. Mrs. Hsia has been teaching science for the past 8 years at local public high schools in California. She is currently teaching online science courses for a charter school in California. She truly believes traditional brick and mortar schools do not meet the needs of all students.
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Terry Hsia Terry Hsia
B.A., M.A.

"Online high schools can be a great alternative to those students that don't excel in traditional schools. I'm so passionate about online education that I quit teaching at a brick and mortar school so I can devote all my time and energy into online education!"

Amanda Jackson Amanda Jackson
B.Sc.(Hon), B.Ed.OCT
Amanda Jackson
I am thrilled to be a member of the teaching faculty at Virtual High School, teaching SCH3U. I have been teaching for three years in Ontario and Alberta. I attended Queen’s University where I obtained my B.Sc. with an honours specialist distinction in Biology. I then obtained my B.Ed. from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, specializing in Senior Biology and Chemistry. I have obtained additional qualifications in Special Education, Intermediate Mathematics, Junior Division and Senior Social Sciences. Online learning provides students with an independent, self-directed approach to their education and I am excited to be a part of their success.

Heidi Van Dyke Linda Jones
Mus.Bac.(Hon), B.Ed., M.Mus., A.Mus., OCT
Linda Jones
I love learning; I love teaching. And for me, VHS is the ideal creative place to engage in twenty-first century education. I have taught Kindergarten through Grade 13. As a Secondary Music Head my teaching included winds, strings, and choral classes, in addition to extensive extracurricular activities with many award-winning ensembles. My elementary classes were highly diversified ranging from music--winds, vocal, electronic keyboard, recording, MIDI--to visual arts, drama, computers, physical education, and academics--language arts, math, science, social studies.
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Linda Jones Linda Jones
Mus.Bac.(Hon), B.Ed., M.Mus., A.Mus., OCT

I had the privilege to be one of the founding teachers of Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts in London ON. Physical activity—running, sailing, walking, cycling—is an enjoyable and essential part of my day. Running for fun or training for road races from 5K to marathons gets me out the door in any weather. I balance this with my books, computers, keyboards of the musical kind, and an assortment of other hobbies. So why VHS? What better place to find global exposure to students who value excellence and love learning, and to connect with like-minded colleagues. Besides, it's fun!

Heather Kennedy Heather Kennedy
B.Sc.(Hon), M.Sc., B.Ed., OCT
Heather Kennedy
As a researcher and student of astrophysics I observed and analyzed the behaviour and properties of galaxies several millions of light years away. For my research I had the pleasure of using many ground based radio telescopes such as Arecibo and the Very Large Array, as well as orbiting observatories such as the Infrared Space Observatory. However, I am now brought back to earth to teach the wonders of physics and math to aspiring students!
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Heather Kennedy Heather Kennedy
B.Sc.(Hon), M.Sc.,
B.Ed., OCT

After completing my B.Sc(H) and M.Sc. in astrophysics at Queen's University I looked to teaching as a way to connect and excite young people about science. This year ;I am very excited to start teaching with Virtual High School where I feel students get to be a part of a unique educational environment tailored to their individual needs as learners. While teaching at VHS I will also be teaching in classrooms in Canada's capital region as a supply and long term coverage teacher. When I'm not teaching I am reliably cooking, gardening, camping, painting, or playing the occasional video game!

Bill Love Bill Love
B.Sc.Ed.(Hon),OCT
Bill Love
I have an honours degree in mathematics from the University of Exeter in the UK and have just completed a degree in mathematics, mechanical engineering and business studies with Open University in the UK. I have been teaching science and mathematics in high schools in southern England and southwestern Ontario for 17 years. Prior to that I ran my own structural steel business for 20 years. I have studied online with the University of Western Ontario and the Open University in England and understand what problems and frustrations might occur with online studying.
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Bill Love Bill Love
B.Sc.Ed.(Hon),
MET,OCT

I am also appreciative of the importance of a trusting and reliable relationship with an online teacher. I love helping students to learn and get very excited when the light bulb switches on and a student says, "Oh! I see now". I grew up in New Zealand and I am a team player having played rugby until I was 61 years old. I have coached rugby in England and introduced rugby to high schools in southwestern Ontario. As well, I have taken school teams from Ontario to tour in the United Kingdom. I have played in a bluegrass band in which I was the guitarist and lead vocalist and was musical director to an Appalachian clogging team called the Susquehanna Steppers. We performed in folk clubs and folk festivals, among other venues. I still perform solo, mainly in folk clubs.

