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Faculty / Staff

We are very blessed at Hudson to have such a truly great group of educators who help inspire, guide, and mould our young students into the future citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Our faculty's passion, hard work, and dedication to their teachings, inside and outside the classroom, have been instrumental in Hudson's identity as a wonderful, caring place to be a part of for young learners to grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Our goal as an entire group is to instill a life-long love of learning and improvement of one's self to all of our current and future students.

Interested in joining our team? We may have Career Opportunities available for you.

 

Rose Bastien
Vice Principal, Elementary Division

Spec. H. B. A., York University
B. Ed., York University
M.Ed., York University, OCT
E.C.E. courses specific to inquiry through play
Member of N.C.T.E
Member of N.C.T.M
Special Education Specialist
Guidance Level 2
Principal's Course (York University)

Mrs. Bastien has a long history of teaching in a variety of elementary school environments. She brings a commitment to curriculum development and leadership in teaching practices to the position of Vice Principal.

 

Robert Bedard

Specialized H.B.A. Kinesiology & Health Science, York University
B.Ed. Intermediate/Senior Health & Physical Education/Geography, University of Ottawa, O.C.T.
A.Q. Special Education Part 1
A.B.Q. Intermediate Science
NCCP Level 1 Certified (Hockey)

Mr. Bedard is thrilled to start his journey at Hudson College. He began his teaching career within the intermediate and secondary grades, specializing in Exercise Science & Health and Physical Education courses. Mr. Bedard has a passion for teaching and has developed a variety of strategies that address the various learning abilities of his students. He is committed to developing a classroom that is both exciting and enriched. He also has 12 years of skating/hockey coaching and teaching, as well as 20+ years of elite hockey playing experiences. He has athletically trained across both Ontario and the United States with many of the world's leading trainers. Developing a passion for athletics led him to complete a degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, specializing in Athletic Therapy. In addition to teaching within a traditional classroom, Mr. Bedard has also established a technical-based skating school for people of all ages and skill levels. Mr. Bedard views teaching as a passion that requires an open mind and the development of skills that underline a deeper and practical understanding of foundational concepts.

Mr. Bedard is committed to providing an interesting and inclusive classroom while also being involved in Hudson's sports teams and extra-curricular activities.

 

Janessa Brunet

B.F.A. (Hons), First Class Honours, University of Manitoba
B. Ed. Intermediate/Senior, University of Manitoba, Permanent Professional Certificate (Manitoba), OCT Additional Qualifications: French as a Second Language, Part 1

Janessa Brunet is an art educator and practicing artist, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has gained experience over the last decade working in a non-profit, gallery, public and private school setting. Her personal art practice, while finding its beginning in photography, has grown to include printmaking, drawing and illustration.

Janessa has gained a reputation as an enthusiastic and energetic individual who not only makes strong connections and builds meaningful relationships, but also as someone who truly believes in the transformative nature of art within peoples’ lives.

 

Isabella Butscher

Honours B. A. with High Distinction, U of T
B. Ed., OISE / U of T, OCT
Additional Qualifications, Special Education, Part 1; AIM Foundations Teacher Training
French Specialist for Hudson

Ms. Butscher began her career at Hudson in the Secondary division teaching French and English as a Second Language. Now, she is thrilled to pursue her love of language education as the French Specialist for Hudson. Her training as an AIM French instructor has reaffirmed her belief that a successful language learning classroom is rarely a quiet one! She has helped to run the school's Helping Hands Committee as well as the Art History Club. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys exploring the city by bicycle and going to concerts and plays. Isabella has a keen interest in etymology and loves collecting children's picture books.

 

Blair Capel

Honours B. A., University of Ottawa
B. Ed., University of Ottawa

Mr. Capel has been teaching at Hudson College since 2005. He supports the belief that a child’s maximum potential exists within and extracting that potential becomes the very premise of his role as an educator. Understanding the unique differences we have as learners is the key to unlocking power through knowledge. Providing students with the necessary tools to do their own digging and discovery is essential to the learning process.

Mr. Capel practices perspective in the classroom, ensuring that all voices are heard without fear of judgement. When students feel comfortable in a safe and inclusive environment, and with proper classroom cultivation, students can truly root themselves and expect to flourish within.

Mr. Capel was a finalist for the Toronto Star Teacher Award in 2010, nominated by students, parents, and colleagues.

