Our Staff


Susan Almonte, OCT, BA, BEd:  Vice-Principal.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts with a specialized honours in French Studies and a Bachelor of Education from York University.  Susan is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.  She had two years of teaching experience before coming to the school in 1996.

Peggy (Costa) Arnold, BA:  Peggy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in History and English.  She came to the school in 2005 with three years of teaching experience.

Monica Bravo, OCT, BA, BEd:  Monica is a graduate of York University's Geography program and holds a Bachelor of Education from Charles Sturt University.  A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Monica came to our school in 2008.

Michael Austen, OCT, BSc, BEd:  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Physics from St Lawrence University and gained his Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University.  A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Michael came to our school in 2015 with several years of teaching experience.

Patricia (Armstrong) Egan, LLB, BCL:   Patricia received her law degrees from McGill University after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and French Literature at Trent University.  She joined our staff in 2011 after being a volunteer at the school for a number of years.

Cathy Gudino, BSc:  Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, having majored in both Physics and Classics.  She has taught at the school since 2010.

Stephanie Knott, BA, MLS:  Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity and Culture and in History, as well as a Master of Library Science, from the University of Toronto.  She came to the school in 2007 as our secretary and receptionist.

Rachel McKernan, BA:  Rachel is a graduate of McGill University, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, minoring in Catholic Studies and Jewish Studies.  After gaining experience with children of all ages, Rachel came to the school in 2015.

Claire McKinnon, BA:  After graduating from King's College, Western University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Claire came to the school in 2015.

Gordon Nixon, BA, MA:  Principal.  Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Near East and a Master of Arts in ancient Greek Language and Literature from the University of Toronto.  As a doctoral candidate in ancient Greek History, he taught at the University of Toronto and Mount Allison University, before coming to the school in 1999.

Rebecca (Hubert) Pontisso, OCT, BA, BEd:  Director.  Rebecca, a co-founder of the school, has been teaching at the school since it began, coming to the school after experience in the Catholic school system.  A graduate of the University of Toronto's Christianity and Culture and English programs, Rebecca holds a teaching degree from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Robert Pontisso, BA:  Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.  After a number of years working as a lexicographer and after being a volunteer at the school, he began teaching in 2011.

Magdalena Poweska, OCT, BA, BEd:  Magdalena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, with a double major in Religious Education (Christianity and Culture) and History, and a Bachelor of Education from OISE.  Magdalena joined our staff in 2017.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Thomas Sherrard, BA Hons, Grad. Cert. Ed.:  A graduate of the University of London with a degree in Italian and English, Tom holds a Graduate Certificate in Teaching.  Tom came to the school in 1998 and is currently our librarian and resource person.

Marie (Stauch) Sweeny, BAA, BEd:  Marie received her Bachelor of Applied Arts (Interior Design) from Ryerson University and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.  She joined the school staff in 2002.

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