Billy Gilliland
Principal

 

Mr. Gilliland earned his Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Glasgow, Scotland and has taught in Alberta schools for nineteen years. In 2006, he left a career as Principal at a Special Education school to join Edison, primarily as our badminton expert. As a former world #1 professional player and Head Coach to the Canadian Olympic Team, he brings a wealth of experience in that regard. In 2014, Mr. Gilliland received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow for services to Scotland in his field of expertise, and in the same year was inducted into the Strathclyde University Sports Hall of Fame. Along with his administrative duties as school Principal, Mr. Gilliland teaches Physical Education and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of directing Upper School Musical Theatre productions.

Samantha Alessi
Upper School Teacher

 

Miss Alessi is originally from Brampton, Ontario, but has lived in Alberta for five out of the last six years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, after completing a double major in mathematics and English and completing an English Honours Thesis, at the University of Lethbridge. Following this, she attended American University, in Washington, D.C., and completed her teaching degree and Masters of Special Education. Most recently, she was teaching in northern Alberta as a Grade 8 general education teacher. In her downtime, she enjoys playing soccer, cooking and painting. She is excited to be back in southern Alberta and to be joining Edison School as a mathematics and English teacher in the Upper School. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing her passion for math and literary studies with the Edison community.

Richard Bradley
Upper School Teacher

 

Mr. Bradley earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with distinction from the University of Manitoba. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he has worked tirelessly to move to a warmer climate. He has been a professional software developer and technical instructor for over 20 years, including teaching programming and Information Technology courses for the University of Manitoba Continuing Education program. Mr. Bradley joined Edison in 2016 and currently teaches chess and computer science classes, where he enjoys teaching planning and problem solving skills to students.

Terri DeMos
Upper School Teacher

 

Ms. DeMos earned an Honours English degree from the University of Alberta, and soon after graduated with distinction from the Secondary Education Program. Ms. DeMos began her teaching career in Edmonton and was very pleased to join Edison School in 2012. She oversees the school's Duke of Edinburgh program, which promotes personal development and volunteerism among youth. Ms. DeMos enjoys being immersed in different languages and cultures and has completed French studies at different campuses across Canada, including University of Montreal, University of British Columbia, and University of St. Anne. She instructs Upper School English, French and Social Studies.

Carlos Schroeder
Upper School Teacher

 

Mr. Schroeder was born and grew up in Brazil, where he obtained his bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in education. Still in Brazil, Mr. Schroeder taught physics at a university and science and math at an international school; following this he moved to the USA to teach science at a public school. Mr. Schroeder moved with his family to Calgary in 2010 and has taught math and science at private and charter schools before joining Edison in 2016. Mr. Schroeder enjoys camping and hiking with his family.

Hayley Twist
Upper School Teacher

 

Dr. Twist is currently teaching sciences at the grade 7 - 12 levels. After completing her Ph.D in Microbiology at Dundee University, Scotland, she worked as a research scientist at The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. Her post-doctoral teaching experiences led her to complete a diploma in higher education at Aberdeen University, and she went on to teach high school in Edinburgh. She then taught the sciences at The American International School and The British School in Muscat, Oman. Since living in Canada, Dr. Twist has completed further post-graduate studies in education at the University of Calgary (specializing in gifted education), taught in the Foothills School Division, and has been teaching here at Edison since 2010. After living in many countries, Alberta is now home. Dr. Twist and her family enjoy several outdoor activities including snowboarding, camping, riding and being active in the local light horse 4H club.

Nicholas Wong
Upper School Teacher

 

Mr. Wong, or as he prefers to be called, Mr. Nic, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Calgary. Born in London, England, and having grown up in Singapore, Mr. Nic has lived in Calgary since the winter of 2006. As an educator, he believes in connecting subject matters with students' reality, making learning personally relevant and fun, as well as developing confidence, character, and positive mental and physical health in students. Outside of academics, he is an avid rugby player, and is an alumni of the University of Calgary Dinos. He is enthusiastic about physical fitness and maintaining a positive and healthy body image. His other passions include country music singing/song-writing, line-dancing and two-stepping.