Erin Matthews Erin Matthews
B.Math(Hon),B.Ed., OCT
Erin Matthews
Mrs. Matthews has taught Math in both the public and independent school systems in Ontario since 2000 and joined VHS in 2007. She has an Honours B.Math from the University of Waterloo (teaching option), a B.Ed from Queen's University and an Honours Specialist qualification in Mathematics from Queen's University. Mrs. Matthews enjoys kayaking, running and playing soccer, as well as spending time with her husband Blair and West Highland Terrier Violet who is very mischievious! Erin is looking forward to working with her students at VHS and always enjoys hearing from them.
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Erin Matthews Erin Matthews
B.Math(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

She hopes that she can have a positive impact on their learning experience and help them to be successful.

Caroline McBrine Caroline McBrine
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.M.St., OCT
Caroline McBrine
Caroline McBrine has a B.A. and a B.Ed. from Queen's University and an M.M.St. (Master of Museum Studies) from the University of Toronto. She taught for eight years in the Greater Toronto Area. She has taught most subjects but is happiest teaching Canadian history.
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Caroline McBrine Caroline McBrine
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.M.St., OCT

As she currently spends her days with her two small children, and because she lives much of the year in the United States, teaching CHC2D and CHI4U provides her with a welcome connection to Canada and to the world of education. Although Caroline is new to teaching with VHS, she has already come to enjoy working one-on-one with her students. It was often difficult for her to find the time to do so when she taught in a traditional classroom, so she really appreciates this aspect of online teaching. She is impressed with the wide range of backgrounds that her students bring to their classroom, and she looks forward to working with many more students in the future.

Stephanie McCormick Stephanie McCormick
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT
Stephanie McCormick
I am excited to begin my online teaching career at the Virtual High School teaching MDM4U. Living in a technologically advancing world, working and learning online are the next logical steps and I am ecstatic to be working at this cutting edge school.

I graduated from The University of Western Ontario with teachable subjects in Mathematics, General Science and Health and Physical Education.
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Stephanie McCormick Stephanie McCormick
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

I love being a high school Math teacher and enjoy working with students every day in the classroom but I look forward to this new adventure in a different type of classroom. Outside of the classroom I am the senior girls volleyball coach and help out with the boys' fastball team. On my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband, spending time with family, and playing with my cat Felix.

Jody McKinnon Jody McKinnon
B.A.(Adv),B.Ed., OCT
Jody McKinnon
Jody McKinnon has been a member of the VHS English department since May 2009 and a classroom teacher since 1996 when he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education in Geography and English. Since then, he has completed an Advanced Arts Degree (Manitoba, 2006) in Canadian Studies and a Masters of Educational Technology (University of British Columbia, 2016).  Over the years, in addition to English, Jody has taught Geography, History, Marketing, Media Studies, Civics and Comparative Religion. He has also been a Guidance Counsellor and a Student Success Teacher. In day school, Jody is currently the Head of the Canadian and World Studies department at a high school in a Toronto suburb.
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Jody McKinnon Jody McKinnon
B.A.(Adv),B.Ed., OCT

Other experiences over the years include: online tutor and supervisor at TVOntario’s “Ask a Teacher” homework website, text reviewer for a Media textbook, writer of a Geography textbook, and various roles at EQAO including writer and room supervisor. For fun, Jody loves to travel, watch old sitcoms, and follow the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Blue Jays. Extra curricular wise, Jody has directed several musicals and plays including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Outsiders, Us and Them, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Legally Blonde and Grease. He also runs the Me to We club at his day school and he runs Arts trips to cities such as New York and Chicago.

