Faculty

Mrs. Shannon Rattray (Principal)

Mrs. Shannon Rattray (Principal)
After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Psychology, I continued my studies at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY where I received my Certificate of Education. Over the last 14 years, I have taught both elementary and secondary students, obtained my Specialist in Special Education, and participated in writing English curriculum for the Ministry of Education. As an educator, I am thrilled to be able to witness and experience our children’s love of learning every day. Schools are learning institutions, but successful schools set high expectations for their faculty members and their students. Identifying and realizing that there are various methods of learning is the key to every child’s success, and a well structured school will continually assess and address the needs of their students and their families. My job as a Principal is to create a cohesive learning environment that focuses on improving student learning and getting our students to set and attain goals with the help and support of their teachers and families. This will be my fifth year as Principal at Kanata Academy, and I am very excited about getting to know all of our new families and having another successful school year. I have four children who all attend Kanata Academy, and I am very fortunate to have my children at work with me each day. When we are not at school, we enjoy playing outdoors and traveling together as a family.

Ms. Tracey Cochrane (Grade 5/6 Teacher)

Ms. Tracey Cochrane (Grade 5/6 Teacher)
This year marks my 18th year teaching at Kanata Academy. I have had the opportunity to learn and teach the Grade 3 to 6 curriculums as well as JK to Grade 8 Physical Education. I have been a part of the many changes that have occurred throughout this time, and I am happy to be a part of such a great program. I am proud to say that I am a Maritimer, having grown up in the small village of Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. I studied Education at Acadia University and started my teaching career in and around my hometown. I had excellent mentors in these schools, many of whom were teachers of mine growing up. The guidance they gave me is the basis for my teaching philosophy today. I believe in setting students up for success by teaching them organization, self-discipline and respect. I motivate them to be their very best and set high expectations for their learning. This year, I will be teaching a group of Grade 5/6 students. I look forward to getting to know them and their families and to being able to challenge them to reach their full potentials.

Mrs. Kim Devlin (Grade 2 Teacher)

Mrs. Kim Devlin (Grade 2 Teacher)
I have been a member of the teaching team at Kanata Academy since 1999, and it has been my pleasure to see so many students develop over the years. After graduating from the University of Wales, I started my teaching career in the United Kingdom before moving to Canada. Most of my teaching experience has been in the Primary Division teaching grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. I love teaching and one of my main goals is to help every student achieve positive self-esteem and to have confidence in their own abilities. I feel it is important to help each student reach their full potential not only academically but socially. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, as well as reading and travelling. I am looking forward to another exciting school year.

Ms. Tracey Cochrane (Vice Principal and Grade 6 Teacher)

Mrs. Brenda Prud'Homme (Junior/Senior Kindergarten Teacher)
I have been a proud member of the Kanata Academy staff since 2008. My journey to teaching began with a Bachelor of Social Work with honours from Carleton University. In 2006, I went on to receive a Bachelor of Education at the University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia. Living abroad for a year was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. When I arrived home, I was fortunate enough to receive a full time job teaching here at Kanata Academy. I have taught pre-school as well as junior and senior kindergarten. Teaching kindergarten is a strong passion of mine, something that I have wanted to do my whole life. I feel that being able to live out my dream each day is reflected in my teaching style and dedication to each of my students. Outside of school, I play competitive softball and hockey. I enjoy scrap booking and being outdoors doing both summer and winter activities such as swimming and skiing.

Nicole Darling(Grades 7-12)

Nicole Darling(Grades 7-12)
It is a pleasure to be starting with Kanata Academy as the grade 7/8 and high school science and math teacher! My love for math and science was fostered in my own education experiences, so I am very much looking forward to sharing this passion with my students at Kanata Academy. After completing my degree in Biology at the University of Ottawa in 2015, I was then able to attend my alma mater once again for the Teacher Education Program. During my degree, I was a member of the Urban Cohort, with focus on education in urban priority schools. In this time, I worked closely with students with a variety of needs, skill levels and interests. This has inspired the focus of my practice - to promote success for every student through engaging, hands-on and inquiry-based learning. I have also developed a passion for EdTech and incorporate technology into all aspects of teaching. When I am not in the classroom, tutoring or supervising extracurricular activites (all fun things to me) I love painting, relaxing at home with my family and dogs, spending time with friends and travelling. I am so thrilled to being this new, exciting and challenging journey at Kanata Academy and look forward to working closely with all the students and staff!

Jessica Forgues (Preschool Teacher)

Jessica Forgues (Preschool Teacher)
My name is Jessica Forgues and I currently graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Algonquin College. I have a four-year-old son named Landon who just started kindergarten and a 2-year-old daughter named Freya. I have decided to pursue a career in early childhood education because I enjoy being able to watch and support children strive during the most important years of their lives. I am excited to take my knowledge and learning from school as well as life experience and implement it into this amazing program. I am excited to begin my journey at the Kanata Academy as a preschool teacher and cook and looking forward to the bright future ahead.

Heather McShane (Grade 4 Teacher)

Heather McShane (Grade 4 Teacher)
I am very excited to be back at Kanata Academy this year! This will be my third year teaching here, and I love the community of staff, parents and students. I have a passion for teaching and I love working with children. In 2007, I graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Bishops University with a degree in Elementary Education. Since returning to Ottawa, I have worked as a behavioural therapist, taught at two private schools, as well as tutored several elementary students. My greatest reward comes from helping my students to learn and succeed on their own. On weekends I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. My two young daughters keep me busy! In the summer, I also enjoy playing a variety of sports.

