For Greenwood’s teachers, delivering the right mix of challenge and support starts with getting to know their students not only as learners, but as people.
Passionate, committed, knowledgeable, energetic and engaging, our teachers and staff have lived, taught and travelled widely around the world, and they bring their diverse backgrounds and life experiences to enrich life at Greenwood. Our student-focused approach ensures that students and teachers create the foundation for a strong rapport from the first day of school, and that these relationships are supported and strengthened over time.
Each of our teachers invests personally in their students' success, applying their own considerable skills along with progressive teaching methods. We also recognize that teachers are learners, too, which is why Greenwood takes a job-embedded approach to professional development. The Greenwood Centre for Teaching and Learning provides our teachers with opportunities to gain skill in the specialized methodologies - such as authentic and ongoing assessment and new learning technologies - that are central to our mission.
All of our teachers are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.
"Every Greenwood teacher took the time to help me grow and learn, and ensured that I was prepared for university and the workplace."
Maddy Dinsdale ('13)
Our teachers also pull their experiences from around the world into classroom. Greenwood teachers have taught in countries including Costa Rica, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Get to know our teachers by reading their bios below.
Charles holds a B.A.H. in Political Studies and Economics from Queen’s University and an M.A. in Political Science and International Development from the University of Guelph. After working for a non-profit NGO in Washington, D.C., Charles began his Greenwood career as an Educational Intern in 2005. Charles earned his B.Ed from the University of Toronto, and returned to Greenwood in 2007 to join the teaching staff. Since then, Charles has taught history, social science, and HPE classes, and now acts as the Subject Team Leader for the History and Social Science Departments. In his time at Greenwood, Charles has coached tennis, volleyball, hockey, and snowboarding, and advised the school’s film, history, and mountain bike clubs. He also runs the school’s Model United Nations program, having participated in many university-level simulations himself. Outside of the classroom, when Charles is not sailing, camping, snowboarding or cycling, he can be found exploring the world with his young family or working on his vintage Boston Whaler up in Muskoka.
Health & Physical Education, History, Guidance & Career Studies, Teacher Mentoring and Coaching, Student Learning
Anthony is a University of Toronto graduate from the Health and Physical Education program (2005). Since then he has also completed qualifications at OISE in the Physical Education Honour Specialist and special education. He has been a member of the Greenwood community for many years and has taught with the Health and Physical Education and the Canadian History teams from Grades 7-12. He has coached teams in various sports at Greenwood at both junior and senior levels, such as soccer, swimming, hockey, tennis and rugby, and has been recognized as the Central Toronto Town Crier Coach of the Year. He has also gained experience working for the Stephen Leacock Foundation "Leap into Literacy" Camp, creating and developing individualized programs with ESL students. Anthony is looking forward to continuing to contribute to the Greenwood community.
History, Guidance & Career Studies, Adviser, Student Learning
Bill is a graduate of Nipissing's Consecutive ITeach Education program where he obtained his Bachelor of Education degree in the junior and intermediate divisions. His knowledge of different types of learners in the classroom - and belief that all students can succeed in education - can be seen through his educational experiences. Teaching underprivileged children in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as well as working with children who have oppositional defiance disorder, autism, mild intellectual and physical disabilities has enabled him to gain experience and knowledge about differentiated instruction within a single classroom. His personal interests of athletics, media and technology are brought into the school through his use of educational software and coaching experiences.
Bethany began her teaching career in London, England, where she combined her passion for teaching and travelling. Within her two years in London, Bethany visited 20 European countries before embarking on her next teaching position in Melbourne, Australia. Bethany now joins Greenwood with extensive experience at the Intermediate level which she will apply to her new role as Grade 7 Adviser, Grade 8 English and Grade 10 Civics teacher. Bethany graduated from York University's Urban Diversity B.Ed. program and obtained a B.A.H. from Queens University. Bethany is dedicated to student-centered learning and is eager to apply her Special Education Qualification to personalize courses this year.
Eugene completed his B.A. (Honours) at the University of Toronto and his M.A. in history at Concordia University. He then earned his B.Ed. at OISE. Eugene teaches Canadian History, Classical Civilizations, World Issues and World History at Greenwood; he is also helping with the Senior Play this year. Before coming to Greenwood, Eugene taught English in Japan with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme. He has also worked in film, as a freelance writer, and in marketing and publicity for a major Canadian book publisher. He serves as president on the board of Young Imaginations, a non-profit, charitable organization which brings arts education to elementary school age children. When he is not teaching, Eugene loves writing, playing guitar, cycling, playing baseball, and taking advantage of all of the culture that Toronto has to offer.
History, Guidance & Career Studies, Student Programs, Adviser
Alex has been at Greenwood for 10 years, and has taught Canadian History, American History and social studies in his time at the school. Prior to joining Greenwood, Alex taught Grade 3 at Bayview Glen School and was a residential don and outdoor education teacher at Lakefield College School. He also spent two years teaching in Osaka through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, travelling all over southeast Asia in his free time. Alex’s passion for outdoor learning started early; growing up in Dwight, Ontario, he spent the majority of his summers canoe tripping at Camp Pathfinder or working at Algonquin Outfitters, and he still loves canoe tripping in Algonquin Park or spending time with his family at the cottage. Alex holds a B.A. in History from Trent University and a B.Ed. from York University. He has also completed Thompson Rivers University’s Adventure Travel Guide Program.
Philippa is a graduate of Queen’s University where she achieved an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Bachelor of Education in the Outdoor Education program. She teaches social science and history, and also has qualifications in intermediate and senior English. Prior to joining Greenwood, Philippa worked for an independent school in Newmarket, Ontario. In her free time, Philippa loves reading, writing, camping, horseback riding and travelling to historical sites.
Teresa Melville completed a double major in both history and geography as well as her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. She also has a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Ryerson University. Teresa spent two years teaching in England and then returned to Canada to work at Humberside Montessori School for over six years. Teresa is now teaching in the social science department here at Greenwood. Outside of school, she enjoys playing fastball, canoeing, kayaking and spending time in the Kawarthas.
Will began his teaching career just north of London, England, where he taught geography. He then spent a year at Appleby College as a residential don and teacher, and another at Glenburnie School teaching physical education and a Grade 6 homeroom. At Greenwood, Will teaches Canadian History and social studies; he also coaches rugby and hockey. His educational background includes a B.A.H. in History from Western University and a B.Ed. from Ottawa University. He also has qualifications in English as a Second Language and physical education. Will’s interests include traveling and trying out new restaurants; he also plays a variety of sports and is an avid Leafs and Jays fan.
History, Guidance & Career Studies, Social Sciences, Adviser
Blair is going into his third year at Greenwood, where he teaches Grade 9 Geography, Grade 7 CSS, and acts as an Adviser. Blair has thoroughly enjoyed coaching basketball, soccer, and volleyball at various levels throughout his time at Greenwood and is always keen on developing relationships with students outside of the classroom. Blair completed his B.Sc.H. from Western University with a minor in Psychology and Geography before receiving his B.Ed. from Nipissing University. When he's not teaching, Blair enjoys spending time with his wife, also a teacher, as well as camping, going to the cottage with friends, playing hockey and baseball and trying out new recipes.