 

Laura Chapman

M.Sc. Specialized in Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto
B.Sc. Specialized in Microbiology, University of Guelph
B.Ed., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OCT
A.Q. Special Education Part 1, English as a Second Language Part 1

Laura fell in love with teaching during graduate school at the University of Toronto, while researching the molecular biology of pollination. Since graduating from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Laura has worked with students from all over Toronto and around the world. Laura’s enthusiasm for teaching and dedication to her students drove her to pursue a variety of additional qualifications broadening her teaching strategies. Laura believes in experiential learning, and strives to get her students to do science and apply mathematics at every opportunity to deepen their understanding and passion for these subjects. Her classes will often find themselves out and about observing the real world and testing their ideas.

 

Alexandra Feder

Honours B.A., Sociology, York University
B.Ed., University of Ontario Institute of Technology, OCT
Senior Social Sciences, English
Additional Qualifications: Special Education Part 1

Ms. Feder is very excited to be at Hudson College as she continues her journey teaching English and the Social Sciences.

Ms. Feder knew that she wanted to be a teacher after her experience overseas as a student herself! Ms. Feder spent some of her most formative years in Tokyo, Japan where she experienced being taught in a whole new light. She was in a classroom with students that came from all over the world and the meaning of inclusivity became very clear.

Since then, Ms. Feder has worked with children in a variety of settings and has really enjoyed teaching at the High School level. She has a passion for creativity and critical thinking and enjoys pushing her students to that ‘aha’ moment!

When Ms. Feder is not in the classroom, you can find her reading, spending time with family and friends, exercising, and looking up the next healthy recipe.

 

Tyler J. Freed

B.Ed., Junior/Intermediate (Global Perspectives cohort), University of Ottawa, OCT
B.Sc., General Science, University of Manitoba
NCCP Level 1 Certified in Basketball

While pursuing a Science degree at the University of Manitoba, Mr. Freed began volunteering/working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, where he coached various youth sports teams and ran afterschool homework clubs. He discovered an affinity for communicating with young people and grew passionate about working with youth and students.

Mr. Freed completed his teaching degree at the University of Ottawa and is a NCCP Level 1 Certified Coach in Basketball. Since moving to Toronto, he has worked with Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs in Parkdale and Regent Park, Pathways to Education in Regent Park, as well as an Occasional Teacher in the TDSB for the past two years. In doing so, he gained valuable experience working with students of all age groups and backgrounds, in both recreational and academic settings.

Mr. Freed is an avid reader, enjoys creative writing, drawing, and is a huge film and TV buff. He also remains active, participating in many athletic and fitness-related activities, from basketball and beach volleyball to Muay Thai. Mr. Freed believes in being a well-rounded individual and in the importance of trying new things and exploring one’s interests. As a life-long learner, he hopes to apply this philosophy to his career as an educator and inspire young people to do the same.

 

Meghan Gilbreath

B.F.A Visual Art, Honours, York University
B.ED, Intermediate/Senior, York University, OCT
Additional Qualifications: Senior Drama, Guidance and Career Education Part 1

Ms. Gilbreath knew from a young age that she wanted to be involved in the arts. Not long after that, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. What she didn’t expect was how well her passions would intersect.

Ms. Gilbreath brings years of experience as a teacher and working artist to Hudson College. Her classrooms are fun, but never off-the-cuff. She’s prepared, creative, and versatile. Her multidisciplinary approach to teaching incorporates both her artistic background and her love of exploring the relationships between diverse subjects. She is passionate about charity and issues of social justice, and has—in addition to other extracurricular activities like organizing student gallery shows and directing plays — regularly incorporated fundraising initiatives into her curriculum.

 

Kieran Greeson

M. Mus., University of Ottawa
B. Ed. Music, Nippissing University, OCT
Music Specialist and Musical Director for Hudson

Before graduating from Nippissing University's Bachelor of Education program, Mr. Greeson studied at the University of Ottawa, Laurentian University, and Cambrian College. There he received a Masters of Music Performance, Bachelors of Music Performance, and Diploma of Music. Kieran joined the Hudson team seven years ago and has been the school's Music Specialist and Musical Director ever since.

You can often find Mr. Greeson at Hudson conducting the band, and organizing concerts, recitals, and performances. He even loves teaching the odd science class as well! In addition to those duties, his tech savviness comes in hand when teaching the Computer / Media technology class to Grades 5 through 8. A very busy man, he still finds time to run several special events at the school such as Hudson Idol, the annual Science Fair, Arts Night and annual Spring Music Recital.

At Hudson, Kieran has created several unique video projects over the years. You can view a selection of them by clicking on the YouTube button on the website. You'll find Mr. Greeson involved in almost all areas of the Arts Programmes at Hudson and he seems very happy doing so! Outside of school, his interests include music, of course, birding, disc golf, and spending as much time as he can with his wife and their friends.

