Meet Our Teachers

Sunnybrook has a dedicated and highly qualified faculty. We take pride in creating a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for our students.  Our talented teachers have received extensive training in the IB PYP.  70% of our dedicated staff members have been at Sunnybrook for more than ten years. Our faculty is a devoted group of professionals for whom student learning and success are the primary motivators. Five members of our staff are members of the IB Educators Network as workshop leaders and evaluators who conduct visits at other IB schools.

Rachelle Smith, BSc BEd

Junior Kindergarten, with SBS since 2011

Ms Smith taught Grade 2 for five years, was JR and SR Classroom Support and is now going into her third year teaching JK at SBS. She has a BSc from the University of Guelph and a BEd from the University of Ottawa. She gained experience teaching abroad in Italy at a bilingual IB school and in the UK. She is also a snowboard instructor and loves playing a variety of sports. She is a proud mother of two boys. She is honored to work with the youngest learners, helping them progress in all areas of their development.

Lindsay Griffiths, BA, BEd

Junior Kindergarten, with SBS since 2018

Ms. Griffiths has taught Kindergarten at Sunnybrook for 5 years and is excited to be back in the JK studio! She obtained her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and her BEd from Nipissing University. She loves to travel, spend time at the cottage and complete puzzles. Mostly, she loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

Katherine Nguyen, BA, BEd

Senior Kindergarten, with SBS since 2021

Ms Nguyen obtained her undergrad at York University and received her BEd from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to SBS, she had the pleasure of teaching GR 1-3 in the UK. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and exploring new places, cultures and trying new food.

Patricia Colomvakos, BA, BEd

Senior Kindergarten, with SBS since 2022

Ms Colomvakos has recently joined the Sunnybrook community and is ecstatic to be returning back for another year of teaching in SK. She has obtained both her BA, and BEd from Ontario Tech University. Ms Colomvakos enjoys spending time with loved ones, her puppy and creating memories to last a lifetime with her students.

Elora Camplin, BA, BEd

Grade One, with SBS since 2011

Ms. Camplin earned her BA as a graduate of Ryerson’s (now Toronto Metropolitan University’s) four-year Early Childhood Studies. She then completed her teaching degree at OISE of the University of Toronto. Her experience in Early Childhood placed her in the Junior Kindergarten program at SBS for several years before she moved on to teach Grade One. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends, riding horses, reading, practicing yoga and being in nature. Mostly, she enjoys sharing her interests with her class, encouraging them to discover their interests, joys in life and learning.

Sarah Power-Smith, BA, MEd

Grade Two, with SBS since 2012

Mrs Power-Smith taught Senior Kindergarten for 7 years and is now starting her third year teaching Grade 2. Although she has a Combined Honours of Music and Theatre from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Education from Daeman College, the best education she has received is from having two sons of her own. Luckily, she is a person with a great deal of energy who loves to swim, bike and run, which is how she successfully finished three Ironman races so far.

Adam Lem

Adam Lem, BA, BEd

Grade Three, with SBS since 2012

Mr Lem started his post-secondary studies with German studies and fine art history at the University of Toronto before obtaining his teaching degree at the University of Ottawa in 2009 and starting his career in Berlin. In 2012, he moved back to Toronto and began his life at Sunnybrook School, where his two daughters are currently students. He has been teaching Grade Three ever since, and outside of school enjoys the great outdoors, playing guitar, and exploring new hobbies.

Jayne Hamilton, BA, BEd

Grade Four, with SBS since 2010

Ms Hamilton began her time at SBS teaching Junior Kindergarten. She then moved on to teach Grade One, Grade Two, and is now going into her fourth year teaching Grade Four. She is also the school’s Literacy Coordinator. Ms Hamilton obtained her BA in Psychology and BEd from York University, and is originally from Wales, UK where she obtained her NNEB. She is an avid hiker, loves kayaking, and enjoys travelling to discover new places.

Farah Chandani, BA, BEd, MPEd

Grade Five, with SBS since 2013

Ms Chandani joined SBS in 2013 and taught SK for four years. She has two children, one of whom will be starting JK this fall at SBS. Ms. Chandani obtained her Honours BA from the University of Toronto, a BEd from the University of Windsor and her Masters in Professional Education from the University of Western Ontario. Ms Chandani speaks three languages. Aside from teaching, she loves to watch movies, read books, eat and cook, dance and do mud runs.

