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 second 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.

Nasrin Matini

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nasrin@lindenschool.ca
B.Sc. (Mathematics), COE
Nasrin serves as Linden's Principal Designate and also manages admissions, teacher-led events, scheduling, and high school course offerings. Nasrin has also 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.

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.

Tara Silver

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tara@lindenschool.ca
B.A., M.A. (Women & Gender Studies), 
PhD, Education (in progress)
Tara is Director of Student Advising. She has extensive experience in teaching and educational administration in the United States and Canada. She is passionate about preparing young women for their post-secondary education by ensuring that they are well-equipped to pursue their future academic and career goals. 

Beth Alexander

Beth
beth@lindenschool.ca
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. For the past 13 years, she's brought her creative energy and passion for working with young people to Linden. Beth is a frequent speaker at conferences across Canada and the United States, giving workshops on topics related to girl-centred, social justice pedagogy. 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.

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. She enjoys being a part of the awesome administrative team at Linden, working with children, and providing support to the Linden Community.

Rachel Vickerson

Rachel
rachel@lindenschool.ca
B.A.(H) (History and Political Science)
As a former Linden student, Rachel is very excited to be back at Linden as the After School Care Supervisor and Office Assistant. Previously, she has supervised camps and youth programs at Dalhousie University, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp. In After School Care, 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.(in progress)
Kristy is excited about teaching Linden students and sharing with them her passion for literary/film critical theory and examining culture and society through an anti-oppressive lens. She will be teaching senior and intermediate English and drama, and Grade 6 core subjects at Linden this fall. Read more about Kristy

Ruthie Szamosi

Ruthie
ruthie@lindenschool.ca
B.Sc. (Mathematics and English), B.Ed., M.Ed.
Ruthie has taught middle school and high school math and English at Linden since 2009. She loves watching students use the skills they develop in class to think critically about the world around them. As a Linden Alumna, Ruthie is particularly interested in stories told by people whose voices are not often heard.

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. Amy is presently on maternity leave.

Beth Alexander

Beth
beth@lindenschool.ca
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. For the past 13 years, she's brought her creative energy and passion for working with young people to Linden. Beth is a frequent speaker at conferences across Canada and the United States, giving workshops on topics related to girl-centred, social justice pedagogy. 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.

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 10 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.

Ruthie Szamosi

Ruthie
ruthie@lindenschool.ca
B.Sc. (Mathematics and English), B.Ed., M.Ed.
Ruthie has taught middle school and high school math and English at Linden since 2009. She loves watching students use the skills they develop in class to think critically about the world around them. As a Linden Alumna, Ruthie is particularly interested in stories told by people whose voices are not often heard.

Sang Lee

Sang
sang@lindenschool.ca
M.T. (OISE/UT), OCT (in progress)
Earlier this year, Sang spent a few months at Linden as a teacher candidate and quickly earned the respect of Linden faculty, administration, and students. Sang will be replacing Amy Stent during her maternity leave, and will be teaching math, science, and computer studies to Linden high school students this fall. 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.

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.

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!

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.

Soteira Briginshaw

Soteira
soteira@lindenschool.ca
Hons. B.A. (Queen’s), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
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 also 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 for Toronto youth. 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 first 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 is excited about teaching Linden students and sharing with them her passion for literary/film critical theory and examining culture and society through an anti-oppressive lens. She will be teaching senior and intermediate English and drama, and Grade 6 core subjects at Linden this fall. 
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