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.

Janice Gladstone, B.A.Sc.; M.A.Sc.; B.Ed.

Since 2015, Janice Gladstone has been the principal of The Linden School in Toronto. This unique K-12 girls’ school is an academic, feminist, social justice focused school whose mission it is to educate and empower its young women with academic background, self-confidence and leadership skills to they need to make a difference in the world. Janice earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from University of Waterloo and spent three years doing research in biomedical engineering at University of Toronto before pursuing her B.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Before coming to Linden, Janice worked in public education for 20 years, as a teacher of physics and math, curriculum leader of several departments and vice principal in 2 schools. A lifelong scientist and educator, Janice was widely recognized as a progressive leader within the TDSB. Janice’s inspiring work earned her an anti-homophobia award from OISE. Janice is an avid reader and musician with a background in classical voice, piano and guitar, who continues to perform with the MCCT choir. Since she started leading The Linden School, it has grown to include a superb early learning program and add to their reputation for academic excellence in the context of a caring, inclusive, empowering community.

Mr. Jason Krell, B.Sc.; M.Sc.; MBA

Jason is a passionate educator who has led The Study Academy to become one of Toronto’s most celebrated progressive schools, known for its outstanding work with twice-exceptional (2e) learners and having built a sterling reputation in skillfully blending high standards and personalized supports in each classroom. Jason brings a fulsome background as a research scholar, educator, entrepreneur, and executive to his role as Principal, having completed extensive research for the International Olympic Committee and Adidas, worked as a secondary teacher in addition to curriculum consultant and sessional lecturer at the University of Calgary, ran a successful small educational business, and sat as board member for Karate Kids Canada and Crest Swimming. Jason’s current role at TSA is focussed on Continuous Improvement Planning and building new channels for stakeholder inputs to support decision-making processes that improve educational outcomes. This developmental work is being accomplished in pursuit of accreditation with AdvancEd.

Jason is an active and long-standing member of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and has most recently presented research at the 2018 biennial conference on the topic of Neurofeedback in the classroom. Further, Jason leads an educationally-focussed research team at TSA which had a paper published in November 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal Mind, Brain, and Education.

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.

 

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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