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 all members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers, and all have experience in teaching students of all ability levels, including those with brain injuries and special learning needs. We're lifelong learners and work to inspire the love of learning in our student population.
Founder & 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 regular classroom environments. 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 supporting the needs of students with acquired brain injuries has taken her into sixteen 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 Susan’s decision to open GlenOak Academy as she vowed to fill a gap that she saw evident in the current education system, especially as it relates to serving students with brain injury and complex special learning needs.
In opening GlenOak, Susan continues her passion for teaching and learning, promoting her vision of a school where students of all abilities feel valued, and where all students can succeed.
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. She also heads up SPLP, meeting with students remotely to support their continued academic success.
Senior Class Teacher
New to the GlenOak team, 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.
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.
This year, we are so grateful to have her heading up our Kindergarten program! With a specialty in this area, Ms. Ward's inquiry-based programming is seasoned with traditional aspects, fostering a love of learning and better ensuring school readiness.