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Westboro Academy teachers are all fully certified, and are dedicated and committed to the education and wellbeing of all of the students. They bring a wealth of experience to Westboro Academy and contribute widely to the school community. Our remarkable teachers are selected for their commitment to the children and families at the school, as well as their passion, innovative approaches and high standards. Our teachers (listed alphabetically) are:
- Brenda Dunlop
- Valérie Gagné
- Louise Laramée
- Cindy Larivière
- Janick Lauzon
- Marc Lebeau
- Kimberly McCready
- Selina McDonell
- Shanyne McLaughlin
- Anne Moore
- Nathalie Poirier
- Karin Stenman
- Karima Tagnit-Hammou
- Cheryl Youldon
Westboro Academy is also supported by a team of professionals who maintain the safety and security, communications and administration of the school. These include:
- Sheila Robitaille, Head of School
- Derek Rhodenizer, Director of Academics
- Kimberly Chevrier, Office Administrator
- Kim Bourgeois, Director of Admissions
- Julie Jenkins, Director of Finance
Sheila Robitaille, Head of School
Sheila Robitaille earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Sam Houston State University and her B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston. She has 22 years of experience as an educator and educational leader. Prior to switching careers into education, Ms. Robitaille worked in the social work sector. As an elementary classroom teacher in Texas, she combined her previous work with her new skill-set and she quickly developed a reputation as a creative, innovative and warm teacher who was also very structured and disciplined in her classroom. Her classroom became the model for positive and effective discipline, technology integration and high academic standards. From there, she honed her educational leadership skills while serving in several different capacities including technology integration coach, magnet school coordinator, professional development specialist, and Director of Innovation and Learning. Most recently, Ms. Robitaille served as Principal of Blyth Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering for her many favourite sports teams, tinkering with technology, taking photos and spending time with her family.
Derek Rhodenizer, Director of Academics
Derek Rhodenizer earned his B.Ed. from the University of Otago is New Zealand and hisB.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Rhodenizer actively works to stay on the leading edge in education setting and challenging educationalists to take risks and investigate the possibilities when faced with new programs. He harnesses student curiosity and adaptability to trial the latest technological advances. Derek is a specialist in exceptionalities and reading, who is always looking to engage and empower students and accomplish learning objectives. Active in school gardens, martial arts, music and art, Mr. Rhodenizer is a generalist who loves to learn new things.
Kim Chevrier, Office Administrator
Kim Chevrier began working at Westboro Academy in the summer of 2012. She was born and spent her childhood and adolescent years in Rouyn-Noranda, northern Quebec. Kim completed her Administrative studies in French and is fluent in both official languages. Later on she relocated to Montreal and continued to work in Administration and currently has 20+ years of experience in the field. Most recently, Kim and her family have moved to Long Sault, Ontario. When not working Kim enjoys spending time with her two daughters and family, hobbies include making homemade chocolates, baking, and knitting.
Kim Bourgeois, Director of Admissions
Kim is the Director of Admissions at Westboro Academy and also the program coordinator for the Fun in French summer camp. Kim began at the school in 2008 after many years working at the Conseil des Écoles Catholiques de la Langue Français Centre-Est. Kim helps families ensure the best educational fit for their children, and manages all aspects of marketing and admissions for the school. Kim is fluently bilingual and enjoys spending her free time with her own family.
Julie Jenkins, Director of Finance
Ms. Jenkins received her accounting designation through CGA Ontario in 2002, while working in the private sector. For the past 10 years, her focus has been on the Non Profit Sector, providing senior financial support and training on various accounting software packages, preparing budgets, variance analysis, forecasts, registered charity returns, and internal and external financial reports. Ms. Jenkins joined the team at the Academy in November of 2015. A proud hockey Mom, Ms. Jenkins enjoys all the seasons Ottawa has to offer to fulfill her gardening, skiing, and cycling interests.
