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“When teachers are trusted, respected and supported, they are much more willing to role model their confidence in the classroom, take on leadership roles and impart knowledge to their students in creative ways.”

VIS teachers are committed to making a difference in their students’ lives. They are knowledgeable, creative, caring, inspirational and highly qualified. They communicate effectively with parents; but most importantly, they communicate effectively with each other and their students. In essence, they know their students well and are able to devote their attention to their strengths and areas of potential growth. As such, they focus on delivering programs that inspire students to participate, reflect, think critically, analyze, create and excel academically. Most important, they create classrooms where students can feel a sense of belonging, and develop programs that inspire learning, and motivate students to want to come to school day after day.

The qualifications of our teachers range from having obtained B.Ed’s to Ph.D’s. Several of our teachers have completed their Master of Teaching, and most have a B.Ed from other faculties of education. Teachers who teach non-core subjects such as Dance, Music, Theatre, Culinary Arts, Visual Arts and Athletics, are experts in their field and/or practicing artists with extensive teaching experience.

All of our teachers demonstrate a love of children and a commitment to education.

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Teacher and Staff Profiles

  • Marie Lardino

Founder and Director
B.A., B.Ed., Ed. Admin., M.Ed., Ed.D. Candidate

Marie Lardino is the Founder and Director of Voice Integrative School. Please click here to visit our Founder Page.

  • Kristin McCullough-Sawh

Principal
B.A. History and English, B.Ed., Principal & Administration Qualifications

Ms. McCullough has been a part of the VIS community for over 17 years. She pursued a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and English at York University. She received her administration qualifications from the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) in 2018 and has participated in ongoing professional development including Reading for the Love of It, “Raising Peacemakers” with Esther Fine at York University, and a workshop series by renowned author Barbara Coloroso on the topics of “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander” and “How to Teach Children to Think and Act Ethically”. Her passion for life-long learning has always been the driving force behind her desire to be a teacher. She feels it is imperative that students be given opportunities to evaluate and clarify their own value systems through perspective-driven inquiry and the use of critical thinking skills. Her goal is to establish a safe and nurturing environment where students feel confident to develop their own personal voice, and learn to be responsible global citizens who meet the world with their own sense of compassion, empathy and accountability.

  • Cathie Webb-Gillespie

Vice Principal of Operations
B.A. Hons. Theatre, Founding Teacher, Ed. Admin.
(Currently on leave)

As a founding teacher at VIS, Ms. Webb has acquired 18 years experience in teaching/leadership under Marie Lardino’s mentorship. She has helped to coordinate integrative education programming and staff development. She has worked to support the daily implementation of the VIS philosophy and its operations. She has also served as the VIS Event Coordinator and facilitated the Student Leadership Program in past years. Ms. Webb received a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from University of Guelph and is the Director and Founder of the Children’s Theatre Company- Theatricks Theatre Co. 4 Kids (est. 1994). She has participated in on-going professional development including “Raising Peacemakers” with Esther Fine at the York University, and a workshop series by renowned author Barbara Coloroso on the topics of “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander” and “How to Teach Children to Think and Act Ethically”. Ms. Webb has been maintaining a safe, encouraging and inspiring classroom environment at Voice Integrative School since 2000. Well known for her Theatre and “Living History” programs, Cathie won the Oxford “Educator of the Year” award. It is not unusual to walk into her History classroom and come face to face with Jacques Cartier or to feel as if one is interrupting the famous Conferences of Confederation. Ms. Webb not only makes a point of teaching in role, she also turns kids into historians by integrating role-play and engagement with historical events. Her strength is her ability to blend the traditional and creative approaches to teaching and learning, thereby making her programs in history and theatre come alive!

  • Jeff Gillespie

Coach & HPE Teacher
B.A. Hons.
Leadership Role: Extracurricular Sports
Teaching Assignment: Gr. 4-8 Health and Physical Education

Jeff Gillespie, otherwise known as Coach Jeff, provides an inclusive and healthy environment in which kids can learn to play cooperatively while engaging in vigorous physical activity that addresses the curriculum in dynamic and challenging ways. As a member of the SSAF, Small School Athletic Federation, Coach Jeff also runs a dynamic and diverse extra-curricular sports program at VIS that provides students with many opportunities to represent their school in a wide variety of individual and team sports. Coach Jeff believes that every student is an athlete and actively strives to provide opportunities for all the students at VIS to achieve their best and to learn skills for life by focusing on physical, social, and emotional awareness.