Mrs. Bailey Robinson (Grade 1 Teacher)

Mrs. Bailey Robinson (Grade 1 Teacher)
I will be teaching Grade 1 at Kanata Academy this year, and I couldn't be more excited. While teaching, I constantly strive to create a fun and meaningful learning environment. I'm really looking forward to instilling a passion for learning in my students! I received my BA from Trent University in 2012 and my BEd from the University of Ottawa in 2013. I started volunteering at Kanata Academy and, soon afterward, I began supply teaching. I immediately discovered the tight knit school community here, and I am so excited to officially become part of it this school year. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, skating and spending time with friends and family.

Stefani Wyn (Grades 7-12 Teacher)

Stefani Wyn (Grades 7-12 Teacher)
I am very excited to be teaching at Kanata Academy this year. I have always had a passion for learning and I hope I can help students develop a love for learning and help them reach their fullest potential. I graduated from Nipissing University with a BA in history and my B.ED in 2015. For the last two years I have taught high school and been a student services teacher in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. I am happy to be back home and a part of the staff at KA. Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Adam Vrieling (Music Teacher)

Mr. Adam Vrieling (Music Teacher)
I am very excited to be the Kanata Academy music teacher for a third year. Born and raised in Kanata, I began my music career as a trombonist in public school, performing in both the orchestra and the jazz band. I took to the guitar in high school and becoming a vocalist and a songwriter soon followed. While touring the province and recording an album with my own rock band, I earned my Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Music from Carleton University. After a year of teaching English overseas in Taiwan, I returned to Kanata to start up my own music studio, First Fret Music School. Since then, I have taught hundreds of students the joy of learning an instrument and how to discover their passion for music.

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson
I am so excited to be joining the preschool team at Kanata Academy! I studied Child Development in Portland, Oregon and received my ECE from George Brown at Ryerson in 2004. In the 17 years since my career began, I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator in various forms; as a preschool teacher, nanny, home daycare provider, and in the full day kindergarten program with the public school board. Having been in the field for so long, I am very excited for the new challenge of being a supervisor in the preschool program! In my spare time I'm a mom to my 6 year old daughter, Briar. I love to read, listen to music, swim and spend time with my amazing friends and family.

Stephanie Valentine’s(Grade 3 Teacher)

Stephanie Valentine’s (Grade 3 Teacher)
I am thrilled to be back in Canada and teaching Grade 3 at Kanata Academy this September. Following graduation from Ottawa University, I received a Graduate Diploma of Education in Australia in 2011. Since then I have combined my two passions of teaching and travel, teaching in four different countries and exploring forty more. These opportunities and experiences have helped me develop broader viewpoints as a globally minded citizen in today's world. I am looking forward to creating an inclusive learning community based on an excitement for learning, compassion for others, and the ability to think creatively in our ever-changing society. When I’m not in the classroom, I love to play a variety of sports and enjoy being outdoors hiking and rock climbing.

Kelly Betts (Grades 7-12 Teacher)

Kelly Betts (Grades 7-12 Teacher)
I am very enthusiastic about joining the Kanata Academy team! Raised in a bilingual family, I attended French language school in Montreal and France. After earning a degree in Translation, I completed a Bachelor of Education at OISE / University of Toronto, then worked as a French Immersion teacher in Oakville for 14 years. As a teacher, staying on top of current educational practices and research is my mission. I am committed to engaging in professional development around 21st century skills; I have completed courses through the Harvard Graduate School of Education about teaching critical and creative thinking, making thinking visible, and learning through discussion & disagreement. In July 2015, I travelled to Boston to take part in their “Future of Learning Institute”. Outside of teaching, I am an active volunteer with Hope Story, raising awareness and funds for the Creation of Hope project, which supports orphans in rural Kenya. Also, my two young kids and I have a lot of fun running a neighbourhood gardening initiative, growing and donating vegetables to the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Our family loves to spend time together being outdoors, watching movies, and playing with our bulldog, Sophie. I am looking forward to getting to know all my students at Kanata Academy and having a great year together!

Kristine Read (Preschool Teacher)

Kristine Read (Preschool Teacher)
I am beyond words excited to be working at Kanata Academy in the preschool classroom. I completed my ECE program through Algonquin College and am now a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a love for all children. I am a proud mother of two wonderful children who have had a hand in guiding me towards my passion for teaching children. For two years I ran my own home daycare with love, encouragement, education and fun! I am an active member in my childrens’ school, thru volunteering and PTA; I believe in advocating for a child’s right to learn, to be accepted, and make sure that their education and care is at the utmost highest level. I look forward to bringing my heart and mind into the preschool classroom where I vow to always treat your children as I would treat my own, providing them with quality care, teaching and respect.

“I hope to be the kind of teacher, I would want for my own children. I hope to be the kind of colleague with whom I would like to collaborate. I hope to be the kind of learner I was when I was five.”
 Catherine Borgia (French Teacher)

Catherine Borgia (French Teacher)
I was born and grew up in a small town close to Quebec City and I am very proud that French is my first language. I, therefore, will make sure to transmit my love of French to students through fun activities such as songs and games. I moved to the Ottawa region to complete the International Studies and Modern Languages undergraduate progam. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, I started to work as a FSL teacher and I fell in love with the profession. I then decided to get my Bachelor of Education. I look forward to working with all the children and helping them reach their full potential.

Mrs. Stacey Edgerton (Office Administrator)

Mrs. Stacey Edgerton (Office Administrator)
I joined the Kanata Academy in September 2013 after 7 years as a stay-at-home-mom to Joshua and Naomi. During that time, my husband Greg and I had the pleasure of living in Australia for 3 years. While 'down under', we traveled all over, went to amazing Thailand, and picturesque New Zealand. Prior to this, I gained 9 years of experience in dental as a Certified Dental Assistant & Office Manager. I feel very privileged to be a part of the Kanata Academy family and look forward to many years of working with all the great students and staff!