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.
Jessica has a B.A. (Honours) in Geography and Environmental Studies from Guelph University and a B.Ed. from Lakehead University. She began her teaching career at Greenwood as an Educational Intern in 2004 and joined the Student Success Centre team in December of the same year. During her time at Greenwood she has worked in the Student Success Centre, taught senior-level geography and world studies courses and continues to work with the Admissions team. Jessica’s experience extends to outdoor education, both as a program director at Camp Wabanaki in Huntsville and in developing and presenting interpretive programs for children at Balsam Lake Provincial Park. She was a member of the Guelph University varsity track and field team, serving as an assistant coach in 2003. Jessica has coached Greenwood runners on both the cross-country and track and field teams.
As the Executive Director of Admissions, Tiara is responsible for the recruitment and selection of mission appropriate students. Tiara gets great pleasure working with the school’s Host and Ambassador Team and values the opportunity to be a teacher-adviser, coach and mentor. She is proud of her role in the start-up of an innovative school committed to community, character and customization with students at the centre of their learning. Tiara is dedicated to building inclusive communities based on respect, care and authenticity; honouring individual potential and encouraging personal growth and passions pursued. Tiara’s educational background includes a Liberal Art and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters degree in Education; Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto. She has completed her diploma in Independent School Leadership from the CAIS and is currently working on her Principals Qualification course through York University. Tiara finds inspiration from nature, family, and exploring new opportunities. When rafting the Firth River, in the Northern Yukon, Tiara gained an appreciation for the power of our planet, a perspective of her place in it and the importance of how they work together.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dalhousie University, a Teaching Certificate from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, a Master's in Educational Leadership and Management from Royal Roads University, and a certificate in Independent School Leadership from CAIS. He has been an independent school teacher for close to 25 years, working both at Upper Canada College and Crescent School. In addition to being Greenwood’s Executive Director, Advancement, Jamie was Greenwood’s founding Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Jamie has been at Greenwood since its founding in 2002 and has taught Grades 7, 8 and 10. He has coached senior boys' rugby and hockey in the past and was recently a Grade 7/8 Adviser. Jamie has also been active outside the school as a hockey coach in the GTHL for the past 10 years. He and his wife Alana’s busy household includes three boys: a 19-year-old and twin 17-year-olds.
David is responsible for the admissions process and program at the school. He has a B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology from McGill University, where he won numerous scholarships and played varsity ice hockey. After earning an LL.B. from the University of Toronto Law School, David practised corporate-commercial law for 16 years with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in Toronto. In addition, David practised law in Tokyo for two years and speaks Japanese. David obtained certification as a hockey coach through the National Coaching Certification program of the Canadian Hockey Association.