 

Rebecca Gregory

B.Sc. Physical & Analytical Chemistry (minor in Math), McMaster University
B. Ed. Intermediate/Senior, Brock University, OCT 
Additional Qualifications: Special Education Part 1, ESL Part 1

Ms. Gregory has been teaching math and science since graduating from university in 2010. She enjoys helping students reach beyond their potential and prepare them for life after high school, whether college, university or otherwise. Ms. Gregory was heavily involved in athletics throughout university, spending many hours (and very early mornings) on the water preparing for rowing competitions. Since then, she has been involved in coaching rowing at various levels.

Ms. Gregory has been away from teaching for the past couple of years, while at home caring for her two young children. She is happy to be back in the classroom and ready to inspire another group of high school students this year!

 

Sharon Hudson

B. A., Psychology, York University
B. Ed., York University, OCT

Mrs. Hudson – no, she didn't have to change her name - has taught for the Toronto Board of Education for the past 35 years. In addition to her degrees, her qualifications include Specialist in Primary Education, Library, Drama, ESL, Special Education, and Junior Education. She has presented workshops for teacher training at OISE. She joined the Hudson team 4 years ago and has taught in the Grade One classroom as well as serving as the school's beloved librarian and story teller extraordinaire! Mrs. Hudson enjoys gardening and shares her interest in chess with Hudson's Chess Club for students in grades 1 to 8.

 

Daniel Hunt

B.A., Acadia University
B.Ed., University of British Columbia
A.Q., Special Education Part 1
A.B.Q., Intermediate Business

Mr. Hunt hails from a small town in Nova Scotia called Truro. After graduating from Acadia University, he spent the next 10-plus years working in a variety of different instructional environments, ranging from teaching English in Korea, educating children with exceptionalities, working with elite student athletes, and most recently, as the grade 7H teacher at Hudson College. Mr. Hunt uses all of these experiences to create a positive learning environment for a variety of different learners, helping to cater the curriculum to his student's strengths. As a lifelong learner himself, Mr. Hunt knows the importance of instilling a positive work ethic in his students, while helping them build their time management skills as they approach high school.

At Hudson, Mr. Hunt can be found coaching both of the girls basketball teams while assisting in many other sports and clubs around the school. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Hunt has a passion for sports, music, travel and food, and loves spending his free time with his family and friends.

 

Faiza Fayyaz Khan

H.B.A., Ryerson University, RECE
B. Ed., University of Toronto, OCT

Ms. Khan brings a solid academic background in Early Childhood Studies and in Early/Primary/Junior Education. She is extremely pleased to be a part of the Hudson College community.

Ms. Khan’s credentials include a BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and a B.Ed. in Primary/Junior divisions from the University of Toronto. Ms. Khan is an Ontario certified teacher and a Registered Early Childhood Educator with teaching practice in a range of childhood settings, including childcare, plus both the public and private education systems. She has teaching experience in every grade level between Junior Kindergarten and Grade 4, including Gifted Programming.

As a kindergarten teacher, Ms. Khan believes that every child is unique and that every child deserves an individualized education. She has always embraced the Reggio inspired curriculum model in her work with four and five year olds. Ms. Khan views children as competent learners who must be treated with dignity and compassion. She believes the learning process should be meaningful, relevant, and engaging in order to make Kindergarten the rewarding start to education that it should be.

In addition to teaching, Faiza is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (completion Spring 2018). Faiza’s research interests include: issues in special education, stages of literacy development, and Social-Emotional intelligence.

 

Steven Kokkinias

B.Sc. Mathematics, McMaster University
B.Ed. Mathematics O.I.S.E, University of Toronto
O.C.T.

Mr. K. has taught mathematics to middle and high school students since 2001 in Ontario, Quebec, The Dominican Republic and China. In 2003, Mr. K. was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from Long point First Nations School. Steven joined Hudson College in 2006 and has enjoyed teaching the mathematics program for the past 7 years. In his teaching philosophy Mr. K believes that "optimism, much like laughter, is highly contagious, and that when we as teachers are able to find the positive side to most situations we model for students very effective social and problem solving skills." Mr. K. enjoys graphic art design, music and cycling in the "great outdoors". He also enjoys engaging his students through the use of art, music and computer design. He hopes to inspire his students to take full advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of learning and to enjoy the journey!
Bon Voyage!

