Faculty & Staff

The strength of a school comes from the members of its community. The hallmark of a great teacher is someone who is caring and genuinely interested in developing the academic and personal skills of students.

RLC has a faculty of qualified teachers, many of whom have postgraduate degrees. They are more than just keen teaching professionals; they coach varsity teams, guide dramatic arts productions, houseparent the boarding students in the evening, organize field trips, facilitate weekend activities and provide extra help during lunch.

Faculty work in partnership with dedicated support staff to provide a safe, dynamic learning environment for our students. The administrative team members are also active members of the community and participate in school and community events.

Head of School

Dr. Robert Carreau, M.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Carreau, Head of School

I have lived and worked mostly in Nunavut and Nova Scotia, studying environmental science, experiential education, and reconciliation work with Indigenous communities. My most recent leadership positions have been as principal at Nasivvik High School in Nunavut, adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University, and vice principal at the École acadienne de Truro, a francophone K-12 school in Nova Scotia.

I spend most of my free time volunteering on boards of directors, coaching Cross Country and Track & Field, and training for triathlons.

Faculty for 2017–2018

Cheryl Bissonette
Cheryl Bissonette

Assistant Head of School

Educational Background:

  • Ryerson University: BA, Child and Youth Care
  • Cambrian College: CYW Diploma

Personal Interests:

  • family game time
  • outdoors
  • scrapbooking
  • kayaking
  • reading
  • knitting
Cathy Christopher
Cathy Christopher, OCT

Community Life Lead

Educational Background:

  • University of New Brunswick: BSc Biology
  • University of Ottawa: B.Ed
  • Level II Field Hockey Coach

Personal Interests:

  • reading
  • kayaking
  • outdoors
  • rowing
  • skiing
  • travelling
Jenny Fan
Jenny Fan, OCT
A proud Muskokan from Bracebridge, Ms. Jenny Fan brings a wealth of experience from her music, ESL and outdoor education background. Ms. Fan taught at Xinmin Secondary School in Singapore, where she was the music coordinator and a teacher with the Outdoor Adventure Club. An avid traveller, she enjoys introducing students to different world cultures and to the natural world.
Adeel Farooq
Adeel Farooq, OCT

Faculty/IT

Educational Background: 

  • University of British Columbia, Master of Educational Technology
  • Georgian College, Diploma in Web Design
  • Nipissing University, B.Ed.
  • Brock University, B.A.

Personal Interests:

  • financial advising
  • video editing
  • ball hockey
Leslie Farooq
Leslie Farooq, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • York University, B.Ed.
  • Western University, M.Sc.
  • Trent University, B.Sc.
Jennifer Freele
Jennifer Freele, OCT

Faculty/Residential Don

Educational Background:

  • Cape Breton University, M.Ed (in progress)
  • Queen’s University, B.Ed.
  • Trent University, B.A.

Personal Interests

  • travel
  • writing & blogging
  • badminton
  • rowing
  • soccer
  • rock climbing
  • drama & improv
  • choir
Courtland Kerr
Courtland Kerr, OCT

Faculty/Residential Don Mr. Courtland Kerr has come to Rosseau Lake College all the way from the West Coast of British Columbia. He was a canoe guide and Wilderness First Aid Instructor back out West. Courtland attended the University of the Fraser Valley where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Anthropology. Outside of the academic world Courtland is an avid canoeist and rugby player. He is most excited to explore the beautiful lakes up here in Muskoka!

Pamela Lent
Pamela Lent, OCT

Ms. Pamela Lent loves being outdoors and has experience as an educator both in and out of the classroom. She spent years working at a summer camp leading canoe trips in various Ontario parks where she mastered the art of the perfect s’more! Pamela has worked in group homes and special education environments developing educational support plans and teaching a variety of life skills. Pamela has taught in schools and learning centres, teaching both youth and adults with different learning needs. Most recently Pamela was teaching incarcerated adults at a maximum security prison. Pamela is extremely excited to combine her love of education and the outdoors here at Rosseau Lake College.

Savanna Magee
Savanna Magee, OCT
Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Nipissing University, B.Ed.
  • Laurentian University, B.A. Hons. – Music
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Artist Educator Foundations

Personal Interests:

  • music (flute, piano, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar)
  • yoga
  • camping, canoeing, hiking
  • skiing
  • biking
  • swimming
  • ballet
  • needlework
  • volleyball
Judy Pakozdi
Judy Pakozdi, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background: 

  • Kossuth Lajos University, Hungary: Teaching Degree in Mathematics and Physics at Intermediate and Senior Divisions
  • Thomson Educational Direct: Career Diploma in Accounting
  • Georgian College: Teaching and Training Adults

Personal Interests:

  • mountain biking
  • canoeing/kayaking
  • travelling
Monica Rand
Monica Rand, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Queen’s University, B.Ed.
  • Trent University, B.Sc. 

