Kyle Acres, e2 Faculty – Kyle received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University (Chemistry/Physics) and an MBA from the University of Leicester. Kyle spent a number of years teaching overseas in both Peru and Tanzania. In Tanzania, Kyle worked closely with Tanzanian teachers, at schools for at-risk youth, helping them create a student-centred and personalized program. In addition to working overseas, Kyle worked in the independent system in Toronto before moving to Ottawa. Returning to Ottawa has allowed Kyle to spend time at his family’s sheep farm and rediscover many of the pastimes he enjoys including woodworking, kayaking and skiing.
Marie-Josée Cardinal, e1 FSL Teacher – Marie Marie-Josée Cardinal obtained a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Food Sciences at Université Laval, as well as a BEd from the University of Regina. She has taught for the last 16 years. Marie-Josée enjoys teaching FSL and values her opportunity to interact with students in a variety of contexts unique to The Element: the nine-day Odyssey canoe trip, cooking community meals, working on the farm, the year-end trip to Québec City planned by the students, etc. When she was a young adult, Marie-Josée enjoyed intense competition and world travel as a member of the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team. She still spends many hours on the ice (now as a coach and speed skating mom) and she also enjoys canoeing, camping, exercising and supporting her four children in their many sports and activities.
Sarah Wheeler, e1 Faculty -Sarah is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and holds a Master’s in Education. She did her AMI Montessori Elementary training at Washington Montessori Institute and began working at OMS Montessori in 1997. Sarah worked as a Lower Elementary Teacher for 7 years, and completed the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2008. Sarah’s focus is on the Humanities and all of the other things that come with working in an adolescent program. Sarah has spent many hours playing competitive hockey and is a true Sens fan. In her spare time, Sarah leads an active lifestyle and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, and travelling.
Stephanie Lett, e2 Faculty – Stephanie received her Honours B.A. (in History and Geography) and her B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She also spent a year studying abroad at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Stephanie is currently working towards an MA in Public History at Carleton University, where her research will focus on how Canadian history is created and presented through Ontario’s high school history courses. In addition to teaching, Stephanie has worked with children and adolescents as a volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, an organization she has been a member of for over 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and travelling to destinations near and far.
Sylvie Webert, e2 FSL Teacher – Sylvie is from France, where she graduated with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition. She obtained a B.A. in Education in teaching French as a Second Language at University of Aix-Marseille, and a M.A in Humanities Education and Social Sciences at University of Burgundy. Sylvie’s love of languages led her to Milano Italy, where she taught French to middle school students and young adults in public and private schools. Four years later, she moved to Louisiana where she taught FSL as part the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana’s language program.
At the term of her contract, Sylvie decided to move to Ottawa to work as a language teacher and language coordinator for federal employees. In 2010 Sylvie got her opportunity to join OMS Montessori and discovered the wonders of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education and child development. Sylvie loves teaching FSL at OMS Montessori and with the opening of The Element she is excited to join the high school community and teach French at a higher level. When Sylvie isn’t teaching she likes painting, going to art exhibits, bike riding, enjoying good food and baking.