Teachers & Administration

Our Faculty

Each of the faculty of Oakville Christian School has completed studies and professional training in recognized educational institutes. We have specialist teachers in the areas of music, French and physical education, from junior kindergarten through to grade 8. Our teachers are committed followers of Jesus Christ and model Christian values in their daily interaction with students, parents, and colleagues. Most of our staff members have been serving at OCS for more than 10 years.

Our administration team is comprised of a Principal, Vice Principal of Student Affairs, Business Administrator, and Director of Admissions. The primary goal of our administration team, along with our teaching faculty, is to create a child-centred approach to education, where each student is given the opportunity to be nurtured to their fullest potential.

Jeff Kennedy

Principal

Mr. Kennedy has been the principal of OCS since 2007. Mr. Kennedy has an undergraduate degree from McMaster University, a teaching degree from Queen’s University and a Masters of Education from Brock University. Before coming to OCS he served in administration at Great Lakes Christian High School.

Mark Jolin

VP Student Affairs & Grade 8

Mr. Jolin has been with us since 1994. He has an honours degree in Fine Arts (studio) and is the art teacher for our senior grades. He was the first basketball coach at OCS and continues to be actively involved in our athletic program.

Beth Wilson

Academic Coordinator & Gr. 7

Mrs. Wilson has been the head of our science department since 2008. She has a degree in chemistry and her expertise has contributed to OCS being awarded the top elementary school award at the regional science fair on several occasions and the success of many OCS students who have advanced with their science projects to the Canada-Wide level of competition.

 

Janice Wood

Director of Admissions

Mrs. Wood has been at OCS since 2002 and now serves as Director of Admissions. Her excellent communication skills help her determine the needs of those looking for the best education for their children, answering their questions with honesty and efficiency.

Brenda Hartwig

Office Administration

Mrs. Hartwig has been been with OCS since 2005. She has had several years of administrative experience but loves working in a school environment, where she can serve our student community.

Kathleen Wilson

Office Administration

Mrs. Wilson has been an active part of our OCS community for several years and now serves part-time in the main office. Mrs. Wilson has an Honours Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo.

 

Fay Davis

Business Administrator

Roberto Contreras

IT Specialist

You may see “Mr. Roberto” in our main office, managing our Mac systems and sharing his expertise in all areas of technical support. Roberto has been with us since 2012.

Meghan Gough

Junior Kindergarten

Mrs. Gough joined OCS in 2012 and thoroughly enjoys her role as JK teacher. She has a Double Honours in French and Communications from Laurier University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Mrs. Gough also teaches French to our JK and SK students.

Emily Potter

Senior Kindergarten

Emily joined OCS in 2019. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Emily loves teaching Senior Kindergarten and feels blessed to be a part of the OCS community!

Rachel McLean

Grade 1

Mrs. McLean graduated with a B.Ed. from the University of London UK. She worked in high schools and elementary schools in England before her family immigrated to Canada. She began teaching at OCS in 2004.

 

Wendy Strickland

Grade 1

Mrs. Strickland joined the staff of OCS in 2022 where she enjoys teaching grade 1 students. She has a Christian School Education degree from Heritage College and Seminary and a Bachelor of Education from Tyndale University.

 

Janet Black

Grade 2

Mrs. Black has been teaching at OCS since 1985. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English at McMaster University and her Bachelor of Education from Western University. She has earned her specialist certificates in both Primary Education and Special Education.

Emil Pienaar

Grade 2

Mrs. Pienaar graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with a B.Ed degree. She was a teacher in London, UK, for 12 years. The Pienaar family immigrated from South Africa to Canada in 2018.

Jennifer Doyle

Grade 3

Mrs. Doyle completed both her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Toronto. She began her teaching career as a Special Education teacher in the Peel District School Board. Mrs. Doyle has been part of the OCS community since 2018 and has held several different roles, including supply teaching and as a homeroom teacher in both primary and junior classes.

Tineke van den Berg

Grade 3

Mrs van den Berg has a B.MUS Honours degree specializing in music education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She joined OCS in 2022 and is grateful for the opportunity to teach (and serve others) at such a wonderful school.

Michael Freeland

Grade 4

Mr. Freeland graduated with a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto in 2019. He began teaching at OCS in 2020. He is grateful to have been welcomed into the OCS community!

Lynn Gannett

Grade 4

Mrs. Gannett has an H.BSc from University of Toronto, a M.A. from OISE/UT, and is ECE certified. She returns to her Ontario teaching roots after almost 20 years in Calgary, AB where she served several terms as an Executive Member on the Middle Years Council of Alberta.

Tina Wheaton

Grade 5

Mrs. Wheaton has been with us since 2014. She has an honours degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She is a sports enthusiast and enjoys coaching both ultimate frisbee and basketball.

Chris Keddy

Grade 5

Mr. Keddy joined us in September 2020 and feels blessed to be part of our community. We feel blessed to have him! Mr. Keddy earned degrees from McMaster University and Brock University. He comes to us with teaching experience from around the world.

Roxanne Olé

Grade 6

Mrs. Olé began at OCS in 1999. She received an Elementary Education degree specializing in Social Studies. She enjoys being part of the SEM (SchoolWide Enrichment) team.

Janet Hsu

Grade 6

Mrs. Hsu has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta and completed her Education degree at University of Toronto (OISE). She has taught primary and junior grades, and is currently teaching grade 6. 

Allison Simao

Learning Strategies

Mrs. Simao has taught at OCS since 2005. She has a BA in French and Sociology, Montessori Casa Teacher training, a BADED (in process), an MED in Assessment and Language Teaching and Orton Gillingham Educator training. In this role Mrs. Simao works with students on Type III investigations and on the development of needed skills.

Krystal Fusilli

Grade 7, Arts, Music, English

Mrs. Fusilli joined the OCS teaching community in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Houghton College and a Masters of Education from Roberts Wesleyan. As a former music director at the high school level, Mrs. Fusilli is passionate about music and loves to see that same excitement grow in her students.

Emily Roberts

Physical Education

Mrs. Roberts has been with OCS since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Redeemer University College in Physical Education and a minor in visual art. Mrs. Roberts attended Brock University for both her Bachelor of Education and her Masters in Education. Her favourite sports to coach and play are ultimate frisbee and ringette (floor hockey).

Megan Wynter

Librarian

Mrs. Wynter has a double BA in History and Religion with Honours. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum and Archive studies and a Bachelor of Education.

Katy McLean

Christian Leadership/Community Care

Miss McLean began as a Grade One student at OCS in 2001. She has been a part of the OCS community since, and joined as staff in 2016 after completing an Arts Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently studying to be a Child Life Specialist. Miss McLean loves working with students to help find strategies that allow them to learn and enjoy school.

Sarah Burpee

Educational Assistant

Mrs. Burpee started working at OCS in September 2015 as an EA in the PK room. She received her Early Childhood Education diploma from Sheridan College as well as a diploma in “Advanced Studies in Special Needs” from Humber College.

Kayley McKay

Educational Assistant

Annie McKay

Educational Assistant

Mrs. McKay works as an Educational Assistant in the Primary division. She graduated from George Brown College and now enjoys working with the youngest students at OCS while providing assistance to many of the teachers.

JAX

OCS Mascot

Everybody loves Jax! Our beloved school mascot is full of energy and pops up in our community just when needed most. JAX joined us in February 2019 and has been an important and irreplaceable part of our school community.

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