Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Administration

Janice Gladstone

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B.Ed., BASc., MASc.
Janice is our Principal. She served as Vice-Principal in the TDSB for ten years, and this is her fourth year at Linden. Her wealth of school leadership and teaching experience, passion for advancing science, technology and arts in the classroom, commitment to teacher development, and dedication to promoting equity and student voice(s) are just some of the qualities that help her lead Linden. Read her full bio.
Janice can be reached at janice@lindenschool.ca.

Ruthie Szamosi

Ruthie
B.Sc. (Mathematics and English), B.Ed., M.Ed.
Ruthie is our Guidance and Learning Counsellor. She comes to this role after several years of teaching at Linden, as well as experience working with children and youth in Ecuador and the United Kingdom. She believes that it is never too early for students to feel confident using their voice, whether it is to advocate for themselves, call attention to inequities they observe, or ask a question about the world around them. To help prepare students for life outside of Linden and post-secondary education, Ruthie gives students the tools to problem-solve, build empathy, think critically, and keep an open mind. 
Ruthie can be reached at ruthie@lindenschool.ca.

Jean Geary

Jean Geary
Jean is our Director of Admissions. She brings over 20 years of experience in communications, community relations, and donor relations to the role. She has worked with several Toronto teaching hospitals and other not-for-profits, including ten years with the CAMH Foundation. Here she led the development and execution of an award-winning awareness campaign, which dramatically transformed awareness of CAMH and its work and had a profound impact on stigma reduction. Jean also brings a personal commitment to the role: her daughter Monica is a proud Linden alumna.
Jean can be reached at jean@lindenschool.ca.

Beth Alexander

Beth
Hons. B.A. (McGill University), M.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Beth is our Curriculum Leader and STEM teacher. She loves to build things, whether it be a circuit, a robot, a play, a lamp, a computer program, or a computer studies program. Beth has brought her creative energy to a number of roles at Linden in the past 15 years, and recently set up our new CERES Lab to teach advanced coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science to grades K-9. Beth is a frequent speaker at conferences across Canada and the United States, giving workshops on topics related to girl-centered, social justice pedagogy, and is one of the founders of the Teaching for Justice conference in Toronto. She has published articles in Rethinking Schools, Elements and Crucible Magazines, and teachers' guides for Penguin Books and the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Education. In 2017, Beth received a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence from Justin Trudeau, chosen as one of eleven teachers from across Canada.
Beth can be reached at beth@lindenschool.ca and @bethkalexander.

Nancy Hurst

Nancy
Nancy is Director of Business Administration, and oversees the financial aspects of the school. Nancy brings over 30 years of business and fundraising experience in the non-profit sector, including running her own daycare. She enjoys being a part of the awesome administrative team at Linden, working with children, and providing support to the Linden Community. Nancy is the proud mother of three daughters.
Nancy can be reached at nancy@lindenschool.ca.

Maggie McAdorey

Maggie
B.A. (H) (Religious Studies), B.Ed.
Maggie is a committed community-driven educator and is delighted to bring her passion to the After School Care program/administration team at Linden. Before starting her family, Maggie was a leader in the caring profession of massage therapy. She owned and operated a wellness clinic, and became a sought-after instructor at an adult vocational institute, which inspired her to pursue a second career in teaching. She spent the past eight years as a full-time parent while completing an education degree at York University and working as an occasional teacher in independent schools. She has additional qualifications in both special education and kindergarten. She has designed children’s programming at a family shelter/mental health centre and as a classroom tutor.  
Maggie can be reached at maggie@lindenschool.ca.

English and Social Studies

Deanna Harris

Deanna
Hons. B.A. (Humanities), Hons. B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Biology), MT (OISE/UT), OCT
This is Deanna's second year at Linden. Deanna will continue teaching Grade 9 science and Grade 11 biology this year. She will also be teaching Grade 8 history, geography and science, and Grade 12 world history. She comes to Linden with a strong background in the biological sciences, as well as an appreciation for those interactions that occur at the interface of biology and society. As she is also a trained senior history teacher, her science teaching tends to take an interdisciplinary approach, with a considerable emphasis on Science-Technology-Society-Environment (STSE) curriculum connections. Principles of equity and inclusion are also foundational to Deanna’s teaching style, as she seeks to shed light on issues of power and privilege that influence what scientific questions are asked; what sorts of research gets done and by whom; as well as how scientific endeavours may benefit some and exploit others. Through her teaching, she hopes to encourage her students to develop their social consciousness and become meaningful contributors to the society in which they live.
Deanna can be reached at deanna@lindenschool.ca.

