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School Staff


Susan Lee
B.A., B.Sc. (Univ. Mass.), OCT (Ontario)

Academic Head and Grade 4/5 core teacher with over 25 years teaching experience in elementary education in Massachusetts and LDVA.

Sandy Gravina
Law Clerk Diploma (Toronto)

LDVA Executive Administrator whose major duties include Admissions, Bursar and Human Resources.


Marcella Ricciuti
Scuola Magistrale, “Liceo Beata Vergine del Carmine” (Italy); Montessori Teacher Training (N B.C.)

Scuola Materna Directress with ages 2.5 to 6, with over 30 years teaching experience in Italy and LDVA.

Cinzia Marcuz
Istituto Magistrale Teaching Certificate (Italy); B.A., E.C.E. (Ryerson); Casa Montessori Assistant Certificate (MTC)

Scuola Materna Assistant with over 20 years experience at LDVA.


Giulia O’Neil
B.A. (U of T), B.Ed. (Queen’s), AMI Montessori Diploma (Toronto)

Casa Montessori Directress and CCMA liason.

Nanette Villarba
E.C.E. (Seneca College)

Early Childhood Program Supervisor with over 15 years experience in licenced daycares.


Beverley Lobo
AMI Montessori Diploma (Pakistan); Montessori Training (B.C.)

Lower Montessori Directress (grades 1-3) at LDVA for over 15 years.


Anna Battiston
B.A. (Toronto), TESL (Canadian College of Educators)

Assistant in Lower Elementary class (grades 1-3).

Suzann Tassielli
B.A. (Toronto), Casa Assistant Training (TMTTI), Lower Elementary Montessori (TMTTI)

Lower Elementary Assistant with over 20 years experience in Montessori and Traditional Education.


Jeff De Jesus
B.A. (York), B.Ed. (York)

Grade 6 core teacher, elementary Phys. Ed. Teacher and Religious instructor.


Trent Jewell
B.Sc. (McMaster), B.Ed. (Brock)

Grade 7/8 core teacher and over 20 years of teaching at LDVA with highlights including Sports, Drama, Chess, Phys. Ed. and many other extra-curricular activities.


Manjola Golgota
B.A. (Albania)

Core French teacher at the Academy for over 15 years. Innovative techniques used to foster love of the language.

Domenico Paglia
B.F.A. (Florence)

Principal Italian teacher with 10 years experience at the TCDSB. Duties also include teaching art and fine arts.

Sydney Surajram
B.F.A. (York), Master of Musicology (York)

an accomplished music specialist who oversees the music program at LDVA with some French instruction for the pre-school classes.


Sal Ritacca
B.Sc. (Toronto), B.Ed. (Toronto), Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Principal Qualifications. Co-Founder and Principal of LDVA from 1992 until retirement.

Experienced educator (over 45 years at TDSB and LDVA) dedicated to the growth and prosperity of this unique institution.

Dom Tassielli
B.A. (York), B.Ed. (Toronto). Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Principal Qualifications. Co-Founder and first Headmaster of LDVA.

Over 45 years of educational experience with the TDSB and LDVA and devoted to the long term success of LDVA.