Michael Rossiter, BA, BEd, MEd

Grade Six, with SBS since 2002

Mr Rossiter has been teaching Grade Six at Sunnybrook for 20 years. His educational background is a Masters in the Philosophy of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy and Literature from McGill University. Prior to Sunnybrook, he was an early childhood music educator and a professional musician. Mr. Rossiter’s two daughters are Sunnybrook alumni. Mr Rossiter still plays guitar and in the summer can be found sailing his boat on Lake Ontario.

Joanna Lumsden, BA, BEd

Grade 1-3 Studio Support, with SBS since 2023

Ms. Lumsden is new to SBS and will be the support teacher for Grades one, two, and three. She graduated from the University of Windsor with her BA, B.Ed, and ECE degree and is currently working towards her M.Ed. Outside of school and work, she enjoys travelling, working out and snuggling with her pets. She is very excited to be joining SBS and is looking forward to this year.

Shilpa Wadhwan, BA, BEd, Btech, MEd, PGDip

Grade 4-6 Studio Support, with SBS since 2022

Ms Wadhwan has recently joined SBS as a classroom support teacher for Grades Four to Six. She has acquired a Masters in Education from UofT, B. Tech in Software, BA in English, B ED and PGDip in Special Education and TESOL. Ms Wadhwan has taught in Thailand for 5 years and a MYP school in India for 1 year. She enjoys swimming, Korean dramas, is a foodie and loves exploring new places.

Anna Chandra, B.Phil, B.Ed

Junior French, with SBS since 2023

Mme. Chandra is thrilled to join the Sunnybrook community as the Junior French teacher. She obtained both her undergraduate degree and Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick, with a concentration in French as an additional language. Mme. Chandra spends her free time with friends and family exploring, and can often be found baking or reading a good book.

Michelle Taft, BFA (Hons.)

Senior French, with SBS since 2023

Madame Taft is thrilled to join the Sunnybrook family. She is a bilingual graduate of the Theatre Performance Programme at Concordia University. She co-founded Big Kid Entertainment, a professional educational theatre company that edutained more than 2 million plus elementary students. She has spent the last number of years writing curriculum and teaching all levels of French in classrooms throughout the province. When not in school, she is garage saling or at a hockey rink cheering on her 2 favorite players (her son & daughter).

Reese Barkhuizen, BMus, PGDip, MMus

Music, with SBS since 2018

Originating from South Africa, Mr Barkhuizen enjoys critical acclaim as a concert pianist, collaborative artist and teacher. As well as competing in several international piano competitions, his performances and studies have taken him from Cape Town to Finland, China, Estonia, the USA and the United Kingdom. As an educator, Mr Barkhuizen has taught students at some of South Africa’s most prestigious institutions. He is currently the director of music at SBS. Mr Barkhuizen continues to inspire and motivate students while maintaining a busy performance schedule. He also loves his two cats, Pepper and Kitty, very much.

Andrew Cyrus BA, MEd

Phys Ed, with SBS since 2019

Mr Cyrus obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after, he received his Master of Education in Kinesiology from Auburn University in Alabama, with a focus on motor development and sports psychology. He has taught at all levels from special education and high school youth detention centers, to elementary and university level courses. Mr Cyrus is originally from the US but has been in Canada since 2018. He was a professional acrobat and placed 2nd in the world as an athlete and 1st and 3rd as a coach in his area of expertise. He enjoys most active sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Jen Mactaggart, BA, MSc, BEd

Teacher-Librarian, with SBS since 2012

Ms Mactaggart started as Teacher Librarian at SBS in January 2012. A lifelong lover of all things books and research, she started her career in book publishing, moved overseas and became a high school (IB DP) literature teacher – and then was able to join her passion for the book world and the teaching world together in the library! Across the education part of her career, she has taught and/or coordinated at all grade levels, JK – GR 12, as well as served as an IB Language A1 Examiner. When she’s not reading, she loves running, writing, and spending time outdoors with her family.