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:

Susanna Miller is the Manager of Content Creation 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 Toronto Metropolitan University (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.

Amanda Cruise is the Producer of French Educational Content for TA@l’école. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in French Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts degree in French Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Victoria. An avid traveler, Amanda enjoys connecting with educators from across Francophone Canada and learning about the latest research on LDs. Her favourite part of her job is keeping up with new research on inclusion practices. Click here to send Amanda an email.

Felicity Barns is the Manager of Special Projects & Finance for LD@school. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies (double major) from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Project Management from the same university. In 2021, she received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Her favourite part of the job is planning the Educators’ Institute, LD@school’s annual bilingual teacher's conference. Click here to send Felicity an email.

Adriana Hyde is the bilingual project coordinator. Adriana is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Language and Intercultural Relations, with a specialization in French Translation and a minor in Spanish, at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has also completed an intensive French immersion certification at L’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Adriana enjoys implementing her knowledge of LD strategies when teaching children French and English literacy afterschool. Click here to send Adriana an email.

Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger is the French Learning Disabilities Consultant on the LD@school team. She is completing a Masters degree in education science at the University of Quebec at Rimouski. She holds a bachelors 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.

Martin Smit is the English Language Educational Consultant for LDAO.  He has over 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, music teacher, administrator and system principal for the Hastings and Prince Edward and Greater Essex district school boards as well as the Provincial and Demonstration Schools branch.  Martin has facilitated workshops at a number of education conferences including Quest, Educators’ Institute and ASET. He was a member of the LD@school Advisory Committee for five years and served more recently on the LDAO Board of Directors. Martin is a strong advocate for all students and supports school-wide, data-driven strategies for addressing learning needs. Click here to send Martin 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 2020-2021 members:

  • Jody Chong, Special Education, Literacy Development lecturer, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE
  • Julia Ferrari, Literacy Development Project Manager at Learn Different and a sessional lecturer, OISE
  • Carole Hotte-Lalonde, Consultante en services d’appoint, Centre Jules-Léger
  • Joseph Mirabella, Ph.D., C.Psych. Chief Psychologist, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • 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
  • Mike Wilcox, Superintendent of Education - Special Education, Greater Essex County District School Board

Interested in joining our advisory committee? Email Susanna Miller ( for more information.