Acting Head of Schools/Business Development: Ginie Wong
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Ms. Ginie Wong started her career at Fieldstone twenty years ago. She worked with both international and local students as a teacher. She then became the International Student Coordinator and was promoted to the position of Vice Principal and then Principal. After being the high school Principal for a number of years, she has recently been asked to take on the role of Director of Business Development. Ms. Wong is a believer of lifelong learning and private school education as she herself was cultivated in the private school educational system from kindergarten to high school. Ms. Wong has earned the following credentials: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Private School Principal Certification. As mentioned earlier, she deeply believes in lifelong learning. Master of Business Administration (MBA) is underway and she is very excited about it!
Head of School: Michael Munshaw
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Michael has been a member of the Fieldstone community since 2009. Having first joined as a teacher, he taught middle school and high school maths, science and business, then moved to guidance before becoming the Head of both Fieldstone Day School and Fieldstone King’s College School. He studied environmental science and Biology at the University of Waterloo then completed his masters of science at the York University before completing his teaching degree at the University of Toronto. Although much of his education and teaching experience is in the sciences, Michael has a deep appreciation for athletics, arts and humanities and believes that a high quality education transcends subject disciplines such that students understand that all knowledge is interconnected and that living the enlightened life is both an art, science and physical endeavour.
Assistant Head of School: Sue Johnson
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Sue Johnson graduated with a BAH in psychology from McMaster University and a B.Ed from Queens University. She has been working in education for over 30 years. Her love of children and learning inspired her to become a teacher and pursue a lifelong career in education. She began her career at Havergal College under the mentorship of Dorothy Lancaster, the principal, who shared with her the importance of not only enriching the intelligence of a child but nurturing their spirit as well. Sue has worked at Fieldstone Day school for 17 years and has seen the student population grow from 8 students to 180 students. She enjoys skiing, cycling, and practicing yoga. She and her husband enjoy walking their golden lab, Meringue and playing tennis with their two children aged 23 and 25.
Assistant Head of School: Sue Kostandoff
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Sue Kostandoff previously taught Grade Three at Fieldstone for 8 years and is happy to return to such a great community after being at home with her two young daughters. Sue has her specialist in Special Education, and received her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. Sue has worked with children in a variety of settings, including leading canoe trips for girls with physical disabilites, running the gifted program, and teaching yoga at local schools. Sue is currently engaging in a certificate program that focuses on coaching children in resiliency, social and emotional skills.
Assistant Head of Schools: Brian Munshaw
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Brian Munshaw grew up about a one hour drive north of Toronto and attended the University of Western Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Education. His major during his undergraduate studies was Microbiology and Immunology, having always had a great deal of interest in the survival strategies and the utilization of microorganisms. For his Master of Science, he studied biochemistry. Brian continues to be fascinated by the process of inquiry and ranks Albert Einstein his favorite scientist.Brian followed his passions into teaching primarily because he discovered that he had a great enjoyment for taking complex ideas and material and making them more user friendly. He derives pleasure from helping students understand difficult concepts. In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing music, taking nature walks and spending time with his family and pets. He has a rabbit, a cat, a dog and a fish. One day he would like to also get a hedgehog and a tortoise. Brian credits his second year Microbiology professor for inspiring him to follow his passion and to teaching him to break down complex material into smaller parts.
Managing Director, Admissions and International Programs: Kristine Foy
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Kristine holds a Master degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, USA. She came to Canada in 1995 with her spouse and young son. She is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator with Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators with a post-graduate diploma in ECE from Sheridan College. Before joining Fieldstone this September, Kristine has worked in both private and public education sectors for more than a decade. Her passion in education spans from early years learning to higher education and her quest for knowledge has led her to pursue and be accepted into the Master Degree of Professional Education in International Education at Western University (2017).
During her spare time, Kristine enjoys family life with her husband, son, daughter and a Pomeranian. She is a proud mother of her son who studies Neuroscience at Brock Univ. in his final year and her daughter who is a young talent in film directing and production at age 15.
