The LD@school project is a project of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. Our team is made up of a number of full-time and part-time individuals who are passionate about ensuring the success of all students with learning disabilities in classrooms across Ontario. Below is a complete listing of LD@school Team members:
Amy Gorecki is the Senior Manager of Programs at the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. Amy manages the Ministry of Education-funded LD@school project and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa. She is incredibly proud of the work that the team does with school boards across the province to develop educational content for the site that reflect what school boards are currently doing to support their students with LDs.
Susanna Miller is the Producer of English Educational Content for LD@school. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University. Susanna enjoys connecting with innovative educators across the province and accessing and sharing cutting-edge research on LDs. Her favourite part of her job is hearing student success stories. Click here to send Susanna an email.
Cindy Perras is the English Educational Consultant with the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, working as a member of the LD@school Team and LD@school/TA@l’école Advisory Committee. Cindy is an educator with 35 years of experience in special education, as a teacher, Consultant, Co-ordinator, and parent. Her professional qualifications include a Masters of Education degree from Brock University, a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Teachers’ Education College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor, and a Specialist in Special Education; additionally, Cindy has completed the Ph.D. coursework at OISE/UT. Cindy enjoys researching and writing articles for LD@school, connecting with Ontario school district administrators and educators, and assisting with planning for the Educators’ Institute. Click here to send Cindy an email.
Diane Wagner is the Public Policy and Education Consultant with the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and acts as the Learning Disabilities Consultant to the LD@school Team. Diane has been with LDAO since 1987, providing information and support to parents, individuals with LDs, professionals, educators, employers and students around the province. Diane prepares public policy responses on numerous issues which affect children, youth and adults with LDs, consults to LDAO chapters and supports LDA representatives on school board Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs). Diane is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto, where she received a graduate diploma in Assessment and Counselling.
Sarah Calvin is the Producer of French Educational Content for LD@school. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Sarah has enjoyed her experiences working directly with students, as well as supporting teachers’ professional learning. Her favourite part of the job is collaborating with a bilingual team to produce practical resources, and to help teachers support not only their students with LDs, but all of their students. Click here to send Sarah an email.
Linda Houston is the French-language Educational Consultant with the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, working as a member of the LD@school Team and LD@school/TA@l’école Advisory Committee. Linda is an educator with 32 years of experience in special education, as a teacher, Consultant, Coordinator, diagnostician and parent. She has taught in Core french, French immersion and French-language classes. Her professional qualifications include a Teacher's certificate from Université Laurentienne, a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Specialist in Special Education and Principal's qualification from Lakehead University, as well as additional educational assessment qualifications from Centre Jules-Léger. In addition, Linda has been seconded to various provincial agencies as a consultant and teacher-diagnostician. Linda enjoys researching and writing articles for LD@school, connecting with Ontario school district administrators and educators, and assisting with planning for the Educators’ Institute. Click here to send Linda an email.
Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger is the French Learning Disabilities Consultant of the LD@school team. She is completing a Masters degree in education science at the University of Quebec at Rimouski. She holds a bachelor degree in special education from the same university and a certificate in ICT integration in education (TELUQ). She is also a sessional instructor for the integration of ICT in education at the UQAR. Her current position is special teacher at the Charlesbourg Public Secondary School where she enjoys working with teenagers and a diversity of learning difficulties. Nathalie is glad to bring her contribution and expertise to the LD@school team and to network with teachers sharing the same passion for the success of students with learning disabilities. Click here to send Nathalie an email.
Mercia Antsaniavo is the Bilingual Program Coordinator for the LD@school/TA@l’école project. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a minor in Globalization from the University of Ottawa. Mercia’s favorite part of her job is meeting with educators and professionals across the province who share their approach and their experiences in regards LDs. She also enjoys cooperating with students with LDs and enjoys hearing about their own perspective and their journey. Click here to send Mercia an email.
The LD@school Team also collaborates with an Advisory Committee made up of English and French educators from across Ontario. Below is a list of our 2016-2017 members:
- Jocelyne Bouffard, coordonnatrice des services aux élèves ayant des besoins particuliers, Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord
- Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger, spécialiste francophone des troubles d’apprentissage au sein de l’équipe TA@l’école
- Nathalie Bériault, consultante en services d'appoint, école d'application, Centre Jules-Léger
- Kelli Cote, Principal, York Region District School Board
- Julia Ferrari, Literacy Development Project Manager at Learn Different and a sessional lecturer, OISE
- Jack Kamrad, Chief Psychologist, Peel District School Board
- Maria Kokai, Chief Psychologist, Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Lynn McLaughlin, Superintendent of Education – Special Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
- Cindy Perras, LD@school Educational Consultant
- Dre Nadia Rousseau, titulaire, Chaire de recherché Normand-Maurice, Responsable, Équipe QISAQ, Chercheure régulière, Laboratoire internationale sur l’inclusion scolaire, Département des sciences de l’éducation, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières
- Martin Smit, Principal, Sagonaska Demonstration School
- Gilbert Lacroix, facilitateur en mathématiques de la maternelle à la 12e année, Conseil scolaire public du Grand-Nord de l'Ontario