Your Education Team

Chris White

Head of School

About Chris White

Chris White has been an independent school educator for 20 years in a variety of roles including Director of Enrolment Management, Alumni Relations, University Counselling, teacher and coach and Assistant Head. He has been with Kempenfelt Bay School in July, 2017 as  Head of School.

Chris’ educational passion centres on his belief that all students can succeed, every student matters, and that great schools guide students to learn how to learn. He is a firm believer that all students who are appropriately directed, held accountable for their growth and who are well supported will find the intrinsic motivation that will sustain them as lifelong learners.

Chris has two children and spends his free time engaged in team sports, learning, reading and running.

Always looking to learn something new and share it with others, Chris continuously looks forward to growing KBS, and the exciting work of imagining it’s future.

Diane Fitzgerald

Director of Academics & School Life

Academic Credentials

Diane FitzGerald completed a Bachelor of Arts, Specialization Early Childhood Education and the Quebec Professional Education Program (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1990). She is a graduate from the CAIS Leadership Institute, having completed the Next Steps Advanced Leadership Diploma (2014).

 

Teaching Experience

  • Specialist – Early Childhood Education, Quebec
  • Primary Part 1
  • Special Education Part 1 and Part 2 and Specialist
  • French as a Second Language, Part 1, 2 and Specialist
  • Intermediate Dramatic Arts
  • MYP Coordination
  • MYP Language Acquisition
  • MYP Technology
  • MYP Language

 

Diane has acquired extensive experience both in the independent and public school systems over the course of her 27 years as an educator. She began her teaching career with the Peel Board of Education as a French Immersion teacher in 1992, directed and taught at Au Jardin Du Soleil, in Barrie, Ontario (1997), later moving to the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board as a Middle School Core French Teacher.  
Diane has been an educator and administrator at Kempenfelt Bay School, since 2005. Her most recent role as Director of Academics and School Life began in 2011. Prior to her current role at KBS, Diane was the IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator for six years, implementing the MYP and successfully leading KBS to become a fully accredited IBO World School. Throughout her career, Diane has taught all Grades JK to 8, including IB MYP Humanities, French, Mathematics, Technology and Language.

 

Current Teaching Role

Director of Academics and School Life; Grade 6,7, and 8 French as a Second Language.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

What matters most about schooling is that students learn how to think and how to question what they see, read and hear.  It is essential that they learn to communicate effectively, work together, develop empathy, and acquire study skills and work habits that will allow them to succeed in their future.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Education is about creating conditions for students to grow.  They must be provided with opportunities to develop their capacity to create and innovate.  In order for our children to keep up with the pace of this century, their education must provide them with opportunities to explore their strengths, develop grit and perseverance and the skills to be lifelong learners capable of adapting to change.  A good education will nurture not only a child’s intellectual skills, but also develop their artistic, musical and physical potential.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

The program at KBS reaches beyond just the basics.  When our students leave our school upon graduation, they leave with the culture of participation and an understanding of the importance of good character and hard work.  Working in a smaller school allows me to collaborate with all teachers in all of the divisions.  I know the names of everyone of the students at our school, and they all know me.

 

Hobbies & Interests

Diane is an outdoor enthusiast and loves kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking.  She has always loved to draw and paint and is a self-taught mixed-media artist.  A believer in community involvement, Diane is Chapter President of the local chapter for Spelling Bee of Canada.  She also volunteers on the board for Epilepsy Simcoe County.
Diane is married to Brian and is a mother of three. Her two sons, Brendan and Garrett were former students at KBS.  Brendan is now in his third year at Ryerson in Radio and Television Arts, and Garrett is now in his final year of High School. Her daughter Meagan is currently studying communications and multi-media arts in Ottawa, Ontario.

Deanna Reid

Kindergarten

Academic Credentials

  • B.A.Sc.
  • B.Ed.
  • Special Education qualifications
  • Library qualifications

 

Teaching Experience

After graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Child Studies 1987,  I began my career teaching in a nursery school for the Region of Waterloo.  I returned to teachers’ college at the University of Toronto in 1992 and began teaching in the public school system in 1993, primarily grades one and two. I began teaching at KBS in 2006.  