 

Sarah Mallin

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Honours), Brock University
B. Ed., York University, OCT
A.Q. English as a Second Language, Specialist
A.Q. Special Education, Part 1
A.Q. Reading, Part 1
A.B.Q. Intermediate Health and Physical Education

Mrs. Mallin is the Grade 2 classroom teacher at Hudson. She is qualified to teach in the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate Divisions.

Prior to joining Hudson College, she spent three years teaching at the Canadian International School in Vietnam. Before that, she was the director of an Outdoor Education Centre in Huntsville, Ontario.

Mrs. Mallin’s teaching philosophy is based on student centred learning. Her lessons and units focus on students’ different learning styles. She engages students through different teaching strategies, critical thinking opportunities, and problem solving and inquiry-based learning.

Around the school, Mrs. Mallin coaches many sports, including X-Country, Track and Field, and softball, and also helps organize Hudson’s annual speech competition and Junior science club.

Outside of school, Mrs. Mallin loves spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, enjoying the outdoors, and travelling.

 

Erin McCarthy

Honours B. A., Wilfrid Laurier University
B. Ed., OISE / U of T, OCT
Additional Qualifications, Special Education Part 1 & 2

Ms. McCarthy is currently in her sixth year at Hudson College and is the Grade Seven teacher. She loves her job and enjoys the creativity and passion, along with the growth and maturation she gets to see over the course of the school year, in her students. Erin believes in challenging them in all areas, including thinking outside of themselves when they look at the world around them. With a passion for the Arts, Erin teaches much of the Fine Arts program to the Junior / Intermediate Division at Hudson. She absolutely loves seeing what students can create when given the space, opportunity, and inspiration to do so. Outside of school, she enjoys camping, gardening, playing hockey, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Megan McCartney

B.A., Windsor University
B. Ed., Trent University, OCT
Faculty Member at Young Peoples Theatre (YPT) since 2010

When choosing a career, Mrs. McCartney always knew she wanted to pursue a field that would enable her to stand up for children's rights and help to guide them in their success. Teaching was a natural choice. Every day, Megan is excited to see what unfolds in her classroom and school community. Daily, her goal is to challenge and support her students - academically and socially - to reach their full potentials. As a theatre graduate and active faculty member at YPT, it is Megan's belief that the Dramatic Arts develop life-long skills of creativity, collaboration, and communication. They are essential components of self-confidence, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. She uses Drama across the curriculum to assist students in their learning and to make relevant connections, thereby increasing their overall understanding. She finds Hudson to be a warm and supportive environment not only for students, but for staff as well. She looks forward to many more years as a member of the Hudson team!

"It's not the answer that enlightens but the question." Eugene Ionesco

 

Joel Minty

B. Ed., Primary/Junior Division, Queen’s University, OCT
Additional Qualifications: Special Education Part 1, Intermediate Mathematics
H.B.A., English Literature, Queen’s University
Diploma, Television Writing & Producing, Humber College

Engaging students is the most critical element to being an inspirational teacher – and being an inspirational teacher is integral in expediting student achievement. Mr. Minty engages with students on their level during breaks and supervision, and inspires them to engage with him on his level during instruction. Both types of connection create bonds that foster a sense of unity in the classroom. With a focus on English literature and the elements of structure required to communicate clearly and with vision, Mr. Minty brings a wide variety of creative skill sets to the table, from acting on stage, playing guitar, and building board games to publishing comics, designing video games, and writing novels. He also leads Hudson’s Spelling Bee team, debate teams, and competitive chess teams. He is very excited to be continuing his career as an educator at Hudson College as the Grade 6 teacher.

 

Shannon Mollard

B. Ed. Primary/Junior, University of Windsor, OCT
Certificate of Registration and Qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers
Certificate of Registration and Qualification with the General Teaching Council of Scotland
H. B. A. Political Science, University of Windsor
B. A. English, University of Windsor
B. Sc. Biology, University of Windsor
A.Q. Senior English, O.I.S.E, University of Toronto
A.Q. Creative Writing and Reading, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Mrs. Mollard brings a wealth of teaching experience from private to public schools in Canada and Scotland. She has over thirteen years of experience working with Primary and Junior students. Her experience as a teacher includes facilitating learning in the Reggio Emilia system, instructing French with the AIM program, working with gifted students and teaching English as a Second Language.

Mrs. Mollard has a passion for teaching and believes that teachers must provide different avenues to help facilitate critical thought. She believes this approach helps to foster self-confidence and a spirit of independent learning. Her philosophy is that children have a lot to offer in the classroom and the relationship between child and teacher is a collaborative one. Parents are a part of the learning process as well and she wants to make them feel valued and included.

