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OUR TEAM

LEADERSHIP TEAM, TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF

2020/2021

We have a staff of dedicated, fully qualified educators with many years of proven experience and a wide range of expertise. Our team are dedicated professionals who choose to be at Braemar House School because they believe in our mission, and the atmosphere of learning and excellence that has been established. They provide a caring, supportive and stimulating environment for our students. Our teachers deliver a comprehensive and enhanced curriculum.
Mrs. Kristin Pass
Executive Director

Together our Principal and Mrs. Pass are the Leadership Team at Braemar. Mrs. Pass joined Braemar in August 2014. Her background is in fundraising and administration. Most recently, she was Executive Director at the Brant United Way.

Mrs. Pass is responsible for overseeing the operations of the school, including Human Resources, Budget, Property Management, Communication, and working with our Board of Directors setting the strategic direction for the organization.

Mrs. Pass's first affiliation with Braemar, was as a volunteer family with Roots of Empathy. After that experience she could see the wonderful environment in the school and is proud to years later to be a part of this special community.

She is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Braemar to lead the administrative team.

Mrs. Pam Krason
Principal

Mrs. Krason, has been at Braemar for 15 years. She began her career in education as teacher, before becoming a Principal. She is is a dedicated professional with a child-centered approach to teaching and learning. She is sensitive to the needs of her students and her teaching staff, and communicates her expectations in a clear manner. She is warmly approachable and has a proven track record in establishing positive parent-teacher interaction. Mrs. Krason is an inspiring leader and a valuable resource for our programming and enrichment initiatives. She remains an instrumental force in our Drama program and our Spring Musical productions.

Mrs. Andrea Haley
Montessori Directress

Montessori Diploma (North American Progressive Montessori)

Mrs. Haley brings 25 years of preschool experience to the Braemar Montessori program, combining a love of children and attention to the Montessori philosophy. She is a fully qualified Montessori teacher with more than 15 years of Montessori experience. Mrs. Haley is attentive to her students and to the classroom environment, seeking always to improve Braemar’s Montessori program and provide effective resources for the enrichment of her students.

We believe creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. We believe whole heartedly in the philosophy “Please don’t do for me what I can do for myself”. - Andrea Haley and Becky Dixon

Mrs. Becky Dixon
Montessori Assistant

Montessori Teaching Diploma (North American Progressive Montessori)

Mrs. Dixon has always had a passion to work with children and in 2007 she graduated from Niagara College with her Child and Youth Worker Diploma. She started off working as Braemar’s Before and After Care coordinator, and it was during her time here that she discovered the Montessori philosophy and knew this was her calling in life. Mrs. Dixon has completed her studies to become a qualified Montessori Teacher.
We believe creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. We believe whole heartedly in the philosophy “Please don’t do for me what I can do for myself”. - Andrea Haley and Becky Dixon

Mrs. Christina Allwood
Prep One Teacher

Montessori Teaching Diploma (North American Montessori Centre),
Montessori Teachers Assistant (Toronto Montessori Institute).
Educational Assistant Certificate (Mohawk College),
Bachelor of Arts - Fine Arts and Psychology (Redeemer College University)

Years with Braemar: 16

Mrs. Allwood is a patient and caring educator, who brings a strong commitment to early childhood learning in the Prep One Program. She inspires her students to give their very best in everything they do. Mrs. Allwood’s training in psychology, special education, and Montessori teaching methods allow her to take full advantage of the hands-on inspired learning that comes with our Montessori introduction to school. Her students benefit from the concept building and critical thinking skills inherent in the Montessori Curriculum, as well as more traditional teacher led lessons, and are successfully prepared for our Grade One Program. The Braemar Prep One program meets and exceeds the Ministry of Education’s targets set out for Senior Kindergarten.