 

Current Teaching Role

Since arriving at KBS, I have taught grade four, taken on the role of librarian for a year and have been fortunate enough to be in the kindergarten classroom for the past five years.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

At the kindergarten level and in the early years of school, I believe that developing a love of learning, encouraging a genuine curiosity, teaching skills to promote cooperation with others and instilling an “I Can, I Will” attitude is as important as the academics taught at this level.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

I believe it is important to stay current with new ideas in the field of education but to use discrimination in order to consider and address each child’s overall needs, and to implement programs and practices that are best suited to helping each student thrive in order to reach his or her potential.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

KBS provides a unique opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other in a “ family” atmosphere. I enjoy the fact that younger students, in the primary grades, are excited about and comfortable when interacting with older students. Another great advantage at KBS is that the “whole” child is addressed through academics, the arts and clubs.  Each student has a chance to “shine” when involved in sports, music, art, or academics.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I enjoy being active; walking, snowshoeing, golfing, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking and most recently road biking which involves getting used to being “clipped in” and “attached” to my bike.

I have two grown sons who now live out west.  My eldest son just got married last summer so now I have a wonderful daughter-in law.  My husband and I are now official “empty nesters”, with the exception of our dog, Rocky!

Meghan Hall

Grade 1

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts
  • Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Junior Divisions), York University
  • Primary/Junior Mathematics Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Specialist Primary Education, Part 1 and 2
  • CAIS Leadership Institute

 

Teaching Experience

  • Curriculum and Programming Resource Consultant
  • Simcoe County District School Board
  • Private, for-profit elementary school
  • KBS since the beginning!

 

Current Teaching Role

Grade 1 Homeroom

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Trends in education come and go, but good teaching remains constant.  Teachers can influence the development of social skills, work and study habits, a positive attitude in order to promote a love of learning, and the ability to effectively interact with others.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Learning is a life-long journey.  Learn something new everyday!

 

What You Like Most About KBS

I love everything about KBS!  As a teacher, I appreciate my supportive, hard-working, creative, and dedicated colleagues who encourage each other to strive for teaching best practises.  As a parent, I love knowing my children are in classes with caring faculty, that activities and opportunities are encouraged for the development of the whole child, and that they are surrounded by a strong sense of community.

 

Hobbies & Interests

You can find me running in half marathons or cycling around Simcoe County, making a healthy meal for my family and friends, or reading a good book with a glass of wine.  I enjoy our family movie and game nights (but not the arguing about whose turn it is to pick the snack).  I spend a lot of time doing crafts with my two girls, listening to their music practises, hiking, and sharing stories with them at bedtime.  I also enjoy theatre, date nights with my hubbie, and making plans for our next decorating or reno project.

Christine Taylor

Grade 2

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, Lakehead University
  • Bachelor of Education, Primary & Junior Divisions, Lakehead University
  • Lower Elementary Diploma, Toronto Montessori Institute
  • Reading Part 1 & 2
  • Special Education Part 1 & 2

 

Teaching Experience

  • Kempenfelt Bay School
  • Instructor Therapist, York Central Hospital
  • Montessori Casa and Lower Elementary Directress

 

Current Teaching Role

Grade 2 Homeroom

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

I believe that what matters most in schooling is helping students develop strong work habits, the ability to communicate effectively, as well as an understanding and acceptance of those around them.  

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

The focus of what is viewed as important is constantly changing.  Despite the constant changes, there are a few things that always remain extremely important in education:  teachers who truly care, communication, and the understanding that learning is a lifelong process.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

What I like most about KBS is the sense of community.  The interactions that take place amongst students from various grades is incredible to see.  Watching a primary student’s face light up when an older student takes the time to offer their assistance or just say ‘hi’ is heart warming.  I also love how the staff all work together and are supportive of one another.

 

Hobbies & Interests

Friday night game night is one of the things I look forward to the most.  I absolutely LOVE strategy games.  In addition to that, I enjoy camping, hiking, and mountain biking.  I also have a love of horses.  Before having children I use to compete in both Western and English classes. My favourite classes were jumping, barrel racing, and pole bending.  I find it challenging these days to get out and ride, but am hoping to return to it when my youngest gets older.

