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.
Teacher & Staff Bios
English, Guidance & Career Studies, Social Sciences, Adviser
Michelle graduated from Ryerson University with a B.A. in Radio and Television Arts, and earned her B.Ed. at OISE. Michelle was a 2012-2013 Jackman Humanities Institute Teaching Fellow of the University of Toronto, and she is also a Special Education Specialist. Prior to her teaching career, Michelle worked in the film and television industry where she spent time working for YTV, W Network and Cosmo TV, and various independent production companies. In her spare time, Michelle is pursuing her Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She currently works in the Guidance department, and is teaching Writer's Craft and Greenwood's new Food and Culture class.
As an English and Social Science teacher at Greenwood, Mark has a passion for story inside and outside of the classroom. This passion fuels his love of reading, writing and discussing current events. In terms of education, Mark earned his BA in Fine Arts Cultural Studies from York University, his BEd from the University of Ottawa and his Master of Arts in Integrated Studies with Athabasca University. Recently, Mark taught the Ontario Curriculum for three years at a Canadian international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his free time, he enjoys jogging, yoga, and surfing. He also has a passion for travel, visiting over 50 countries in his journeys with his partner Megan. Recently, they have a new companion in the form of their newborn daughter Alexandra.
Heidi holds a B.A.H. from Trent University with a joint major in French and English and a B.Ed from Queen’s University. She’s very excited to be teaching French at Greenwood, in addition to coaching the swim and debate teams. During her studies, Heidi “ventured further” through an experiential learning grant that allowed her to travel to Scandinavia and a year studying abroad in France, where she also taught ESL to high school students. Prior to coming to Greenwood, Heidi spent four years working at Sunrise Youth Group, where she facilitated a summer recreation program for adults with developmental disabilities. Heidi’s passion for working with individuals with special needs has led her to complete her Special Education qualification. Outside of teaching, Heidi’s passions are reading, travel, yoga and swimming.
Now in his tenth year of teaching, Trevor came to Greenwood from Crestwood Preparatory College. Prior to his time at Crestwood, he taught overseas at the International School of Macau in Macau, China. He teaches learning strategies, English and BTT at Greenwood; he is also a Teacher-Adviser and a member of the Student Success Centre. Trevor’s educational background includes both a B.A.H. in History (with a minor in English) and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University. When he’s not working, Trevor enjoys staying active through cycling and exploring Ontario parks with his family.
Math & Computer Science, English, Student Learning
Andrea earned her B.Mus. from the University of Toronto and her B.Ed. from OISE. She comes to Greenwood from the TDSB, where she was an occasional teacher. Her previous teaching experience includes three years at Madrona, a school for students with exceptionalities or giftedness in Vancouver, as well as two years at an all-boys’ school in Singapore. When she’s not teaching, Andrea enjoys baking and cooking, snowboarding, travelling and knitting. Andrea teaches learning strategies at Greenwood; she is also a Grade 8 Adviser.
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.
Allison (Allie) is a recent graduate of York University where she received her Bachelor of Education degree. Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Drama Studies at Queen's University. This is Allie's second year at Greenwood and she is excited to be back. Allie teaches English and Drama at Greenwood College School this year. In her free time, Allie enjoys theatre, hiking and baking.
Johann has a B.A. (Hons.) in Visual Arts and English from the University of Western Ontario, a B.Ed. from OSIE, University of Toronto and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge. She also completed her Visual Arts Specialist and has teaching experience with the Toronto District School Board at Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. and Albert Campbell C.I. Johanna also has considerable design experience, having been a Senior Graphic Designer at Thompson Nelson Publishing where she designed K-12 textbooks.
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.
Stephanie earned her B.A. from the University of Ottawa in English and Biology, and her M.A. in English and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Before joining Greenwood, Stephanie worked extensively with Girl Guides of Canada, taking girls on trips to Newfoundland and travelling to Mexico and Costa Rica. As befits an English teacher, she enjoys reading, Scrabble, and crossword puzzles. Stephanie also is a teacher-adviser for the Village Green school newspaper and coaches soccer and volleyball.
Health & Physical Education, English, Guidance & Career Studies, Student Programs, Adviser
Connor joined Greenwood in 2017 after spending over seven years teaching in Brisbane and rural Queensland, Australia. His time in Australia also included over three years as English subject team leader at Marist College in Emerald. In addition to teaching English, guidance and career studies and HPE at Greenwood, Connor also coaches the U14 Touch Rugby and Hockey teams; he's passionate about both sports, having been drafted to the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting and having coached rugby extensively in Australia. In the spring of 2018, he coached Greenwood's U14 Rugby team to an undefeated season and the CISAA championship. Connor earned his B.A. (with an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature and a minor in Kinesiology) from Western University and his Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland, St Lucia.
Catherine graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a Bachelor of Education, specializing in English and History at the Intermediate/Senior level. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where she double majored in English and philosophy and minored in history. Catherine has completed her combined Honour Specialist in English and Social Sciences and is a Guidance and Career Education specialist.
Zoe earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and went on to complete her B.Ed. at Queen’s University, with teachables in English and history. She has been teaching all over the world ever since; she has taught in England, Korea and Germany, and she most recently worked as an outdoor educator in camps across Canada. Zoe loves books and film, as well as *trying* to play the piano and ukulele. She spends the majority of her free time outdoors and loves canoe tripping (when the lakes aren’t frozen). Zoe teaches Grade 7 and 8 English at Greenwood.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in acting from the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor of Education (English and Drama) from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Greenwood community in 2010, she was a teacher at Branksome Hall, and before that, worked in the television commercial production industry. Laura is a self-described bookworm and can often be found reading quietly, or passionately discussing novels with her book club. In order to better support students with their literacy skills in her new role as the Literacy Coordinator, Laura has completed her Reading Part 2 Additional Qualification course. She currently works in the English department and is excited to co-direct this year’s senior play.
Laura graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Health Studies. While completing her degree, Laura was a member of the university’s competitive dance team, representing Canada at the ESPN Collegiate Competition. She continues to work as a choreographer for various local productions and competitive university teams. Upon graduating, Laura travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, to work as an English teacher and a specialized physical education instructor. Laura gained valuable teaching experience as a Health Promotion Coordinator and a certified personal trainer, teaching safety in sports through experiential learning. Laura received her Bachelor of Education at OISE at the intermediate and senior level. Laura brings experience gained from teaching intermediate and senior English at a school for elite athletes. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, reading, board games, and spending time with her family.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education) and Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies), where she graduated with distinction. Prior to joining the Greenwood community in 2008, Heather was an English teacher at Appleby College in Oakville. In addition to her teaching experience, Heather also worked for many years at Camp Oconto, an all-girls camp north of Kingston. During the past 10 years Heather has taught English at all grade levels at Greenwood; this year she is teaching Grade 11 English and Grade 12 English. When not teaching Heather enjoys spending time with her son, Jeffrey, born in 2014.