Jody believes that elearning provides a chance for all learners to be successful and he is very thankful for the continued opportunity to work with VHS.

Laurie McMillan Laurie McMillan
B.A.A., B.Ed., OCT
Laurie McMillan
Laurie McMillan has been an educator within the Ontario public school system for many years teaching Business and Computer Studies including IB Computer Science. Besides teaching, she has also held the positions of Department Head, Computer Coordinator and International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Laurie taught online learning in Accounting with her current board before teaching with VHS. She appreciates the importance of life-long learning and sees the VHS virtual classroom as playing a major role in the education of current and future students.
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Laurie McMillan Laurie McMillan
B.A.A., B.Ed., OCT

Laurie McMillan has been an educator within the Ontario public school system for many years teaching Business and Computer Studies including IB Computer Science. Besides teaching, she has also held the positions of Department Head, Computer Coordinator and International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Laurie taught online learning in Accounting with her current board before teaching with VHS. She appreciates the importance of life-long learning and sees the VHS virtual classroom as playing a major role in the education of current and future students.

Laurie enjoys her regular classroom and especially enjoys the experience of seeing her VHS students successfully completing their courses.

Laurie was born on Vancouver Island but grew up in Montreal and Toronto. After graduating from the Ryerson University and the University of Western Ontario she relocated to Kenora, Ontario where she met her best friend and husband Barry. Laurie and Barry divide their time between Kenora on beautiful Lake of the Woods and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vance McPherson Vance McPherson
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT
Vance McPherson
I am a science teacher, with a strong interest in nearly every other discipline. I believe strongly in Virtual High School, which has shaped my teaching philosophy. People, after all, were teaching each other effectively well before students were organized into rows of desks during the Industrial Revolution. Rows of desks have never been the best way to learn. Rather, education is about interacting, exploring, and doing. We learn best when we connect to each other, and to the materials and literature that we have available to us. Virtual High School lets us learn in that way.
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Vance McPherson Vance McPherson
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

It is not about a new, but a very ancient way of educating—by connecting people to ideas and each other—that hearkens back to Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Complete with custom-programmed virtual labs and multiple opportunities to research, I don't think that there is a better way to learn science. It is a great professional privilege to be a science teacher at Virtual High School.

I was Science Coordinator at Virtual High School for a number of years, before reliquishing my administrative duties to be a VHS teacher and writer in various regions of the globe. Before VHS, I taught in classrooms in Ontario and Quebec, and trained Cadets in orienteering at CFB Borden. Prior to my teaching life, I worked as a laboratory researcher, a municpal administrator, a call centre operator and in the fast food industry. I try to draw upon all of my past experiences in my professional career as an online science teacher.

Gina McWade Gina McWade
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Gina McWade
I am Gina Marie McWade, and I love teaching. I am privileged to be an instructor at Virtual High School where I teach a section of ENG4U and have done so since February 2011. I have been a certified teacher for 5 years, and am qualified to teach Grades 4-12. My Intermediate/Senior qualifications are in English and History, and I also have specialist qualifications in Special Education and Religious and Family Life Education. I recently completed my French as a Second Language (FSL) qualification, an accomplishment of which I am exceedingly proud.
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Gina McWade Gina McWade
B.A., B.Ed., OCT

The most satisfying part of teaching for me is the relationships I am able to develop with my students, colleagues, parents and members of the larger community. I am passionate about my students achieving their academic and personal goals, and I do all I can to help facilitate their accomplishments. I love teaching English because it is primarily about communication and relationship. In particular, I am interested in the relationship authors develop with the members of their audiences through the complexity of emotions and life experiences that they convey in great literature and media, and with which our human experiences resonate. I learn so much each day in my work, and am excited to continue it in the dynamic environment of Virtual High School!