  • Zeljka Colic

B.A. Music, Additional Qualifications in teaching English and Music

Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher
Leadership Role: Vice-Principal
Teaching Assignment: Gr. 4-6 English, Gr. 1-8 Music, Gr. 4 Life Skills/Debate

Ms. Colic has been teaching music performance and directing choirs for over two decades in Canada. Her choirs won awards at competitions and performed internationally. She completed her BMus degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, studied education courses at Burman University in Alberta, and obtained teacher’s Diploma in Europe. She has extensive classroom experience teaching music and English and took professional development classes at master’s level from Andrews University, Michigan. She is a concert pianist, organist, and educator that takes a holistic approach to education and believes students are young artists that develop skills and competences that can be applied in any chosen profession. She loves reading and spending time in nature.

  • Anoshinie Muhundarajah

Dance Teacher
Teaching Assignment: Grade SK-8 Dance

Ms. M is a professional dancer and choreographer who teaches our Primary dance program, with a focus on Hip Hop. She is trained in styles such a Locking, Indian Classical, and Bollywood/ Her experience in dance has led her to travel the world to perform, teach and judge. Anoshinie believes in using dance to connect with students while inspiring and empowering them.

  • Raffael Iglesias

B.A. of Fine Arts – OCAD, Masters of Fine Arts – York University

Teaching Assignment: Grade 1-8 Art, Grade 4-8 Theatre

Mr. Iglesias is an alumnus of the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a master’s degree in fine arts (specializing in drawing and painting) from York University. He is an internationally recognized artist and painter. His work has been exhibited in such places as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of contemporary Canadian Art. He also has an extensive résumé of international exhibitions and has received multiple art awards and grants from the Ontario, Toronto, and Canada arts Council. Mr. Iglesias comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience, in all mediums both with the TDSB, private schools and independently with youth programs. The different disciplines he is familiar with include, all types of painting, (Mural Painting) printmaking, photography, illustration, graphic design, and digital media such as video editing, web design and animation.

  • Meaghan Bedal-Grunberg

B.A. Film & Media Studies, B.Ed., Fluent in French

Teaching Assignment: Grade 1-8 French, Grade 6 Life Skills/Debate

Ms. Bedal Grunberg is thrilled to be teaching theatre at VIS. She has a passion for bringing the arts into her classroom and sharing how theatre skills are transferable to many different aspects of life. She has over ten years experience in theatre performance and has taught children’s musical theatre for four years. Ms. Bedal Grunberg holds a Bachelor of Education with a concentration on Social Justice in the Classroom, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Film and Media Studies, both from Queen’s University. She recently returned from teaching Grade 2 in Thailand at the International School Bangkok and has previous experience working in elementary classrooms of all grades, as well as in support roles for students with special needs. She is more than excited to be part of the VIS team and share her passion for Theatre!

  • Chelsea Hood

B.A. Science, M.Ed.

Teaching Assignment: Grade 3 – 8 Science, Grade 4-6 Social Studies, Grade 7 Life Skills/Debate

Ms. Hood completed her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas while on an athletic and academic scholarship. Upon returning to Canada, Ms. Hood worked as a kinesiologist helping people of all ages recover from post-operative knee surgeries. Ms. Hood completed her Masters of Teaching from OISE. She believes that the classroom is an environment where all students need to feel welcome and safe before learning can occur. This can be achieved by creating a community in the classroom where students respect each other’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions. An important aspect to learning is the connections that can be made between the students and their community. Ms. Hood feels technology plays an essential role in learning, as it connects people to the world and offers learners valuable information. This allows them to make informed decisions and have enlightened perspectives.

  • Juli Day

Office & Admissions Manager

Juli Day has been a part of the VIS community for the past 13 years. Her daughter is a graduate of VIS and she appreciates the impact it had on her life. She started working at VIS in 2006 as a Lunchroom and Study Supervisor. As the years went by, she began working in the office part-time and has been working as the school’s full-time Office Manager for the past 5 years. Her work to keep the office running smoothly is much appreciated!