Faculty & Staff

Administration

Janice Gladstone

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janice@lindenschool.ca
B.Ed., BASc., MASc.
Janice served as Vice-Principal in the TDSB for ten years, and this is her third 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.

Ruthie Szamosi

Ruthie
ruthie@lindenschool.ca
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 recently completed her Guidance and Career Education Qualification and OISE/UT.

Jean Geary

Jean Geary
jean@lindenschool.ca
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.

Beth Alexander

Beth
beth@lindenschool.ca
@bethkalexander
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 14 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.

Nancy Hurst

Nancy
nancy@lindenschool.ca
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.

Melissa Bradley

Melissa
melissa@lindenschool.ca
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 and focuses on health and well-being in After School Care. Currently, she is also filling in as the Office Manager, in addition to teaching the Latin program. She enjoys being a part of the awesome administrative team at Linden, working with children, and providing support to the Linden Community.

Maggie McAdorey

Maggie
maggie@lindenschool.ca
B.A.(H) (Religious Studies), B.Ed.
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 is a committed community-driven educator and is delighted to bring her passion to the After School Care program/administration team at Linden.

Rachel Vickerson

Rachel
rachel@lindenschool.ca
B.A.(H) (History and Political Science), M.A. (in progress)
As a former Linden student, Rachel is very excited to be back at Linden as our part-time Office Assistant. Previously, she has supervised After School Care at Linden, as well as camps and youth programs at Dalhousie University, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp. Rachel loves creating a welcoming environment where girls can try new things, develop leadership skills and build friendships.

English and Social Studies

Kristy Smith

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kristy@lindenschool.ca
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

Tulay Yalcin

Tulay
tulay@lindenschool.ca

B.A. (H), (History & Political Science),  B.Ed.
Tulay started her teaching career at Linden in 2008 teaching 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. 

Computer Studies, Mathematics, Science & Technology

Amy Stent

Amy
amy@lindenschool.ca
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.

Beth Alexander

Beth
beth@lindenschool.ca
@bethkalexander
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 14 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.

Biljana Cavic

Biljana
biljana@lindenschool.ca
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.

Martha Muraira

Martha
martha@lindenschool.ca
B. Eng. (Chemical Engineering), M.Ed. (Mathematics)
Martha’s passion for math has influenced her to teach for more than fifteen years in Mexico and in Canada. She not only cares deeply about her subject but also for her students, ensuring they work to their full potential. She teaches middle school and high school students at Linden.

Nasrin Matini

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nasrin@lindenschool.ca
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.

Sang Lee

Sang
sang@lindenschool.ca
M.T. (OISE/UT), OCT (in progress)
This is Sang's second 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.

Languages

Anne Van Burek

Anne
annevb@lindenschool.ca
Licence ès Lettres, M.A. (Romance Languages), M.A. (Medieval Studies)
Anne has been teaching French at Linden since 1999. She began her career as a teacher and journalist before devoting her time to writing scripts for TVO/TFO and Télé -Québec, and plays for Théâtre français de Toronto and Pleiades Theatre. A published writer and poet, her autobiographical book, Ariadne’s Thread, was published in 2012.

Jazmin Walters

Jazmin
jazmin@lindenschool.ca
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Jazmin teaches junior and intermediate French. She spent three years in Japan as a teacher and mentor, and was involved in several community initiatives, ranging from fundraising for natural disasters, to mentoring young girls facing different societal pressures. This experience inspires her approach to teaching at Linden where she ensures an accepting, compassionate, and positive learning space for young women.

Martin Ramirez


martin@lindenschool.ca
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.

Melissa Bradley

Melissa
melissa@lindenschool.ca
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 and focuses on health and well-being in After School Care. Currently, she is also filling in as the Office Manager, in addition to teaching the Latin program. She enjoys being a part of the awesome administrative team at Linden, working with children, and providing support to the Linden Community.

Melody Barclay

Melody
melody@lindenschool.ca
B.A. (H), B.Ed., OCT
Melody is looking forward to teaching junior French! 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.

Physical and Health Education

Deidre Macpherson

Deidre
deidre@lindenschool.ca
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.

Ellen Fowler

Ellen
ellen@lindenschool.ca
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.

Elizabeth Forbes

Elizabeth
elizabeth@lindenschool.ca
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 is on maternity leave this year.

Primary and Junior School

Gary Marchanton

Gary
gary@lindenschool.ca
B.Ed. (Science and Theatre studies), OCT
Gary’s experience includes teaching at the Arrowsmith School, Branksome Hall, and several schools and universities in Australia. Gary is passionate about information and communication technology and its pedagogical use in K-12 classrooms. Gary will be teaching the Grade 3 and 4 class at Linden this fall. Read more about Gary.

Savannah Barker

Savannah
savannah@lindenschool.ca
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.

Soteira Briginshaw

Soteira
soteira@lindenschool.ca
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.

Visual and Performance Art

Brianne Cooper

Brianne Cooper
brie@lindenschool.ca
B.F.A. (Fine Arts), B.Ed.
This is Brie’s second year at Linden and she is excited to be teaching Visual Arts to students in Grade 7-12. Brie has previously taught Visual Arts to students as young as Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12. She is very passionate about fostering independent creative thought, and an appreciation for art in society. Brie is a practicing artist who spends her spare time with her family, friends, and two dogs. A city lover and nature enthusiast, Brie tries to travel and explore new places as often as possible.

Ian Guenther

Ian
ian@lindenschool.ca
B.F.A. (Music)
Ian has been at Linden School for 15 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. 

Kristy Smith

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kristy@lindenschool.ca
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.