Brenda Dunlop, Grade 1 and 4 English Teacher
Brenda Dunlop graduated in 1992 from the Concurrent Education Program, at Queen’s University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Bachelor of Education with certification at the primary/junior levels. Prior to coming to Westboro, she used her E.S.L. experience teaching grades one and four for nine years at international schools in Cartagena, Colombia and Kuwait. While at Colegio Jorge Washington, Brenda was head of the science committee responsible for reviewing the related curriculum and faculty representative of the elementary student council. She also implemented a Leadership League and annual science fair during her time at The Universal American School in Kuwait. Since 2002, Brenda has used her overseas experiences to enrich the curriculum she teaches in grades one and four at Westboro. She takes great pride in running the annual Halloween extravaganza and coordinating the events for Reading Week. When not working, Brenda continues to enjoy travelling and cultural outings.
Gagné, Valérie, Grade 5 and 6 French Teacher
Valerie Gagné began teaching at Westboro Academy in 2005. She teaches Social Studies and French to the grade 5 and 6 students. She completed her studies at L’Université Laval in Quebec City where she received her B.Ed for the primary and junior divisions. Before coming to Westboro, she taught in several different schools in the Outaouais region and in Rive-Sud de Quebec. Outside of school, Valérie has been a volunteer for over a dozen years with the Canadian Cadets where she worked as an instructor and supervisor. She was also the Regional Representative for the Outaouais for the Duke of Edinburg Program. In her spare time she enjoys her passions for scrapbooking, for reading and spending time with her two children.
Louise Laramée, SK Teacher
Louise Laramée began teaching at Westboro Academy in 1993. She has gained many years of experience and has accompanied hundreds of children through their personal, social and academic development. With a Diploma in Education focusing on the preschool years and a teaching certificate from CEGEP in Early Childhood Education, for decades now, she has taught in early childhood education with heart and determination. Following her passion for literature she has completed training at Laval University on this topic and is the representative and organizer of French literary events for the school. In her spare time, she loves gardening and decorating and is devoted to her two children and their artistic projects. For energy and vitality she enjoys cycling and swimming.
Cindy Larivière, Grade 1 FrenchTeacher
Originally from Quebec City, Cindy is the grade 1 French teacher. She also teaches science to the grade 1 and 2 students and is also a French Resource teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Moncton University. Following this she worked as the Director of the Kin-Ball Association for 5 years. She returned to her studies in 2005 and earned a second degree, this time her Bachelor of Education, specializing in the primary division. Before arriving at Westboro Academy in February of 2007, she worked in various schools in the French Catholic School Board in Ottawa. She has been a member of the Ontario College of Teachers since 2007. In her spare time, Cindy loves travelling, camping, playing soccer and spending time with her family.
Janick Lauzon, JK Teacher
Janick Lauzon is the Junior Kindergarten teacher at Westboro Academy, where she has been teaching since 2001. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator and also holds a Bachelor of Education degree for the primary division obtained from the University of Quebec. She has over 20 years of experience working with young children as a kindergarten teacher, daycare coordinator, and home daycare provider. Janick liaises with Me to We and Free the Children in her role at the school and organizes and chaperones the middle school service projects to international destinations such as Ecuador. She has participated in numerous humanitarian projects including in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya and Ecuador. She is passionate about food and travel, as well as gardening. She enjoys being at her family cottage and spending time with her daughter.
Marc Lebeau, Grade 7 and 8 English Teacher
Marc Lebeau holds a Psychology degree from Carleton and an Education degree from Ottawa University. He has taught for 10 years including 5 years in international private schools. Marc loves travel, photography and is always looking for that perfect picture. He also enjoys browsing antiques, has a twin brother and at one time competed in lifeguard competitions across Canada. He is also a proud new father of a beautiful baby girl.
Kimberly McCready, Grade 5 English Teacher
Kimberly McCready earned both her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees from Acadia University. Prior to Westboro, Kim taught for the Upper Canada District School Board, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board. She also taught for a year in Mexico. Kim joined the Westboro staff in 2001 and brings post graduate training in special education and reading to her resource students as well as the Grade 5 English class. In her personal time, Kim enjoys reading, travelling, genealogy and spending time with her family.
