Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc

Leadership Team

Administrative Staff

Teaching Staff

  • Junior Kindergarten : Kim Hodgson
  • Senior Kindergarten : Chantal Galleguillos
  • Grade 1: Melissa Wedge – Donna Jones
  • Grade 2: Donna Jones – Melissa Wedge
  • Grade 3 : Sabine Neubert – Nicole Lauzon (Arianne Cantin on maternity leave)
  • Grade 4 : Nicole Lauzon (Arianne Cantin on maternity leave) – Sabine Neubert
  • Grade 5: Erin Elliott – Veronique Lachance
  • Grade 6: Veronique Lachance – Elaine Bartlett – Éric Lefrançois - Erin Elliott
  • Grade 7: Éric Lefrançois – Connie Springfield – Chanel Bourdeau - Erin Elliott
  • Grade 8: Connie Springfield  – Éric Lefrançois – Chanel Bourdeau - Erin Elliott

Teaching Specialists

  • Performing Arts: Nadia Pasqua
  • Physical Education: Nicole Lalonde
  • Student Guidance, Visual Arts  and Band : Connie Springfield

After School Program

  • 15:45-18:00
 

Meet our Staff!

Nathalie Charest, Assistant Head

Before becoming a teacher, Mme Charest obtained her law degree and passed her bar exam before deciding to change careers. She got her B.Ed at La Laurentienne University. Last year, she completed her DÉSS in School Administration. She loves to come in every morning to meet the students and the parents. She is passionately Francophone and feels particularly inspired knowing that she has played an important role in the education of fully bilingual students. Mme Charest values her quality time with family and friends and loves spending countless hours sitting at a table eating and talking, playing board games, and singing French-Canadian sing-a-longs!

Francine Després, Administrative Receptionist

Mme Francine loves helping people and serving the students, parents, and teachers of the Joan of Arc community! She feels it is her gift and passion to give the best service possible to every person that she encounters each day. Even after 10 years, it is still a joy for her to finish her day and go home knowing that she has given to others. When she eventually retires, her heart is to volunteer in a hospital serving patients as her mother did for decades. She is an avid ballroom dancer and loves going on dance cruises with her husband.

Serge Fauvelle, Custodian

When asked about Joan of Arc, M Serge says he loves everything about the school!  He especially takes great pride in the shiny floors at the school. In his spare time, he enjoys mixing music and has a particular fondness for music of the 70’s and 80’s, including disco!

Nadia Pasqua, Teacher: Performing Arts specialist

Mme Pasqua is an enthusiastic, creative, artistic teacher who is always looking to engage her students.  She can be found singing, dancing and painting, both inside and out of class.  She has taught at many age levels, and very much enjoyed working with the youngest students at the academy over the last few years but is delighted to be able to share her passion for the arts this year. 

Kim Hodgson, Teacher: Junior Kindergarten

Mme Hodgson is our Junior Kindergarten teacher. She recently returned from teaching at an international private school in Switzerland with special training as an International Baccalaureate teacher. Mme Hodgson also has teaching experience in Canada, and brings an enthusiasm and creativity in class to get the students fully engaged in learning French.

Donna Jones, Teacher: English Grades 1 & 2

Mrs. Jones finds every day to be a new adventure!  She always tries to remain flexible and ready for new and exciting opportunities.  Having taught at Joan of Arc for over 15 years, she finds new challenges each year and that the girls keep her young at heart!  Mrs. Jones loves reading and is always searching for interesting books to add to her teaching library and her home library. She loves to read biographies, fiction, and even cookbooks.

Sabine Neubert, Teacher: English Grades 3 & 4

Ms. Neubert enjoys being a facilitator of learning, and delights in guiding her students to an understanding of the subjects she teaches.  The best part of her day is the interaction with her students!  Sabine is an outdoors person. She loves hiking, canoeing, skiing, and travel.  She also enjoys watching contemporary dance.

Arianne Cantin, Teacher: French Grades 3 & 4

A French teacher with a strength in the sciences, Mme Cantin looks forward to interacting with her students every day.  Using hands on exciting projects, Mme. Cantin enjoys guiding young learners through a variety of learning challenges! Mme Cantin spends her spare time hiking, horseback riding, and owns many pets: two dogs and two cats!

Erin Elliott, English Grade 5, Science Grades 6, 7, 8

Mrs. Elliott loves teaching in the warm environment of Joan of Arc! She teaches through making personal connections with her students; exploring their interests; getting to really know their personalities; and sharing their stories: all the things that are possible with a small class in a  close community setting.  Mrs. Elliott loves baking and cooking, and in particular loves Italian food and chocolate!

Elaine Bartlett, Teacher: English Grade 6

Mrs. Bartlett loves working with young children and making a difference in their lives.  Her greatest reward is seeing her students making progress.  The days pass quickly because of the interesting interaction with her students – every day, month, and year is different! Originally from Great Britain, Mrs. Bartlett has travelled to Finland, Norway, Austria, Greece, and Cuba. She enjoys watching ballet and loves listening to classical music – her favorite composers include Bach, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff!

Connie Springfield, English Grades 6, 7 & 8, Visual Art, Band

Regardless of whether it is in music, art, or creative writing, Mrs. Springfield loves lighting that spark of learning and enthusiasm in her students! She derives enormous personal satisfaction from being able to challenge her students to write at a very high level using a wide and varied vocabulary. She plays the cello and loves baroque and early music (pre-1600’s).  Ms. Springfield originally trained as a lawyer in the UK, but changed careers to teaching in order to facilitate being a mother to her two adopted children.

Melissa Wedge, Teacher: French Grade 1-2

Mme. Melissa is a Franco-Ontario from northern Ontario. She moved to Ottawa to pursue my education in psychology. During her studies she took special interest in child language development and child psychology which brought her to her B.A. in education. When not at work she can be found in the various parks and trail systems of the Ottawa and Outaouais region either hiking, snowshoeing, camping, swimming – anything outdoors. Otherwise, she can be found spending time with friends or with my feathered friend, a parrotlet. She loves reading, theatre, art, the environment and traveling. She has worked with many local, national and international charities helping them find long lasting solutions to various cultural and communal issues as well as promoting awareness.

Nicole Lalonde, Teacher: Physical Education

Mme Lalonde loves promoting active involvement and enjoys seeing the progression from the primary grades in skills to the intermediate grades where all students have the opportunity to experience her dedicated coaching.  With a  specialist in physical education, Mme Lalonde’s desire is to help instill in the girls a desire and appreciation for physical activity and sports, while having fun through it all.  Mme Lalonde is very active and loves skiing and training to keep fit.  She also enjoys travel and gardening!

Chantal Galleguillos, Teacher: Maternelle Jardin

Mme Chantal graduated with a B.Ed. from l'Université du Québec à Montréal teaching French as a second language. Her fascination for languages came at a young age growing up in rural Québec. As the only bilingual child in a small school, she quickly understood the importance of acquiring more languages. Mme Chantal has Chilean roots, which has also allowed her to speak Spanish.  She spent six years teaching at the Toronto French School and was certified in the International Baccalaureate program as well as the European French education system.  Mme Chantal feels completely in her element when submersed in the classroom surrounded by her students and watching them flourish.  As a mother of two young amazing kids, she feels that the early developmental stages are extremely important to establish solid communication skills and above all enjoy the short time of being a kid.

Mary Fatima Safarzadeh, After School

Mme Fatima loves all the girls at Joan of Arc!  She enjoys working with parents and teachers in a positive way that warms the community of Joan of Arc.  Mme Fatima is an avid reader, and has published two books of poetry written in English in her home, Persia!