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 traveller, 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.

Solen Lefeuvre-Pauly is the bilingual office coordinator for LD@School. She has a bachelor's degree in Marketing, Digital, and communication and a Master's degree in International Negotiation and business development from the Rennes School of Business in France. Her favourite part of the job is to support the execution of events and LD@School projects. Click here to send Solen an email.

Nathalie Paquet-Bélanger is the French Learning Disabilities Consultant on the LD@school team. She has a bachelor's degree in Special Education and a Master's of Education Science from the University of Quebec at Rimouski. She holds 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 as a Special Education 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 of 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 2023-2024 members:

  • Amal Boultif, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
  •  Karyn Bruneel, Superintendent, Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
  • Jody Chong, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE and Special Education Teacher, TDSB
  • Andrea Coke, Chief Speech-Language Pathologist, TCDSB
  • Allyson Cousineau-Grant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO)
  • Julie Cull, Director of Social Services, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (CSPNE)
  • Annie Demers, Associate Executive Director, Consortium pour les élèves du nord de l'Ontario (CÉNO)
  • Star-Michelle Lepage, ABA Consultant, Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales (CSDCAB)
  • Kathleen Manderville, Former Director of Federal Schools
  • Idrine Matenda-Zambi, Part-time Professor, Windsor Campus of the University of Ottawa and Vice Principal, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
  • Deanna Mayfield, Lead Psychologist, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Amanda Pegg, Principal, Roywood Public School, Toronto District School Board
  • Élisabeth Taschereau, Principal, Consortium Centre Jules-Léger (French Language Demonstration School)

Interested in joining our advisory committee? Email Susanna Miller (SusannaM@LDAO.ca) for more information.