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 fifth 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.

Elana Moscovitch

Elana Moscovitch
B.A., B.Ed. (OISE/UT), M.S.W. (Children and Families)
Elana is both a teacher and a social worker, and most recently worked as a social worker in community practice. Previously she was a guidance and learning counsellor at Bishop Strachan School. Elana taught Grades 4 and 6 at The Toronto Heschel School, which specializes in the arts, from 2001-2008, and Grade 6 with TDSB from 1999-2001. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts, English and Sociology), with a minor in Women’s Studies. She also holds a Master of Social Work (Children and Families) and OISE/UT (Bachelor of Education).
Elana can be reached at elana@lindenschool.ca.

Jean Geary

Jean Geary
B.A. Glendon College, York University
Jean has served as Director of Admissions since 2016, and recently embraced the community engagement portfolio. Her passion for social justice has fueled her career which has spanned admissions, communications, community engagement and donor relations. She is especially proud of leading a groundbreaking awareness campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness for CAMH, and campaigning for improved maternal and infant health globally by critiquing corporate marketing practices and monitoring compliance with WHO directives for an international NGO. Jean brings a personal commitment to her role at Linden: her daughter Monica is a proud alumna. When she is not introducing new families to Linden, Jean enjoys film, food and dance and can sometimes be found birdwatching at one of Toronto’s waterfront parks.
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 programme. Beth has brought her creative energy to a number of roles at Linden in the past 16 years, and runs our new CERES Lab to teach advanced coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science to Grades JK-11. 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. In 2019, she was awarded a Fellowship at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Beth can be reached at beth@lindenschool.ca and @bethkalexander.

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 third year at Linden. Deanna will continue teaching Grade 8 History this year, in addition to Grade 7 Math, Grade 10 Civics and Careers, and Grade 12 Data Management. She comes to Linden with a strong background in statistics and 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, and 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.

Elizabeth Ward McCarthy

Elizabeth Ward McCarthy
B.A. (English and History), B.Ed., Diploma in Arts & Theatre, OCT 
Elizabeth is qualified at the intermediate and senior levels in English and Humanities, and in teaching intermediate Drama. She has taught many subjects at the primary and elementary level and is very passionate about literacy. This year she is teaching middle and high school English and drama. Linden's values and Elizabeth's are very much aligned, and she enjoys helping our students develop learning and communications skills to support their educational and life goals.
Elizabeth can be reached at elizabethwm@lindenschool.ca.

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.

Beth Alexander

Beth
Hons. B.A. (McGill University), M.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Teacher/Curriculum Leader
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 programme. Beth has brought her creative energy to a number of roles at Linden in the past 16 years, and runs our new CERES Lab to teach advanced coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science to Grades JK-11. 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. In 2019, she was awarded a Fellowship at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, Kansas.
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 third year at Linden. Deanna will continue teaching Grade 8 History this year, in addition to Grade 7 Math, Grade 10 Civics and Careers, and Grade 12 Data Management. She comes to Linden with a strong background in statistics and 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, and 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.

Nasrin Matini

Nasrin
B.Sc. (Mathematics), COE
Nasrin has taught senior mathematics at Linden since 1999, and has over 40 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
Hons, B.Sc (Mathematics, Biology, Physics UT), MT(OISE/UT)
Sang teaches intermediate and senior math and science classes at Linden. Sang has a love of learning and continues to learn while teaching at Linden by taking courses at the University of Toronto SCS, Harvard Summer School, and University of Helsinki. With his further studies at these institutions, he hopes to instill a love of learning and bring world-class education to his students at Linden. Read more about Sang.
Sang can be reached at sang@lindenschool.ca.

Languages

Arden Rogow-Bales

Arden Rogow-Bales
B.A (Classics, Yale University)
Arden is joining the Linden faculty as the Latin and Classics teacher. She is very excited to introduce Linden students to the Latin language and to the rich literary traditions of Ancient Greece and Rome. A teacher, translator, musician, and writer, Arden is proof that a Classical education really does prepare you for anything.
Arden can be reached at arden@lindenschool.ca.

Coco Lee

Coco
M.A. (French linguistics & second language acquisition, UofT), M.T. (UT/OISE)
Coco is delighted to be returning to Linden, teaching grades 7-12 French. She adopts an action-oriented approach to language education, where students are learning to use language as a tool to express and accomplish their goals. One of Coco's personal goals is to critique and dismantle the eurocentrism, elitism, and cis-sexism often present in French language pedagogy, and she is thrilled that Linden welcomes this work. She aims to model for students that they can explore any of their interests through the lens of the French language, and she relishes the richness and rigour this brings to her classroom. When not guzzling coffee at Linden, Coco can be found reading books, playing board games, at an indie theatre, or on her bike.
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.

