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Presenter Biographies

Alethea Argyropoulos

Student Success Coach,

Holy Trinity School

Alethea is a dedicated educator with a genuine passion for personalized learning and teaching. She joined Holy Trinity School as a Student Success Coach in 2021, where she focuses on supporting students’ academic growth in their formative years. With a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, Alethea concentrated on creative interventions, early literacy support, bilingual teaching strategies, and assisting students with diverse learning needs. She expanded her knowledge with a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

James Burns

Intermediate Division Coordinator & 

Academic Success Teacher,

The Sterling Hall School

James Burns is a dedicated educator with a versatile background at Sterling Hall School. Currently serving as the Intermediate Division Coordinator and Academic Success Teacher, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the academic journey of students. With previous experiences as the Clubs and Co-curricular Coordinator and a variety of Homeroom Teacher positions throughout his 18 years at SHS, he brings a wealth of perspectives to his current positions. Notably, he has devoted his time to developing a comprehensive K-8 Leadership continuum, guiding the School Council, and integrating executive function skills into Intermediate division classrooms. His commitment to fostering both academic excellence and leadership qualities underscores his invaluable contributions to the school community.

Lauren Caldwell

Learning Strategies Teacher & 

Middle School Counsellor,

Branksome Hall

Lauren Caldwell is a Learning Strategies Teacher and Middle School Counsellor at Branksome Hall. She has previously worked as an ESL Teacher at an international school. Lauren has been researching and developing strategies to best support students with communication needs and recently attended the Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference to focus on Learning Disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse students. She is excited to share her learning and provide tangible strategies to use with students.

Tanya Catallo

Student Success Coach

Holy Trinity School

Tanya has a passion for learning and education in general. This passion led her to explore teaching and learning practices for neurodiverse students for the past twelve years. Recently, Tanya has had the opportunity to work in the College sector both as an eLearning manager as well as in Instructional Design Consultant. These experiences have helped her deepen her ability to support students of all needs.

Alexia Citak

Learning Strategies Teacher,

Branksome Hall

Alexia Citak and Maya Contreras are Learning Strategies Teachers across grades 9-12 at Branksome Hall. Collectively, they have over a decade of experience working with students in the classroom and supporting students with learning differences. They have previously presented on topics related to Executive Functioning, Memorization and Study Strategies, as well as Designing Remote Learning Spaces to Engage and Activate Exceptional Learners. They are keen to share their experience and learning in addition to practical approaches and strategies to use with students and colleagues.

Maya Contreras

Learning Strategies Teacher,

Branksome Hall

Alexia Citak and Maya Contreras are Learning Strategies Teachers across grades 9-12 at Branksome Hall. Collectively, they have over a decade of experience working with students in the classroom and supporting students with learning differences. They have previously presented on topics related to Executive Functioning, Memorization and Study Strategies, as well as Designing Remote Learning Spaces to Engage and Activate Exceptional Learners. They are keen to share their experience and learning in addition to practical approaches and strategies to use with students and colleagues.

Tamara Drummond

Director of Student & Community Well-Being, 

Kingsway College School

Tamara Drummond is the Director of Student and Community Well-Being at Kingsway College School in Etobicoke. Prior to joining KCS in 2013, Tamara worked for 12 years as a social studies teacher and Dean of Students at Sacred Heart School of Halifax in Halifax, NS, and prior to that she worked for both the Peel District School Board and a private school in Mississauga. Tamara completed her Bachelor of Arts (History) and Bachelor of Education at Western University and her Masters of Education in Counselling at Acadia University, in Wolfville, NS. She is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C.) Tamara has taught or worked with students in every grade from JK through to OAC (when that was still a thing!), and ensures she finds time every school year to coach at least one school team.

Jen Frickey

Director of Learning Success, 

Lakefield College School

More to come...

Cat Gallienne

Director of Student Success, 

The Sterling Hall School

Cat Gallienne has dedicated her career to supporting children. Currently serving as the Director of Student Success at the Sterling Hall School, she is passionate about social-emotional learning, Character Education and wholistic educational approaches. With diverse prior roles including Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Instructor, Learning Strategies Teacher, and Homeroom Teacher, she brings a wealth of experience to her work. Specializing in self-regulation and social skills programs, as well as the Orton Gillingham reading approach, her commitment to student well-being is evident through the way she strives to empower young learners and ensure their academic success.

Carrie Gilfillan

Learning Support Co-ordinator & 

Head of Ondaatje House,

Lakefield College School

More to come...

Jillian Green

Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Coach & Teacher Librarian

The Mabin School

Jillian Green is Teacher Librarian and Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Coach at the Mabin School in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her M.A. in Child Study and Education from the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. She earned her B.A. with honours from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a double major in History and Contemporary Studies. Jillian is passionate about creating knowledge building communities and designing emergent curriculum to inspire students.

Rachel Greenstein

Technology Integration Teacher,

The Sterling Hall School

Rachel Greenstein is a passionate STEAM-focused educator and Technology Integration Teacher at The Sterling Hall School. She has developed and implemented units on artificial intelligence, computer programming, and other emerging technologies for students in grades K-8. Currently, she's exploring the impact of teaching generative AI to fourth graders through an action-research project, supported by a CAIS School Innovation Grant.

