Staff

Our staff have diverse interests and varied backgrounds and this helps us create a rich and exciting program for our students. We work side-by-side with each individual student in order to provide the independence they want and the guidance they need.


Sarah Wheeler, Director of The Element High School

Sarah completed the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University in 1997 and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She holds a Master of Education degree and completed her AMI Montessori Elementary training at Washington Montessori Institute. She began working at OMS Montessori in 1997, where she taught at the Lower Elementary level for 7 years. In 2008, Sarah completed the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies and began working as a Junior High teacher for grades 7 and 8. Sarah also worked on the High School Committee whose goal was to bring the first Montessori high school to Ottawa. The Element High School opened its doors at our Lansdowne Park location in September 2015. In 2017, Sarah became the Director of the Element High School.

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.

 

 


Marie-Josée Cardinal, FSL Teacher 

Marie Marie-Josée Cardinal obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, a Master of Science degree in Food Sciences at Université Laval, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. Having 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, and the year-end trip to Québec City planned by the students. 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, currently as a coach and speed skating mom. She also enjoys canoeing, camping, exercising and supporting her four children in their many sports and activities.

 

 

 


Sophie Bertrand, Arts Teacher

Sophie Bertrand has earned a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa and has been teaching music for over ten years. During her graduate studies, Sophie was a teaching assistant for opera workshop and played the role of Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. She studied with vocal coach Donald Sulzen in Munich, Germany and sang in masterclasses with Edith Wiens, Deen Larsen, Daniel Lichti and Daryl Edwards. She has performed in numerous opera productions at the National Arts Centre, including Louis Riel, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, and Manon.  At The Element, Sophie teaches Integrated Arts – a course that encourages students to be creative while exploring various art disciplines. A portion of this course requires students to sing in an ensemble. Sophie hopes to inspire students to always keep a place for music and the arts regardless of the vocation they choose to pursue.

 

 


Nick Paul, e1 Faculty (Humanities, Language and Literature, Guidance)

Nick obtained his Honours and his Master’s degrees in English from Carleton University, which included a study year abroad at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in 2015. Nick spent the previous two school years teaching Grade 7 Math, Science, and English in Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up, Nick’s life was competitive hockey, having the opportunity to compete at the provincial championships on two separate occasions, once for competitive and once for high school. Nick spends his free time in pursuit of a balanced life: practicing daily yoga before work, reading high fantasy, playing RPGs (role-playing games), and avidly watching hockey & football.

 

 

 


Hanieh Langroodi, eFaculty (Math, Science, Entrepreneurship)

Hanieh received a Bachelor in Science with a Major in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Monash University in Australia in 2012, and completed her Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Melbourne University in Australia in 2013. She is currently completing her Masters in Teaching with a focus on integrating technology in education from Melbourne University via distance education. She has taught for 3 years in high schools in Melbourne, but moved to Canada 2 years ago and is excited to teach in Canada. Hanieh enjoys travelling near and far, enjoys cooking and baking, going to museums and fitness.

 

 

 

 


Emily Tooley, eFaculty (Humanities, Business and AWOL)

Emily received her first degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied Honours Geography, History and Business Studies. She received her teaching degree at the University of Western Sydney in Australia and has also been awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the United Kingdom. Emily has had the opportunity to teach and live in several unique countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. As a keen Humanities teacher, Emily has explored her passions by travelling and experiencing 28 different countries across the globe. Outside of school, she loves taking her two children to swimming and gymnastics practices, as well as pursuing the hobbies of skiing, hiking, cycling and fitness.

 

 

 


Fil Wawrzynczak, e2 Faculty (English, The Arts, Humanities)

Filip Wawrzynczak is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, having graduated from the University of Ottawa. Additionally he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literary studies at Ryerson University and holds a diploma from Algonquin College in scriptwriting. As a trilingual son of two Polish immigrants, Fil has always found interest in the exploration of cultural intersections through textual analysis. His academic lens is mainly centred on the Humanities, with a specific focus on English and Media Arts. Fil has worked as a volunteer at “The Door” youth centre, where he ran both skateboarding instruction and urban art workshops. He is passionate about education in all forms. Outside of school, Fil enjoys skateboarding, creating art, reading (mostly graphic novels), hiking, travelling and exploring the world around him.

 

 

 


Myles Peterson, e2 Faculty (Math and Science)

Myles completed the concurrent education program at Lakehead University in 2013. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education with Math and Science as his teachables for intermediate and senior students. Immediately after graduating, Myles was employed in England, where he remained for several years teaching and travelling throughout much of Europe. His experiences thus far have left him with a pragmatic and contemporary viewpoint on education, thereby driving him to make his student’s experiences at school as beneficial and dynamic as possible. A self-proclaimed “jack-of-all-trades”, Myles has enjoyed a number of hobbies and interests, ranging from various athletic endeavours in multiple sports to playing piano and exploring various facets of the culinary world as well. He enjoys fostering this “zest for life” mentality in his students as they make their way through adolescence.

 

 


Alicia Blomberg, e2 Faculty (Physical Education, Science)

Alicia attended the University of Ottawa where she completed an Honours degree with Specialization in Human Kinetics, and later, a Bachelor’s degree in Education. While at the University of Ottawa Alicia played for the Gee-Gee Women’s Hockey Team. In her final varsity year the university presented Alicia with the President’s Award for her outstanding efforts in athletics, academics and community. Following her education Alicia travelled to Northern Alberta where she spent 2 years teaching Physical Education in a Woodland Cree Community. She then returned to Ottawa were she spent another 2 years teaching at the secondary level. In her free time Alicia enjoys competing internationally in ball hockey and Red Bull Crashed Ice. Outside of teaching and athletics she enjoys being outdoors, coaching and spending time with friends and family including her two dogs. Alicia encourages her students to grasp onto new learning opportunities and explore their natural curiosity.