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. Christian Bayly, B.Ed.; M.A.

Mr. Bayly is the Principal of Yip’s Collegiate School. He graduated with a teaching degree in 2003 and holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. He has teaching specialist qualifications in both Special Education and ESL teaching. He was an Elementary School Principal for 10 years and has been a Secondary School Principal since 2013. Christian has developed extensive online teaching programs for the secondary level and he has over 16 years of experience teaching ESL to students from China and around the world.

 

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.

 

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

Ms. Emina Tihak is the Principal of Maingate Islamic Academy. She graduated in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Ms. Tihak recently completed the Principal Qualification Program at OISE and is now entering her second year as a principal. She has extensive experience in teaching English Language Learners from China and her Masters thesis focused on the integration of Chinese immigrants into the Canadian school system. At Maingate her emphasis is on ensuring that her staff and teachers are dedicated to developing strong and effective 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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