Our Staff

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.

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.

Br. Michael Thomas Augustine, STA, BA, MA, MDiv, MPhil:  Br. Michael is the Superior of the Canons Regular of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Art in Theology from Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin, Greek and Classical Humanities from Miami University. He joined our staff in 2023 as a certified catechist and an experienced high school teacher, and is currently an instructor at St. Philip’s Seminary.

Cathy Gudino, BSc:  Cathy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in both Physics and Classics. She started teaching at the school in 2010.

Stephanie Knott, BA, MLS:  Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity & 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.

Corinne Malan, BA, MA:  Corinne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Classical Languages from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.  Corinne came to the school in 2022.

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 & 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.

Magdalene Poweska, OCT, BA, BEd:  Magdalena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity & Culture (Religious Education) and History from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  Magdalene rejoined our staff in 2022 after previously working with us as a teacher and special education support person.

John Wilson, AA:  John completed his Associate’s Degree in Humanities at Legion of Christ College in 2022.  He has written for Catholic Insight and The Catholic Register,  and joined the school in 2023 with experience teaching catechism and languages.

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The Francis de Sales Centre has not only given me an education, but it has given me a code to live by for the rest of my life. It has taught me to serve the poor, the homeless, the dying the elderly, and the mentally ill.


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Going to Mary, Mother of God School was more than just going to excellent classes. It was coming to a place where I felt loved.


We decided to send our two children to Mary, Mother of God School because we want them to receive the best truly Catholic education.  Through the dedication of the teachers, my children are nurtured in a loving and respectful environment which strikes a balance between spiritual nourishment and academic excellence.


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Our family is truly blessed to have found Mary, Mother of God School.  We have been able to watch as our children have grown in faith and knowledge through the careful direction and the tireless work of the staff.


This school taught me to love studying. It taught me the importance of my Catholic Faith. And most of all, it taught me to love and care for others.


At FSC there is a sense that the teachers are on your side. I valued learning about our faith in an in-depth way, which is a basis for knowing Christ and growing closer to him.


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