Kristy Smith

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Hons. B.A. (Theatre & Film), B.Ed.(Drama & English), M.Ed.
Kristy enjoys teaching Linden students and sharing her passion for literary/film critical theory and examining culture and society through an anti-oppressive lens. She teaches Grade 6 and 8 English as well as Grade 6 social studies. Kristy also co-directs the senior drama production. Read more about Kristy.
Kristy can be reached at kristy@lindenschool.ca

Liubov Turlova

Liubov
Hons. B.Sc. (Math, English, Linguistics), M.T. (OISE/UT), OCT
Liubov will be teaching senior English and math at Linden this year. Her previous work experience includes teaching at the Scholars Education Centre as a senior mathematics teacher, University of Toronto Schools, and Gary Allan High School, where she worked with at-risk youth. Liubov also spent last year volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association, promoting mental health awareness among youth and senior communities.
Liubov can be reached at liubov@lindenschool.ca

Tulay Yalcin

Tulay

B.A. (H), (History & Political Science),  B.Ed.
Tulay started her teaching career at Linden in 2008 and teaches geography, history, civics/careers and social studies. Tulay has also worked on various women's empowerment projects in Ecuador. Tulay encourages students to view course content through different lenses, and relates learning material to students' real-life experiences in order to help them become informed and active citizens.
Tulay can be reached at tulay@lindenschool.ca. Tulay is on maternity leave this year.

Computer Studies, Mathematics, Science & Technology

Amy Stent

Amy
B.SC, B.Ed., PDPP 
Amy has been teaching science at Linden since 2010. She encourages students to incorporate their own personal stories and experiences into class discussions, so they have first-hand examples of science in action. Amy is passionate about helping students think critically about the science we hear about in the media by having students decipher ‘good vs. bad’ scientific evidence.
Amy can be reached at amy@lindenschool.ca. Amy is on maternity leave this year.

Beth Alexander

Beth
Hons. B.A. (McGill University), M.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Teacher/Curriculum Leader
Beth loves to build things, whether it be a circuit, a robot, a play, a lamp, a computer program, or a computer studies program. Beth has brought her creative energy to a number of roles at Linden in the past 15 years, and recently set up our new CERES Lab to teach advanced coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science to grades K-9. Beth is a frequent speaker at conferences across Canada and the United States, giving workshops on topics related to girl-centred, social justice pedagogy, and is one of the founders of the Teaching for Justice conference in Toronto. She has published articles in Rethinking Schools, Elements and Crucible Magazines, and teachers' guides for Penguin Books and the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Education. In 2017, Beth received a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence from Justin Trudeau, chosen as one of eleven teachers from across Canada.
Beth can be reached at beth@lindenschool.ca and @bethkalexander.

Biljana Cavic

Biljana
Ph. D. (Chemical Engineering), Certificate in Environmental Analytical Chemistry.
Biljana has been teaching intermediate science and senior chemistry and physics at Linden since 2005. She previously spent ten years at the University of Toronto, where she lectured and participated in fundamental and industry related research projects in the area of biosensors and biomaterials.
Biljana can be reached at biljana@lindenschool.ca.

Deanna Harris

Deanna
Hons. B.A. (Humanities), Hons. B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Biology), MT (OISE/UT), OCT
This is Deanna's second year at Linden. Deanna will continue teaching Grade 9 science and Grade 11 biology this year. She will also be teaching Grade 8 history, geography and science, and Grade 12 world history. She comes to Linden with a strong background in the biological sciences, as well as an appreciation for those interactions that occur at the interface of biology and society. As she is also a trained senior history teacher, her science teaching tends to take an interdisciplinary approach, with a considerable emphasis on Science-Technology-Society-Environment (STSE) curriculum connections. Principles of equity and inclusion are also foundational to Deanna’s teaching style, as she seeks to shed light on issues of power and privilege that influence what scientific questions are asked; what sorts of research gets done and by whom; as well as how scientific endeavours may benefit some and exploit others. Through her teaching, she hopes to encourage her students to develop their social consciousness and become meaningful contributors to the society in which they live.
Deanna can be reached at deanna@lindenschool.ca.

