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

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

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

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  

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

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