Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Administration

Tara Silver

Tara
B.A. (English & Theatre), M.A. (Women & Gender Studies), Ph.D. Education (ABD)
We are delighted to welcome Tara as our new Principal this year. Tara’s career has spanned the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in education, giving her a unique combination of management skills, teaching experience and connection to cutting-edge research. Tara began her career as a teacher working with teens and young adults in international education. In the early 2000s, Tara lived in Boston, MA where she held management-level positions at Harvard School of Public Health and The Boston Center for Adult Education. In 2014 Tara returned to Toronto and joined the Linden staff, first in a senior student advising and teaching role and then as Interim Co-Principal. Tara expanded Linden’s career and academic advising program through her deep knowledge of girls’ development and young women’s career challenges. Most recently, Tara led the curriculum development and ministry approval process as Principal of an independent secondary school for international students. Over the years, Tara has worked on several education research projects in the PhD program at OISE/University of Toronto. Read more about Tara here.
Tara can be reached at [email protected].

Beth Alexander

Beth
Hons. B.A. (McGill University), M.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Beth serves as Associate Principal, Intermediate-Senior School. 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 19 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 [email protected] and @bethkalexander.

Tonja Armstrong-MacInnis

Tonja
RECE, Hons. B.A., M.A. (Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University)
Tonja serves as Associate Principal, Elementary School, and also teaches junior and senior Kindergarten. Tonja has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, including teaching at The Linden School for 14 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 [email protected].

Jean Geary

Jean Geary
B.A. Glendon College, York University
Jean has served as Director of Admissions since 2016, and subsequently embraced the community engagement portfolio. Her career has spanned admissions, communications, community engagement and philanthropy in the health, education and not-for-profit sectors. 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 Toronto’s waterfront parks.
Jean can be reached at [email protected].

Sam Layton

Sam Layton
BA – (Honours Theatre Studies), Grad Dip
Sam is The Linden School’s Guidance Counsellor. She comes with a theatre degree from the University of Guelph and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She has also earned additional qualifications in Drama, English, and Guidance. Her teaching practice has been molded from the different cultural backgrounds and learning styles of Canada, Korea, and New Zealand, where she has lived and taught. Sam previously worked in the private school environment as part of a team providing strong guidance and health education to the student body. She believes in offering an open, safe, and fun educational space for all students to grow and evolve as independent learners, and thoroughly enjoys what she gets to learn from those she teaches and counsels. She has been involved in theatre and music for most of her life, loves learning new languages, is an avid nature lover, and a horror and action movie enthusiast.
Sam can be reached at [email protected].

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 fifth year at Linden. This year, Deanna will be teaching Grade 11 and 12 Biology, Grade 8 Science, 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, 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, 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Tharshy Suntharalingam

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B.A., B.Ed.
Tharshy teaches Grade 5, 6, and 7 French, as well as Grade 7 English and Drama, and Grade 9 science. Tharshy completed her B.A in Biology with a minor in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013 and her Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate) in 2015 from the University of Ottawa. She participated in an exciting optional practicum as a member of the global citizenship cohort. She lived on the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Maniwaki, QC to complete an optional practicum and worked throughout her B.Ed on incorporating First Nations, Métis and Indigenous perspectives in her teaching practise. Tharshy has completed an Additional Qualification in English Language learning and recently completed her Additional Basic Qualification in Primary education. She has previously worked in the private school environment as a vital part of the Science and Second language departments. Tharshy is an advocate for culturally responsive teaching and loves to get out of her comfort zone. In her spare time, she loves to play with her dog, enjoys reading and trying out new recipes. Tharshy considers herself a lifelong learner of her three favourite languages: English, French and Tamil.
Tharshy can be reached at [email protected].

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 [email protected]Amy is currently on maternity leave.

