Administrative and Teaching Faculty
Head of School: 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!
Assistant Head of School: Leanne Martin
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Admissions: 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 18 years and has seen the student population grow from 8 students to 180 students.
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.
Fieldstone School Communications Coordinator: Stephanie Long
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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.
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: 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.
Reception: Kelly Latcham
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Kindergarten: Iris Esquivel
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Iris received a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Child Studies from Dawson College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from McGill University. She has had various teaching experiences in her native city as well as in sunny Los Angeles, California, including instruction in Fine Arts and Drama. She also spent a summer as a private ESL language instructor in Madrid, Spain, and worked as an English tutor and yoga teacher in Santiago, Chile. Iris is fascinated with life and loves sharing her passion for learning with young minds. She is currently working on publishing her first children’s book and cannot wait to share it with you all!
Grade One: Veronicalee Adams
Veronicalee Adams is very excited to be back teaching in Canada. She has spent the last two years teaching Grade One in London, England and has found her teaching experience abroad very rewarding. She is originally from Salisbury, New Brunswick, where she discovered her undeniable passion for teaching during her Grade Twelve Co-op experience reading to children at the elementary school. Veronicalee completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NB, double majoring in English and Sociology with a minor in History. Her Bachelor of Education is also from UNB, where she specialized in Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. Veronicalee also has a deep passion for travelling; she has explored 14 countries so far and cannot wait to experience more of the world’s architecture, history and culture.
Grade Two: Destiny Franco
Destiny Franco is originally from Edmonton, where she completed her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta. In 2009, she moved to London, England to pursue her dream of teaching and travelling abroad. In 2012, she obtained her Masters in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford, researching how children acquire communicative and academic proficiency with English as an additional language. After moving back home, fuelled by a passion for research in action, Destiny independently founded her very own private, co-educational Preschool and Junior Kindergarten. In July 2015, she sold her school to pursue a new challenge and diversified teaching experience in Toronto, including teaching Grade Two at Upper Canada College. Destiny loves travelling, keeping active, and doing embroidery. She is looking forward to her first year at Fieldstone!
Grade Four & Student Excellence Coordinator: Sarah Marcantonio
Sarah Marcantonio studied at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and was honoured with the graduate diploma in education for the primary sector. Sarah then pursued her path in education in London, England and found her place as a specialist teacher educating children with specific learning difficulties, which focused on students diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. After five years in London, Sarah finally returned home to Toronto to begin her pursuit in the special needs field and now finds herself at Fieldstone Day School working as the Student Excellence Coordinator for JK to Grade Eight as well as the Grade Four homeroom teacher. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys discovering new and exciting countries, practising yoga and spending precious time with family and friends.
Grade Five: Luxmy Yogesparan
Luxmy Yogesparan was born and raised in scenic Calgary, Alberta. She was inspired by the numerous supportive teachers throughout her schooling to become a teacher herself. She completed her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Divisions with a minor in Mathematics at Mount Royal University. Luxmy has been tutoring students at an afterschool math and reading centre for the past six years. She recently moved to the beautiful city of Toronto to be closer to her family and friends. In her free time, Luxmy enjoys exploring the big outdoors, travelling around different cities, listening to music, and eating popcorn.
Grade Six: Joanne Duong
Joanne was born in Toronto and later moved to Mississauga with her family. Her parents enrolled her into an after-school art class when she was eight years old, and continued her training until graduating high school. From the arts, she developed a passion for painting, sketching, sculpting, and shading. She later joined the teaching team of the studio in which she grew up, and discovered her love for teaching. From there, Joanne knew she wanted to become a teacher and began her journey at Ryerson University. She majored in Early Childhood Studies while doing a partnership program with York University to earn her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Divisions. After graduating, Joanne supplied for various schools and childcare centres before joining Fieldstone. When she is not teaching, Joanne loves to go to the beach in the summer, and go skating in the winter.
Grade Seven & Eight Science: Natan Bekit
Natan Bekit received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Education from York University. He is a passionate and dedicated teacher whose goal is to enable students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become responsible citizens. He is well known for being a caring, responsible, creative, patient and goal-oriented person with good interpersonal skills. Natan is very excited to get to know and work with Fieldstone’s students and parents. When he is not in the classroom, Natan enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and playing basketball!
Grade Seven & Eight English and History/Geography: Nicholas Blasiak
Nicholas Blasiak hails from the west end of Toronto in a vibrant burrow called Roncesvalles. All his life he has been surrounded by the multiple disciplines of the arts, competitive sports programs, and a passionate community dedicated to providing enriching and educational experiences for those who called it “home”. As a summer camp counsellor at Camp Couchiching, he discovered his passion for instruction and dedication to fostering creativity, curiosity, and compassion within the next generations. Nicholas received a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Nicholas enjoys spending time with his family, playing as much hockey (or any other sport for that matter) as humanly possible, and devouring the best of today’s television, music, films and literature. Nicholas is very excited to be teaching at Fieldstone.
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: Mina Kovacevic
Mina Kovacevic graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Consecutive Bachelor of Education and she also has an undergraduate degree from Glendon College, York University with a major in French/English translation and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is currently completing her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. Over the past 5 years, Mina has worked with students ranging from Kindergarten to University in both academic and athletic settings, which taught her to be flexible, keep an open mind, and never stop learning for herself because she believes that the learning process is mutual between students and teachers. Other than teaching, languages and reading are Mina’s biggest passions. She speaks six languages (French, English, Serbian, Spanish, Polish and Italian) and would love to learn at least two more, and she runs through more books than she does through miles on a treadmill in a week!
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: Erica Moon
Erica pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Classical singing at York University and then went to University of Western Ontario for Bachelor of Education specialized in Primary Junior Vocal Music. She has worked in various private schools in Toronto and taught vocal, band, and strings. She has passionately guided students in active music making for over 10 years. Her philosophy of Music Education is that students learn languages, understand human expression, and develop social skills, while building their confidence through music and performing. As a music teacher she always tries to provide a positive learning environment, encourage students, and observe students continuously with love, care, and respect. She keeps music class active and fun!