Jaime-Lynn Ahern

Grade 3

Academic Credentials

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma, Georgian College
  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Child and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior, Nipissing University.

 

Teaching Experience

Supply teacher for 2 years, Kindergarten teacher assistant for 2 years, and currently in my 5th year as Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher.

Current Teaching Role

Grade 3 Homeroom

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Providing students with the necessary work habits and skills to be successful and self sufficient as they move through the years.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Engaging students in a positive classroom setting through numerous activities and experiences that get students motivated and interested in lessons. Students are not going to retain and understand the knowledge being taught if they are not engaged and active in the learning. Education needs to be positive and exciting.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

KBS is a place where students feel safe and secure because of the faculty and staff’s commitment to teaching character and promoting those traits each and every day. I love that the staff is committed to working together to ensure that we all promote and support our community of students.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I have a niece and nephew who I spend a lot of my spare time with, as I don’t have children of my own. I enjoy being an auntie and don’t usually go more than a week without seeing them. I’m also a big sports fan so enjoy going to and watching most sports.

Mark Wagner

Grade 4

Academic Credentials

  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Lakehead University
  • Montessori Primary and Elementary Diplomas, Toronto Montessori Institute
  • Bachelor of Education, Lakehead University
  • Primary, Junior, Intermediate Qualifications
  • Special Education – Part 1

 

Teaching Experience

  • Outward Bound Instructor, Thunder Bay
  • Toronto School for Natural Sciences, Shelburne
  • Elementary Montessori Teacher – California, British Columbia, Ontario
  • Supply Teacher, Simcoe County

 

Current Teaching Role

Grade 4 Homeroom

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

I think it is important that schools foster a positive and safe learning community that acknowledges and supports who we are as individuals. I believe a school community should help students on their unique journey of self-discovery; to find out who they are, discover what their talents and passions are, and support them in finding ways to overcome their learning challenges. Above all, schools should guide us toward making a positive difference in the world.  

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Ultimately, what I think matters most in education is that we find ways to be happy and harmonious on this planet. Education should instruct one on the art of living. Therefore, an education for life is one that helps one to discover and develop the inner resources to become happier and more peaceful.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

I like being part of a caring community striving to make positive change in the world. At KBS, I feel motivated to be the best I can be, so that I can help others. And I notice others feel that way, too.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I try and keep my life simple. I work toward appreciating the everyday small things in life that often go unnoticed and cultivating peace within myself. I find being a vegetarian, spending time in nature, and practicing mindfulness helps with that endeavour.

Carolyn Pitman

Grade 5

Academic Credentials

  • Diploma in Recreation Leadership
  • B.A.
  • B.ED.
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education Specialist
  • PQP 1

 

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching since 1995. I have taught in Taiwan, Germany and Canada, primarily in the Junior division within the independent school system.

 

Current Teaching Role

I am the Grade 5 Teacher at KBS and this is my 7th year in that role and my 12th year teaching Grade 5.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

I believe that providing consistent routines and teaching effective study skills will prepare students to be successful throughout their educational career.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

I believe that if students are engaged in their learning, they will become intrinsically motivated to challenge themselves and pursue new  and authentic opportunities to learn.  

 

What You Like Most About KBS

The feeling of a tight-knit community and being a part of a unique curriculum and philosophy of education.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I’m always on the lookout for the next adventure. I embrace change, I like to take risks and I love the outdoors.

Marisa Rupa

Grade 6 Intermediate Humanities

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., University of Waterloo
  • B.Ed., Lakehead University
  • Special Education Part 1, Nipissing University

 

Teaching Experience

Volunteer English instructor to foreign students at the University of Waterloo, Instructor for 1 year at a post secondary Adult Learning Centre, Occasional Teacher and Educational Assistant for 6 years with the SMCDSB, Occasional Teacher at KBS for 2 years.

 

Current Teaching Role

KBS Grade 6 homeroom and grade 6, 7, and 8 Individual and Society Teacher.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

What matters most in schooling is the effort put forth by all teachers to provide the students with the skills and knowledge that will take them to the next level, each and every year.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

I believe what matters most in education are the opportunities it provides and how it can be the driving force in making this world a better place.  Education opens minds and diminishes fears, and when we know better we do better.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

I like that the staff create bonds with the students and that the students return to let teachers know how they are doing.  I like that the students understand and appreciate that even though they have graduated they are always welcome to come back for assistance, guidance, or just a visit.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I LOVE to cook and take great joy in making dinners for friends and family.  I am obsessed with cookbooks and cooking shows from around the world. I read food magazines like I’m reading a good novel; folding down pages, savouring each word, title, and picture.  

I very much enjoy being involved with Special Olympics.  My daughter is an athlete, my husband is a coach, and my other daughter volunteers…..I am a great fan!  It is such a wonderful environment, demonstrating how we human beings are more alike than unalike.

Carrie Lane

Grade 7 & Intermediate Languages

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University
  • Part 1, 2 and Specialist Reading
  • Part 1, 2 and Specialist Special Education
  • Principal’s Qualifications – Part 1

 

Teaching Experience

  • Lampang College of Commerce and Technology, Lampang, Thailand
  • Nakorn Payap International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Kempenfelt Bay School

 

Current Teaching Role

Grade 7 Homeroom and Grade 6, 7, 8 Language and Literature

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Building character, learning to be social with others, and honing life skills to be successful are what I believe are the most important aspects of school.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

It’s important for students to learn how to learn. You’re never going to learn everything in school, so it’s important to know how to figure something out on your own. It’s also important for students to find out what their gifts are and develop them to their full potential.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

KBS is a wonderful community of caring and supportive families. I love that I can walk down the hall and students (and parents of students) who I don’t teach say, “Hi Ms. Lane”. The people in this place make me smile and laugh each and every day.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I have a beautiful daughter in Grade 12 who was Head Prefect at KBS in Grade 8. I have a very naughty puppy who has chewed the trim in my house and buries important items (like my daughter’s phone). I have jumped out of an airplane, trekked in Nepal, lived in Thailand for 8 years and watched the sun rise over Angkor Wat.

Sarah Spencer

Grade 8 & Intermediate Math and Science

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education Primary, Junior and Intermediate Divisions
  • Library Specialist (Part 1, 2, 3)
  • Physical Education Specialist (Part 1, 2, 3)
  • IB Mathematics Category 2

 

Teaching Experience

  • Grade 7/8 Killaloe Public School
  • Kempenfelt Bay School

 

Current Teaching Role

Grade 8 Homeroom and Grade 6-8 Math, Grade 6-7 Science

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

I believe there needs to be a connection with the students and teachers. I believe students need to see that their teachers care. Teachers are there to help and encourage students to learn and to do their best. With a good connection, I believe students will want to put forth great effort and are not afraid to make mistakes.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Lifelong learning is essential. Find what you are passionate about and open your mind.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

I love how KBS encourages students to develop confidence in themselves and to speak in public. By doing this, students don’t “learn” to be afraid of public speaking, instead they become confident speakers.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I love to fish. Spending a day on a lake reflecting and fishing is one of my favourite past times.

Jonathan Monkcom

Physical and Health Education

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Physical Education and Health)

 

Teaching Experience

  • 2 years Secondary Physical and Health Sciences
  • 9 years Elementary Physical Education and Health

 

Current Teaching Role

JK-Gr. 8 Physical Education & Health Teacher and Athletic Director

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Developing strong work habits to reveal an individual’s potential.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

To never stop learning! Education is a lifelong pursuit that will take an individual down many paths. Go along for the ride!

 

What You Like Most About KBS

The community aspect and personal interactions I have with all students and teachers everyday. It is a rarity in my subject area to feel you have a connection to every student in the school everyday of the week.

 

Hobbies & Interests

Most of my non-teacher/non-parent time is dedicated to woodworking. I enjoy projects that allow me to work with nature and develop a deeper connection with our natural world.

Liisa Taverner

Français

Academic Credentials

  • Certificate Learning Disabilities Specialist: Learning Strategies and Assistive Technologies, Cambrian College
  • TEFL Certification, International College of Applied Linguistics
  • AIM Certification
  • AIM Language Learning Institute

 

Teaching Experience

Throughout my 17 years at Kempenfelt Bay School, I have worked with grades JK through 8 as a Core French teacher.  In addition to this role, I have also taught English as a second language and worked as a Learning Strategist and Assistive Technologist.  Prior to my role at KBS, I was a teaching assistant at Au Jardin du Soleil, a French Nursery School in Barrie, Ontario.

 

Current Teaching Role

JK to Grade 5 French Language Teacher.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

I believe that learning a second language is a great asset to the cognitive process.  It helps students learn the mechanics of a language and therefore makes them more effective in editing and writing in English.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

I believe in taking risks in learning in order to stay current,  knowledgeable and open minded to an ever changing world.  Taking an interest in other people and their culture makes life interesting and broadens one’s ability to further enhance a personal education experience for everyone.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

What I like most about KBS is the sense of community I feel with colleagues and the KBS families. I have enjoyed many adventures throughout the years and I am excited to be part of the next chapter.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I was one of the founding teachers of Kempenfelt Bay School.  I love going to live theatre of any kind and have performed with the Kempenfelt Community Players.  I have volunteered with Theatre By the Bay and I support the Arts and Culture in Barrie. I can often be seen attending a monthly foreign film.  I have a passion for family history and have become quite a genealogist.

Allison McDonald

Visual Arts

Academic Credentials

  • B.A. (Design, Minor in Business)
  • B.Ed. (Artist in Community Education)

 

Current Teaching Role

Visual Arts Teacher, K-8

 

Experience

I have held internships in the Art Department at Canadian Living Magazine, as a Docent at the Bata Shoe Museum and as the Education Intern at the MacLaren Art Centre. I have also recently taught grade 1, 3, 4 and 5 in Simcoe County District School Board.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Creating a positive and exciting classroom atmosphere that encourages students to explore, take risks and create.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

Developing a love for learning and being open minded to meaningful experiences that influence lifelong learning.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

I love the immediate sense of community you get at KBS. The education team is incredibly friendly, welcoming and committed to maintaining this positive environment for all students. Everyone has an opportunity to try new things and be supported by a professional team along the way.

 

Hobbies & Interests

I always enjoy taking on new art and design projects. I also love exploring museums and galleries, reading, piano and yoga.

Caroline Heo

Music & Drama

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University
  • Bachelor of Education – Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions  at Queen’s University
  • Intermediate and Senior Divisions – History
  • Guidance and Career Education, Part 1
  • English as a Second Language, Part 1
  • Special Education, Part 1

 

Teaching Experience

  • Brebeuf College School
  • King’s Christian Collegiate
  • Immanuel Christian School
  • Milton Christian School
  • Bronte College
  • Kempenfelt Bay School

 

Current Teaching Role

Music and drama teacher

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Schooling

Challenging students to be creative and critical thinkers matters the most. Students need to develop their social and self-management skills, as well as work habits.

 

What You Believe Matters Most in Education

I believe every student can succeed. It is a teacher’s job to assist the students to reach their full potential.

 

What You Like Most About KBS

This is my second year of teaching at KBS and I really like how all the staff are supportive of each other. No matter the responsibilities one has, everyone offers to help. This made my first year at KBS a memorable experience. I am also excited to be with the students every day because they are engaged in their learning. I feel grateful to work with students who want to learn and be successful.

Elaine Wallace

Office Manager

Mr’s Wallace’s friendly face greets each and every family as they arrive each morning with a caring look and a thoughtful welcome.

As the Office Manager, Mrs. Wallace ensures that the school runs smoothly and that every student’s needs are met. Whether it’s a scraped knee or help with a project that just fell to the floor, KBS students can rely on Mrs. Wallace for help.

Venessa Neal

Business Manager

When it comes to running the business side of our non-profit school, Mrs. Neal makes sure things are on track all of the time.

Mrs. Jenkins

Caretaker Extraordinaire

Keeping the School Looking Great

Mrs. Jenkins really takes pride in her duties as head custodian for the school and it’s noticed.

Making sure the school is clean and safe for our students is a never-ending job and one that Mrs. Jenkins takes very seriously.

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