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Staff & Faculty

Administrators, Faculty, and Staff

Ms. 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. Graeme Schnarr

Director of Academics
(Hon. B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT)

“My goal at UYS is to help cultivate a learning environment where teachers are facilitators of learning rather than gatekeepers of knowledge; where students learn by doing, rather than by being told”

  • 10 years of working in schools, including overseas experience at IB schools in Thailand, China and Sudan.
  • Experience teaching a wide variety of Social Studies, Humanities, and Business Studies courses.
  • M.Ed. in Social Justice Education.


Ms. Jayna Coratti

English and Music Teacher 

  • Teaching music and English at Upper York School ince September 2018
  • Prior to her time at Upper York she began work as a private music instructor
  • As a teacher Ms. Coratti hppes to inspire her students to pursue knowledge and education as a way to enrich their experiences and lives. 


Ms. Sara Kyriakopoulos

Science Teacher
(B.Sc., Hons, B.Ed, OCT)

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

  • Experience teaching and tutoring all ages.

Mr. Dave Bird

Vice Principal
(M.Ed., J.D.)

  • 25+ years in educational teaching and administrative leadership
  • “The secret of success in education is respecting the students.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



Mr. Charlie Li

Director of College Counselling 
(MBA, B.Sc.)

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

  • Experience with tutoring all ages of students
  • AACBS certified graduate



Ms. Jenna Johnston

Assistant to Head of School
(Bachelor of Arts – Child and Youth Care)

  • Experience working with children of all ages





Mr. Mohammad Tavalla

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

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

  • 20 years teaching experience, taught internationally.




Ms. Christine Stolte

(B.A.Soc., B.Ed., OCT)

  • Experience teaching and tutoring all ages

Ms. Taraneh Ganjavi

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

Over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring students of different ages and background. TESOL certified. 

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