Selina McDonell, Music Teacher
Selina McDonell is the Music Teacher, Choir Director and Band Director at Westboro Academy. She completed her studies at The University of Ottawa, where she received a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music. While studying at The University of Ottawa she enjoyed performing in operas, choirs and solo recitals. Selina also holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre (singing, dancing, acting) from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. While living in Toronto, she performed professionally in musicals at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. Selina has directed several performing arts camps including Singing Camps, Dance and Musical Theatre. Some of her hobbies include singing, playing flute, dancing and yoga. Music is the passion which Selina loves to share with aspiring children in a fun and encouraging way!
Shanyne McLaughlin, Grade 6 English Teacher
Shanyne McLaughlin is the grade six homeroom teacher for English and Mathematics and also the grade three through eight science teacher. Originally from the Greater Toronto Area, she earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Education from Trent University. Before teaching with Westboro Academy, Shanyne has become familiar with private schools in the Ottawa area with a variety of teaching opportunities through grades four to grade eight. She is passionate about mathematics and science, especially nature and is currently a volunteer with the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Young Naturalist program. In her time away from work, Shanyne enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and hiking.
Anne Moore, Art Teacher
Anne Moore teaches Visual Art at Westboro Academy. Originally from England, Anne has lived in Canada for many years and is a graduate of Ottawa University where she completed a BA in History. She also has a Diploma in Refugee Studies from Webster University, Geneva. Anne has had a lifelong love of arts and painting and realised her personal vision and style through classes at the Ottawa School of Art, the Nepean Visual Art Centre and through working with other artists. She has her own studio and her work can be seen in various art galleries and shows throughout the region. She has over 19 years experience teaching Visual Art, History and English at a private school in Ottawa and believes that an art program should capitalise on the natural instinct of children to want to learn and create. Anne lives in Carp with her husband, David. She has three grown children and is the doting grandmother to five grandsons.
Nathalie Poirier, Grade 2 and 3 French Teacher
Nathalie Poirier has been teaching at Westboro Academy since 2001. She has the privilege of teaching French and Social Studies to grades 2 and 3. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A in Linguistics, a B.Ed for the primary and junior divisions, and with a specialist in second languages. She is fascinated by second language learning in children. When Nathalie is not at Westboro, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Karin Stenman, Grade 2 and 3 English Teacher
Karin Stenman has 23 years of teaching experience both in the private and public sector. She graduated from McGill University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a certificate in E.S.L. training. Karin obtained her teaching license for Ontario in 1999. She is a member of the Ontario Teacher’s College and worked for eleven years in the Eastern Arctic with Inuit children as an E.S.L. and generalist teacher. Karin taught grades five, six and seven before moving with her family to Ottawa in 1999. She worked for one year as a replacement grade two teacher at Alymer Elementary in Quebec, before accepting a position at Westboro Academy as the grade two English and Math teacher. Karin has been teaching grade two and three at Westboro Academy since 2000. She has two children and is a dedicated soccer and hockey mother.
Karima Tagnit-Hammou, Grade 7 and 8 French Teacher
Karima Tagnit-Hammou received her Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Ottawa, and also holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biology. After first pursuing a career in Sciences, she started at Westboro Academy in 2009. She teaches grades 7 and 8 French and Social Studies. She has a passion for nurturing children who will become our leaders in the world of tomorrow. She believes that every learner has a unique potential that can be reached. She gives special attention to personal development and helps foster the development of autonomy and maturity, and a balance. She loves teaching and learning and has a passion for reading. Has two sons and lives with her family in Gatineau.
Cheryl Youldon is the Physical Education teacher at Westboro Academy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from York University in Toronto. Cheryl has been working at Westboro Academy since 1999, and is Westboro Academy’s representative to Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association. In her role, she teaches Physical Education and Health, organizes many special events like the CHEO Skate-a-thon, Interschool Skating Meet, the Lunch-Time Sport Program and the annual Play Day Sport festivals. Cheryl is also responsible for coordinating a variety of sport competitions such as the Pumpkin Run, Relay Meet and Soccer Events that are hosted by other private schools in Ottawa. In Cheryl’s spare time, she does fitness and conditioning for some local elite female ringette players and has spent the last 15 years volunteering on the Nepean Ringette Executive. Before coming to Westboro, Cheryl ran competitively for 22 years and now enjoys running for health and fitness.