Outside of class, she is interested in art, music, literature and writing. She has a love for travel and learning new things. Mrs. Mollard enjoys playing sports and spending time with her family.

 

Yovanny Munoz

Business Administration U.T.E. Quito, Ecuador
TESL Certificate - Toronto, Canada

Mr. Yovanny has been in the teaching profession for almost 20 years. He worked in an all-girls private school in Ecuador before returning to Canada in 1999. He joined Hudson in January of 2006 and feels that "Hudson is the best school he has ever worked at; and I'm not just saying that!" Most of his career has been spent working with young adults and because of his ESL experience he has had the pleasure of meeting students from around the world and learning about so many different cultures. This perspective uniquely qualifies him for the diverse courses he teaches at Hudson.
In addition to his teaching, Mr. Yovanny is involved in planning many of the student events throughout the year especially the trips to overseas destinations. He has taken Hudson students to London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Mr. Yovanny is also involved in the organization of student council events such as the annual Terry Fox Breakfast, the annual Spirit Week and Halloween Dance, the annual International Festival, and the annual Hudson Prom among other activities. In his free time, Mr. Yovanny takes his wife and children on family trips, watches movies, reads books and enjoys listening to music.

 

Marco Reda

Honours B.A. Kinesiology, York University
B. Ed. Physical Education & Biology
O.C.T

Before graduating from York University and pursuing a career in education, Marco played 12 years of professional soccer. He is currently the Director of Coaching at Power Soccer Inc., and a USSF ‘A’ Licensed coach.

Marco’s teaching philosophy focuses on student success by creating an environment where they can explore, construct, solve and apply. He feels that he has the necessary tools to reach the “21st Century Learner” and prepare them for this ever-changing and diverse world.

Marco currently teaches Health and Physical Education for all the elementary classes at Hudson. He also teaches HPE and Science at the high school level.

As the Athletic Director at Hudson, Marco oversees the school's athletic program that competes in the Small Schools Athletic Federation. He also coaches a number of sports that include soccer, volleyball and badminton.

Marco is a sports “nut” and enjoys participating in a variety of activities, including golf, skiing and tennis. When he isn’t on the playing field or in the classroom, Marco spends as much time as possible with his wife and two children.

 

Farah Naz Shaikh

B.A. Carleton University
B. Ed. Concordia University
M.Ed. OISE/University of Toronto, OCT
Additional Qualifications, Special Education, Part 1; Junior Basic; Anglais
Member of T.E.S.L. Ontario

Ms. Shaikh teaches Grade 1 in the elementary division of Hudson College. Farah believes that children learn best through their strengths, and she enjoys using teaching methods that address the diversity of intelligences children display and the different ways they learn. Diversity is a cornerstone of her philosophy of teaching, and Farah is also passionate about creating a curriculum that reflects the diverse and unique perspectives of the many cultures that make up Canada. Integration of these perspectives enables youth to develop a stronger sense of identity, and helps them to become more confident and active contributors to society. Outside of school, Farah loves to travel and has lived and taught in Indonesia and an Inuit village in the Arctic, among other cultural communities. Her recent explorations in Europe have included Italy and Paris.

 

Lui Veleno

Honours B.A. English & Media
Honours B.A. Math
M.A. English (June 2015)

Mr. Veleno has over 14 years of teaching experience at both the elementary and high school levels. Mr. Veleno is thrilled to be teaching the Grade Eight class at Hudson. Through his various teaching positions, he has acquired a strong understanding of curriculum, learning styles, and various learning profiles and exceptionalities.

Mr. Veleno's teaching focuses on fostering a passion and love of learning amongst his students and helping them see themselves as "perpetual learners." He believes it is important to nurture an inquisitive mind, and to engage and challenge students to excel in all areas of their academic and personal lives. In his view, students must be encouraged to become proactive and take ownership of their own education so that it becomes both more personal and meaningful. Mr. Veleno is committed to helping his students understand that learning is a lifelong process, and is aware that the changing dynamic of the global community will require our students to embrace learning throughout their lives.

 

Rachel Wise

B. Ed. Intermediate/Senior, McGill University
Additional Qualifications, Guidance and Career Education Part 1&2
OCT

Rachel has wanted to be a Guidance Counsellor for as long as she can remember. After graduating with her Bachelor of Education from McGill University, she moved back to Toronto and immediately started working in both Guidance and teaching. She earned additional qualifications in Guidance and Career Education while in the field, and her experiences have only served to strengthen her passion for the profession.

When Rachel isn’t at work, you can find her reading (she is also an English teacher, after all), spending time with family and friends, and trying to force herself to enjoy cooking.

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