Our qualified, dedicated and exceptional staff are focused on providing personalized guidance and assistance to our students, enabling them to achieve their goals. We promote education as a partnership involving students, teachers, and parents. Upper York School is a vibrant academic and social community due to the collaborative effort from teachers, students and parents alike.

Administrators

Heather Rees
Principal

Heather Rees

(M.Ed, B.Ed, B.Sc.)

  • 18 years teaching experience
  • Principals Qualifications PSPI, PSPII
  • Canadian Association of Independent Schools Leadership Diploma
Lydia Gao
Vice Principal

Lydia Gao

( Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Eng.)

  • 20+ years experience in Educational Management
  • Awarded Special Allowance by State Council of People’s Republic of China
  • Outstanding Teacher of Beijing City
Ms. Giselle Song
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Giselle Song

(B. Comm.)

 

  • Experience with school applications for international students, study permit and visa procedures.
  • More than 3 years of Legal Administrative experience.
Ms. Ran Shen
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Ran Shen

(M.Sc., B.Eng.)

  • Senior Certificate for Educational Management
  • 8 years experience as an Administrative Assistant

Teachers

Ms. Chandra Bahadur

Ms. Chandra Bahadur

(B.A. Hons.)

“ Upper York School encourages and promotes an environment of learning for both its students and teachers.”

  • Teaches History, Geography and ESL
  • Taught ESL internationally, experience with both elementary and high school students
  • TEFL and TESOL/TESL Certification
Ms. Gladys Hernandez

Ms. Gladys Hernandez

(Ph.D in Education Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., B.A.)

“At Upper York School we all work towards a common goal: helping our students be successful.”

  • Teaches English, French, Spanish, Business, Learning Skills, ESL

  • Taught ESL internationally

Mr. Mohammad Tavalla

Mr. Mohammad Tavalla

( Ph.D candidate, York University, MSc. Pure Mathematics)

“At Upper York School, teachers and students work closely together in our small, exceptional, classes.”

  • Teaches mathematics and physics
  • 20 years teaching experience, taught internationally
Ms. Sara Kyriakopoulos

Ms. Sara Kyriakopoulos

( B.Sc. Hons, B.Ed)

“I strive to enhance student learning by bringing technology and experiential learning into the science classroom.”

  • Teaches science
  • Experience teaching and tutoring all ages