Our exceptionally educated and qualified teachers, have not only earned their Master’s or Doctorate degree, and/ or are OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers Certified), but they also have industry expertise and are considered professionals in all of their fields of study. Our instructors are of the finest distinction and are able to accommodate any scholastic, and all language-acquisition needs.
Mr. Henry Michels, Principal, Head of the Science Department
Henry has 30 years of teaching experience with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). His rich teaching experiences vary from teaching Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs to special needs education. He was awarded the title of "Teacher of the Year" at TDSB. In addition to his teaching role at W.I.S.E, Mr. Michels works as the principal who leads the W.I.S.E teaching faculty toward exceptional excellence.
Ms. Mary Ng, Head of the Business Department
With over 30 years of teaching with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) & 10 years of experience as the Head of the Business Department, Ms. Ng is a golden asset to the faculty at W.I.S.E. In addition to her professional experiences, Ms. Ng has been training students for the DECA competition for over 30 years. She continues to help our students become leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in around the globe. One of her past students, trained by Ms. Ng, won the North America DECA competition in 2010.
Mr. James Dickinson, Head of the ESL Department
The ESL program at W.I.S.E. was built by Mr. Dickinson and is one of our core programs and departments. We believe that a solid command of the English language is the foundation for the future success of our students. Mr. Dickinson has 30 years of teaching experience specializing in ESL, English and IELTS training. Throughout his career, he has spent many years in Thailand and China expanding many ESL programs at international schools. Upon gaining a thorough understanding of ESL students' needs and learning methodologies, he has skillfully built the W.I.S.E ESL course curricula and selected the very best resources in order to further strengthen students' extensive vocabulary, reading and writing comprehension.
Ms. Hai Chau Ta, Mathematics
Ms. Hai Chau Ta is a friendly and energetic teacher with over 15 years of experience teaching and tutoring diverse one-to-one programs. Hai Chau has also prepared students for the Standard Admission Test (SAT) and Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Hai Chau holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences & Human Biology and a teaching degree all from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Amir Derayatifar, Head of the Mathematics Department
In addition to many years teaching domestically and abroad, and facilitating diverse educational workshops, Mr. Amir Derayatifar is Head of Mathematics and has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Education from York University, giving his students the opportunity for a much more diverse and comprehensive curricula. Amir believes that education must compete for students' attention in learning and not solely for their time.
Ms. Marcia Tavernese, Head of the Art Department, History, English Literature, ESL
Ms. Tavernese has earned a minor in English, a BFA in Fine Arts & Art History, & a MFA (PHD terminal degree) graduating with Exceptional Distinction, as well as a certification in Piano Technology, Art Therapy & Neuro-Linguistics Programming. Ms. Tavernese is also an accomplished international artist who has showcased her work throughout Canada, USA, UK, and Japan.
Miss Michelle Ali, Social Science, English, ESL
Miss Michelle Ali has a degree in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Toronto with over 12 years teaching & tutoring in the areas of Social Science, English Literature, ESL, geography, civics, & history. Miss Ali specializes in working with students with learning differences and has a diverse background as a youth counselor, teaching & preparing students for OSSLT and Career Studies.
Ms. Nicole Sepiashvili, English, ESL, Geography, Social Science
Nicole holds an Honors Bachelor of Sociology from Queen’s University, graduating with Exceptional Distinction. Nicole is also currently completing her Masters of Teaching with a disciplinary focus on English and Social Science. Nicole is bilingual and fluent in English and Russian.