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 SchoolI 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 & Staff Members for 2017 – 2018

Wes Baxter
Wesley Baxter, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Carleton University: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Law, Graduated with High Honours
  • Nipissing University: Bachelor of Education
  • Carleton University: Master’s of Arts, Legal Studies
  • Additional Qualifications in Special Education and Reading

Personal Interests:

  • biking
  • basketball
  • “a good read”
Tanya Smith
Marcel Beaulne

Student Services Mentor

Shaun Beaulne
Shaun Beaulne

Health Services Lead

Jacquelyn Bellissimo
Jacquelyn Bellissimo, OCT

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • Niagara University, M.Sc – Secondary Education: Social Studies & English
  • University of Waterloo, B.A. Hons – Peace & Conflict Studies, International Studies

Personal Interests:

  • knitting, textile arts
  • community service
  • archery
  • squash and tennis
  • rock climbing
  • fitness
Cheryl Bissonette
Cheryl Bissonette

Student Services Lead

Educational Background:

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

Personal Interests:

  • family game time
  • outdoors
  • scrapbooking
  • kayaking
  • reading
  • knitting
Tanya Smith
Devin Bissonette

Food Services Assistant

Tanya Smith
Shelley Casey

Director of Finance & HR

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
Tanya Smith
Matthew Clark

Faculty/Residential Don

Educational Background:

  • McGill University, Master of Library and Information Studies in Librarianship
  • McMaster University, B.A., M.A.
Tanya Smith
Simon Cuenca

Food Services Assistant

Eric Daigle
Eric Daigle, OCT

Faculty/Academic Lead

Educational Background:

  • Victorian Institute of Teachers, La Trobe University: Graduate Diploma of Education
  • York University: Bachelor of Fine Arts – Film and Video Production

Personal Interests:

  • creative writing and philosophy
  • singing and performing
  • hiking and camping
  • yoga and meditation
  • cycling, tennis, running
Tanya Smith
Gemma Downey

Food Services Assistant

Tanya Smith
Adeel Farooq

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
Tanya Smith
Leslie Farooq

Faculty

Educational Background:

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

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
Tanya Smith
Brenda Gilbert

Housekeeping Lead

Tanya Smith
Tom Kirkpatrick

Faculty/Residential Don

Educational Background:

  • Wilfred Laurier University, B.Ed.
  • McMaster University, B.A.

Personal Interests:

  • rugby
  • outdoor activities
  • the environment
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
Tanya Smith
Robert Matheson

Food Services Lead/Chef

Tanya Smith
Adam McGilvray

Faculty

Educational Background:

  • University of Toronto, BPHE

  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, B.Ed.

Personal Interests:

  • hockey
  • volleyball
  • soccer
  • climbing
Tanya Smith
Jim Moring

Maintenance Lead

Tanya Smith
Susie Morphet

Advancement Lead

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
Tanya Smith
Corrinna Peterson

Housekeeping

Tanya Smith
Monica Rand

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
Tanya Smith
Jaydon Sinasac

Food Services Assistant

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
Tanya Smith
Graeme Smith

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
Tanya Smith
Randell Sonmor

Operations Lead

Tanya Smith
Jaclyn Sproul

Administration & Admissions Assoc.

Tanya Smith
Lori Stevenson

Food Services/Sous Chef

Tanya Smith
James Tobin

Maintenance Assistant

Tanya Smith
Tammy Vasic

Food Services Assistant

Tanya Smith
Jacoline Watkinson

Director of Administration

Tanya Smith
Emily Windrem

Faculty/Residential Don