Jenna Meyers Jenna Meyers
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Jenna Meyers
As soon as I was made aware of the Virtual High School, my interest was piqued. I was intrigued and excited that such a modern and innovative option for education was available. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be part of the teaching team at VHS! I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization in Family Studies and a Certificate in Religious Education. I continued my education at The Faculty of Education at Western, first qualified as a Junior-Intermediate Teacher, and after taking additional qualifications courses, as a Senior level teacher.
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Jenna Meyers Jenna Meyers
B.A., B.Ed., OCT

I have taught every grade from kindergarten to grade twelve in a variety of subjects including Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology, English, Religion, Philosophy, Drama and Dance. I pride myself on being extremely well organized and prepared, and on being an active and engaged teacher in my students? learning. I try to challenge, nurture and encourage my students to ensure the outcome of success!

James Mintz James Mintz
B.Sc.(Hon), M.Sc.,
B.Ed., OCT
James Mintz
After graduating from Laurentian University with a B.Sc. in Chemistry, James attended Teacher’s College at Lakehead University. His teaching career has included teaching Mathematics, General Science, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry at the High School level at both private and public high schools in Ontario. He has also been an Occasional Teacher in Simcoe County, took a full time teaching position in Nunavut, and taught Chemistry for a year and a half in the Middle East at the College of the North Atlantic- Qatar. In the last couple of years, he has continued to stay involved in education by tutoring a number of Huron County students in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. In addition to educational pursuits, James is interested in sailing, woodworking, choral singing, and drama.

Kevin Mlot Kevin Mlot
B.Math,B.Sc.(Hon),GDip
Tchg(Sec),OCT
Kevin Mlot
I am very excited to be given the opportunity to teach the MCF3M course at VHS. I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics, then went to Brock University and received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics integrated with computing and applications. I took my studies down under and attended Christchurch College of Education in New Zealand where I obtained my intermediate and senior qualifications in Mathematics and Physical Education.
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Kevin Mlot Kevin Mlot
B.A.(Hon), B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT

I have been teaching within the Catholic Board for the past 8 years in many different areas, including within the high school classroom and home schooling, where I taught a wide range of levels and grades of mathematics and other subjects. I enjoy staying very active and participate in hockey, softball, and travelling.

Marla Mollicone Marla Mollicone
B.Sc.(Eng), B.Ed., OCT
Marla Mollicone
Hi, my name is Marla Mollicone. I am extremely excited to be joining the team at VHS. I just recently moved back to Ontario from Calgary, Alberta where I was teaching online high school science, math and phys-ed for eight years. I was also involved in online course development during my time in Alberta. I love teaching online because it offers the chance to meet students from all over the world who are doing some amazing things. I believe students learn in different ways, and online is a platform that is reaching more learners than ever before. In addition to teaching; I love travelling, cooking and anything outdoorsy. If I am not hard at work marking your assignments, you can probably find me somewhere outside, biking, canoeing, skiing etc.!

Alisha Newsome Alisha Newsome
B.Math., B.Ed., OCT
Alisha Newsome
I am very excited to teach at the Virtual High School as an instructor for the MCR3U course. I hold a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. I have been teaching mathematics for the last 6 years in the public school system in London, Ontario. I have taught all different levels and grades of mathematics. I am very excited to teach at the Virtual High School as an instructor for the MCR3U course. I hold a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
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Alisha Newsome Alisha Newsome
B.Math., B.Ed., OCT

I have been teaching mathematics for the last 6 years in the public school system in London, Ontario. I have taught all different levels and grades of mathematics. I have instructed in a day school, night school and summer school setting.

Currently I am finishing up maternity leave as my husband and I welcomed our first baby girl in November of 2010. Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a teacher and excelled at mathematics so it seemed to be a perfect fit to become a mathematics teacher. I enjoy working with students of all abilities and accept the challenge of trying to break down the stereotype that 'math is hard'. I strive to challenge my students and teach them that every day is a new day in learning math - to leave all worries and insecurities aside and believe that he/she CAN succeed with each new math concept. I challenge my students to be open and honest when questions and clarifications arise and to know I am always here to help.

