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 school year

B.A. English Studies - Focus on Shakespeare
E.C.E. Accelerated Program - Honours
A.I.M. French Language Acquisition 2015
Handwriting/Learning Without Tears 2017

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

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

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

Emily Fownes

Teacher at SLA since 2017-18
French & Physical Education

Bachelor of Education in Secondary English, minor in Ethics and Religious Culture, McGill University
ABQ in Junior Certification
Currently working on a Masters in Education with a 'classroom specialist' focus 
Special Education Part 1 

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  

Cindy Turton 

Director of Kindergarten Program

Bachelor of Education, Queen's University - Primary/Junior
Bachelor of Arts, Trent University
Kindergarten Part 1 & Part 2

Jessica Irwin-Leung

Director of International Student Services

Bachelor of Arts - Concordia University
Bachelor of Education - Queen's University
Masters of Arts in Teaching English as A Second Language - St. Michael's College

Our Support Staff

Jean-Marc Joanisse

Custodian and Bus Driver at SLA since 2013-2014


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. 

-  Albert Einstein