Beth Alexander

Beth
Hons. B.A. (McGill University), M.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Teacher/Curriculum Leader
Beth serves as Associate Principal, Intermediate-Senior School. 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 19 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

Deanna Harris

Deanna
Hons. B.A. (Humanities), Hons. B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Biology), MT (OISE/UT), OCT
This is Deanna's fifth year at Linden. This year, Deanna will be teaching Grade 11 and 12 Biology, Grade 8 Science, 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, 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, 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 [email protected].

Jessica Fountain

Jessica
B.F.A.-Performance Production, Minor-Child & Youth Counselling, B.Ed., OCT
Jessica graduated from Western University as a part of the first class with a speciality in Math Aesthetics and a focus on coding. She is new to Linden this year and will be teaching Grade 8 Math as well as spending time with the Early Learners, and Grade 1-2 students teaching Music, Movement and Drama, Outdoor Education, and CERES. Before coming to Linden, Jessica worked in a wide variety of recreational and educational programs, often developing and delivering her own curriculums. These experiences have given her a real appreciation for the amount of learning that occurs in non-traditional settings and a passion for teaching extracurricular programs. In her free time, Jessica loves to cook, has a passion for fitness, and is always looking for a new opportunity to learn and grow.
Jessica can be reached at [email protected].

Kelley Ruys de Perez

Kelley Ruys de Perez
B.A.(Business, Economics and Women's Studies), B.Ed.
Kelley will be teaching Grade 7 Math, History and Geography and Grade 3/4 French this year. Kelley has been teaching for 19 years in both public and independent schools, including the Bishop Strachan School (her alma mater). Kelley has additional qualifications in Guidance, Mathematics (Specialist), Reading (Specialist), Special Education (Specialist - pending), Health & Physical Education (Intermediate), ESL and Integration of Information & Technology in Instruction. Kelley recognizes the need for creating a compassionate and safe community with inclusive and differentiated instruction and assessment practices relating learning to real-life and global issues. Kelley can be reached at [email protected].

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 the 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 [email protected].

Tharshy Suntharalingam

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B.A., B.Ed.
Tharshy teaches Grade 5, 6, and 7 French, as well as Grade 7 English and Drama, and Grade 9 science. Tharshy completed her B.A in Biology with a minor in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013 and her Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate) in 2015 from the University of Ottawa. She participated in an exciting optional practicum as a member of the global citizenship cohort. She lived on the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Maniwaki, QC to complete an optional practicum and worked throughout her B.Ed on incorporating First Nations, Métis and Indigenous perspectives in her teaching practise. Tharshy has completed an Additional Qualification in English Language learning and recently completed her Additional Basic Qualification in Primary education. She has previously worked in the private school environment as a vital part of the Science and Second language departments. Tharshy is an advocate for culturally responsive teaching and loves to get out of her comfort zone. In her spare time, she loves to play with her dog, enjoys reading and trying out new recipes. Tharshy considers herself a lifelong learner of her three favourite languages: English, French and Tamil.
Tharshy can be reached at [email protected].

Languages

Arden Rogow-Bales

Arden Rogow-Bales
B.A (Classics, Yale University)
Arden is 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 [email protected].

Coco Lee

Coco
M.A. (French linguistics & second language acquisition, UofT), M.T. (UT/OISE)
Coco teaches 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Melody Barclay

Melody
B.A. (H), B.Ed., OCT, M.Ed (IPR)
Melody is the Grade 5 teacher as well as the intermediate school 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 [email protected].

Tharshy Suntharalingam

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B.A., B.Ed.
Tharshy teaches Grade 5, 6, and 7 French, as well as Grade 7 English and Drama, and Grade 9 science. Tharshy completed her B.A in Biology with a minor in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013 and her Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate) in 2015 from the University of Ottawa. She participated in an exciting optional practicum as a member of the global citizenship cohort. She lived on the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Maniwaki, QC to complete an optional practicum and worked throughout her B.Ed on incorporating First Nations, Métis and Indigenous perspectives in her teaching practise. Tharshy has completed an Additional Qualification in English Language learning and recently completed her Additional Basic Qualification in Primary education. She has previously worked in the private school environment as a vital part of the Science and Second language departments. Tharshy is an advocate for culturally responsive teaching and loves to get out of her comfort zone. In her spare time, she loves to play with her dog, enjoys reading and trying out new recipes. Tharshy considers herself a lifelong learner of her three favourite languages: English, French and Tamil.
Tharshy can be reached at [email protected].