Dr. Peter Orange Dr. Peter Orange
B.A., M.A., B.Ed., PhD,OCT
Dr. Peter Orange
Dr. Peter Orange is an Instructor of Education with the Graduate School of Education, Ottawa University. He also teaches with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and has taught with the Open University (UK) and their Distance Education program. Peter has been teaching for over 40 years in Canada, the US, and Europe, from Grade 4 to PhD supervision.
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Dr. Peter Orange Dr. Peter Orange
B.A., M.A., B.Ed., PhD, OCT

Peter believes that all students can learn and excel and that acquiring knowledge means relating and applying academic knowledge to the outside world. All forms of knowledge are interdependent. Intellectual rigor and high standards in the school's learning community are essential to student growth and achievement. The learning community must manifest support for all of its members to have a cohesive and integral strength. Peter thinks that running 10K (including charity races) on a regular basis is fun.

Felicia Palage Felicia Palage
B.Ed., B.Sc., OCT
Felicia Palage
Felicia has her B.Sc. (Physics) and B.Ed from the University of Babes-Bolyai of Cluj in Romania. She has taught high school Physics for 16 years and has been a science, physics and mathematics curriculum writer and teacher with VHS for a number of years. "I was fascinated by the idea of writing courses for e-learning environment because it was a unique opportunity to present Physics in a new and more attractive way."
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Felicia Palage Felicia Palage
B.Ed., B.Sc., OCT

"Diagrams, animations and video clips inserted in lessons take students closer to the essence of the physical phenomena. In online courses, students enjoy the experiments that they can make by themselves; in this way they develop their experimental skills. At the same time, they can watch the video / animation / simulation of experiments. As an on-line teacher, it is really interesting to work with students with different ages and backgrounds but all driven by the same desire to learn more about Physics."

Nikos Rentas Nikos Rentas
B.Sc.(Hon), B.Ed.,
PMP, OCT
Nikos Rentas
As graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and Trent University, Nikos holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education along with the Project Management Professional Designation (PMP) through Project Management Institute. Since 2008, he has taught a variety of courses in Mathematics, Business, and Computer Science and currently supplies for the WRDSB.
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Nikos Rentas Nikos Rentas
B.Sc.(Hon), B.Ed.,
PMP,OCT

While teaching, Nikos has seen growing success as an entrepreneur developing start-ups, small businesses, and project based companies through strategically implementing innovated business models and processes. He has landed a Cambridge Chamber nomination for 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award with his work for innovative startups and vast community support with non-profit organizations.

Claire de Rosenroll Claire de Rosenroll
B.J.(Hon), B.Ed.,
M.Ed.OCT
Claire de Rosenroll
Claire de Rosenroll, currently enjoys working as a teacher in both a traditional high school and in an online high school. Claire currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches learning resource. Claire previously taught with VHS a number of years ago and has returned to VHS again to teach GLC2O, Guidance and Career Studies.
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Claire de Rosenroll Claire de Rosensoll
B.J.(Hon), B.Ed.,
M.Ed.OCT

She feels it is very important to help students learn about their learning style and individual learning needs in order to become effective self-regulated learners who have the skills to manage and drive their own learning. It is for this reason that she feels very privileged to be part of the online teaching world as this environment truly provides students with opportunities of differentiation.

Dawn Ruddick Dawn Ruddick
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT
Dawn Ruddick
Dawn Ruddick has eight years experience and a Masters Degree in Education. Her most meaningful time was two years teaching and training teachers through a voluntary organisation in Northern Namibia. Now with two young sons, if it weren't for Virtual High School, her only contact with education would be trying to teach her children to pick their toys off the floor.
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Dawn Ruddick Dawn Ruddick
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT

She is excited to be teaching the Healthy Active Living course for the Virtual High School. It was said by some that teaching this course online was not possible, but she is proud to have developed a course that allows flexibility and interaction, freedom and connection.