International Student Coordinator: Shawn Chen
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Shawn is the International Student Coordinator at Fieldstone. Shawn spent the majority of his life in China and now Canada has become his second homeland fostering his mental growth in terms of western culture and philosophy. He attended Dr. Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University) in China, then the International University of Technology in Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts and Master of Business Administration. His majors were Sociology and Business Administration. Understanding how a society functions and what make it functions better is the key factor that made him decide to study sociology. Later, he was offered scholarship and a job at the International University of Technology in Malaysia. This offered him the opportunity to earn his MBA degree. Education is one of the most fundamental and profound aspects of human society. To experience and make contributions in this sector is the inspiration that drives him forward every day. His favorite writer is George Orwell and his favorite singer is Miyuki Nakajima. Even though he is not an OCT certified teacher, and hasn’t taught a course under the Ontario Curriculum, he has been teaching IELTS and feels teaching is fun and enriching. His hobbies include reading, playing tennis, watching movies. George Orwell is his spiritual mentor, in terms of his attitude toward society, human nature and education. He strongly recommends that everyone read the section in his book A Clergyman’s Daughter in which he relates his experience as a teacher in a small private school.
Librarian and International Admissions Coordinator: Lisa Akita
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Lisa was born and raised in Japan, and graduated from dental college becoming a dental hygienist in Japan. Afterwards, Lisa practiced dentistry until she moved to Canada. Once Lisa settled in Toronto, she started to work for a Canadian company as a secretary. After few years, Lisa was offered a position with a Canadian broadcasting company and she decided to take on a physical new challenge by joining them. At the broadcasting company, Lisa was hired as a TV reporter for the multicultural program and she shared interesting local stories with the Japanese community in Toronto. Because of this experience, she started to be involved in the community more and more and it made her think of the importance of multicultural world here in Toronto. After a while, Lisa was hired by a Japanese publishing company that publishes magazines and guidebooks for Japanese locals and visitors in Toronto. Lisa has written several stories, created articles and learned many beautiful things about Toronto. Lisa works at Fieldstone and supports students at the library and also helps with international students’ admissions.
Admissions Coordinator: Kayla Cobbett
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Kayla Cobbett, originally from New Brunswick, is our new Admissions Coordinator. Kayla has completed her Bachelor of Arts at UNBSJ, her Bachelor of Education at Saint Thomas University, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Education in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Toronto. Prior to her arrival at Fieldstone, Kayla taught EAL abroad in South Korea, Thailand, Germany, and Tanzania. Kayla enjoys boxing, snowboarding and rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs.
Bursar: Monica Park
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Monica Park was born in Seoul Korea and moved to London, Ontario in her late teens. She studied Math and Economics at Trent University. Monica enjoys walking her dog, a golden retriever, in the early mornings, and hiking and camping with her family. Monica is willing to be adventurous only for the sake of her family. She has tamed the Ottawa rapids (only in the late summer, when the water levels are lower; a level 3 rapid nonetheless!) but prefers the calm and still waters of the lake as she sips her coffee. A more common enjoyment for Monica is history, only because she knows how it turns out. She loves life, laughter, family and close friends, and is thankful for those many blessings. Monica’s favorite book is The Purpose Driven Life written by Rick Warren. She believes that there is no hope and faith without purpose in life. Monica is inspired by her mother as a woman of a faithful, persevering, dedicated, generous, and grateful heart. Her mother has experienced so much hardship, and yet has shown that hardships can bear good fruit as long as you have hope and faith. Monica has been working at Fieldstone since 2003 as the Bursar and International Admissions Coordinator. She resides in the GTA with her husband, three children and a dog named Hudson.
Academic Data Management: Hala Hussein
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Originally from Egypt, Hala moved to Toronto in 1999 and has been working at Fieldstone for 16 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts (French Language and Literature) from Alexandria University. She speaks Arabic and French. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music (Pink Floyd), traveling and taking pictures.
Marketing Coordinator: Melany Butcher
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Melany Butcher was born in Daegu, South Korea and came to Toronto when she was 12 years old. She studied Digital Enterprise Management (DEM), which is a specialist program offered through the University of Toronto Mississauga. DEM has helped her to prepare for marketing roles that are suitable for current business trends and also helped her to understand a new era of business, where the use of social network services are a necessary and essential element. Melany also has a Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia certificate from Sheridan College. Sheridan College introduced her to hands-on applied courses in digital media and technology, including online marketing, advertising and social media.