Lonnie Antal
Co-Founder and Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Antal is a co-founder of Edison School. She was born and raised in Calgary, and after graduating from the University of Calgary in 1992 with a Bachelor of Education degree, she taught in Drumheller. Following this, Mrs. Antal joined forces with Beth Chernoff to build Edison School. We have honoured Mrs. Antal's contribution to our community by naming our newest building, Kubota Hall, with her maiden name. Mrs. Antal was the school Principal until 2012. During her time at Edison, she has taught several subjects at a variety of grade levels. English is her first love and she now primarily teaches grade 6 - 9 English. Mrs. Antal is also responsible for overseeing the library, as well as coaching the Junior Recreation Badminton program and the cross-country team. Outside of school, Mrs. Antal enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include reading, several outdoor activities, and riding her horses competitively in dressage and jumping.

Ashley Armstrong
Middle School Teacher

Originally from Killarney, Manitoba, Mrs. Armstrong has been teaching at Edison School since 2011. She graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of General Studies in 2007, and graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Education. Mrs. Armstrong is currently teaching grade 5; in previous years she has taught grades 3 and 4. Her love of working with children comes from years of working closely with children of all ages. She worked at a daycare in her hometown for 3 years during her university breaks, volunteered in classrooms during university, and worked one-on-one with children with special needs. Mrs. Armstrong's interests include scrapbooking, spending time back home at the lake and time with her family.

Susan Armstrong
Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Armstrong obtained her Bachelor of Fashion Design degree while in Toronto and was awarded the Governor General Silver Medal for excellence. She worked as the head designer for a leading leather manufacturing company and had a major contract designing for Nordstrom's of California. Mrs. Armstrong has been very involved lending her talents to costuming and set designs to the Upper School Major Productions here at Edison School. After working in the fashion business, Mrs. Armstrong returned to university to graduate with Honours from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Education degree. She joined the teaching staff at Edison in 2006 and has taught Language Arts, Math and Visual Arts over the years. Attending numerous workshops in Vancouver, Denver, Miami, Regina, Montreal, Las Vegas and Calgary has enabled Mrs. Armstrong to glean new information annually and share her love of learning with students of all ages.

Jeff Friesen
Middle School Teacher

 

Mr. Friesen has been teaching at Edison since 2005. He has taught a variety of grade levels and subjects, and this year is teaching grade 6 Math and Science. Mr. Friesen was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. His life experience in agriculture has contributed to his love of science. Mr. Friesen attended the University of Regina, receiving a Bachelor of Education with distinction. He taught in Indonesia for a year before joining Edison. Mr. Friesen's interests include golfing, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors.

Karen Gormley
Middle School Teacher

 

Miss Gormley joined Edison School in 2013. Originally from Nova Scotia, she studied at Mount Allison University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology before attending the University of Maine where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After graduation, Miss Gormley spent time teaching in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. She has attended many conferences across North America with a concentration in language, musical theatre and technology. Miss Gormley enjoys coaching volleyball and basketball for the Edison Eagles, as well as leading choir. Outside of school, Miss Gormley can be found enjoying music, theatre, traveling or attending summer camp.

Tamara Smith
Middle School Teacher

 

Mrs. Smith was born and raised in Calgary, where she first began a career in Human Resources. The training and program development in Human Resources led her to a realization that her true calling was teaching. Soon after getting her TESOL and TOEFL certification, she moved to China for three years where she taught a wide variety of classes and ages. From China she rode her motorcycle to Mongolia, and from there she traveled to Turkey where she worked for English First International for two years. Mrs. Smith returned home from her travels with a strong desire to get her Canadian teaching certification. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a double degree in Education and Arts. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, motorcycling, gardening and crafts.