Daniela Scavuzzo Daniela Scavuzzo
B.A., B.Ed.,
MET,OCT
Daniela Scavuzzo
I completed my B.A. in French studies and my B.Ed. with a focus on teaching the Junior and Intermediate Divisions. I have since upgraded my qualifications to include the Primary and Senior divisions, which has allowed me throughout my 9 years of teaching experience, to teach all students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12. In addition, I have obtained my French and Religion Specialists, additional qualifications in Special Education and plan to take the Principal’s Qualification Program in the near future.
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Daniela Scavuzzo Daniela Scavuzzo
B.A., B.Ed.,
MET,OCT

When I stumbled upon Virtual High School’s website, I was thrilled to learn that such a wonderful online community existed. I have spent much of my own time and effort upgrading my qualifications, via online methods, after beginning my full-time permanent teaching career. I would not have been able to complete such courses otherwise, as a working professional with a new career and limited time. I was ecstatic to learn that elementary and high school students now have the same opportunity. This technological advancement has become an enriching experience and possibility for people of all ages to complete their education, outside of fixed schedules and institutional walls. I am honoured to be associated with such a wonderful and evolving community. It is great to be a part of the future – today!

Jennifer Shields Jennifer Shields
B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT
Jennifer Shields
As a newer member of the VHS team, I am excited to be part of this amazing school. I am a Chemistry & Math teacher, but also have my junior and special education qualifications. Having worked for several years in a residence facility for pregnant and parenting teens, I understand how life can sometimes get in the way of education. Being part of a system that allows for success for anyone who is committed is a great priviledge to me.
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Jennifer Shields Jennifer Shields
B.Sc., B.Ed., OCT

VHS provides an opportunity for me to help students who, for whatever reason, do not wish to participate in the traditional school setting. From my experience, I know that when we change our "education roadblocks" into our "education motivators" success is sure to follow.

Gary Simons Gary Simons
B.A., B.Ed., M.A., OCT
Gary Simons
Gary is a newcomer to the VHS faculty but he has over thirty years teaching experience specializing in History. "I know some people dislike History because it seems to be nothing but names and dates. I'd hate History, too, if that's all there was to it. To really understand and enjoy History you have to look at it in a very different way: History is about people, just like us, who have tough decisions to make, with no idea about what's the right thing to do.
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Gary Simons Gary Simons
B.A., B.Ed., M.A., OCT

If you try to understand the situation the people are in, then ask yourself what you would do - compared to what they chose to do - then you'll start to understand and enjoy History. On-line teaching is fairly new for me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge, and to helping students learn History in a new way". Gary's work has received regional, and provincial recognition and in 2003 he received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.

John Smallwood John Smallwood
B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil., OCT
John Smallwood
John Smallwood has had the privilege of working with Steve Baker for more than twenty-five years and nearly twenty in the grand experiment and success that Virtual High School has become. He is constantly surprised by the potential for educational excellence afforded by new technologies and continues to be amazed at the talent and innovation shown by his colleagues and students.
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John Smallwood B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil., OCT

He has been doing these activities for many years, for so many years, in fact, that many have labelled him an obsessive-compulsive, and that may, in fact, be partially true, but only partially true, because his true loves are teaching and writing about literature.

To change person, I have taught for more than thirty-five years and consider teaching to be one of life's greatest pleasures and privileges. After teaching at a local high school for thirty years, and after developing an award winning Canadian literature course with Mr. Baker, our principal, I taught the course on-line, and the die was cast. A decade later I am still developing courses and meeting many wonderful scholars from all corners of the world. The size of the classroom has grown exponentially as have the opportunities for students. It is exciting to be at the forefront of such changes.

I have also taught at the University of Western Ontario for the past six years in the Writing Department and have developed courses for university students in distance education and technical writing. Work at the university level is particularly rewarding. It allows me to anticipate the needs of graduating students at the secondary level as they prepare for post-secondary study.

Ed Sommerville Ed Sommerville
B.Sc.(Hon),M.A., B.Ed., OCT
Ed Sommerville
Officially I hung up my chalk in 2001. But I did so in part to try my hand at online as opposed to classroom teaching. So far I have not regretted that decision as I have found creative outlets as a writer and instructor in four quite different online educational ventures - the latest and greatest, of course - becoming a teacher and course developer for the Virtual High School.
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Ed Sommerville Ed Sommerville
B.Sc.(Hon),M.A., B.Ed., OCT

I think that my desire to continue teaching after retirement is due in part to the fact that I was late in finding my true vocation. I did a lot of things before I got a real job. And while I enjoyed working in city planning research, as a university lecturer and for too long as a professional student; it wasn't till I had managed to survive the first couple of years as a rookie high school teacher at St. John's-Kilmarnock School (an independent school located in the Waterloo-Wellington region) that I felt I had finally discovered my lot in life.

