Meet the GlenOak Team!

A passionate group of educators and support staff, our team is here to support students and families from start to finish. Our teachers are members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers, and all have experience in teaching students of a variety of ability levels. We're lifelong learners and work to inspire the love of learning in our student population.

Our Leadership Team

Mrs. S. Goode, OCT
Founding Principal

Mrs. Goode is passionate about teaching and learning and she is passionate about GlenOak! Not only is she a certified teacher, and a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers, but she also holds specialist qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, as well as her Principals’ Qualifications.

Mrs. Goode’s first 11 years of teaching were spent within the public education system teaching in special education contained classrooms, as well as in the "regular" classroom. She has extensive experience servicing the needs of students with a variety of learning profiles including, but not limited to learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, brain injury, global developmental delay, giftedness, communications disorders, and more! Her tremendous efforts in education, and especially for children with special learning needs were recognized in 2005 when she was awarded a Teacher of the Year Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Since 2008, Mrs. Goode has been director of Goode Educational Services Inc., providing educational consultation and academic tutoring services to students with acquired brain injuries as well as those with other special learning needs. Susan’s extensive work in this area has taken her into twenty-two different school boards across the province of Ontario, and into countless private schools and post-secondary institutions both at the college and university levels. She has been a guest speaker at conferences and she has provided professional development to schools across the GTA. These experiences were instrumental in informing her vision of GlenOak Academy, as she vowed to fill a gap that she saw evident in the current education system.

When not at GlenOak, Mrs. Goode can be found spending time with her family, dreaming of another Disney vacation, or working in her garden. 

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Ms. J. MacKay, OCT
Administrative Head Teacher & Co-ordinator Special Programs

Ms. MacKay is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She has an extensive teaching background, which includes working with students with acquired brain injuries and special learning and behavioural needs. Her teaching career has included teaching in inclusive classrooms in the public education system, designing and implementing specialized programs, providing private tutoring support in person and online, and most recently as an educational consultant.

Ms. MacKay is committed to student success, differentiating instruction for all learners. Her integrative and creative approach to teaching ensures that students engage with all parts of the curriculum, balancing interactive, socially-aware, and minds-on activities that meet students where they are at academically and socio-emotionally with a focus on taking them to the next level with their learning. Not only is she our Administrative Head Teacher, providing collaborative support to our entire school team, but she is also Co-ordinator of Special Programs, heading up our Self-Paced Learning Program (SPLP) and our PACE (Progressive Adjustment to Classroom Environment) Program. Her commitment to student success is second to none.

When not at GlenOak, Ms. MacKay loves playing board games with her family, discovering new places near and far, and exploring her artistic side.

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Mrs. E. Archer, OCT
Summer Program Co-ordinator

Mrs. Archer is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She brings to GlenOak a diverse teaching background, which has included teaching assignments in both Ontario, Canada and in the United Kingdom where she completed her Masters of Science in Education at the University of Oxford. She has specific expertise in teaching students with acquired brain injuries and learning disabilities. Her teaching career has included teaching in inclusive classrooms in the public education system, designing and implementing specialized educational programs in the private sector, and most recently providing comprehensive learning support as both a teacher-tutor and an educational consultant.

Mrs. Archer brings endless enthusiasm and creativity to our Summer Program, designing all aspects of the program, and ensuring its relevance to, and alignment with the Ontario curriculum. Her previous camp experiences include the co-ordination of summer camps at Wilfrid Laurier University and for the Port Credit community. In all that she does, Mrs. Archer ensures our Summer Program is inclusive, differentiated and F-U-N! 

When not at GlenOak, Mrs. Archer loves spending time with her family, coming up with creative camp ideas, and planning her next home renovation!

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Our Instructional Team

Mr. S. Byne, OCT
Teacher

Mr. Byne is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. He has been working in the field of education for over 10 years, spending 8 years in special education, teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  His teaching is grounded in a relationship-based developmental approach, which focuses on building a student's academic and socio-emotional development.

When not at GlenOak, Mr. Byne can be found spending time with his family, expressing his love for Bob Ross, and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  

Ms. C. O'Gorman, OCT
Teacher

Ms. O'Gorman is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She comes to GlenOak with over 30 years of teaching experience in the public system, with specific expertise as a Reading Recovery Teacher, a Special Education Resource Teacher, and a Classroom Teacher.  She is passionate about individualizing programs, scaffolding learning, and promoting independence.

When not at GlenOak, Ms. O'Gorman enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, bike riding, curling, and caring for her dog and cats.

Miss M. Perrotta, OCT
Teacher

Miss Perrotta is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She brings a unique perspective to the team from her time teaching abroad in Turkey and the United Kingdom. Her passion and commitment to education, as well as her sense of humour, contributes to the student-centred approach of GlenOak. She strives to build strong relationships with students grounded in mutual respect and tolerance.

When not at GlenOak, Miss Perrotta enjoys being active in the outdoors, cycling, travelling, attempting to train her dog, and playing the ukulele. 

Ms. L. Shepherdson
Teacher

Ms. Shepherdson is a certified teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She brings extensive experience to the team in terms of her work supporting students in 1:1 settings and is especially passionate about the creation of authentic learning experiences, especially through engaging and interactive STEM/STEAM activities. Ms. Shepherdson builds strong relationships with her students, never ceasing to engage them through her creative program planning and thoughtful instruction.

When not at GlenOak, Ms. Shepherdson enjoys going for long walks with her two dogs, all things Harry Potter, and trying out a new flavour of tea. 

Our Support Team

Ms. S. Kiru, RECE
School Support Assistant

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Ms. Kiru brings a wealth of experience working with children of various ages, and most recently from her time teaching abroad in Hong Kong. With her kindness, patience, and behaviour management, Ms. Kiru is a valuable team member. 

When not at GlenOak, Ms. Kiru loves spending time with her family and dog, snowboarding, reading books, and traveling.

Mrs. S. Sabharwal
Office and Communications Coordinator

Mrs. Sabharwal brings to GlenOak her diverse experience of working in the education sector in India. She keeps the office organized and running efficiently, and loves engaging with parents and students. Her enthusiasm to learn new things helps her to take on new challenges with a smile.

When not at GlenOak, Mrs. Sabharwal loves spending time with her family, cuddling up with a book, and travelling. 

Mrs. M. Scott, RECE
School Support Assistant

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Mrs. Scott facilitates learning success through the provision of 1:1 support to designated students. Her kind, caring, and thoughtful approach to teaching and learning makes her an asset to the entire school family. 

When not at GlenOak, Mrs. Scott loves spending time with her family, going to the gym, and cooking new recipes.

Mrs. C. Williams
School Support Assistant

With us since the beginning, Mrs. Williams provides exemplary classroom support to our students. She also heads up our Pizza Lunch Program and is a dedicated caretaker of our school bunny, Storm. 

When not at GlenOak, Mrs. Williams spends time with her three children, loves crafting in any way possible, and is always baking something in her kitchen!

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