Selena Wang
Middle School Teacher

 

Dr. Wang grew up being extremely curious about science and nature. This curiosity led to years of trying to figure out how things work. She began exploring these questions with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia, followed by a PhD in Immunology from the University of Alberta while studying the immune system in transplantation and diabetes with an affiliated researcher in Denver, Colorado. She then continued research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Alberta Transplant Institute in Edmonton. Throughout her time in research, she consistently taught science in classroom settings, seminars and individual mentorship, which led her to her growing passion for science education. This took her back to school for a Secondary Education After-Degree at the University of Alberta. She recently received her Bachelor of Education with distinction, and is beyond excited to join Edison School. She hopes to pass on her curiosity and passion for learning how things work to her students.

Gale Zhang
Middle School Teacher

 

Mr. Zhang was born and raised in Beijing, China. He moved to Canada as an international student in 2003, and earned a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo with double majors in Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics & Optimizations. He also earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Zhang is currently working towards a Masters degree in Mathematics for Teachers (University of Waterloo).

Mr. Zhang taught AP/IB Math, IB Physics and Computer Science in Toronto for five years. He also worked as a substitute teacher at a Calgary charter school before joining the Edison faculty. Mr. Zhang is passionate about the integration of technology into his lessons, and he is an expert in using LaTeX, Maple and MatLab. Aditionally, he wrote a math textbook and compiled a workbook for his high school in China. Outside of school, Mr. Zhang enjoys cooking, barbequing and spending time with his family.

Ruth Daly
Head of Lower School

 

Mrs. Daly is the Head of Lower School and classroom teacher to grade 3. She has been teaching for over 20 years, and at Edison since 2003. Mrs. Daly was born and raised in England, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education Honours degree from Edge Hill University, Lancashire. She began her teaching career in London, England, and then taught in Vancouver, B.C., and in Calgary, teaching English to international students. Out of school, Mrs. Daly enjoys photography and travel. She is a published writer, and currently writes non-fiction children's books for an educational publisher. In 2014, Mrs. Daly was a presenter at the 2014 Alberta Conference for Differentiated Instruction, leading sessions on how to engage children in reading and writing. Mrs. Daly is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Bibiane Bédard
Lower School Teacher

 

Mme. Bédard has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from George Brown College in Toronto. After graduation, she was the supervisor at Leaside Infant and Preschool Daycare in Toronto. She then moved to Windsor, Ontario, and established a French Conversation Nursery School where she taught for two years. From 1980 to 1986, Mme. Bédard was employed by Strathcona Tweedsmuir School as a French conversation teacher. During that time, she started a nursery school for the children of her colleagues. Mme. Bédard has also tutored French conversation, and was employed by the Town of Okotoks as a translator and teacher to young children. She has also taught in Japan. Mme. Bédard has taught at Edison School for 17 years as a French teacher. French is her first language, and she is passionate about sharing this with her students. Currently Mme. Bédard teaches French to students from Kindergarten to grade 3.

Stephanie Carter
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Carter received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, and has been teaching a mixture of Kindergarten and grade 1 at Edison School since 2008. She enjoys this age group because she loves being a part of the incredible academic and emotional growth that children experience at this time in their lives. Mrs. Carter helps her students to reach their full potential by providing clear expectations and structured academic activities, while also giving them ample opportunity to enjoy the wonders of childhood through free exploration and hands-on experiences. Mrs. Carter's main goals as a teacher are to cultivate a love of learning in a warm and safe environment, and to help her students realize the importance of kindness and friendship. Aside from teaching, music is Mrs. Carter's other passion; she plays several musical instruments and loves to sing.

Blair Harker
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Harker was born in Red Deer, Alberta, but moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when she was seven years old. She completed grades 1 through 12 at private international schools and spent summers traveling the world with her family. After high school, she attended the University of Alberta where she completed her Elementary Education degree with a minor in Special Education. While attending university, Mrs. Harker worked for the Education Technology Department and led summer programs for inner city children. She also worked as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Harker is a believer in lifelong learning and has a deep passion for theatre, soccer and crafts, but most of all, traveling and spending time outdoors. This is Mrs. Harker's first year at Edison and she is teaching grade 3.

