The St. Lawrence Academy

Where the path to success begins

Meet our Staff K-8

Lynda Ambler - Joanisse

Director, Head of School at SLA since 2013-14

French AIM Teacher 

B.A. English Studies

E.C.E. Accelerated Program - Honours

A.I.M. French Language Acquisition 2015

Handwriting/Learning Without Tears 2017


Email: [email protected]

Sandra Nandoo

Head of Academics

Teacher - Mathematics

Founding member of the St. Lawrence Academy in 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]

Caroline Hosick

Teacher since 2013-14 school year

Music, Drama, Visual Arts

Bachelor of Science in Art

Bachelor of Education - Specialist, Minor Music

Royal Conservatory of Music Voice,Theory & Piano

Special Education Part 1


Email: [email protected]

Debra Paquette

Teacher at SLA since 2014-15

Social Studies & Science 

Bachelor of Education - Primary/Elementary

Bachelor of Education - Special Education

Bachelor of Arts - English/History


Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Ireland

Kindergarten and Pre-K Program

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 Teacher 

Bachelor of Education - Primary/Junior

Bachelor of Arts - English/History

Special Education Part 1

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program


Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Jones

Junior-Intermediate Core English and French and Physical Education 

Teacher's College at Nipissing University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Mathematics. Miss Jones has spent the last 11 years teaching in London, England acting in several roles including Classroom Teacher, Program Coordinator, and Physical Education Curriculum Designer and Trainer. She will be using her skills to teach the Junior/Intermediate core classes and Physical Education at SLA


Email: [email protected]

Our Support Staff

Jean-Marc Joanisse

Custodian and Supply Bus Driver at SLA since 2013-2014

Rochelle Drysdale-Smith 

Bus Driver

Returning to SLA after a year away, Mrs. Smith 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