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Introducing: New Faculty and Staff for 2023-24

The St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) community is excited to welcome the following new and returning faculty and staff for the 2023-24 academic year.

New Staff:

William Tran | SMCS Plant OperatorWilliam Tran
Mr. Tran joined the Facilities Department as a Plant Operator in late October 2022. Prior to starting with SMCS, he worked as a building operator for over six years, bringing a range of experience in general building maintenance repairs and working with contractors and clients alike.
O'Kain Grant | SMCS Safe OfficerO’Kain Grant
Mr. Grant joined SMCS as a Safe Officer in November 2022. He brings a blend of customer service experience with security, working in industries like event management, restaurants, and with CAMH. He has a diploma in child and youth work/social service work.
Glenn Palma | SMCS IT Systems AdministratorGlenn Palma
Mr. Palma joined the IT department as the IT Systems Administrator in November 2022. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from AMA Computer University in the Philippines and has worked in IT for over 10 years in the law and education industries.
Keith Hebert, Technical Director, SMCS Centre for the ArtsKeith Hebert
Mr. Hebert began working with the school in September 2022, and was appointed Technical Director in January 2023. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre for the Arts and technical operations of events, such as Masses, sports, and fundraising events.
Stephanie Grinton, SMCS Assistant Technical Director and Front of House SupervisorStephanie Grinton
Ms. Grinton has worked with the school since 2019, but joined as a full-time employee in January 2023. As Assistant Technical Director and Front of House Supervisor in the Centre for the Arts, she works in a technical capacity in the theatre and other events, as well as coordinates ushers and other front of house staff.
Andrew King, SMCS Alumni Relations OfficerAndrew King
Mr. King joined the Advancement Department as the Alumni Relations Officer in January 2023. While a student at Trent University, he was an alumni development representative for the university, gaining some of the skills he uses in this position. Most of his career has been in property management, specifically contract management and community relations.
SMCS Maria Cashore, Arena OperatorMaria Cashore
Ms. Cashore joined the SMCS Arena in January 2023 as an Arena Operator. She has been in that role for nearly five years and has worked with the Town of Ajax, Ontario Place, and the Rogers Centre.
SMCS CrestSandra Parsoi
Ms. Parsoi joined SMCS as a Safe Officer in March 2023. Ms. Parsoi is a licensed private investigator who has worked in security and administration for more than three years. She also has a degree in protection, security, and investigation and counselling psychology from Humber College.

Returning Faculty:

SMCS Faculty | Jenna HilbornJenna Hilborn
Ms. Hilborn returns to the classroom after taking a maternity leave.
SMCS Fr. William May, CSBFr. Bill May, CSB
Fr. May returns to the school after a year away to the role of Rector and Chaplain. Fr. May looks forward to conducting classroom masses and continuing the ministry of the Basilian Fathers with students.

Staff in New Roles:

SMCS Nicholas Maiese, English TeacherNicholas Maiese
Mr. Maiese will be working for one year as the Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy on a full-time basis, as of September 2023. Prior to teaching, Mr. Maiese worked in journalism and marketing. Over the past couple of years at the school, he contributed his time and talents to projects within the marketing department.
Andrew Kos, English and Civics teacher at SMCSAndrew Kos
Mr. Kos was a SMCS teacher last year and returns this year in a new role as Coordinator of Athletic Life. His role will focus on encouraging students to become more active in the school, promoting intramural sports, and assisting with supervising sports teams.
SMCS Staff Jessica Johnson. SecurityJessica Johnson
In January 2023, Ms. Johnson moved from her role as Safe Officer to the Mporium as Store Manager and Buyer.
SMCS Staff Steven Cline, Centre for the ArtsSteven Cline
Mr. Cline moved from his role as Theatre Manager to Events and Special Projects Manager. Mr. Cline manages the planning and execution of events and other programme offerings as planned by Academic, Advancement, and other departments.

Retiring Faculty and Staff:

SMCS Irene Dankowycz, mathematics teacherIrene Dankowycz
After 22 years of teaching at the school, Mrs. Dankowycz retired at the end of last academic year. Her dedication to student success in math was exceptional, and she was often found assisting students after school, and ran the Math Club for many years. She preferred assisting ‘behind the scenes’ and could be found helping students backstage at the school’s plays and musicals with their costumes and calming their nerves. She encouraged students to put their best foot forward, and we thank her for all she has done with SMCS.
SMCS Anita Zawadzki, Library TechnicianAnita Zawadzki
After 13 years at the school, working in the library as a Library Technician, Ms. Zawadzki has retired. During her years of service, Ms. Zawadzki worked closely with the library team to inspire a love of reading among our students. She was involved in organizing the annual Reading Olympics, book displays, and assisting students in using the library. Part of her role was behind the scenes, such as preparing and updating the ARP system and using other databases to keep the library organized. Ms. Zawadzki has been instrumental in transforming the Odette Library into a true Learning Commons where students can collaborate and access a wide range of texts and digital resources.

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