The Mentor College/TEAM School administrative team is led by director Mr. Chuck Macdonald. The principals in each division provide support and guidance to teachers and students across the divisions of Mentor College & TEAM School.
Chuck Macdonald - Director, Mentor College & TEAM School
Chuck Macdonald started at Mentor College as a music teacher in 1988 - when he began his involvement in a number of musical ensembles: Choir director for Primary and Junior choirs, musical director of year end musical, and director of recorder ensembles. Mr. Macdonald has been a teacher, principal, and administrator during his tenure at Mentor College and T.E.A.M. School - having served as Transportation Co-ordinator, Administrative Co-ordinator, Principal TEAM ESL, Vice-Principal Primary Campus, Principal TEAM School/TSS, and Assistant Director. In 2014, he assumed the role of Director. Mr. Macdonald holds a M.Ed. from Nipissing University.
Ken Philbrook - Executive Director/Co-Founder, Mentor College & TEAM School
As a parent himself, Executive Director & Co-Founder Ken Philbrook knows and understands your concerns about the education of children. He co-founded the school because of his desire to offer an educational environment where consolidation of basic skills allowed students to experience the joys of learning that would lead to greater self-confidence and self-esteem. After a career as an educator with special interest and background in special education, Mr. Philbrook continues to take an active role in maintaining a positive, caring environment, rich in personal attention, where children are encouraged to think and reason for themselves.
David Whyte - Principal, High School Division (Grades 9-12)
With Mentor College since 1983, Mr. Whyte first taught primarily sciences, mathematics, computers and geography. He completed his M.Ed. at University of Toronto (Educational Administration) in 1991 and became High School Principal in 1997. Mr. Whyte continues to administer the High School Programme, co-ordinate all Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and liaise with prospective parents and students. He is actively involved in coaching and leads international trips for students as experiential learning opportunities.
Randy Hall - Vice-Principal, High School Division (Grades 9-12)
Randy Hall joined Mentor College in September 1989. Mr. Hall taught math, business and science from 1989 until 2000, and continued teaching one senior mathematics course until 2014. Mr. Hall continues to help coach varsity soccer and hockey and has led international trips to various locations throughout the world over the years. He holds a M.Ed. (Administration & Leadership) from Brock University.
Aneil Panchal - Assistant Vice-Principal, High School Division (Grades 9-12)
Mr. Panchal has been a faculty member at Mentor College since 2008 - during which time he has taught Canadian History, English, Learning Strategies, Leadership, and World History. Mr. Panchal is actively involved with Marauder sports as coach of the cricket, hockey, and basketball teams. He has also led groups of students internationally on the Battlefields of Europe tour. Mr. Panchal holds a M.Ed. (Leadership & Administration) from the University of New Brunswick.
Lori Findlay joined Mentor College in September 1998. Ms. Findlay taught Grade 8 mathematics, language arts, and history from 1998 until 2001 - when she became principal of the Intermediate Division. Ms. Findlay works with current and prospective parents and families and is actively involved with the well-being of all staff and students in the Intermediate Division. Ms. Findlay holds a M.Ed. from University of Toronto - OISE (specialist English).
Christina Weinkauf - Vice-Principal, Intermediate Division (Grades 5-8)
Christina Weinkauf began at Mentor College as a Grade 8 homeroom teacher in September 2005. As a Grade 8 teacher, Ms Weinkauf taught language arts, history, geography, and math along with working with students leading students working with the school newspaper Leaders For Change, and the yoga club. She has also coached our U12 softball team. Ms. Weinkauf holds a M.Ed. from OISE University of Toronto.
Leeanne Talarico - Principal, Primary Division (JK-Grade 4)
Leeanne Talarico started at Mentor College in 2000 as a Grade 4 teacher. Before becoming vice principal of the Primary Division, Mrs. Talarico also taught Grade 1, directed the school play, organized play day, and coached soccer, skipping, and intramural teams. She continues to coach the jumprope demo team. Mrs. Talarico holds a M.Ed. from Nipissing University.
Ainsley Hnatiw - Vice-Principal, Primary Division (JK-Grade 4)
Ainsley Hnatiw started teaching Grade 1 at Mentor in 2003. In 2006, Ms. Hnatiw pursued her M.Ed. and taught abroad. Returning to Mentor in 2010, Ms. Hnatiw continued as a Grade 1 teacher until more recently, in 2013, moving into the role of Primary Division Resource Teacher. In addition to coaching intramural and soccer-baseball teams, Ms. Hnatiw has led the art, LEGO, and dance clubs, as well as co-ordinated play day, acted as co-dance choreographer for the school play, and organized Grade 1 Mother’s Day Tea. Ainsley holds a M.Ed. (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) from University of Toronto OISE.
Barb Philbrook - Executive Principal, Primary Division (JK-Grade 4)
Barb Philbrook has been with Mentor College since the school’s inception – having fulfilled the roles of Resource Teacher and Primary Co-ordinator – prior to becoming Primary Division Principal. Mrs. Philbrook liaises with current and prospective parents and families and is actively involved in all aspects of life at the Primary Campus. Mrs. Philbrook holds a M.Ed. from University of Toronto.
Chris Starkey - Administrative Principal, Mentor College & TEAM School
Chris Starkey started with the school in the fall of 1990 as a supply teacher and quickly moved into a position as a physical education teacher. As the elementary athletic director for Mentor/TEAM, Mr. Starkey was one of the founders of the PSAA that year and added the HS athletic director's title in 1994. This was the year when he started adding additional administrative roles. As administrative principal of the schools, Mr. Starkey's main role is to work behind-the-scenes on anything that is not directly related to curriculum.