Fiona Mohr
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Mohr has taught at Edison School since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). She has been a Canadian national and international badminton champion in doubles and mixed doubles. Mrs. Mohr has won five Canadian National badminton titles, three Pan American badminton titles, a silver medal in doubles at the Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and she has competed in mixed and doubles at the World Championships. While living and competing as a professional badminton player in Denmark, Mrs. Mohr worked as a substitute English teacher and elite junior badminton coach. Miss McKee is enthusiastic about integrating technology into the curriculum to engage our 21st century learners. This year, Mrs. Mohr is teaching grade 1 and she also coaches at Edison Badminton Centre.

Shauna Palmer
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Palmer graduated from the University of Alberta with her Bachelor of Education degree. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Mrs. Palmer held several positions in Kindergarten and grade 3 over the next five years. Upon heading south, she spent several years teaching preschool in Calgary. For part of the 2002/2003 school year, she taught Kindergarten at Spitzee School in High River, and the following year she became the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher here at Edison School. For the past two years, she has taught in grades 1 - 3. Mrs. Palmer's two children have attended Edison since Kindergarten.

Julia Power
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Power received her Bachelor of Education with a minor in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta. She also completed an Arts and Science certificate from Mount Royal University. Mrs. Power has had the opportunity to teach Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and physical education for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. During the summer months she was a program coordinator and camp counsellor for the YWCA day camps, with evenings filled by tutoring students at the Sylvan Learning Centre. Her most recent experience was staying home to raise her three children, which has provided her with great insight into how children's minds work and develop. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Power enjoys snowboarding, camping, water sports and travelling with her family.

Amber Robinson
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Robinson is a returning teacher to Edison following a four-year leave to be home with her children. She is a passionate early childhood educator; in previous years at Edison, she taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and grade 1, and also has experience as a Preschool Director and Preschool Music Teacher. Mrs. Robinson graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology as well as a B.Ed., specializing in Early Childhood. During her leave, Mrs. Robinson acquired her Level III Childcare Certificate and ran her own business teaching music classes to children and their families in the Okotoks community. Mrs. Robinson's two children attend Edison, and this year she is teaching a Kindergarten/grade 1 split.

Megan Scheirman
Lower School Teacher

 

Mrs. Scheirman was born and raised in southern Alberta. After high school, she moved to the United States where she attended Brigham Young University, then later settled with her family in New Mexico. She was a substitute teacher and stay-at-home mom for several years before returning to university to complete her Bachelor of Elementary Education. Mrs. Scheirman was a Grade 5 teacher before she moved back to southern Alberta to join Edison School where she is delighted to be teaching Kindergarten.

Mrs. Scheirman has had a great deal of experience with children in many capacities outside the classroom. Several years as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, planning and organizing children's camps and educational tours outside the country, and teaching piano and music lessons to young children have all contributed to her experience. Outside of school, Mrs. Scheirman loves to be active, doing almost anything outdoors such as gardening, hiking, skiing, fishing and walking her dog. She loves travelling anywhere, but particularly treasures trips returning to visit New Mexico.

Victoria Smith
Lower School Teacher

 

Originally from England, Miss Smith moved to Canada as a child and enjoyed the maritime lifestyle for many years. She attended university in her home-town and earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick. She later attended the University of Maine Presque-Isle where she earned her B.L.S. in Elementary Education. Since beginning her teaching career, Miss Smith has taught a wide range of grades and abilities, and has attended many professional development workshops and conferences. Since joining Edison School in 2008, Miss Smith has taught Kindergarten, grade 2, and various AP courses. Teaching this wide range of students adds to her love for adventure and new experiences. Outside of teaching, Miss Smith can be found enjoying the fresh snow on the slopes, hiking, or taking photographs.

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