Susie Heinrich

Director of Enrolment Management,

The Sterling Hall School

Susie has worked in Switzerland, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto as an educator for over 30 years.  From classroom teacher to Director of Learning Strategies and from Educational Consultant to VP, she loves providing strategies to and for neurodiverse learners and ensuring that every student is successful.  She believes in sharing ideas with teachers and students that are easy to implement and make a difference to their daily lives.  Susie is currently the Director of Enrolment Management at The Sterling Hall School and interacts daily with boys from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Michelle Leiter

Associate Director of the Student Success Centre,

Greenwood College School

Michelle is a dedicated advocate and champion for neurodiverse learners, driven by an unwavering passion for inclusive education. She is the Associate Director of the Student Success Centre at Greenwood College School. Michelle has taught the Learning Strategies course for 15 years, from Grades 9-11. She is also a guidance counsellor and assists with Greenwood’s admissions department. Michelle completed her M.Ed. in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE and continues to inspire positive change and empower neurodiverse individuals to reach their full potential.

Jen Lillie

Director of Guidance,

Kingsway College School

Jen has dedicated her career to supporting students and families in navigating the complexities of postsecondary education and fostering inclusive environments for neurodiverse learners. Working in various Guidance and Special Education roles across three independent schools in Toronto, she brings a deep understanding of diverse learning needs and effective strategies for academic success. As the newly appointed Director of Guidance at KCS Senior School she is spearheading the establishment of the school's Guidance and Learning Support Centre.

Lauren McGuire

Learning Strategies Teacher & Coordinator,

The Mabin School

Lauren McGuire has worked in the field of Learning Strategies for over ten years, supporting students and teachers, and providing reading intervention. Lauren has a specialist in Special Education and a passion for teaching and learning. She has a Master’s degree in Literature from Boston University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE).  Lauren has additional qualifications in Reading as well as Librarianship.  She loves to figure out exactly how kids learn, and support them to understand themselves as learners.

Christine McIsaac

Student Success Coach,

Holy Trinity School

As a fierce believer in creating amazing learning stories for all learners, Christine is one of our Student Success Coaches supporting students and teachers in their learning journey. Christine has a BA from Carleton University, BED from Ottawa U, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Framingham State University. Christine is also a graduate of the CAIS Leadership Institute, and actively continues her own learning journey in as many ways as she can.

Teresa Pollet Boyle

Learning Strategies Teacher,

Bayview Glen School

More to come...

Danielle Ross

Learning Strategies Teacher,

Branksome Hall

More to come...

Kate Silverberg

Learning Strategies Teacher,

Kingsway College School

With over 25 years of teaching experience, Kate Silverberg currently serves as a Learning Strategies Teacher at Kingsway College School in Etobicoke. Prior to this role, she taught a self-contained homeform class at Montcrest School in grades 4 through 6, and she was also a Grade 7/8 Math, Language, and Study Skills teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. Kate's education includes a BA in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, providing her with a deep understanding of human behavior and cognition. She furthered her academic pursuits with two Masters of Arts Degrees in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her first MA focused on Learning Disabilities (LD), while her second MA specialized in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), equipping her with a comprehensive understanding of neurodiversity and inclusive education practices. Kate enjoys coaching the KCS Robotics teams and supervising a drawing and sketching club

Niki Van Haarlem

Junior Division Coordinator &

Grade 5 Teacher,

The Sterling Hall School

Niki Van Haarlem is the Junior Division Coordinator and a Grade 5 homeroom teacher at Sterling Hall School. She has spent the last two years exploring how play impacts her pedagogy and cultivates a strong learning community. Niki will be continuing to explore the power of play by completing the IBSC Action-Research project to investigate further the connection between play, belonging and community.

Jenny Van Remortel

Primary Learning Strategies Teacher & Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist,

Kingsway College School

Jenny Van Remortel has been an educator for over 30 years. (11 years in the classroom, 20 years in Learning Strategies)  In addition to assessing and providing intervention for students, she writes IEPs and Intervention Plans, leads team meetings with psychologists, confers with the Occupational and Speech therapists, and supports teachers and parents.  She is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist, certified by CERI (Center for Effective Reading Instruction).  She has completed Orton-Gillingham Associate Part One training and has had significant training and extensive experience teaching Direct Instruction programs. She is on the parent support team of Dyslexia Canada.

AnnMarie Zigrossi

Junior School Learning Strategist &  LINCWell teacher,

St. Clement's School

AnnMarie Zigrossi is the Junior School Learning Strategist and LINCWell teacher at St. Clement’s School in Toronto, Canada. She works closely with fellow teachers, fostering an atmosphere that supports academic growth while prioritizing each girl's well-being. With over 27 years of teaching experience, she is committed to creating a learning environment that sparks curiosity, ignites creativity, and prepares our future women leaders to make a lasting impact on the world. AnnMarie recently completed her ICGS Global Action Research Collaborative (GARC) project that focused on Grade 3 girls' development of self-regulation and resiliency skills. She is currently a GARC Research Advisor,  supporting fellows in their action research journey.  

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