Reception: Paige Driscoll
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Paige Driscoll was born and grew up in beautiful Bradford, Ontario, the so-called “carrot capital of the world.” After high school, Paige attended Ryerson University where she completed a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management; she had determined that it was one the more versatile programs and would place her often in close working proximity with many people, an environment in which she thrives. Paige is an avid reader and describes James Patterson’s novel, Big Bad Wolf, as her favorite; she particularly enjoys nail-biting intrigue. In addition to reading, Paige loves sports, visiting her cottage where she had an interesting experience recently when a tree fell through the roof during a violent storm, and being in the great outdoors. She owns a terrifying Pug named Tank and three cats, Coco, Jack, and Apple.
Kindergarten: Noreen Hartley
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Noreen Hartley comes to us with fifteen years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Since then Noreen’s experiences have ranged from teaching in a rural community in Western Australia to teaching at an inner-city school in her hometown of Melbourne, where she was the Kindergarten Coordinator. Noreen has also spent a summer as a camp counsellor in Michigan and worked as a supply Teacher in the UK. Most recently, she has worked at Fieldstone Day School as a supply teacher and the Aftercare Coordinator. Noreen loves the great outdoors and enjoys going scuba diving, camping, and skiing with her husband.
Grade One: Sonali Parkins
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Sonali Parkins is in her eleventh year of teaching at Fieldstone. She previously taught Elementary Science at a gifted and talented school in New York City. She holds a BACS from the University of Western Ontario as well as her Master of Science in Education from Medaille College. Sonali has earned additional qualifications in Special Education and ESL, and she is qualified to teach up to Intermediate Math. Sonali has adorable three-year-old twin daughters and a six-year-old son who keep her busy at home. When she has some quiet moments, Sonali enjoys trying new recipes with her husband, as well as entertaining friends, watching movies, and traveling to places near and far!
Grade Three: Julian Swinkin
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Julian Swinkin joined the Fieldstone community in 2015 as the Grade Three teacher and has since immersed himself in life at the school. Along with coaching the Elementary Boys Basketball team and the Elementary Ultimate Frisbee team, Julian also uses his Music Specialist Additional Qualification to teach Orff Music from Kindergarten to Grade Four. He was born and raised in Toronto and was very happy to stay in the city to do the Concurrent Teacher Education Program at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a BA/BEd (Honours) and won the award for the top student in his Primary/Junior division. Julian enjoyed majoring in English and minoring in history at university and is still very passionate about literature. While Julian has taught in both China and England, he is happy to now be teaching in his favourite city in the world – Toronto. Besides travelling, Julian also loves cooking delicious vegetarian meals, reading great Canadian novels, competing in triathlons, and doing everything related to music. From cello to ukulele, Julian can play most stringed instruments and enjoys strumming his guitar on his back deck. He also spends his spare time playing keyboard in a rock band! Julian loves teaching and is very happy to be part of the Fieldstone family.
Grade Four: Amy Cardinal
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Amy Cardinal is in her sixth of teaching at Fieldstone Day School. Prior to coming to FDS, she taught a year of pre-school at a private daycare in Toronto and worked at both day and overnight camps for many summers during high school and university. It was while working at a City of Toronto camp as an art instructor that Amy knew she wanted to be a teacher. Amy grew up in Toronto’s west end, but spent five years living in Montreal, Quebec so that she could attend McGill University. While there, she did a concurrent education program where she majored in both Geography and Elementary Education. During Amy’s free time she enjoys all things related to cooking and food. She loves to try out new restaurants and has a bit of an addiction to reality cooking shows! Amy also has fun entertaining friends and family and always channels her inner Martha Stewart to make sure her dinner parties go off without a glitch. Amy also has fun playing with her crazy dog Gus and travelling with her husband Jimmy.
Grade Five: Leanne Martin
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Leanne Martin was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She will always remember her Grade One teacher as an inspiration for her becoming a teacher herself, and she is forever indebted to her mother for her unwavering support as she pursued her dream to be in the profession of teaching. For her post-secondary education, Leanne went to York University for four years, where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. In 2002, she spread her wings and went to Queen’s University where she obtained a Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Division. In her free time, Leanne enjoys going for walks, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially looks forward to going out for breakfast on the weekend with her best friend, whom she has known since Grade One, and she also takes every possible opportunity to go to Kitchener, Ontario to visit her identical twin sister. Leanne has been teaching at Fieldstone Day School since September 2004.
