Elementary School Teacher: Ryan Greer, BA,BEd, OCT
Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Graduate degree in Education from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. I have been a social science and Health and Physical Education teacher with the Peel District School Board for the past 12 years. I taught two years in the elementary panel, before switching to become a secondary teacher. Played professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League for 15 years. Played for the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse team winning a World Championship in 2011. Currently the assistant coach of the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League. “The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination—as late as possible—with a smile on your face, because this would mean that you truly enjoyed the ride.” – Jon Gordon: The Energy Bus
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 her favourite quotes, “Three things that never come back: the spent arrow, the spoken word, the lost opportunity.” William George Plunkett
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. His favourite quote is “Carpe Diem”, seize the day!
Marketing Coordinator: Kyle Jackson, BA
Kyle Jackson is an alumnus of the Hill Academy and is currently in his second year in the academic department as both the Dean of Students and PG Leadership teacher. Kyle graduated from the University of Michigan where he obtained his degree in English, while being a member of the Men’s lacrosse team, serving as Team Captain in his senior year. Serving as both the Dean of Students and PG Leadership teacher, his goal is to ensure that each and every student has the necessary life skills in order to be successful at the next level.
Vince Bruni, BSc.BA, MSc.Ed, OCT
Vince is in his sixth 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. Vince’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. Jennifer’s favourite quote is: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
Cameron Mann, BSEd, MSEd
Cameron Mann is in his first year at The Hill Academy and will be teaching English in the Junior School which consists of grades 5 through 8. He is a graduate of Jacksonville University where he obtained both his Bachelors and Master degrees. Cameron completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees while playing for Jacksonville University lacrosse team where he was also four year captain. In his Masters program he completed his Action Research Project on how movement and sports can benefit reading comprehension scores. Cameron also went on to become the assistant lacrosse coach for his alma mater. His favourite quote is “Win the Day” and “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
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. Jake’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 2 years spending time in both the Secondary and Junior School.
Dan Noble, MSc, BEd, OCT, GAIN
Coach Noble is in his tenth year of teaching at The Hill Academy. He is our head strength and conditioning coach and the director of Physical Education. Coach Noble completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and received his Masters of Science in Education from D’Youville College. Before Coach Noble came to the Hill Academy he played professional football in Italy for two seasons for the Bergamo Lions of the IFL, winning two Italian super bowls and losing once in the Euro Bowl championship. In his down time he plays hockey, coaches football at Guelph University, snowboards, and surfs. One of Coach Noble’s favourite quotes from John Wooden is “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
Kristen Richards, BA, B.Ed, OCT
Kristen Richards is a certified English, Special Education, and ESL teacher and is elated to be adding The Hill Academy to her educational journey. She started her undergraduate studies at Niagara University where she played D-I NCAA women’s hockey and later continued her career at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. A recipient of a full athletic/academic scholarship throughout her entire college career, she is no stranger to balancing sport and education and looks forward to collaborating with you and your student-athlete to ensure they achieve excellence on and off the field. Kristen continues to pursue her passion through playing professional hockey in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). She combines her love for teaching and playing as the Head of Development for the Etobicoke Dolphins. Her favourite quote is, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it” – Henry David Thoreau
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. Her favourite quote is “Put aside the alienation and get on with the fascination” – Rush
Travis Wight, B.Sc, M.Ed
This is Travis’ third year teaching at The Hill Academy. Originally from Fannystelle, Manitoba, Travis started his teaching career at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where he taught Grade 9 English, Grade 10 History, Grade 12 Law and coached AA bantam hockey. Prior to teaching, Travis attended the University of Maine from 2002-2006 where he played Division I hockey as a student-athlete. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Travis played minor professional hockey from 2006-2014 in the ECHL, CHL and Europe: Idaho, Mississippi, the Netherlands and Wichita, Kansas. While in Wichita, Travis furthered his education and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Newman University in 2011. One of his favourite quotes is: “The difference between extra ordinary and ordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson.