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kathrynbarnes_webKathryn Barnes
Current Title: Director, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: B.Kin (Brock University), B.Ed. (Brock University)
Biography: Prior to working at UCC I taught science and physical and health education at another independent school. I made the move and became a learning strategies teacher when I realized how important it was for all students to understand themselves as a learner so that they could believe in themselves and flourish. I’m working on my Masters degree in educational administration at OISE.

jenniferferguson2016img_8445caleytaylorJennifer Ferguson
Current Title: Middle Division coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: PGDE Primary, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (B.Ed); BA Psychology, York University
Work Experience: Learning Support Specialist, Grade 8 Mathematics Teacher, and Mentor – Crescent School (2009-2016); Nursery Years to Grade 7 Teacher – North Lanarkshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Council, Scotland (2006-2009)
Biography: I love teaching kids. More specifically, I love teaching boys. Their energy, enthusiasm, humour and, yes, even their executive functioning (sometimes) chaos, makes me enjoy coming in to school every day. I feel that my role in the Middle Division Centre for Learning at UCC is to help all boys tap into their own unseen potential. I am a Special Education Specialist, and have been since 2012. I am working towards my Guidance and Career Education Specialist. With a love of continuous learning, I hope to infuse the desire to learn and grow in my students. In my spare time, I love yoga, weight training, traveling and, I must admit, I’m a retro gamer.

tinajagdeo4618caleytaylorTina Jagdeo
Current Title: Primary Division coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: Hon. B.A., M.A. (Queen’s University), B.Ed. (OISE/University of Toronto)
Biography: After graduating from Queen’s, I worked at Leo Burnett Advertising. It was the teaching component of that job that sent me back to OISE for teachers’ college. Starting at UCC as a form adviser, I taught English and history with extra-curricular interests in debating, public speaking and sustainability initiatives. I was offered the R. Foss Secondment to work for a year in the Wernham & West Centre for Learning in 2005 and I continue to coordinate the program for the Primary Division. My passion lies in building lessons with peers and teaching in flexible, small groups. I’m thankful that I never have the same day twice and that the boys fill my days with laughter.

jodymclean3513caleytaylorcaleytaylorJody McLean
Current Title: Senior Division coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: B.Ed. Business Studies (University of Regina), M.Ed. Educational Administration (OISE at University of Toronto), Special Education Specialist (OISE at University of Toronto)
Work Experience: Assistant Head, Upper School and Computer & Business Teacher, Fieldstone School (2002-2009); Computer & Business Teacher, Metro Prep (2001-2002); Computer & Business Teacher, Canoe Lake School, SK (1999-2001)
Biography: I am passionate about working in schools. I’ve had several different roles over the years (teacher, technology leader, administrator and academic support). In addition to my role here, I also advise and lead the Peer Tutoring Club and work in boarding during evening study. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my two daughters and family.

blairyoungblut2016img_8775caleytaylorBlair Yungblut
Current Title: Primary and Middle Teaching Assistant, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: B.A, Honours in Health Sciences with Minors in Psychology and Geography (Western University); B.Ed. (Nipissing University)
Biography: I started at UCC in 2013 as a Residential Don in Wedd’s House. It was a great experience that allowed me to interact with boys from a wide variety of areas across the world. For the past two years, I have been a Primary and Middle CFL Teaching Assistant. At UCC, I have coached hockey, baseball, basketball, and track & field. Outside of school, I enjoy watching sporting events, spending time with my family back home, and playing hockey with fellow faculty members every Thursday night.