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 recently received the prestigious Prime Minister's 2020 Certificate of Achievement for Teaching Excellence in recognition of her innovative approach to inspiring and empowering the entire student body to embrace athletics without the fear of try-outs and cuts. Deidre 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 [email protected].

Elizabeth Forbes

Elizabeth
B.A., B.Ed., RYT 
As a proud Linden coach to both junior and senior teams, Elizabeth makes no secret of her excitement for Linden Nation. Her experience as an athlete, coupled with her work and academic study of youth mental health and child social-emotional development have shaped her philosophy of coaching and teaching. For the past 15 years, she has enthusiastically encouraged students to listen to within themselves, experience the beauty of teamwork, work with passion, celebrate their sense of self, and feed their curiosity — all through a process that can only be described as FUN. Elizabeth is passionate about teaching a holistic HPE junior school program that embodies Linden’s social Justice mission and helps our youngest students develop a love of physical activity, sport, and personal engagement in health.
Elizabeth can be reached at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Primary and Junior School

Melody Barclay

Melody
B.A. (H), B.Ed., OCT, M.Ed (IPR)
Melody is the Grade 5 teacher as well as the intermediate school 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 [email protected].

Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca
B.Mus (Music – Vocal), B.Ed
Rebecca has additional qualifications in Spec Ed and ESL and has six years of teaching experience in both public and independent schools. Most recently, she was a supply teacher at Linden and the TDSB for two years, and she has also taught music at The Clover School in Toronto. Rebecca is the homeroom teacher for Grade 3–4 this year, teaching literacy, math, inquiry and visual art. She can’t wait to integrate her love of music wherever possible! Rebecca is passionate about students becoming empowered, empathetic and joyful lifelong learners. She is looking forward to fostering a positive classroom community in which everyone is heard and valued.
Rebecca can be reached at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Sanchia Amor

Sanchia
Hons. B.A. (Anthropology, University of Toronto), M.A. (Child Study and Education, OISE/UT), RECE, OCT
Sanchia teaches Grades 1-2. Before coming to Linden, Sanchia worked at international schools in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She is glad to be back in Canada and to have found a school that aligns with her pedagogy. Sanchia has experience working with a variety of curriculum, including the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. She is passionate about empowering girls by fostering a classroom culture where students see themselves, their ideas, and their thoughts reflected in the curriculum. Through play- and inquiry-based learning, Sanchia aims to cultivate a positive learning environment whereby content is delivered through a student-centered lens. When she’s not at Linden, Sanchia spends her time with family, exploring nature, and reading about recent research in child development and educational practice.
Sanchia can be reached at [email protected].

Tonja Armstrong-MacInnis

Tonja
RECE, Hons. B.A., M.A. (Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University)
Tonja serves as Associate Principal, Elementary School, and also teaches junior and senior Kindergarten. Tonja has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, including teaching at The Linden School for 14 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 [email protected].

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 grades 5-12. She studied Fine Arts at York University where she fostered her love of art history, traditional and contemporary art. Brie is passionate about using art as a medium to express opinions, thoughts, and feelings. She has seen the passion her students bring to the art room and is excited to continue to encourage Independent creative thought, an appreciation for art in society, and challenge students technically and creatively.
Brie can be reached at [email protected].

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 was a core member of the Cor Unum Ensemble from 2016-2019, and has enjoyed teaching with the non-profit after school program Sistema Toronto. She holds a strong belief in music’s ability to heal and build connection, and works to keep her classes collaborative and fun!
Molly can be reached at [email protected].