Educators

We are lucky to have been able to choose from Ontario’s finest educators in order to amass a faculty that is truly talented and exceptional. TEA’s educators are passionate and dedicated individuals who seek to inspire our students through creative and effective teaching techniques. They are experienced in providing individualized, inquiry based education that raise our academic standards and push our students to be the best they can be.

George Vanderkurr, Director of Education

Specialist Physics and Physical Education, Univeristy of Toronto,OCT, Quees University Bachelor of Science,Carleton University and Royal Military College. George Vanderkuur has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. He has been principal of Toronto Central Academy since 1999 and in addition to his teaching career served as Headmaster of Holy Trinity School, and Chief Scientist and Associate Director General (acting) of the Ontario Science Center.

Nash Vadsaria, Principal

Nash Vadsaria is a TESOL Ontario certified teacher and has over 10 years of teaching experience. He has a Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Florida International University. Additionally, he has Bachelor's Degrees in Anthropology/Sociology and Religious Studies. He earned a Diploma in Biological Chemical Technology from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Philip Desjardins, Vice-Principal & Dean of Students

Philip has a Bachelor of Education and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers since 1987. He is a graduate of the University of Montreal's Teachers College with additional training in special needs education at McGill University. He is also a certified TESL teacher. In addition to having taught at the secondary school levels in both Quebec and Ontario, Phil was, for many years, the creator of distance education courses and educational films for TvOntario.

Monica Nakonecznyj, Secretary

Monica Nakonecznyj has worked with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) for 9 years as a school secretary. She has many more years working as secretary for major corporations such Manulife Insurance, Metro-Toronto Region and Conservation Authority and the Toronto Catholic Children'€™s Aid Society. She holds a B.A.A. in Secretarial Science from Ryerson University. Monica also holds a Diploma in Fashion Arts from Sheridan College.

Ryan Sparrow

Ryan Sparrow has a background in teaching social science, law, history, business and ESL. He is a certified educator registered with the Ontario College of Teachers and has been engaged in educating students for over 5 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Labour Studies from McMaster University from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He subsequently received Master of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from York University. Ryan also holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Maciej Blaszyk, M.Ed., B.A., CELTA

With over 15 years of teaching experience in private, secondary and post-secondary institutions in Canada and abroad, Maciej specializes in EAP, language assessment test preparation and business communication and soft skill training works actively as an educational consultant for local colleges and universities in Toronto.

As the English Coordinator , Maciej overseas students'€™ success in standardized university language proficiency examinations such as IELTS and TOEFL as well as internal college English examinations throughout the country.

Tam Hyunh

Tam is passionate about the The Erindale Academy Program because it is designed to help student reach their full potential in a positive and extremely motivational way. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher specializing in Math and Science for juniors and senior students. She has completed BSc from York University and a BEd from Nipissing University. Tam works towards enhancing her students'€™ understanding by adapting to their unique learning styles.

Katherine Percival

Katherine Percival is a Certified Educator registered with the Ontario College of Teachers and has been working with students in the arts for 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. For the last two years, Katherine has been working with community art institutions to extend the reach of arts educations. Katherine strives to help her students bring creativity into all aspects of their lives and emphasizes the relevance and importance that art plays within our society.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle is a committed educator, helping students to better express themselves through every medium, be it a work of art or a simple conversation. She earned her Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Art and Art History, majoring in photography and painting, and went on to receive a Masters in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University in the City of New York. Michelle always seeks to teach difficult and complex concepts in a clear and straight forward manner with patience and enthusiasm.

Daryl Bergman

Daryl Bergman is an Ontario Certified teacher for grades 10-12 Social Sciences as well as ESL. He has a B.A. (Geography / International Studies) and a B. Ed. from the University of Toronto. For nearly 12 years he taught ESL in South Korea to secondary level and university students. I have learned that in order to be a great teacher, one has to be an excellent learner. 'A teacher is a learner, and a learner is a teacher'.

Michael Kaszowski

Michael Kaszowski teaches Business, English, and History. He as combined honours degrees in English and History from Western University, and Bachelor'€™s of Education degree from Nipissing University, He has taught at the elementary and secondary school levels including ESL. €œDon'€™t let others say that you cannot do something. Seek to prove them wrong. Aim higher, push yourself harder, for tomorrow will open doors you never thought possible.€

Lawinia Pagliuso

Lawinia Pagliuso is TESL Ontario certified and teaches all levels of ESL. She has a Master'€™s Degree in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University in the USA as well as Master'€™s and Bachelor'€™s degrees in English and Russian Language and Literature from Adam Mickiewicz University in her home country Poland. Lawinia is TESL Ontario certified. €œIt is very important for me to know that students are comfortable in my class. Happy students are motivated students and such do better and achieve more.€

Ding Liu

Ding Liu teaches Mathematics from Grades 9 to Grade 12. He earned a Bachelors of Commerce at Dalhousie University. He is specialized in preparing students for the CEMC - Waterloo Math Contest. TCA ranked 38 nationally in the 2017 Euclid mathematics contest for grade 12 students held by University of Waterloo.

Ella Hou

Ella earned her Bachelor degree in honors of Biochemistry at McMaster University with strong science knowledge-based background and excellent Mathematics application skills. She is well qualified but not limited to teach wide range of senior high school Mathematics including Function, Calculus and Data Management, as well as has much experience on working with groups of students to support them in Chemistry, physics, and biology studies in private schools and tutor centers. Majority of students received a dramatic improvement not only on marks but also the enthusiasm on the studying of related filed.

Kazi Ahmed

Kazi Ahmed teaches Mathematics from Grades 9 to Grade 12. Originally from Bangladesh, he earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at York University. €œAbove all I believe that teaching is not about how much you know, but about how much we can give back to our students, inspiring them to work harder and push through the odds to be the best they can be.€

Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble teaches Social Sciences including Geography and ESL. She is a certified teacher who has taught for over 10 years. She has a Master'€™s Degree in Education, a Masters in Geography from the U of T and a Bachelor'€™s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. Elizabeth also holds a diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Ela Kashyap

Ela Kashyap teaches Computer Science to Grade 11 and Grade 12. She holds a Master€™s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. €œTeaching is my passion and I always try to go the extra mile to make my classes interesting by focusing on the practical aspects of education. I believe that learning by doing is the best way to educate students.

Eric Tigley

Holding credentials as a graduate from the Ontario Institute for Studies of the University of Toronto in Education, and Seneca College’s Digital Media Art program, Eric Tigley has spent many years walking a thin line between illustrator/designer, fine artist, and educator. Realizing that these career paths were all related in the realm of communication, Eric pursued a career that incorporated the art of visual interaction and learning. To ensure that this initiative could progress on a social, as well as educational level, Eric co-founded Youth Education through Interactive Arts (YETI), a collective that provides literacy through contemporary art workshops and book publishing. Eric continues to show work in galleries throughout the GTA and is an avid live painter and community organizer.