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.

Julia Murray

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.

Derek Stephenson

JK/SK Teacher
BA, BEd, OCT

Derek has a BA degree from Trent University in Environmental and Resource studies. He completed his B.Ed at the University of Ottawa and is in his final semester of his M.Ed degree at Lakehead University with a specialization in Environmental and sustainability Education.

Laureen Dennis

Grade 1/2
BA, BEd, OCT

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.

Campbell Filer

Grade 3/4
BEd, OCT

Campbell is a graduate of Laurentian University where she received her Bachelor of Education along with a major in Sociology and a minor in Gerontology. Campbell has taught for the District School Board of Niagara and the Waterloo Region District School Board and joined the Royal Oak in 2016.

Brittany Nyenhuis

Grade 4/5
BA, BEd, OCT

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.

Kirsten Koyle

Grade 6/7/8 Teacher
MEd, BEd, BA, OCT

Kirsten has a BA degree from Brock University in Community Recreation with a minor in Political Science. She completed her B.Ed at Lakehead University and recently finished her Masters of Education degree. Kristen has experience being a Forest School Educator as well as an Outdoor Education programs coordinator.

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 Hill

Physical Education Specialist

BA, BEd, MEd

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.

 

(905) 328-9592

176 Wellington St, P.O. box 419, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

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