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Victoria Altomare
Current Title: Teaching Assistant, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: B.A. Honours Psychology (York University), M.A. Child Study and Education (University of Toronto)
Work Experience: Teaching internship at Branksome Hall IB World School and program developer and coach for Pakmen Volleyball Club.
Biography: I am so fortunate to be able to interact with the boys in a variety of settings here at UCC. When I am not working in the WWCFL you will find me in classrooms, learning alongside both teachers and students, and coaching volleyball, basketball and track and field. I have spent the past seven years representing Canada in beach volleyball. This experience has made me passionate about physical literacy and growth mindset!


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.
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jenniferferguson2016img_8445caleytaylorJennifer Ferguson
Current Title: Senior Division coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: PGDE Primary, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (B.Ed); BA Psychology, York University
Work Experience: Middle Division Coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning (2016-17); Learning Support Specialist, Grade 8 Mathematics Teacher, & 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 boys. Their energy, enthusiasm, and humour are what makes me enjoy coming in to school every day. The relationships built are long-lasting. I hold a Special Education Specialist qualification, and also have qualifications in Guidance and Career Education and in Mathematics. I feel that my role in the Senior Division Centre for Learning at UCC is to help all boys tap into their own, sometimes unseen, potential. With a love of continuous learning, I hope to infuse the desire to learn and grow in my students. I have co-lead a student group to New Delhi, Jaipur, and the Himalayas in India and went to Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda on a purely personal trip in 2014. I love immersing myself in different cultures and ways of life. A personal goal of mine is to climb the mountains of the world – and I’m getting there! In my spare time, I love yoga, weight training, gardening in my little oasis at home in the Beaches 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.


barbkawasoe_webBarb Kawasoe
Current Title: Middle Division coordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning
Academic Background: B.Sc. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (OISE/University of Toronto), B.Ed. Adult Ed (Brock University), M.Ed. (Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS)
Work Experience: Special Education Program Consultant with York Catholic District School Board; Core Resource Teacher with York Catholic District School Board; PACE Teacher (Gifted) with York Catholic District School Board; Grade 4 and 6 Teacher with Halton Catholic District School Board
Biography: I am pleased to be joining the Prep faculty in my role as Middle Division coordinator, supporting boys in Years 6 and 7 as well as faculty. I am a strong believer in lifelong learning as well as understanding oneself as a learner in today’s ever-changing world. I enjoy reading, quilting and adventures at the cottage with family.