Teachers plant seeds that grow forever

Mrs. Amy VanDamme
Grade 1 Teacher

Honours Contemporary Studies (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Bachelor of Education (Nipissing University)

Mrs. Van Damme thoroughly enjoys teaching Grade 1! She encourages and engages students through hands on activities that connect to their personal lives. These experiences enhance their learning as it is being done in a fun and educational setting. With her enthusiasm, passion and caring personality, the students develop a sense of security, which helps them to feel comfortable and happy in all areas of their learning. She truly believes that teaching is a rewarding profession as it allows for the opportunity to assist in the growth and development of children; socially, emotionally and academically.

``Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind.
The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.``
–Marva Collins

Mrs. Jamie Thompson
Grade 2 Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Wilfrid Laurier University),
Bachelor of Education (University of Western Ontario)

Mrs. Thompson has been an educator for over 15 years, first in teaching private music lessons, and then as a substitute teacher at the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate levels for three area school boards. She has completed the Special Education Part One and Part Two courses and brings Primary French qualifications to Braemar House School. A dedicated, enthusiastic teacher, Mrs. Thompson's positive attitude makes her very approachable to students, parents, and staff alike. Outside of school life, she and her family are very involved in the community and passionately support the Arts.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of my students’ educational journeys.
The small class sizes at Braemar House allow me to connect on a
personal level with each of them every day,
helping me to better identify their individual needs.

Ms. Ann Spaxman
Grade 3 Teacher

Honours Bachelor of Arts (McMaster University),
Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto) with Primary Specialist qualifications

Ms. Spaxman, a teacher for more than 19 years, brings an energetic attitude and a passion for teaching to her classroom. She has a wonderfully welcoming disposition and is genuinely interested in developing the potential of each of her students. She strives to create positive and open relationships with the families of her students, and is both encouraging and helpful. Ms. Spaxman brings a wealth of experience in Music, particularly Choral Singing, and works enthusiastically with our student Choir.

I am passionate about teaching and love coming to work each and every day!
- Ann Spaxman

Mrs. Leah Labrie
Grade 4 Teacher

Honours BA in English (Language and Literature) from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Education in the Concurrent program. Miss Duck loves to read and is focusing her professional development on student literacy.

Miss Duck has been at Braemar since 2015. Prior to that, Miss Duck taught abroad in Honduras, South Korea, and China.

In addition to a good read, she loves to travel, paint, dance, and spend time with her family and friends.

Ms. Cogger
Grade 5 Teacher

Additional Qualifications, Special Education 1 & Primary. (University of Trent)
Bachelor of Education, Art Specialty, Honours. Primary, Junior and Intermediate qualified. (University of Western Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts, Art History Major, Honours. (University of Guelph)

Ms. Cogger has been an educator for close to ten years, teaching art and arts education in many areas of the community, as well as private tutoring from Grade 1 to 8. Ms. Cogger has experience working with youth, their families, and other organizations such as the Ontario Deaf and Blind Association and the Grand Erie District School Board Indigenous Education Program.

Ms. Cogger is a lifelong learner and continues to explore many different learning options from local art classes to continuing education at the University of Trent. Her passion for learning is what pushed her to become an educator and she works to share that passion with all types of learners so that they may work and grow together.

Ms. Cogger is a flexible, open-minded and empathetic teacher who is sensitive to the needs of others and all her students. She prides herself on a teaching style that allows all learners and skill sets to develop and blossom. She ensures that her classroom environment is inclusive, welcoming and a free place to learn.

Miss Jamie Whiffing
Grade 6 Teacher

Bachelor of Arts from Guelph University
Master of Science in Education from Niagara University

Miss Whiffing spent 4 years teaching at Hillfield Strathallan College, where she fell in love with the independent school system. She has completed her ESL part One and will focus on Special Education in the fall. She also participated in a “Mindfulness for Educators” course in the spring of 2017. Miss Whiffing loves to spend her free time reading, traveling and cooking. She enjoys trying out new recipes with her family.

One of Miss Whiffing’s favourite approaches to education includes “Genius Hour” which includes personalized learning experiences and project/problem based learning.

She is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Braemar House School.

