Our Founders Welcome
The Hill Academy is based on the concept that Sport is a Laboratory for life. Our student athletes are immersed in a transformational program, using all the positive elements of sport in an academic environment to build paths for future short and long term success in school, athletics, and life in general. All members of The Hill Academy community; student athletes, their families, as well as highly qualified staff, in a nurturing environment, all dedicated to the H I L L culture, make up a dynamic and effective platform for foundational individual growth and development.
Peter Merrill, Founder
About The Hill Academy
The Hill Academy was founded in 2006 in order to provide optimal academic and athletic programming for dedicated student-athletes. Hill graduates have been placed in some of the most prestigious academic and athletic institutions in the world, and many have gone on to become premier professional athletes in their sport. The Hill Academy is an institution for students who are committed to striving academically, and who would like an opportunity to take an in-depth exploration into their respective sport.
The Hill Academy provides academic and athletic programs tailored to each individual based on assessments and goals of the student-athlete.
The Hill Academy provides a disciplined and challenging program, with a high level of care and accountability. All of which is constructed in a positive, respectful and healthy environment.
LIFE LONG LEARNING
The Hill Academy provides educational and athletic situations that will form the bases for life long learning.
The Hill Academy provides opportunities for student-athletes to learn leadership skills, teamwork and personal responsibility.
Reaching Your Highest Level of Achievement
Hill academic and athletic programs are established to encourage, challenge, and motivate student-athletes to reach their own HIGHEST LEVEL level of achievement.
Hill student-athletes are taught to make decisions and to work through his/her academics and athletics INDEPENDENTLY. Support will be provided on an ongoing basis with the goal of preparation for “the next level”.
The Hill student-athlete will be given the opportunity to develop and improve LEADERSHIP skills. These skills can be applied throughout the student athlete’s life.
The Hill student-athlete will be shown the value of legacy, and will be provided with many opportunities to leave a positive LEGACY at every point of contact.
Meet Our Academic Team
Director of Academics
Rick is an educational leader with over 25 years of experience and a strong track record of success in school program innovation and community-building.
Rick has had experience as an educational leader in both public and independent schools, most recently as the Deputy Head of Teaching, Learning and Innovation at Hillfield Strathallan College.
Senior School Principal
Mrs. Flynn has been with The Hill Academy for over 10 years. After receiving her BA(H) at Queen’s University, Christy went abroad to complete her Graduate Diploma in Education in Melbourne, Australia.
Combining her interests in the academic process and moving students towards their next level has brought Christy to her current role as the Secondary School Principal.
Junior School Principal
Tory Merrill is excited to be a part of the Hill Academy academic staff working with dedicated student-athletes that are motivated to learn and grow.
Tory earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies in Education degree from Niagara University.
Director Of Guidance
Kyle Kallay, an alumnus of The Hill Academy. He is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where he obtained both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Kyle completed his Bachelors Degree of Business in Sports Business while playing for Mercyhurst’s lacrosse team.
After graduating with his B.A Kyle went on to continue his education at Mercyhurst and obtain his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. Kyle finished his thesis on the potential benefits of implementation of varsity sports to institutions of higher education in 2014.
Jennifer is a graduate from Laurentian University Human Kinetics specializing in Health Promotions. Upon graduation Jennifer attended the Athletic Therapy program at York University and has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for the past 15 years. Jennifer has numerous continuing education courses that she implements in her practice and is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Kinetics. On top of her work as an Athletic Therapist, Jennifer also sits on several committees both Provincially and Nationally.
Prior to starting at The Hill Academy, Jennifer was the Head Athletic Therapist at Humber College for 14 years. She has also had the honour of working with our National U-19 Lacrosse programs, including winning the World Championship in 2015, and our National Artistic Swimming program. Away from work, Jennifer is a busy Mom to three young children who enjoy participating in sports and activities themselves.
Senior School, Math
Courtney Bruzzese earned a Bachelor's degree in visual arts and education with a second teachable in mathematics from Brock University. She has worked abroad with students from both Canada and Asia and combines the creativity of visual arts with the logical and analytical nature of mathematics in her practice.
Senior School, English
Vanessa is a teacher with nearly ten years of experience between both public and private sectors. This is her sixth year at The Hill Academy. Vanessa has also taught with the Peel District School Board and internationally in China. She received her Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto and specializes in English, History, and English as a Second Language.
Junior School, Social Science
Andrew Collins is in second year at the Hill Academy as one of the social sciences teachers. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History with a minor in Geography, from the University of Guelph in 2012. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of Brock in 2015.
In the years since University, Andrew has worked as a therapist for students with special needs in schools and at summer camps throughout Ontario, and he spent 3 years teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea.
Junior School, Math & Science
Jake Cook is an alumnus of The Hill Academy and is returning to teach Math/Science in our Junior School that consists of grades 5-8.
He graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology while playing for the Men’s Providence College Lacrosse Team. He was a Big East All-Academic and is excited to be back.
Senior School, Math & Science
Tianna Kolody is excited to join the teaching team at the Hill Academy and is looking forward to supporting our student-athletes as they build their legacy.
After completing her undergrad in Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph, Tianna earned her Master of Teaching from the University of Toronto.
Senior School, Social Science
Jennifer Languay joined The Hill Academy in 2014 as a Social Science teacher. Ms. Languay attained her Honours B.A. at Western University in London, Ontario before moving to Guelph to complete an M.A. in History at the University of Guelph. After spending three years teaching English as a Second Language to high school students in Japan, Ms. Languay returned to Canada to attend teacher’s college at the University of Toronto. Since 2012, she has taught ESL and Social Sciences at public and private schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Luc Magnan, a Hill Academy Alumni, joined the coaching staff after graduating from Robert Morris University. Luc graduated with a Bachelor in English Degree. He has been the core French teacher for the past 6 years spending time in both the Senior and Junior School.
In addition to teaching Luc has also been a House Don to our boarding students for the past 6 years.
Senior School, Business & Social Science
John Siskos is thrilled to be a part of an educational team that strives to help student athletes pursue their personal, academic, and athletic goals.
John received a Bachelor of Social Science in Criminal Justice at Humber Lakeshore, and a Bachelor of Education from Western University with a specialization in the Psychology of Student Achievement, Inclusion, and Mental Health.
Senior School, English & Social Science
This is Travis’ sixth year as a coach for the prep hockey team. He is a graduate of the University of Maine. After playing NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Black Bears, Travis went on to play 8 years of professional hockey, including one season in the Netherlands with prep hockey director, Doug Orr. During his professional playing career Travis was also able to complete his master’s degree.
Junior School, Social Science, Art & Physical Activity
Kirsten Vergara is thrilled to join the Hill Academy, where she can help students achieve academic and athletic excellence.
While on a Track and Field athletic scholarship at the University of Arizona, Kirsten obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Informational Science and E-society.
Growing up, Kirsten competed internationally in Triathlons, representing Canada at the Junior Worlds, World Cup and Pan American Championships. Kirsten
understands the hard work, dedication and commitment required for student-athletes to succeed and is excited to help them on their journey.