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School Staff

FOUNDERS

Sal Ritacca

Sal Ritacca
B.Sc. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (University of Toronto), Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Principal Qualifications.

Co-Founder and Principal of LDVA from 1992 – 2008. Experienced educator with over 45 years experience at the TDSB and LDVA. Dedicated to the growth and prosperity of Leonardo Da Vinci Academy.

Dom Tassielli

Dom Tassielli
B.A. (York University), B.Ed. (University of 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. Devoted to the long term success of Leonardo Da Vinci Academy.

ADMINISTRATION

Susan Lee
B.A., B.Sc. (University of Massachusetts), Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)

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

Sandy Gravina
Law Clerk Diploma (Toronto)

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

SCUOLA MATERNA

Marcella Ricciuti
Scuola Magistrale, Liceo Beata Vergine del Carmine (Italy); Montessori Teacher Training (NAMC)

Scuola Materna Directress with over 25 years teaching experience in Italy and LDVA.

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

Scuola Materna Assistant with over 20 years teaching experience at LDVA including Italian, ESL, and Camp Specialist.

CASA MONTESSORI

Giulia O’Neil
B.A. (University of Toronto), B.Ed. (Queen’s University), AMI Montessori Diploma – Casa dei Bambini (FME, Toronto), Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)

Casa Montessori Directress with 8 years teaching experience in Montessori and traditional education. LDVA’s CCMA liaison and social media manager.

Nanette Villarba
E.C.E. (Seneca College), Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE)

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

LOWER ELEMENTARY MONTESSORI

Beverley Lobo
AMI Montessori Diploma – Casa dei Bambini (MTTC, Pakistan), International Montessori Teaching Diploma – Lower Elementary Montessori (NAMC), Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma (CMTEI)

Lower Elementary Montessori Directress (Grades 1 – 3) at LDVA for over 15 years.

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

Lower Elementary Montessori Assistant (Grades 1 – 3).

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

Lower Elementary Assistant with over 20 years teaching experience in Montessori and traditional education.

UPPER ELEMENTARY

Jeff De Jesus
B.A. (York University), B.Ed. (York University), Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)

Grade 6 Core teacher. Elementary Phys. Ed. and Religion teacher.

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Trent Jewell
B.Sc. (McMaster University), B.Ed. (Brock University), Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)

Grade 7/8 Core teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience at LDVA. Highlights include Intramural Sports, Drama, Chess Club, and other extra-curricular activities.

SPECIALIST TEACHERS

Manjola Golgota
B.A. (University of Languages, Tirana, Albania)

Core French teacher at LDVA for over 15 years. Uses innovative techniques to foster a love of the French language.

Domenico Paglia
B.F.A. (Florence, Italy)

Principal Italian and Art teacher at LDVA with 16 years teaching experience at the TCDSB.

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

Accomplished Music specialist who oversees the Music program at LDVA. Preschool French teacher.