Mrs. Debora Melo
Grade 7 Teacher

Bachelor of Arts – English Major (York University)
Masters of Science in Education (Medaille College)
Mrs. Melo is excited to be joining the Braemar Staff. She brings with her 4 years of full-time teaching experience in the private sector, 4 years of supply teaching and countless years of volunteering with students in and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Melo held an early interest in education and continues to look for opportunities to learn new strategies and technology integration that can be used to enrich the classroom experience. She enjoys exploring innovative ways to engage students and lead them in their learning. She believes that partnering with students in their success is key to building lifelong learners. Mrs. Melo challenges herself and her students to work hard and strive to give their best each day. She looks forward to collaborating with the teachers and students at Braemar to create memorable lessons and moments to be remembered for years to come.

Mr. Justin Banks
Grade 8 Teacher

BA Degree, History and English (St. Francis Xavier University),
B. Education Degree (Memorial University)

Mr. Banks spent several years teaching in a remote northern community in the province of Quebec. While in this position, he taught multi-level classrooms from grade 7 to 12. His experience in the Kativik School Board was enriching professionally and personally. Working for the Inuit population of Quebec was a unique and special experience he carries with him wherever he goes. After six years of professional teaching, Mr. Banks remains a passionate educator. Mr. Banks seeks constant improvement to stay on the forefront of educational trends. He is adept with interactive boards and experienced in online course management software.

“The important thing is to never stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.``
Albert Einstein

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear—is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.``
Vince Lombardi

Mme Alix Loewenguth
French Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Career Counseling (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Mme. Loewenguth joined our teaching staff in 2017. She has continued Braemar's strong French programming, developed by Mme. Hanna. Our French Program meets and then exceeds the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Core French expectations. We create a relaxed yet active learning environment where students feel comfortable and enjoy learning a second language through various hands on projects.

Born and raised in France and having lived in Quebec for many years, Alix Loewenguth brings her extensive knowledge of the French language and its culture to the classroom. Throughout all of her experiences as a university French instructor, youth counselor and meditation teacher, she has brought her passion for sharing, guiding and helping to her students. She is delighted to now share this enthusiasm for learning the French language at Braemar. Alix’s teaching philosophy begins with compassion, recognizing the individuality of each student, and working with their strengths to give them every opportunity to succeed. Above all, she works to motivate students to feel comfortable to express themselves, whatever their level, and dares them to have fun in French!

Mr. Perry Enyedi
Health & Physical Education Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Ontario)
Masters of Science in Education (Daemen College)

Mr. Enyedi is a fully qualified elementary teacher, with a wealth of experience in sports, coaching (he’s a certified 3M National hockey coach) and participating in many different sports. He serves as the head coach of all varsity sports teams and the coordinator of intramural activities at Braemar House School. He is enthusiastic, energetic, very competent with the Ontario Health curriculum, and a strong leader in developing a competitive program with other elementary schools. In addition, Mr. Enyedi teaches the subjects of physical education and health to all students at Braemar House School. He incorporates technology and hands on learning to construct an interactive learning experience in all classes. He continues to further his knowledge by participating in additional qualification courses, such as Guidance and Career Education.

“Through sports and activities my students learn the importance of team work, fair play and sportsmanship.``

Support Staff

Our support staff are an integral part of our team.

Mrs. Lisa Berki
Bookkeeper

Mrs. Berki brings wonderful skills and organization to our school. She has been a great addition to our administration team.

Mrs. Stefanie Faria
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Faria is the friendly voice who answers the telephone and the friendly face that greets you in the office. Mrs. Faria brings many skills to her position from previous work experience as well as owning her own business. Mrs. Faria truly loves Braemar and that comes through in all she does.

Mr Ted Graham
Custodian

Mr. Ted is new to the Braemar team and is very excited to be here! When you walk into our building, you can see that Mr. Ted takes pride in his work. Our school is clean, safe and well looked after!

Heather, Tasneem And Janna
Before and After Care Coordinators

Before Care begins at 7:30 am. After Care runs from 3:30 pm and it ends at 5:30 pm.

Avery, Tasneem and Janna, share covering the shifts for our Before Care and After Care. All are students at Laurier Brantford. They all enjoy their role in Before and After Care and getting to know our students.