The LD@school Team
The LD@school 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 (on maternity leave) is Vice President 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.
Shannon Malloch-Strojny is the Producer of English Educational Content for LD@school. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Shannon’s favourite part of her job is networking and collaborating with school boards, schools, and educators in developing and sharing resources for LD@school. Shannon leads the production of English language resources. Click here to send Shannon an email.
Dr. Deborah P. Berrill is the English LD Expert with the LD@school/TA@l’école initiative of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. She has been involved in education for over 35 years, initially as a classroom teacher and later as a member of the Queen’s University Faculty of Education. Dr. Berrill then became the Founding Director of the Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning, where she developed a mandatory course for B.Ed. candidates entitled Supporting Literacy and Learners with Special Needs. Through doing literacy tutoring of two students, one-on-one, twice weekly for ten weeks, teacher candidates gain first-hand experience with the kinds of literacy challenges students with learning disabilities are facing. This experience not only taught the future teachers strategies to support the students but they also gained critical insight into the students’ challenges and developed deep empathy for them as human beings. Helping teachers learn how to support students with learning disabilities has been a career-long passion for Deborah and she has given innumerable workshops to elementary and secondary school teachers and has served on many Ministry of Education Learning Disabilities Advisory Committees, including for the development of the new PPM8. Deborah has also worked for 20 years with a First Nation community on literacy initiatives. She is grateful for all that she has learned from her students, the innumerable parents with whom she has worked, and classroom teachers. Click here to send Deborah 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.
Sarah Calvin is the Bilingual Producer LD@school/TA@l’école project. 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. Sarah leads the production of English and French learning modules. Click here to send Sarah 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. Mercia coordinates the Educators' Institute. Click here to send Mercia an email.
Jocelyne Bouffard is a Francophone Educational Consultant for LDAO. She has worked in the field of education for 33 years, including 28 years in special education as a resource teacher and coordinator of services for special needs students. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree and a Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Ottawa, specializing in Special Education. During her years as an educator, she authored a children’s book in the Livres géants collection, as well as a teacher’s guide to accompany this collection. She has served on numerous committees, in particular the committee in charge of drafting the ministerial document “Education for All: The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs, Kindergarten to Grade 6”, the LD@school Advisory Committee and the Regroupement des leaders francophones en enfance en difficulté (REED). Click here to send Jocelyne an email.
Eve Dufour is the Producer of French Educational Content for LD@school. Eve retains an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Eve enjoys meeting the many creative educators across the province who develop innovative approaches to learning and knowledge sharing, and whose ideas enrich the LD@school. Eve leads the production of French language resources. Click here to send Eve 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.
The LD@school Advisory Committee
The LD@school team also collaborates with an Advisory Committee made up of English and French educators from across Ontario. The LD@school/TA@l'école Advisory Committee provides input to support the planning and implementation of the LD@school and TA@l'école projects.
Below is a list of our 2017-2018 members:
- Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger, Spécialiste en troubles d’apprentissage, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
- Deborah Berrill, Learning Disabilities Expert, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
- Karyn Bruneel, Principal, Amethyst Demonstration School
- 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 Special Education Services, Greater Essex County District School Board
- Mélanie Pouliot, Consultante en services d’appoint, Centre Jules-Léger
- Maud Rostaing, Conseillère Pédagogique, Services à l’élèves (SEÉ), Conseil Scolaire Catholique Mon Avenir
- 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
Interested in joining our advisory committee? Email Eve Dufour (EveD@LDAO.ca) for more information.