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

Susan Goode
Founding Principal

Susan 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.

Susan’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. Since 2008, she has been director of Goode Educational Services Inc., providing educational consultation and academic tutoring services to students with acquired brain injuries and those with other special learning needs. Susan’s extensive work in this area has taken her into twenty different school boards across the province of Ontario, and into countless private schools and postsecondary institutions both at the college and university levels. 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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Jeanette MacKay
Head Teacher

Ms. MacKay has an extensive teaching background, which includes working with students with acquired brain injuries and special learning needs. Her teaching career has included the public education system, providing private tutoring support, and most recently as an educational consultant.

Ms. MacKay is committed to student success, differentiating instruction for all learners. Not only is she our Head Teacher, providing administrative support to our teaching team, but she also heads up our Self-Paced Learning Program and our PACE 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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Our Instructional Team

Laura Shepherdson

Ms. Shepherdson brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience teaching students of all ages. She has specific expertise in brain injury, and teaching students with special learning needs. With a passion for maths and sciences, Ms. Shepherdson heads up our STEAM Team Challenges and encourages ongoing, hands-on learning in our Learning Garden. 

When not at GlenOak, Ms. Shepherdson loves spending time with friends and family, exploring nature while hiking with her dogs, and curling up with a good book.

Carla Ward

Ms. Ward brings with her over ten years of experience in teaching and learning, as well as supporting students with special learning needs. Importantly, she has a background in behaviour management and supporting students with complex mental health profiles.

With a specialty in primary education, Ms. Ward's inquiry-based programming is seasoned with traditional aspects, fostering a love of learning and better ensuring academic success.

When not at GlenOak, Ms. Ward loves to try new restaurants, hang out with her husband and pets and read thrillers.

Our Support Team

Melissa Scott
Personal Support Worker

With a background in Early Childhood Education, 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 team. 

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

Caroline Williams
School Support Assistant

With us since the beginning, Mrs. Williams provides exemplary classroom and resource support to our students enrolled in our Focus program. Not only that, she 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 3 children, loves crafting in any way possible, and is always baking something in her kitchen!

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