Liubov Turlova

Liubov
Hons. B.Sc. (Math, English, Linguistics), M.T. (OISE/UT), OCT
Liubov will be teaching senior English and math at Linden this year. Her previous work experience includes teaching at the Scholars Education Centre as a senior mathematics teacher, University of Toronto Schools, and Gary Allan High School, where she worked with at-risk youth. Liubov also spent last year volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association, promoting mental health awareness among youth and senior communities.
Liubov can be reached at liubov@lindenschool.ca.

Nasrin Matini

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B.Sc. (Mathematics), COE
Nasrin has taught senior mathematics at Linden since 1999, and has over 30 years of teaching experience. She integrates real-world problem-solving in her classes while helping her students develop confidence in their math skills and acquire valuable thinking skills for success far beyond the classroom. Nasrin also manages teacher-led events, scheduling, and high school course offerings.
Nasrin can be reached at nasrin@lindenschool.ca.

Sang Lee

Sang
M.T. (OISE/UT), OCT
This is Sang's third year teaching math, science, and computer studies to Linden high school students. Thanks to his engaging teaching style, Sang's classes are very popular with students who are encouraged to explore STEM topics, to ask questions, and become creative problem-solvers. Read more about Sang.
Sang can be reached at sang@lindenschool.ca.

Languages

Coco Lee

Coco
M.A. (French linguistics & second language acquisition, UT), M.T. (UT/OISE)
This is Coco's first year at Linden and she will be teaching senior French. Her previous work experience includes practicum teaching at the University of Toronto Schools, along with work in student life at the University of Toronto, arts education at Hart House Theatre, and the I-Think initiative at the Rotman School of Commerce. Coco is looking forward to getting to know her students at Linden, and is excited to help them find their place in the world of French.
Coco can be reached at coco@lindenschool.ca.

Martin Ramirez

B.A. (Linguistics & Translation)
Martin has been at Linden since 2005 and teaches middle and senior school Spanish and English as a Second Language. He is passionate about not only teaching the language but also enabling his student to better understand the rich culture of Spanish-speaking people through exposure to Spanish and Latin American literature and history.
Martin can be reached at martin@lindenschool.ca.

Melissa Bradley

Melissa
B.A. (H) (Classics), M.A. (H) (Classics)
Mel has been at Linden since 2014, starting as the Latin teacher. Since then, she has filled teaching, administrative and After School Care roles. She brings a love of learning and a passion for languages to Linden. This year, Mel is looking forward to teaching senior Latin and humanities, as well as intermediate French.
Mel can be reached at melissa@lindenschool.ca.

Melody Barclay

Melody
B.A. (H), B.Ed., OCT
This is Melody's second year at Linden, and she will be teaching French as well as elementary core subjects. Having completed a major in Equity Studies in her undergraduate degree, Melody is excited to apply her knowledge and previous experiences with social justice at Linden. Melody believes in the value of community in the classroom and ensuring a space where all students feel welcome.
Melody can be reached at melody@lindenschool.ca.

Physical and Health Education

Deidre Macpherson

Deidre
B.A, B.PHE, B.Ed.
Deidre has been at Linden since 2003 and is our Athletics Director and Head of Physical Education. She has built a bold sporting atmosphere, where girls are strong, fearless, and always willing to push themselves. Her love of coaching and pride in student abilities has been paramount in her ability to strengthen Linden athletes. You can always find her in the gym, on the field, or at a sporting event cheering louder than most. Read more about Deidre.
Deidre can be reached at deidre@lindenschool.ca.

Ellen Fowler

Ellen
B.PHE (H), B.Ed. 
Ellen Fowler completed her B.Ed at Queen’s University in their Outdoor and Experiential Education stream in 2014. Ellen’s teaching philosophy revolves around promoting life-long learning both inside and outside the classroom. She uses children’s inherent desire for play, to teach both hard and soft skills. She works to support her students to improve their physical literacy, foster healthy relationships, find personal growth and develop leadership, using the Physical and Health Education curriculum. As an avid outdoor educator, she tries to take learning beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom whenever possible! During the summer, Ellen volunteers with Camp Ten Oaks, a magical space for LGBTQ identified youth and Queerspawn.
Ellen can be reached at ellen@lindenschool.ca.