To the extent that degrees are a measure of an educated person I guess I can claim to be one as I have three of them: a B.Sc (Honours Geography) from the University of Glasgow in my native Scotland; an M.A. (Planning) earned at the University of Waterloo; and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario.

Though I trained initially as a geographer with a minor in geology my interests and university work beyond my first degree turned to the social sciences so that as a teacher I developed and taught courses not only in geography but also in history, economics and politics. At VHS I am currently teaching CGC1D b, Geography of Canada, 9, Academic, and CGW4U, Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, 12 as well as writing the CPW4U, Canadian and World Politics ,12 U course of study.

Once upon a time, I had to write a brief essay for Ontario's Independent Learning Centre, on the differences between classroom-based and online teaching and learning. I said many things in this essay. But I'd like to repeat just one of these things here.

"Classroom teachers have one great advantage over distance educators. They have face-to-face contact with their students on a daily basis. Thus problems of flagging motivation, lack of self-discipline as well as lack of understanding and learning skill deficiencies can be recognized and dealt with quickly. Moreover, classroom instructors can capitalize more readily on their quota of charisma to provide a stimulating learning environment for their students than can their colleagues teaching at arms length. So, how can a course delivered over the internet be designed to compensate for the inherent disadvantages of a somewhat isolated learning context?

A short answer to this question is to provide independent learners with exceptionally interesting lessons presented in exceptionally interesting ways that aspire to produce exceptionally interesting responses: the basis for exceptionally interesting teacher/student interaction. In addition, instructions must be detailed and crystal clear to students who have neither time to waste nor the opportunity for instant clarification available in the classroom context. Finally, the provision of feedback - in response to student queries, assignments and evaluations - which is both constructive and timely is another rather obvious way of lessening the level of isolation of independent study students."

Nothing really original here but from what I've seen of VHS offerings so far it's a pretty fair summation of the school's modus operandi. I hope I can live up to it.

Finally, though I'm too old and old-fashioned to feel very comfortable in the age of My Space blogs, here's a few more personal items to show that I do have a life beyond the pale of work. First, I read a lot - mainly in two areas ? History to learn and Mystery Fiction for fun. As a native Scot, I was brought up with two sporting activities in which I retain great interest. No! not caber tossing or haggis hunting but rather football (soccer as its known in Canada ) and golf, which I used to play well but now play indifferently. I have also always loved music of all kinds though lately have found myself gravitating more and more to the classical genre ? especially the music of the Baroque era (Handel in particular). Last but not least, I have recently come to enjoy hiking and I have always been an inveterate traveler.

Ken Stewart Ken Stewart
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT
Ken Stewart
Ken has been with VHS for several years, writing 4 of our math courses and assuming the duties of the math department head. He has an honours BSc in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto and a BEd from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Over the past year, he has been actively editing our mathematics courses in grades 9 and 10 to align them with the new curriculum and is currently looking at the changes that will be needed in our senior courses in mathematics.
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Ken Stewart Ken Stewart
B.Sc.(Hon),B.Ed., OCT

Ken has been teaching at the same school for the past 18 years and brings all of this experience to the students in his courses at VHS. "I really enjoy working with my on-line students. They are self motivated and are developing great time management skills as they work through their on-line courses, a skill that too often is overlooked in education. I have been impressed at their depth of knowledge and their level of enthusiasm as they work through the material." Ken stays active coaching his son's hockey team, his daughter's basketball team and enjoys reading and playing golf in his spare time.

