Meet the Staff
Donna Booth, Principal and Teacher
Donna Booth joins The Dalton School with 25 years of elementary teaching experience along with several years of experience as a deputy principal of an international school in Beijing, China. She has worked in elementary schools both in Canada and China. Donna received a BA in Sociology from University of Western Ontario (Canada), Early Childhood Certificate (3-6) from St. Nicholas Montessori, and an AMI Elementary Montessori Diploma (6 - 12) from Bergamo, Italy. She most recently was working and living in Beijing, China where she was involved in a dual language English-Mandarin elementary program. Donna is a well travelled, mother of two with a passion for education.
Dong Fang Li, Teacher
Dong Fang brings enthusiasm and a lovely smile to the Dalton Teaching team. She has studied in China, the UK and Canada. Dong Fang received her BA in English from the Beijing Second Foreign Language University and she holds a Master's Degree from the University of Surrey, UK. Dong Fang has worked with students of all ages; however her greatest joy comes from her work with young elementary students. She is fluent in both Mandarin and English; speaking Mandarin without an accent (achieving a certified advance level).
Mandy Wang, Teacher
Mandy Wang comes to us with a wonderful energetic personality and great passion for teaching children the Mandarin language. Mandy graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Chinese language and literature. She is a certified Mandarin teacher with more than 15 years teaching experience in both Canada and in China where she has received a number of awards for her outstanding teaching. Mandy is a very creative teacher who develops a great bond with her students, while designing lessons to meet their needs. She has high expectations of her students and encourages them to succeed with their full potential.
Renee Li, Teacher
Renee Li has a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the Teachers College in China, and has an ECA diploma from the Victoria International College of Business and Technology. She brings an energetic and optimistic personality to Dalton, along with over 18 years of teaching experience. She has enjoyed working with a variety of students from all grade levels and cultural backgrounds, in both China and Canada. She has a genuine passion for languages and combines that with her love of children into dedicated teaching methods.
Cassidy Tsang, Program Director and Teacher
Cassidy Tsang is an Ontario Certified Teacher who considers herself a humbled educator and children’s supporter. Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University, Cassidy graduated from OCAD University where she developed her interest in hands-on and project-based learning. She began her teaching career as a volunteer youth docent and camp director in various museum institutions across Toronto. She recently completed her Special Education qualification and has experience teaching the IB curriculum as a supply teacher. She is completing an intermediate qualification in visual art. Cassidy believes that she shares a co-existed relationship with her students and that the most inspiring way to grow is by learning from her best teachers- her students.
Rachel Shiderman, Teacher
Rachel joins The Dalton School team as a recent graduate of the Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She comes to teaching from a background in environmental education. While completing her undergraduate degree in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, she spent 5 terms working in various educational settings, from online teaching assistance and resume writing instruction to K-8 outdoor education programming. Rachel is an Ontario Certified Teacher with the flexibility to teach a wide range of subjects to learners from Kindergarten to Grade 6. She most recently received her Primary/Junior certification and now looks forward to instructing her first primary class. She has experience with the IB curriculum, including the Primary Years Programme, and strives to fully support all learners in reaching their goals, no matter how big or small. When she's not working one on one with students to help them reach their full potential, you can find Rachel coaching extra-curricular sports teams and clubs or volunteering with the special needs community of Toronto.
Jill Boyd, Teacher
Jill completed The Royal Conservatory of Music's Early Education program and believes in the importance and role music plays in the development of children. She is trained in Jacques-Dalcroze, Kodály, Orff, and Suzuki for children up to age Eight. Jill holds a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto and has additional qualifying certificates in both Jump Math and Handwriting Without Tears. Along with her husband, Jill has raised three children through to their teenage years. Jill is excited to be part of a teaching team that motivates and encourages children to work to their full ability.
Lena Yang, Teacher
Lena is delighted to be joining the Dalton School as a full time employee having lead the Dalton School Camps with great success. Lena received her Master's Degree in Education Management from Brock University. She spent two years volunteering in a public elementary school in St. Catharines and taught for a year in Mandarin Saturday school. Lena has an advanced level Mandarin speaking certification from China. She has completed additional qualifying courses in Jump Math and Handwriting Without Tears. As she says: "I am a passionate person and always enjoy the time working with kids."
Carly Fryett, Teacher
Carly Fryett is a passionate and energetic educator. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher, having received her Bachelor of Education from OISE here in Toronto. Prior to this, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from New York University. Carly spent two years in England teaching primary level students, where she developed her passion for teaching phonics and language. Following that, she spent some time in Kyrgyzstan, teaching junior level students at an international school. Carly has worked with the IB curriculum, teaching the Primary Years Programme. Carly firmly believes in developing a strong rapport with all of her students, getting to know them so she can help them reach their full potential. She is enthusiastic about helping children have a positive and engaging experience at school, working to make lessons both fun and instructive.