IPSF Team

Executive Director:

Ronnie Miller, M.Ed.; Ph.D.

Dr. Miller received both his Master’s degree and Doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Dr. Miller is an accomplished educator and administrator; having worked as a teacher, department-head, school principal, and university professor, and for the last 10 years acting as the Executive Director of Professional Development Seminars (PDS). He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Independent and Private School Forum (IPSF). Through PDS and IPSF, Dr. Miller assists private schools all over the province, including the GTA, Eastern Ontario, and remote communities in the North. Currently, Dr. Miller coordinates and facilitates seminars and workshops on a variety of educational topics in Ontario, British Columbia, and New York State.

Board of Directors:

Mr. Nicolas Esper, B.A., M.Ed. candidate

Mr. Esper is a passionate educator who is driven by a vision for excellence and innovation in education. He is currently the Principal of Seneca Hill Private School in Toronto, Ontario, and believes in fostering a school culture that supports students in becoming independent, lifelong learners. Nicholas holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, with a Double Major in Philosophy and Political Science, and is completing his M.Ed. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy. Under Mr. Esper’s leadership, Seneca Hill has developed a high school program including cooperative education and many extracurricular opportunities, ongoing PD for staff, and dynamic, positive learning spaces for students.

Sara MacDonald, B.Ed.; M.Ed.

Ms. Sara MacDonald is an enthusiastic educator who has worked in the private sector for over a decade. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor in Education in 2004 and recently completed her Professional Masters of Education from Queens University, specializing in innovative Classroom and Assessment Practices. Sara began her education in the Social Service Worker field and has long been passionate about student well-being and success. Currently Ms. MacDonald is the Principal of Lynn-Rose Heights Elementary School and Lynn-Rose College Secondary School, both authorized International Baccalaureate Programmes. Sara has worked collaboratively over the years with her colleagues to develop, implement and teach the Primary Years and Middle Years Programme of IB; furthering her knowledge of inquiry based learning. Ms. MacDonald continues to strive for excellence in education, fostering an atmosphere where communication, critical thinking, inquiry, collaboration and interpersonal skills are at the forefront for both students and faculty.

Mr. Hugh McKeown, B.A.; E.S.T.C.; E.S.P.C, (ON)

Hugh McKeown has a wealth of experience as a teacher, principal, education officer – Ministry of Education, and as an international educator focusing on China and Vietnam. His expertise includes Canadian schools abroad, recruitment of international students and international students in Canadian schools. He currently serves as an International Education Consultant, in Ontario and abroad.

Emina Tihak, M.Ed

Mrs. Emina Tihak is a school principal in the Peel Region. She graduated in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Mrs. Tihak recently completed the Principal Qualification Program at the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education (OISE) and is now entering her third year as a school principal. Her emphasis is on ensuring that her staff and teachers are dedicated to developing strong and effective professional relationships through ongoing community engagement. Mrs. Tihak has developed a JK-8 program that is differentiated to meet the needs of all students by utilizing student-centered classrooms and encouraging ongoing learning and growth in both students and staff.

Contributor:

Justice Marvin Zuker

The Hon. Justice Marvin A. Zuker was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978. He retired from the Bench in December, 2016. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he has taught Education Law since 1981. He is the author and co-author of multiple publications including books and articles in the areas of education law, and women’s and children’s rights. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Bloorview School Authority in 2013.

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