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Sayaka

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Cynthia Zhao

Cynthia was raised in a teacher’s family and she graduated from Nanjing Normal University, China in 1993. She immigrated to Canada together with her husband in 2001. Before she came to Canada, she was an high school ESL teacher in Nanjing Foreign Language School in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Cynthia and her husband currently have two daughters, Grace and Michelle. Grace is a Grade 10 student in a Burlington High School and Michelle is in Grade 4 in an elementary school.

After working in the financial industry for over 10 years, Cynthia realized her passion was still in educational field. She resigned from her pervious company and became actively involved in working with international students. She hopes to use her past experience as an educator to help the international students who come to Canada to succeed and achieve their goals on their paths to higher level of education. 

So far, Cynthia has helped many students successfully enter various universities across Ontario and other provinces in Canada. She provides high-quality guardianship and homestay services to international students. Her patience, enthusiasm and intensive care to the students are an asset to our BRAA students.

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Cherubina DeBartolo

Cherubina has been working and teaching in the field of Education for most of the last decade. She has a Bachelor of Art in English from Laurentian University, after obtaining this she taught grades 1-9 and adults in Japan for 3 years, working at over 20 schools during this time. Returning to Ontario, she completed her Master's of Science in Adolecent's education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York.  As a result she is also certified to teach in New York State. Cherubina has also been certified to teach in Las Vegas, there she primarily taught middle school English and ESL. She worked with a team who were tasked with the creation of the learning management system for the State of Florida, writing the English curriculum for students in 1st through 5th grade.  For the last two years she has taught with Columbia International College, teaching Social Studies, Business, English, and ESL.  As of now, she is working towards her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership through Northcentral University in Arizona.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the Burlington Royal Arts Academy to ensure
that students are gaining more than just an education and achieving mastery level in their courses which will ensure their success as they move on in their lives.

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Geoff Conner

Geoff has been a teacher at the intermediate senior level since 2006 with both the Hamilton and Grand Erie District School Boards. Geoff obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with a minor in biology from McMaster University in 2005 and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 with qualifications in Physical and Health education and biology.

Geoff has shown a commitment to lifelong health, engaging in sports and recreational activities since childhood. These activities included hockey, football, basketball, baseball, golf and curling. Geoff still curls at a competitive level with the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club. When not playing the games he grew up with, Geoff is a community coach with many high school sports, but mostly intricately involved with football where he has taken two different teams to city championships as defensive coordinator.

Despite his involvement in community programs and sports, Geoff is by far most famous for his activities under a different name: Pigskin Pete! Geoff was elected to the role of the famous “Hype-Man” for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 2019 where he motivates the crowd and leads the famous “Oskee Wee Wee” cheer before every home game in front of upwards of 23,000 people! Geoff brings this passion to the classroom each and every day and utilizes his skills to motivate his students to their highest potential!

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Youngling Fu

After graduating from one of the best teaching universities in China (BSc. Nanjing Normal University), Yongling began his teaching career at the same university in 1982. Upon receiving a Visa Scholarship from the University of Guelph in 1988, he moved to Canada to pursue graduate studies in physics (MSc. Physics). Later he studied at the University of Toronto to become an Ontario Certified Teacher in 1992 (B.Ed. Honor Specialist of Physics). Before his retirement from the public board in 2016, Yongling had taught math and physics for several Ontario public and private schools, including Appleby College for twenty four years. In addition, Yongling taught Mandarin part-time with the Waterloo District School Board for ten years. Throughout the years, many of his students continued their education at top universities in Canada and the USA.

His own daughter is a graduate from Harvard University. “Teaching is my passion and academic excellence is my strength”, Yongling reflected his teacher career. Excited to return to education, Yongling joined the BRAA staff in 2017.

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Rebekka Gondosch

Rebekka is an actor, theatre arts educator, and proud Hamiltonian. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance program, has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English Language and Literature from Brock University, and a B.Ed. from Redeemer University College. While living in Ireland she focused her research on the works of contemporary Canadian and Irish female playwrights and continues to find inspiration from feminist discourse. She has performed professionally in independent theatre productions and festivals in Hamilton, in the Hamilton Fringe Festival, in film and web series, and in community theatre productions in Toronto and Ancaster. From 2018-2019 she was selected for Hamilton’s ALERT program (Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program) where she co-produced Hamilton’s site-specific winter performance festival. She has also directed several theatre productions for young performers.

Rebekka has taught for three years in the private school system, teaching grades 9-12 English and grades 9-11 Dramatic Arts. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with basic qualifications in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior English. She has worked with students from Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, and the United States, and strives to provide strong inclusivity and representation in her classes.

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Angela Watson

Angela has been teaching in the private school system for three years. Her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education were achieved through the Concurrent Education program at Brock University, with qualifications in geography and mathematics. After teacher’s college Angela spent a year working as an English Teacher in South Korea with her husband. She is thankful for this experience as it gave her insight into what it may be like for students who are new to Canada and learning a difficult language in a foreign country.

Angela is currently teaching mathematics and geography at BRAA, and has an equal affinity for both subjects. She desires for each student to see their potential as an agent of change in a dynamic world, as well as discover their unique strengths as a mathematical learner.

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