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Staff & Faculty

Administrators, Faculty, and Staff

Mr. Russell Ash

Head of School

M.Ed, Professional Teaching Certificate, International Leaders Certificate

  • 20+ years in education, both locally in Ontario and internationally
  • Consultant, International Baccalaureate and Social-Emotional Wellness programs in schools
  • Passionate about educational change in the 21st Century


Ms. Lydia Gao

Vice Principal
(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. Dorothy Hartman

Director of College Counselling
B.Ed, Guidance Specialist & Principal’s Course

“As Director of College Counselling, my goal is to ensure that 100% of our students enter College and University upon graduation.  I enjoy engaging with the students to ensure that they have all necessary credits and what they need to accomplish this.”

  • Over 20 years of experience in the field of education
  • Served as Vice Principal for 10 years


Mr. Charlie Li

Campus Relations Manager
(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. Celia Shen

Administrative Assistant
(M.Sc., B.Eng)

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

Ms. Jayna Coratti

(BFA Hons., BEd, OCT)

“The skills students develop through music will not only create beautiful artists today, but creative thinkers and strong leaders tomorrow.”

  • Specialized in Music: French Horn and Vocals
  • 5+ years private lessons/tutoring experience
  • 10+ years performance experience as a soloist and with ensembles in the GTA
  • Active member of the Ontario Band Association


Ms. Christine Stolte

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

  • Experience teaching and tutoring all ages

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. 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.

Mr. Ted Starr

(B.A. English/History, B.Ed)

“Education today is more about facilitation and allowing students to make their own informed decisions about the world and the issues that surround them.”

  • Teaches English and Business Leadership
  • Spent the last four years teaching the Ontario curriculum to students traveling through Asia, Europe and Africa

Ms. Ariana Ameree

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

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”  Albert Einstein.”

  • 10 years of teaching experience
  • International Teaching in UAE and Qatar
  • International Baccalaureate (IB PYP) experience
  • CIDE Specialization, U of T


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