Below are some of our core staff and advisory team members, who join us with a wide range of experience in various areas of education and other industries, with backgrounds in both the public and private sector. All are commited to delivering a quality program, and all are invested in adding value, and making sure students meet their goals and objectives.
Everyone on our team is eager to make every students experience a meaningful one. We are committed to guiding each students journey, and making each student’s experience at Fuller a transformative one.
After spending numerous years teaching, managing, and creating in the education and travel sectors, I have always believed there is a need to create a school where I could bring the best ideas around education together into one model. Bringing together a "comprehensive" interdisciplinary model with a hybrid delivery platform, I believe that Fuller Academy is that new model. Everyone at Fuller Academy understands the premise learning that all learning should be connected, purposeful, current, and relevant. The people you see below have been instrumental in sharing this vision to build a better school and are here to bring it to life!
Dr. Neil Orlowsky holds a PhD. in Social Justice Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy Certificate in Comparative International Development Education from the University of Toronto’s OISE. Academically, his areas of research include solution-based education, studies and solutions to global conflict, peace education, and psychocultural vs. socio-cultural narratives. Dr. Orlowsky actively lectures and has authored papers on engaging youth in humanitarianism, growth mindsets and inquiry models, and the need for non-dualistic approaches to conflict resolutions and reconciliation. In 2016, he was nominated for the Harold W. McGraw Jr. North American Innovator in Education Award, and is a recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award in Ontario.
Michael brings almost thirty years of public teaching experience to Fuller Academy. He has recently retired from the Peel Board and is very excited about the challenge of teaching in a new environment. While able to teach in various content areas, his primary focus and specialist training is in Visual Arts, History, Drama and Music. Michael’s pedagogical approach is consistent with the school’s - rooted in the belief that no subject should be taught in isolation, but rather, must be explored through an interdisciplinary lens of study.
Wendy holds a Psychology/Sociology Degree from Queen’s University and has been involved in Training and Education for over 15 years. Supporting others in becoming their best has been a core value since she began her professional career in the corporate world with the design and delivery of Soft Skills Training Programs in problem-solving, conflict resolution and stress management. Transitioning into International Education, Wendy’s leadership drove the academic and social success of hundreds of high school students each year in her role as Program Manager for an International Exchange Program. As a teacher at an International School in Poland, she deepened her commitment to serving students and to providing them with the vital foundations and experiences that have the power to shape their future.
Liz Lambert has an MSW from the University of Toronto and a MSc from Oxford. Graduating with the highest GPA in the MSW program and in the top 10% at Oxford, one could say Liz is committed to achieving excellence. Liz taught students ESL for many years and created a very successful workshop on communication and presentation skills that helped students gain confidence and overcome their fears. She gains the most satisfaction from helping students reach their highest potential through empathic listening, and strengths based coaching and guidance. She hopes by taking on difficult challenges such as swimming from Alcatraz to the shore and by walking the length of Ireland in record speed for charity that she can be a healthy and inspiring role model and proof that we can accomplish anything when we set our mind to it.
Sonia has a long standing history within the education and student travel sectors. Having herself travelled to over 30 countries and even paused to live in Japan for a number of those years, Sonia is our go-to gal for all things administrative. She's the centre of the hub that keeps Fuller rolling. A formally trained teacher, Sonia has largely spent her work time in the private sector, working closely with domestic and international schools in arranging educational and cultural travel experiences.
Jill has taught in public, private and International Baccalaureate schools in a variety of roles for 10 years and specializes in design thinking curriculum development. She is deeply passionate about helping students develop future-ready skills in a real-life context that matters to them. Jill has taught English Language Arts, ESL, French and has held other roles in schools including librarian, technology integrator, and special education liaison. Jill joins the Fuller Academy team in curriculum development with a focus on design thinking and interdisciplinary learning. Her wide range of experience in schools and beyond has only strengthened her belief that traditional education needs to change to meet the needs of today’s students in todays world.