Personal Interests:

  • rowing
  • swimming
  • cross-country running
  • wrestling
  • wilderness survival
Jessica Sheppard
Jessica Sheppard, OCT

Faculty/Co-curricular Lead

Educational Background:

  • Lakehead University: HBOR (Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation)
  • Lakehead University: BA History/Minor in English
  • Lakehead University: BEd
  • Intermediate/Senior
  • History & Environmental Science
  • Intermediate English
  • Level 1 Trained Technical Track & Field Coach
  • Level 1 Climbing Wall Instructor

Personal Interests:

  • running (2:57:04 at the 2015 Boston Marathon – 11th Canadian woman & 100th woman overall)
  • physical fitness
  • camping
  • mountain biking
  • canoeing & kayaking
  • music
  • food & cooking
Cory Shewfelt
Cory Shewfelt

Mr. Cory Shewfelt is a recent graduate from Lakehead University’s Bachelor of Education program, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, and comes with a background in cabinet making and summer camp. He worked in various capacities at Camp Towhee, a residential camp for youth with Learning Disabilities and associated mental health concerns. From there he explored cabinet making in the Okanagan Valley and the Simcoe region before returning to his true passion of working with youth. During all these experiences he maintained hobbies in music and drama, and kept active playing hockey whenever he could find a patch of ice, and camping with his partner and two dogs. Cory is excited to bring these diverse experiences here to Rosseau Lake College.

Nathaniel Smart
Nathaniel Smart, OCT

Faculty/Academic Division Lead

Educational Background:

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University or UWIC: Master’s in Education and Post-Graduate Certification in Education
  • Nipissing University: Bachelor of Arts History/Honours, Minor in Geography

Personal Interests:

  • human & physical geography
  • traveling to world heritage sites
  • boating
  • hockey
  • guitar
Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Lakehead University, M.Ed., B.Ed., Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Personal Interests:

  • Music

  • Nutrition

  • Birds

  • Sports

  • Social Justice

  • Politics

  • Fitness

  • Mindfulness

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Queens University: Bachelor of Education and a focus on Environment Education
  • Brock University: Bachelor of Arts & Drama, Minor in Kinesiology
  • Level 1 Snowboard Instructor
  • Figure Skating coach
  • Swim Instructor
  • Speaks & writes German

Personal Interests:

  • passionate about dance & art
  • loves sports: skating, swimming, snowboarding, sailing
Graham Vogt
Graham Vogt, OCT

Academic Lead

Mr. Graham Vogt (pronounced “vote”) is a seasoned teacher, husband and father, innovator, leader, athlete, thespian, outdoorsman, and entrepreneur. Coming from a similar academic leadership role at Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick, Mr. Vogt’s teaching and learning philosophy is an ideal fit for RLC. He loves to support innovation, to build shared vision, and to get students outside.

Prior to RNS, Mr. Vogt taught at Lakefield, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Ecuador, and Egypt. 

Emily Windrem
Emily Windrem, OCT

Faculty/Residential Don

Educational Background:

  • Queen’s University:

    Bachelor of Science (Honours): Specialization in Biology & Mathematics
    Bachelor of Education

  • Additional Qualifications: Special Education Part 1

Personal Interests:

  • yoga and mindfulness

  • music

  • camping

  • fitness

  • hiking, biking, swimming

  • nutrition

  • environmental initiatives

Staff Members for 2017 – 2018

Len Beaulne
Len Beaulne

Student Services Mentor

Shaun Beaulne
Shaun Beaulne

Health Services Lead

Devin Bissonette
Devin Bissonette

Food Services Assistant

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Shelley Casey

Director of Finance & HR

Simon Cuenca
Simon Cuenca

Food Services Assistant

Gemma Downey
Gemma Downey

Food Services Assistant

Brenda Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert

Housekeeping Lead

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Jennifer Higgins

Administrative Assistant 

Robert Matheson
Robert Matheson

Food Services Lead/Chef

Jim Moring
Jim Moring

Maintenance Lead

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Corrinna Peterson

Housekeeping

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Jaydon Sinasac

Food Services Assistant

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Jaclyn Sproul

Administration & Admissions Assoc.

James Tobin
James Tobin

Maintenance Assistant

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Tammy Vasic

Food Services Assistant

Jacoline Watkinson
Jacoline Watkinson

Director of Administration

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