Elizabeth Forbes

Elizabeth
B.A., B.Ed.
As a proud Linden coach to both junior and senior teams, Elizabeth makes no secret of her excitement for Linden athletes. Her experience as an elite athlete, coupled with her work and academic study of youth mental health have shaped her philosophy of coaching girls. For the past eight years, she has enthusiastically encouraged students to find their strength, discover their potential and sense of self, and feed their curiosity — all through a process that can only be described as FUN!
Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@lindenschool.ca.

Primary and Junior School

Lori O’Leary

Lori
B.Ed., M.Ed., (OISE/UT)
Lori will be teaching elementary classes this year. Lori's previous work experience includes teaching at Royal St. George’s College and serving as Assistant Head of Junior School at Havergal College. Lori's daughter moves into Grade 7 at Linden this year and she is excited to join the Linden faculty.
Lori can be reached at lori@lindenschool.ca.

Savannah Barker

Savannah
M.Ed. (Child Study & Education, OISE/UT)
Savannah brings with her a passion for creating hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. She is excited to integrate the best practices for girls’ education into Linden’s inquiry-based elementary program. Read more about Savannah, as well as her professional development at the Klingenstein Summer Institute.
Savannah can be reached at savannah@lindenschool.ca.

Soteira Briginshaw

Soteira
Hons. B.A. (Queen’s), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Lead Teacher
Soteira has been teaching at Linden since 2010. In addition to her teaching experience in Mozambique, Haïti, and Ontario, Soteira brings a great deal of passion and insight from her social services background to Linden. She believes that even at a young age, her students can begin to think critically about media messages they encounter and social inequities they observe. She is firmly committed to helping her students develop strong social-emotional skills, empowering them to build more healthy, authentic, and sustainable relationships with one another. Soteira has spent time working in women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and restorative youth justice programs. Soteira currently volunteers with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. She was also named the YWCA Young Woman of Distinction in 2012. Read more about Soteira's experience in Haïti. 
Soteira can be reached at soteira@lindenschool.caSoteira is on maternity leave this year.

Tonja Armstrong-MacInnis

Tonja
B.A., ECE, M.A. (Early Childhood Studies – in progress)
Tonja has more than 25 years experience as an Early Childhood Educator. She has taught at Linden for over ten years and is passionate about working with our youngest students within an inquiry- and play-based setting. She excels in supporting each student's different learning needs. Tonja has also served as Professor of Early Childhood Education at Humber College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University.
Tonja can be reached at tonja@lindenschool.ca.

Visual and Performance Art

Brianne Cooper

Brianne Cooper
B.F.A. (Fine Arts), B.Ed.
Brie has been at Linden since 2015 and teaches visual arts to the entire student population from JK to Grade 12. She is passionate about fostering independent creative thought, an appreciation for art in society and is excited to continue to challenge student artistic abilities. Brie is a practicing artist who spends her spare time with her family, friends, and two dogs. A city lover and nature enthusiast, Brie finds inspiration for her art classes from her travels and experiences.
Brie can be reached at brie@lindenschool.ca.

Ian Guenther

Ian
B.F.A. (Music)
Ian has been at Linden School for 25 years and teaches intermediate music. He has taken the eclectic Linden Band to many consecutive first-place awards at the annual Kiwanis Festival. He studied classical violin at The Julliard School of Music in NYC and is a self-taught fiddle and guitar player. He is a veteran touring and session musician with rock, country and folk acts.
Ian can be reached at ian@lindenschool.ca. Ian is on leave this year. 

Kristy Smith

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B.A.(Theatre & Film), B.Ed.(Drama & English), M.Ed.(in progress)
Kristy enjoys teaching Linden students and sharing her passion for literary/film critical theory and examining culture and society through an anti-oppressive lens. She teaches Grade 6 and 8 English as well as Grade 6 social studies. Kristy also co-directs the senior drama production. Read more about Kristy
Kristy can be reached at kristy@lindenschool.ca.

Molly Evans-Stocks

Molly
B.A.(Theatre & Film), B.Ed.(Drama & English), M.Ed.(in progress)
Molly has been teaching music since 2015, and is joining Linden as Strings Teacher during Ian Guenther’s leave of absence. She studied classical violin with Dr. Jeremy Bell at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Baroque violin with Jeanne Lamon in Toronto. Molly performs regularly with the Cor Unum Ensemble and teaches violin with Sistema Toronto, an after-school social development program. She believes strongly in music’s ability to build connection.
Molly can be reached at molly@lindenschool.ca.