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The St. Lawrence Academy

Meet our Staff K-8

Lynda Ambler - Joanisse

Director, Head of School at SLA since 2013-14

French Teacher

B.A. English Studies

E.C.E. Accelerated Program - Honours

A.I.M. French Language Acquisition - 2015

Handwriting/Learning Without Tears - 2017

Empower Training - 2018


Sandra Nandoo

Head of Academics

Teacher - Mathematics Gr. 1-6 

Founding member of SLA, teaching since 2007

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Child & Youth Studies first class standing

Bachelor of Education

Math Part 1 AQ - 2016 ETFO

Handwriting/Learning Without Tears 2017


Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth McQuarrie - Art

 Visual Arts K-8

Fanshaw College, London Ontario - Animation, Character Design

St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON - Graphic Design, Advanced Diploma


Kathy Munkittrick 

Grade 1

Served as Director of Education and Teacher at Discovery International School in Rwanda from 2016-2019

  • Trained specifically at the North American Montessori Center as a CASA Teacher
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Special Education 

Awarded: $100,000.00 Educational Scholarship Fund 2019 - allowing 10 underprivileged children to receive scholarships 

Discovery Legacy Award 2019 - Excellence in teaching 

Debra Paquette

Teacher at SLA since 2014-15

Social Studies & Science & Math - Gr.3-8

Bachelor of Education - Primary/Elementary

Bachelor of Education - Special Education

Bachelor of Arts - English/History


Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Ireland

Kindergarten Program Since 2019

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Child & Youth Studies first class standing - Brock University

Bachelor of Education


6 years experience as Director - Ottawa Childcare

Email: [email protected]

Riley Shaw 

Teacher at SLA since 2017-18 school year

Language Specialist Gr. 2-8

Bachelor of Education - Primary/Junior

Bachelor of Arts - English/History

Special Education Part 1

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program


Email: [email protected]

Deanna Walker 

Music Program  K-8

BA Music Ministry (Magnum Cum Laude) - 2014 

Kingswood University 

Sean Gilpin  

Gym/Health - Gr. 3-8

Bachelor of Education 

OCT qualified 

Angela Moodie  

Office Administrator 

Our Support Staff

Jean-Marc Joanisse

 Bus Driver at SLA since 2013-2014

Mark Howard 


 Mr. Howard is thrilled to be back to provide a safe environment for SLA students.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken

joy in creative expression and knowledge.

- Albert Einstein