Secondary School Principal: Christy Flynn, BA(H) , Grad Dip Ed
Christy has been a part of the Hill Academy teaching staff 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. Having taught a number of different courses at The Hill, Christy became the director of Student Services. 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.
One of Ms. Flynn’s favourite quotes, “Three things that never come back: the spent arrow, the spoken word, the lost opportunity.” William George Plunkett
Junior School Principal: Tory Merrill, BPEH, BPS Ed, MHK, OCT
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. Tory is the Junior School Principal. In addition, she teaches general science, senior Biology and Kinesiology and coaches the girls lacrosse team. Tory was a member and captain of both the track and field team as well as the lacrosse team and two time All- Canadian at the University of Toronto; an Academic All- Canadian at the University of Ottawa; and she has been a member of a national team representing Canada in both Track and Field and Lacrosse.
Ms. Merrill’s favourite quote is: “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” ~ Margaret Mead
Guidance: Kyle Kallay, BA, MS
Kyle Kallay, an alumnus of The Hill Academy is in his third year in the guidance department. 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. While completing his Masters, Kyle also served as a Graduate Assistant with the men’s lacrosse program. Kyle finished his thesis on the potential benefits of implementation of varsity sports to institutions of higher education in 2014. While at Mercyhurst Kyle was a National Champion as a player and a National Finalist as a coach.
Mr. Kallay’s favourite quote is “Carpe Diem”, seize the day!
Sharon Kuzmyk, BBA, B.Ed, OCT
Sharon Kuzmyk is in her third year at The Hill Academy as Financial Controller and oversees all costs, human resources, financial reporting, contracts, transportation, premises. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration at York University, Schulich School of Business, as well as a Marketing Diploma from Seneca College. Sharon had a lengthy stint with a Canada-wide manufacturer, distributer and wholesaler in Markham, Ontario; roles included Buyer, Product Manager, Production Manager, Sales Director and Marketing Director. Sharon later obtained Bachelor of Education from York University and became an Ontario Certified Teacher with Special Education qualifications. In her spare time, Sharon was an Office Manager for a commercial cleaning company, concrete company and Non-Profit Soccer Club that was awarded OSA’s Gold Standard of Excellence and won National Canada title, receiving 6 million in athletic scholarships during her tenure.
“It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
Vince Bruni, BSc.BA, MSc.Ed, OCT
Vince is in his seventh year at The Hill and teaches senior level Math and Business courses. Vince is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has a Masters of Science in Education. Vince is a graduate of both Canisius College and The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where he attended on a hockey scholarship. While attending UAH, Vince graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting and Finance. Vince graduated with cum laude status and accepted a membership to the distinguished Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity. While attending Canisius College, Vince received his Masters of Science in Adolescent Education with a speciality in Business and Marketing. Vince graduated with honours and a GPA in the top 10 percent of his class. In his free time, Vince enjoys being on the ice and training with various levels of hockey players.
Mr. Bruni’s favourite quote is: “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” – Walter Payton
Jennifer Languay, BA, MA, BEd, OCT
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. In her free time, Ms. Languay enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Ms. Languay’s favourite quote is: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
Andrew Collins, BA, BEd, OCT
Andrew Collins is in his first 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, he has worked as an in-home tutor throughout Toronto, and he spent 3 years teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea.
Mr. Collins’ favourite quote is: “Life is too short, so love the one ya got” – Sublime.
Jake Cook, B.Sc
Jake Cook is an alumnus of The Hill Academy and is returning to teach Math/Science in our Junior School that consists of grades 6-8. 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.
Mr. Cook’s favourite quote is “The size of the problem determines the size of the person” which comes from one of his favourite books The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
Luc Magnan, BA. English
Luc Magnan, a Hill Academy Alumni, joined the coaching staff after graduating from Robert Morris University. Luc graduated with a Bachelor in English Degree. During his time at the Hill Academy, Luc helped lead the PG team to win the first ever Newport Cup. He has been the core French teacher for the past 5 years spending time in both the Secondary and Junior School.
In addition to teaching Luc has also been a House Dawn/Parent to our boarding students for the past 5 years.
Monsieur Magnan’s favourite quotes is, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Drorit Weiss, B.Sc, B.Ed, OCT, MMT candidate
Drorit Weiss teaches senior Mathematics and Physics at the Hill Academy. She studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and York University. She worked in the software industry for 7 years where her emphasis was in adult education and software training. As a transition to high school education, Drorit managed a private learning centre for extra support in the Maths and Sciences. Drorit is also a dance instructor and has taught within various university, school board and international forums. Her artistic pursuits also extend to music and visual art and has had several gallery showings of her paintings. She is delighted to have the opportunity to continue sharing her various interests with her students.
Ms. Weiss’ favourite quote is “Put aside the alienation and get on with the fascination” – Rush
Travis Wight, B.Sc, M.Ed
This is Travis’ fifth 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.
As a coach, Travis served as an assistant for the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL and prior to that at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. We are excited to have Travis as a member of our teaching staff as well.
One of Mr. Wight’s favourite quotes is: “The difference between extra ordinary and ordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson.
Courtney McCracken, B.Sc, M.Ed
Ms. McCraken is in her first year teaching at the Hill Academy and will be teaching English, Social Sciences, Drama/Art to the junior school grades 5-8. Having a varsity hockey experience at the University of Waterloo and five years of coach experience from female bantam and midget BB to junior AA, Courtney will also be part of the junior hockey program. She earned her undergrad at the University of Waterloo and Masters of the Science of Teaching at SUNY Potsdam in New York. Courtney is certified to teach in New York, British Columbia and Ontario. She brings a First Responder level of First Aid training and experience in wilderness outdoor education leadership instruction.