Our Staff

Guidance, Inspiration and Support

The core of Royal Oak School is our passionate team of Ontario certified teachers, who follow a high academic standard to guide their values, creativity and leadership. Teachers at Royal Oak believe in children- in their curiosity, in their questions and in their potential.


Head of School
MA Child Study and Education, BScH - Biology & Psychology, ECE diploma, OCT

Julia holds a degree from Queen's University in Biology and Psychology, as well as a Master's degree in Child Study and Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Before joining Royal Oak, Julia was a teacher researcher for 8 years at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, located at the Lab School at OISE. Julia is a specialist in Mathematics, consulting privately for Independent schools in Mathematics programming as well as for the Ministry of Education. She also consults as a Lead Teacher for the Landscape of Nations Educational Initiative in Niagara, helping to plan and disseminate knowledge and teaching practices to teachers in the area of Indigenous history and perspectives. Julia has a special interest in Inquiry and Constructivist Teaching and has shared her knowledge of these practices in conferences in India and Japan, as well as at the Graduate level with teacher candidates. Julia lives in Niagara with her husband, three children and her dog, Duke.



Krista graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior divisions. She also holds both Kindergarten Part 1 and Intermediate Math Additional Qualifications. Prior to starting at Royal Oak, Krista has had 8 years experience as a tutor for many age groups and has spent the past 7 years teaching musical theatre at summer camp. 


Grade 1/2

Laureen Dennis has 17 years of experience in the Ontario elementary and secondary public and private school system. She holds two combined degrees; Anthropology and History, and Archaeology and Geography. As well as a degree in Education with a concentration on Primary/Junior education. She holds qualifications in Special education and History as well as certificates in Adult Literacy, Working with Exceptionalities and At-Risk individuals.


Grade 3/4

Jason is a graduate of Nippising University where he received his Bachelor of Education. He has 12 years of experience teaching Primary grades in four countries. He has taught in Canada, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Brunei. He has both a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Education. His training in Art was at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. 


Grade 4/5

Brittany is a Brock University graduate in Concurrent Education with a minor in Geography. Brittany has a 10-year background in Music Theatre. Her teaching background extends to several years working with children in both school, home and outdoor education settings as well as teaching abroad in Peru.

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Upper Years Teacher

Rachel received her bachelor's degree from Brock University in Health Sciences. After the completion of her degree, she received her certificate to teach English as a foreign language and taught children overseas for a year. She is now completing her Masters of Science in Education at Niagara University. Rachel has volunteered many hours with children as a soccer coach, camp leader, and yoga instructor.


Mireille Salem
French and Music


MA Theater Research, BA Drama & Music Education, DALF - C2  ( Diplôme Approfondi de langue Française), 

Teaching Diploma in Computer Science

Mireille has a Master's Degree in Theatre Research from St. Joseph's University in Beirut. She also holds two BA's in Music Education and the other in Computer Science. Mireille has also worked as an educational trainer, focusing on teaching all subjects through Music, Drama, and Games. Mireille is a native French speaker.

Kelly Satran
Resource Teacher


MA Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care, M. Ed, ECE, BA, OCT

Kelly is a graduate of the Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program program at McMaster University. Prior to this, she obtained her BA degree in Child and Youth Studies as well as her Bachelor and Masters of Education from Brock University. Over the years, she has acquired extensive experience working with children and youth in classroom and clinical settings.


Pete is a talented teacher with 16 years experience teaching Physical Education and leading as an Elementary Sport Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist. Pete joins the school two days a week to provide PE & Health programming to every class, from JK-Grade 8. Pete is an avid athlete himself, competing in Ironman's, marathons and prioritizing personal fitness and health each day.

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Stephanie Naso holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science.  She has over 25 years of experience in the Dental field as a Clinician and Administrative Assistant.  She holds a Teaching Adults Certificate and has also taught at Niagara College in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Catherine Leniarsky

Catherine has over a decade of experience working with children in various settings. Both daycare and preschool facilities, as well as private childcare for children ranging from 8 months to 5 years of age. Her passion lies in focusing on social emotional development. Setting children up with a strong emotional foundational to better help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. 

Physical Education Specialist

BA, BEd, MEd

Early Years Support Teacher