Our Teachers

The following are the current TOPS teachers and facilitators, all of whom are fundamental in the TOPS community.

Ms. Hermanovsky

Ms. Hermanovsky is the new department head of the TOPS program. She has been a teacher at MGCI for ten years and a TOPS Science teacher for four years. She has attended the Algonquin and the Grade 9 Pinecrest field trips during her time as a TOPS teacher. Her goal as an educator is to keep her students intrigued, engaged, and asking critical questions about the phenomena they observe in her class. Her classes are renowned for the abundance of labs and demonstrations she incorporates into her teaching to ensure her students experience deep learning. Student-created lab procedures challenge the class and enable them to become bonafide scientists as they create their own experimental designs to test hypotheses. Her goal as a department head is to be transparent, supportive and accessible  to all members of the TOPS community.

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Ms. Hermanovsky

Ms. Hermanovsky

Mr. Lang

Although Mr. Lang is not a teacher, the director of the Canadian Space Resource Center is integral to the program. He has assisted in the running of almost every TOPS function.

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Mr. Lang

Mr. Lang

Ms. Ammar

Ms. Ammar teaches English to the Grade 9 TOPS students. With her unique style of teaching adventurous pieces of mythological literature, her students become well accustomed to annotating and analytical writing. She is always open to input from her students and often incorporates their ideas into her lesson plans.

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Ms. Ammar

Ms. Ammar

Ms. Chan

Ms. Chan teaches Functions and Relations to the Grade 10s, TOPS Calculus to the Grade 11s, and Data Management to the Grade 12s. She is a highly regarded teacher within the TOPS Program. Her style of teaching manages to captivate even the most distracted students.

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Ms. Chan

Ms. Chan

Ms. Elamad

Ms. Elamad teaches grade 10 TOPS math. Although her course is based on the grade 10 math curriculum, she builds on fascinating topics such as functions and relations to prepare her students for their next course in advanced functions. She heads the math club, which meets every week to discuss complex math problems and increase their understanding of higher-level mathematics. Her detailed lessons and interesting examples mean that her classes are always manageable while still remaining intellectually stimulating with the advanced concepts that she teaches. With her supportive and encouraging teaching, students are always set up for success in her class.

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Ms. Elamad

Ms. Elamad

Ms. Oliver

Ms. Oliver teaches science to the grade 9 TOPS students, biology and chemistry to the grade 10 TOPS students, and biology to the grade 12 TOPS students. She is well known for her engaging, fast paced lessons, and her contagious passion for everything science. She is often found in the science lab conducting experiments and marking tests at the speed of light, occasionally at the same time. From generating nonstop excitement in her class, to supporting students through every challenge, Ms. Oliver demonstrates not only her scientific skill, but her inherent teaching abilities as well. Truly exceptional, Ms. Oliver is an integral part of the TOPS family.

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Ms. Oliver

Ms. Oliver

Ms. Thava

Ms. Thava does a lot of work with both the school and the TOPS program. If a clear, funny, well-spoken person is needed to host an event, she is the one to go to. A teacher of both passion and unparalleled charisma, she teaches Calculus, Physics, and Grade 10 TOPS Math.

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Ms. Thava

Ms. Thava

Ms. Patrascu

Ms. Patrascu teaches Physics to Grade 12 students in the TOPS program. Her course opens up a multitude of doors for her university-bound students. She also enjoys assisting students in French.

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Ms. Patrascu

Ms. Patrascu

Mr. Vincent

Mr. Vincent teaches Grade 12 TOPS Chemistry. His challenging classes always leave students with a thirst for knowledge. At the end of his course, students are more than prepared to tackle their university courses with great ease.

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Mr. Vincent

Mr. Vincent

Ms. Woods

Ms. Woods has gone on every TOPS trip, without exception. In her Grade 11 chemistry classes, learning is hands-on and not from the text-book. Her classes allow for everyone to be involved and her activities let students learn in a more hands-on fashion.

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Ms. Woods

Ms. Woods

Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Brennan is a TOPS English teacher. She teaches the grade 12 English course alongside Ms. Smit, and a combined English and history grade 10 course. In her grade 10 course, she takes her students on a literary journey through 20th-century history, from World War I up until modern times. Every year, she accompanies grade 10 students on an overnight trip to Ottawa, where they tour a variety of museums and cultural landmarks, enriching their knowledge of Canadian history. A combination of intriguing assignments and her signature enthusiasm mean that every student under her tutelage leaves her class well-versed in language arts and prepared for the higher-level English courses that are to come.

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Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Smit

Mrs. Smit teaches TOPS students grade 12 TOPS English jointly with Ms. Brennan. Throughout the course, Ms. Smit incorporates a variety of media such as books, articles, and movies to develop students’ reading and communication skills. Her energy and passion has not only allowed students to excel in the subject, but also develop a greater interest in the subject.

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Mrs. Smit

Mrs. Smit

Ms. Gosselin

Ms. Gosselin teaches Careers to the Grade 9 TOPS students. She consistently teaches her students in an enthusiastic, lively, and encouraging way. Her intriguing classes help students determine potential career paths. She then aids them in setting goals to achieve these plans.

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Ms. Gosselin

Ms. Gosselin

Ms. Roberge

Ms. Roberge teaches geography to Grade 9 TOPS students. She creates a positive and engaging learning environment for all of her pupils— it is rare to have one day pass when she doesn’t crack a joke in the middle of her lessons, and it is even rarer to see an unmotivated student in her class.

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Ms. Roberge

Ms. Roberge