Denise Tremblay Denise Tremblay
B.Éd.(Hon),M.Éd., OCT
Denise Tremblay
Denise Tremblay a native French-Canadian from Baie-Comeau, Québec, has enjoyed teaching French at many levels and in a variety of settings, from French Immersion, Francophone schools and to middle school Core French. She has been privileged to lead workshops in Reading and Technology for classroom teachers.
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Denise Tremblay Denise Tremblay
B.Éd.(Hon),M.Éd., OCT

Her real passion as a teacher, though, is to try diverse ways of teaching French and watching her students realize that "OUI" they can learn a second language and gain confidence. Mme Tremblay has also a Masters in Education in sociolinguistic from the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the future of French Immersion program in Ontario and how students pick-up different French accent as they move along in their program. Her last trip to China as an ESL teacher has given her a new insight in teaching French.

Ken Turner Ken Turner
B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT
Ken Turner
Ken Turner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA (1974). He then went on to the University of Calgary and graduated with a B.Ed (1981) and a M.Ed (1987), with a specialization in Curriculum Design and Canadian Studies. Ken has been teaching in the Canadian Studies area since 1978 (approximately 31 years). He started with the Virtual High School shortly after it was formed in the capacity of a curriculum writer in Canadian Studies.
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Ken Turner Ken Turner
M.Ed., B.Ed., B.A., OCT

Ken Turner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA (1974). He then went on to the University of Calgary and graduated with a B.Ed(1981) and a M.Ed (1987), with a specialization in Curriculum Design and Canadian Studies. Ken has been teaching in the Canadian Studies area since 1978 (approximately 31 yrs.). He started with the Virtual High School shortly after it was formed in the capacity of a curriculum writer in Canadian Studies.

Ken has been involved with computers in education since computers such as the Icon and Commodore 64 were in fashion. His other interests have involved the teaching of robotics to students as well as connecting students up with NASA led research projects.

Anne Volpe Anne Volpe
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.Sc., M.D.E.OCT
Anne Volpe
My work in the field of online learning spans seven years and includes course development, online tutoring, online seminar presentations as well as teaching a variety of Ontario secondary school Mathematics courses. My two undergraduate degrees are in the areas of mathematics/ psychology (B.A.) and education (B.Ed.). During my Master's degree I focussed on counselling psychology (M.Sc.).
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Anne Volpe Anne Volpe
B.A.(Hon),B.Ed., M.Sc., M.D.E.OCT

Studying in these areas led to a rich and fulfilling teaching career in the areas of guidance and mathematics. I am presently close to completion of a Master's in Distance Education through Canada's own Athabasca University.

I have learned a great deal through my online teaching experience. There is much more opportunity to do individualized teaching in this environment. I also find students very willing to take responsibility for their learning and work with me on achieving their academic goals.

Lynn Welsh Lynn Welsh
B.Ed.(Hon),OCT
Lynn Welsh
Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Welsh and I have been teaching for 13 years. I am from a small town called Troon, in Scotland, but I have been living in Canada for 5 years. I have taught Physical Education in Scotland, New Zealand and Canada. I have also been involved in extensive extra-curricular, mainly field hockey, track and field and outdoor education. I love skiing, tennis and soccer. I am really excited to be part of the Virtual High School team and am I extremely dedicated to providing quality education to young people.

Megan Wilkinson Megan Wilkinson
B.A., M.Ed., OCT
Megan Wilkinson
I am a new teacher to both the online and in class learning environments and I am enthusiastic about connecting with students in the Virtual High School community! In 2008 I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a specialization in History and began the pursuit of a teaching career at the University of Toronto. I am a new teacher to both the online and in class learning environments and I am enthusiastic about connecting with students in the Virtual High School community!
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Megan Wilkinson Megan Wilkinson
B.A., M.Ed., OCT

In 2008 I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a specialization in History and began the pursuit of a teaching career at the University of Toronto. After completing a two year Master degree in Education I began working with the Halton District School Board. Currently I am teaching sections here in Canadian & World Studies. As a teacher at VHS I hope to inspire a love of History in my students and help them to become lifelong learners. I believe the online learning process offers a unique opportunity for students to learn independently and create a sense of ownership for their education. It is rewarding for me to support students in their academic endeavours and continuously encourage passion and progress in all pursuits.