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
Mr. Zongqing Li
(MBA, B.Sc)

Mr. Zongqing Li

“At Upper York School, class lessons are not the only things students learn, but also life lessons”

  • Teaches Business
  • Experienced with tutoring all ages students
  • AACSB certified graduate
Ms. Ran Shen
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Ran Shen

(M.Sc., B.Eng.)

  • Senior Certificate for Educational Management
  • 8 years experience as an Administrative Assistant
Ms. Christine Stolte
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Christine Stolte

(B.Soc., B.Ed)

  • Experience teaching and tutoring all ages
  • OCT member

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. 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
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. Katherine McLennan
Teacher

Ms. Katherine McLennan

B.A. Honors English, OCT Member

“Upper York School is like a family of educators and learners. It is a warm and hospitable environment that embraces and nurtures its students in small classes and a friendly setting”

  • 32 years of teaching experience with TDSB; taught all levels and grades of ESL and English
  • Taught English in Japan
Ms. Mae Lam
Teacher

Ms. Mae Lam

BHum(Hons)(Minor:Soc.), BPS Ed. (Junior/Intermediate)(Teachables: English & Social Sciences (General))

“What I find to be unique about Upper York School are the relationships that one can quickly build with both students and staff.”

  • Extensive experience teaching students from grades 7-12
  • Ontario Curriculum subjects taught include English, ESL, Careers, Individuals and Societies
  • International teaching experiences in China, Kuwait, and Dubai (UAE)
  • Has been teaching IB (International Baccalaureate) MYP (Middle Years Programme) for the past three years
Mrs. Christina Doyle
Teacher

Mrs. Christina Doyle

  • Guardian Gold Instructor, Top Private School Interview Counselor
  • More than 30 years of teaching experience, retired teacher from public schools
  • Excels in public speaking and debate classes; ESL reading and writing ability improvement courses
Teacher

Mr. Chris Flannelly

BA.Geog(Minor:PoliSci), B.Ed

“I strive to help all students reach their full potential. I really enjoy the small class sizes at UYS.”

  • Has been teaching in a variety of classrooms for the past 6 years
  • Experience teaching internationally;  English in Japan and Geography in Singapore
  • Has taught English and Social Studies in Vancouver at the highschool level