Grade Six: Laureen Dennis
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Laureen is entering her eleventh year of teaching at Fieldstone and her fifteenth year of teaching in general. She holds a BA in Anthropology and History from the University of Windsor, a BA in Archaeology and Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a BED from the University of Windsor. She holds several additional qualifications in History and Special Education. She is also a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, singing and, of course, teaching!
Grade Seven and Eight: Monica Kim
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This is Monica’s first year teaching at Fieldstone and she is very excited to be part of FDS. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences and moved on to University of Toronto for Teacher’s College. Her teachables include Intermediate/Senior Math and Science. Prior to coming to Fieldstone, she taught high school math and science at an international school in China for three years. She enjoys watching reality cooking shows and loves to watch video clips of dogs and cats!
Arts: Devon Henderson
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Devon was born and raised in Montreal, with her second language being French. She attended Dawson College for a Graphic Design program and then worked for several years as an architectural illustrator. Devon then pursed and completed a BA in General Arts and Sciences from Laurier University, an Honours Fine Arts BA Degree from the University of Guelph, and finally her Bachelor of Education from Western University.
Devon’s paintings have been sold nationally and internationally. She is also a singer and songwriter, playing guitar and piano with a duo called “Henderson and Hemmerling.” Several of her songs play on radio stations nationally and internationally. The most popular of these are “Devil at My Door”, “This Old Train” and “Easy Love”. Devon has three grown sons and is currently engaged to be married next summer.
French: Ashweena Rumajogee
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Ashweena K-Rumajogee was born on the beautiful island of Mauritius and lived there until she was 18. She then moved to the United Kingdom for higher studies and attended the University of London where she read the Modern Languages. During her school years, languages were always her favourite subjects and she knew that this is what she wanted to study later. Ashweena completed her undergraduate degree at Kings College London, specializing in French and English and speaks these 4 languages fluently: French, English, Hindi and Creole.
She had the opportunity to work as a part time teaching assistant whilst at college and this is when she discovered her love for teaching. After graduating, she decided to opt for the Graduate Teacher Program to gain her teaching qualifications through the University of Middlesex, London.
Ashweena has been teaching since 2007 but took a five year career break to raise her 2 children who are now aged 6 and 4. After spending 15 years in the UK, she moved to Toronto 2 years ago with her husband and children and joined Fieldstone Kings College School as a French teacher. This is her 3rd year teaching at Fieldstone and this year she is also teaching the lower school students which she finds amazing. She really enjoys working with them and hopes to be able to help them reach for their dreams through their education. She also believes that every child should be valued and treated with respect.
When she is not being a teacher, Ashweena loves spending time with her family, cooking, hiking and reading. She also loves travelling, has visited 12 countries and hopes to extend the list!
Physical Education: Amanda Davidson
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Amanda Davidson is a Toronto native. A two-sport NCAA scholarship athlete in soccer and basketball, she attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi (a Division One school). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Physical Education and Recreation. Amanda also earned her Master of Science in Secondary Education, with an endorsement in Athletic Administration and Coaching. She has two years of teaching experience from Arizona, USA. Her favourite foods are tacos and spaghetti and she is obsessed with Spider-Man.
Music: Molly Evans-Stocks
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Violinist Molly Evans-Stocks was born in Ottawa but raised in Toronto. Her love of music started in her piano lessons at the age of four. She then discovered the violin when she was in Grade Six and never looked back.
Ms. Evans-Stocks completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Violin Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremy Bell. She recently spent a year studying the baroque violin with former Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra artistic director Jeanne Lamon, and performs regularly with Toronto’s new Cor Unum Ensemble. Playing Baroque music gives Ms. Evans-Stocks the opportunity to be nerdy, and to have fun with her friends (which is the best part about being a musician!).
For the past two years, Ms. Evans-Stocks has taught with the Sistema Toronto after-school program, where she discovered her passion for teaching. She especially loves bringing a high quality of music education to children in a fun and team-buiding environment. When not teaching, Ms. Evans-Stocks can be found trying out a new recipe, practicing her violin, or perusing the shops in her neighbourhood- the Distillery District.