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The St. Lawrence Academy

Meet our Staff K-8

Lynda Joanisse

Director, Head of School at SLA since 2013-14

French Teacher, Grade 2-8

B.A. English Studies - Concurrent Education Program

E.C.E. Accelerated Program - Honours

A.I.M. French Language Acquisition - 2015

Bilingual Certificate

Handwriting/Learning Without Tears - 2017

Empower Training - 2018

Sandra Nandoo

Head of Academics

Grade 3/4 Homeroom

Teacher - Mathematics Gr. 3-8 

Founding member of SLA, teaching since 2007

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Child & Youth Studies first class standing

Bachelor of Education

Math Part 1 AQ - 2016 ETFO

Handwriting/Learning Without Tears 2017


Kaitlyn Whitney 

Kinder Specialist- 8 yrs

Kindergarten Teacher

Masters of Science in Teaching in Childhood Education

B.A. Honours - Sociology

 American Sign Language


Kathy Munkittrick 

Grade 1

Served as Director of Education and Teacher at Discovery International School in Rwanda from 2016-2019

  • Trained specifically at the North American Montessori Center as a CASA Teacher
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Special Education 

Awarded: $100,000.00 Educational Scholarship Fund 2019 

Discovery Legacy Award 2019 - Excellence in teaching 

Melissa Van Dijk

5/6 Homeroom

Language - Gr.3-8, Primary (K & Gr. 1) French 

Bachelor of Education - Primary/Elementary

Brevet D'enseignement - Ministere de l'Education et de l'Enseignement superieur

Master of Music, McGill - Voice Performance 

Bachelor Of Music, Wilfred Laurier - Voice Performance 


Jennifer Noseworthy (Ireland)

Grade 2 Classroom Teacher

Teaching at SLA since 2019

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Child & Youth Studies first class standing - Brock University

Bachelor of Education


6 years experience as Director - Ottawa Childcare

Kristy Drost

Grade 7/8 Homeroom Teacher 

Science and Social Studies Gr.3-8

Art K-8

Gym Gr, 3-8

Outdoor Education Specialist

Curriculum Specialist

13 yrs teaching

Deanna Walker 

Music Program  K-8


BA Music Ministry (Magnum Cum Laude) - 2014 

Kingswood University 

Angela Moodie  

Office Administrator 

Our Support Staff

Jean-Marc Joanisse

 Bus Driver at SLA since 2013-2014

Custodian/Facilities Manager 

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken

joy in creative expression and knowledge.

- Albert Einstein