- Senior K
- Grades 1 - 2
- Grades 3 - 4
- Grades 5 - 8
Alison was born in England and grew up in a Christian household with a clergyman father. She has a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and a B.A. (History/English Literature) from the University of Western Ontario. She has taught in an International school in Panama and for several years in Vancouver in inner-city as well as suburban schools. She has also spent time working with special needs children in a local nursery school.
Alison and her husband Kris and their two children attend St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church. She is excited to be teaching in a school where she can actually teach about the Christian faith!
Grades 1-2 Instructors
We are fortunate to have Christine Edmonds and Rachel Bloomquist sharing the grades 1-2 instruction, with Christine teaching the mornings and Rachel in the afternoons. They both have a strong vision for classical education and are enjoying working as a team.
Christine has a B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy) from Queen's University, specializing in pediatric rehabilitation. She comes to St. Timothy's with a wealth of practical experience in classical education. She was introduced to a classical education model ten years ago when researching education practices to homeschool her own children and has continued to research classical booklists and review classical curricula. Her two younger children are students in St. Timothy's and she homeschools her oldest daughter using a classical approach. She believes in the importance of exposing young children to good literature and beautiful language.
Christine has a deep regard for nature, botany in particular, and a desire to cultivate a sense of wonder in children and to develop their observation skills. She and her husband Dale attend St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church with their children.
Rachel Bloomquist (see Grades 3 - 4)
Grades 3-4 Instructors
The teaching for grades 3-4 is split, with Rachel Bloomquist teaching in the morning and Nancy Ross in the afternoon
Senior Teacher – Rachel Bloomquist
Rachel Bloomquist comes to St. Timothy's with a range of spiritual, educational, professional, and personal qualities that have prepared her for this worthy venture.
Rachel was born in India to missionary parents who were wonderful models of Christian discipleship and love. Her education, while focused on the history of ideas and literature that have shaped Western civilization, also developed in her a love of science, languages, art, and music.
After completing her BA, Rachel lived and worked in Spain for five years with her husband, Greg. (Two of their four children were born in Spain.) Upon their return to Canada, Greg was appointed a professor of Theology at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) and the Scholar-in-residence at Saint Mark the Evangelist (Anglican) Church (Ottawa) while Rachel worked as an assistant in a Christian Montessori school for six years. Following that, she worked as an occasional teacher in the Ottawa District and Ottawa Catholic School Boards. She has also completed teacher training in Christian Classical methods at Logos
Rachel's life of faith in Christ has been enriched by seeing God's Spirit at work in and through Christians of many denominations, languages, and cultures. She seeks to impart a joyful and sure faith in Jesus Christ to the children in her classroom and to encourage them to see God the Father's handiwork in this creation and in the unfolding of history.
Nancy Ross graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc in Biology and received her B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. As a naturalist at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta she led outdoor workshops for school groups. Nancy's work with World Vision as a Global Educator took her to schools all across Ottawa where she engaged students in interactive learning experiences. She has experience working with ESL students in the public school system.
Work with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Ontario Pioneer Camp, and as a Sunday School teacher have given her opportunities to help students develop their Christian faith.
Nancy loves to find cross-curricular links and is passionate about hands-on learning. She is married with two teenaged boys and they attend St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church.
Interim Director – Dr. Michael Klaassen
Michael Klaassen brings tremendous learning and experience to St Timothy's as a classics scholar and teacher. He taught Latin and classics to all grades, with a focus on grades seven and eight, at the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania from 1995-2005, where he served as Chair of Department of Classical Languages from 2000-2005 and was a curriculum advisor to many different grades. Fluent in Latin and Greek, he co-authored Episcopal's "New Steps in Latin" series of textbooks. In his academic career, he has worked on topics as diverse as editing the speeches of the pioneering Canadian neurologist William Osler, comparing Greek and Japanese art and researching the roots of words for a medical encyclopedia. He has presented numerous papers to the Classical Association of Canada meetings.
Originally from Waterloo, Michael has Master's degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also recently (Spring 2010) completed a PhD in Classics. Michael and his family moved back to Canada in 2006 after spending one year in Rome. He was raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo House church community, and currently attends the Village International Mennonite Church in Vanier.
Dr. Klaassen is assisted in his wide range of teaching responsibilities by
paid and volunteer staff with expertise in various subject areas.
Choral Music Instructor – Maestro Uwe Lieflander
Mr. Lieflander's passion for sacred music began early in his life in historic Regensburg, Germany with 16 years of piano and 14 years of organ lessons.
He pursued intensive studies at the Regensburg Akademie für Kirchenmusik (Academy for Church Music), where studies of organ music, singing, Gregorian chant, composition, and choral conducting were rounded out by a deep liturgical education program.
After moving to Canada in 1984, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where, under the guidance and mentorship of John Barnum, he furthered his education in the 'science' of composition and of conducting.
Several years ago Mr. Lieflander took on the responsibility of being the Director of the Sacred Music Society which trains groups of children, youth and adults in traditional sacred music, including that of Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Mozart, and others.
St. Timothy's is delighted to have a choral teacher so gifted and excited to share his love of sacred music with the students.
French Instructor – Mary Gauvreau
Mary was raised by anglophone parents in the days before French immersion. Her mother thought that learning a second language at a young age would be an excellent opportunity for her children, and so enrolled them at the local French Separate school, starting in kindergarten. Mary continued to be educated in French through high school. This experience opened doors to a world of culture, travel, friendship and employment through university and beyond. Mary is excited to share her passion for learning and her love for the French language with the students of St. Timothy's.
Mary has a B.Sc. (Geological Engineering) from Queen's University, and held positions with both the provincial and federal government before taking time off from paid employment to homeschool her two daughters, now both teenagers. Homeschooling provided Mary with a valuable opportunity to search out interesting and exciting learning opportunities, and made for an enriching time of teaching, guidance and discovery. She and her family attend St. George's Catholic Church.