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.

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 13 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.

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.

Primary and Junior School

Kelley Ruys de Perez

Kelley Ruys de Perez
B.A.(Business, Economics and Women's Studies), B.Ed.
Kelley has additional qualifications in Mathematics (Specialist), Reading (Specialist), Special Education (Part 2), Health & Physical Education (Intermediate), ESL and Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction. Kelley brings 16 years experience teaching in both public and independent schools at the elementary and middle school levels. Most recently she worked at Cummer Valley Middle School, and previously taught mathematics and science to Grades 4–6 at Crestwood School. She has also taught at the Bishop Strachan School (her alma mater). Kelley is skilled at collaborating with faculty, families and students and appreciates the opportunities and rewards of engaging in all aspects of the school community. She recognizes the need for creating a compassionate, safe learning community with inclusive and differentiated instructional and assessment practices. Through rich and diverse inquiry-based teaching and experiential learning, students are able to understand the curriculum and relate their learning to real-life local and global issues. Kelley can be reached at kelley@lindenschool.ca.

Melody Barclay

Melody
B.A. (H), B.Ed., OCT, M.Ed (IPR)
Melody is the Grade 4-5 teacher as well as the junior French teacher. Having completed a major in Equity Studies in her undergraduate degree, she enjoys teaching at a school where she can weave her knowledge of social justice into her teaching of the curriculum. Melody believes in the value of community in the classroom and ensuring a space where all students feel welcome. She is pursuing a Master of Education in Language and Literacy Education at OISE/UT and is excited to apply her new learning.
Melody can be reached at melody@lindenschool.ca.

Savannah Barker

Savannah
M.Ed. (Child Study & Education, OISE/UT)
Savannah has been at Linden since 2016. She brings with her a passion for creating engaging learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. She is excited about project- and inquiry-based learning, and empowering her students to take risks and push themselves in and out of the classroom. In her spare time, Savannah loves playing and coaching hockey, trying new recipes, and exploring in nature.  Read more about Savannah, as well as her professional development at the Klingenstein Summer Institute.
Savannah can be reached at savannah@lindenschool.ca.

Theresa Chau

Theresa Chau
B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Recognized for her ability to teach a culturally diverse student population, Theresa is joining the Linden faculty as the Grade 1–2 teacher. Her experiences in Child and Youth Care ignited a passion for ensuring the social-emotional development of all learners. Through her teaching, Theresa hopes to help girls develop self-advocacy skills and improve their oral communication and public speaking abilities. She looks forward to creating a safe and nurturing classroom environment where girls find their voice.
Theresa can be reached at theresa@lindenschool.ca.

Tonja Armstrong-MacInnis

Tonja
RECE, Hons. B.A., M.A. (Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University)
Tonja has more than 30 years experience as an educator, including teaching at The Linden School for 13 of them. She is passionate about working with our youngest students within an inquiry- and play-based setting. She excels in supporting each student's diverse learning needs and works towards using an anti-oppressive anti-racist approach within her teaching practice. Her approach to teaching was also welcomed when she was Partial-Load Professor in the Early Childhood Education Department at Humber College.
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 practising 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 is currently on maternity leave.
Brie can be reached at brie@lindenschool.ca.

Ibrahim Rashid

Ibrahim Rashid
M.F.A. Visual Art
Ibrahim Rashid is teaching art during Brianne Cooper’s maternity leave. He brings 30 years of professional teaching experience at colleges, universities and art institutes, having taught in Iraq and Sweden before moving to Ontario to pursue a Masters program at the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he was an art instructor at Ontario International College. His art has appeared in galleries, art museums and public art projects in Europe, Asia and the USA. His list of awards, prizes and grants from Canada and Sweden is lengthy and impressive. Early in his career, Ibrahim worked as an illustrator at Iraq’s only liberal opposition newspaper, where he published critical drawings about the social and political life during the rule of Saddam Hussein, which rendered him vulnerable during an unstable regime. Ibrahim is excited to work with a new generation, and to encourage them to push boundaries and find their voice.
Ibrahim can be reached at Ibrahim@lindenschool.ca.

Molly Tucci

Molly
BMus (Hons – Violin Performance)
Molly has been teaching music since 2015. 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.