Teacher Alumni

The following are former teachers and facilitators, many of whom have played an integral role in shaping the TOPS.

Mr. McMaster

Mr. McMaster is the curriculum leader of the TOPS program and teaches Grade 9 TOPS Math, AP Calculus, and Grade 12 Algebra & Geometry. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching. He retired at the end of the 2021 school year.

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Mr. McMaster

Mr. McMaster

Mr. Melville

Mr. Melville teaches TOPS students History and Civics. His many stories are sure to both entertain and teach the students in his class. He retired at the end of the 2016 school year.

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Mr. Melville

Mr. Melville

Mr. van Bemmel

Mr. van Bemmel teaches TOPS students Science in grade 10, Physics in grade 11, and AP Physics in grade 12. Every year, he coordinates a trip to Algonquin Park, where students perform professional-like scientific experiments. He is also a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching. He retired at the end of the 2021 school year.

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Mr. van Bemmel

Mr. van Bemmel

Mrs. White

Mrs. White teaches many TOPS students English in Grade 10 alongside Mrs. Brennan, and in Grade 11 alongside Ms. Speirs. Her classes are focused on studying many of the literary classics to help her students gain structure to their writing. She retired at the end of the 2016 school year.

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Mrs. White

Mrs. White

Mr. Phambri

Mr. Phambri taught Mathematics to Grade 10 TOPS classes. He encouraged students to be creative, and applied the same creativity in challenges he presented them with throughout the course. One of the many valuable lessons he emphasized was, “What you are doing tomorrow should be done today, and what you should do today should have been done yesterday.”

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Mr. Phambri

Mr. Phambri

Mr. Persaud

Mr. Persaud teaches Geography to the Grade 9’s, as well as teaching other upper-level Social Science courses. He is a very approachable teacher, and is known to make great impressions right away on Grade 9 TOPS classes. He is also a driving force behind the Grade 9 Geography Trip.

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Mr. Persaud

Mr. Persaud

Mr. Hussey

Mr. Hussey was a highly-regarded TOPS English teacher. He was the driving force behind the philosophy of the program. From this brilliant mind came some of the larger aspects of the program, including the many wonderful trips. He has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, and retired at the end of the 2012 school year.

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Mr. Hussey

Mr. Hussey

Mr. Chamberlain

Mr. Chamberlain taught TOPS grade 12’s chemistry. It was one of his students that went on to win the National Chemistry Competition. He was also one of the first teachers to help out with the Algonquin Park Expedition. He has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, and retired at the end of the 2011 school year.

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Mr. Chamberlain

Mr. Chamberlain

Mrs. Foster

Mrs. Foster taught History to TOPS students. She was a great part of the program, and taught many senior courses from International Law to Modern Western Civilizations. She retired at the end of the 2011 school year.

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Mrs. Foster

Mrs. Foster

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown has overseen the growth of many TOPS students since she began teaching English to Grade 9 TOPS classes. She built the foundation for many students with her exuberant style of teaching. She retired at the end of the 2011 school year.

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Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown

Ms. McGregor

Ms. McGregor teaches English to the Grade 9 TOPS students. She cares deeply about each and every student, making sure that they are prepared for the following years. Her love for reading inspires her pupils to explore literature further and excel in their studies.

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Ms. McGregor

Ms. McGregor

Mr. John

Mr. John was one of the school’s most familiar faces. This Grade 12 biology teacher is both famous for his stimulating courses and his involvement with the program and school. He has also won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, and retired at the end of the 2011 school year.

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Mr. John

Mr. John

Ms. Speirs

Ms. Speirs teaches Grade 11 TOPS English with Mrs. White and Grade 12 TOPS English with Mrs. Smit. From Macbeth, to the lectures on Greek tragedies, her courses are bound to illuminate your literary path! She retired at the end of the 2016 school year.

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Ms. Speirs

Ms. Speirs

Mr. Jay

Mr. Jay teaches Grade 12 Computer Science and Grade 12 Robotics, both courses highly popular with TOPS students. He retired at the end of the 2020 school year.

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Mr. Jay

Mr. Jay

Mr. Brossard

Mr. Brossard teaches Grade 10 TOPS students computer science. He also teaches Grade 11 Computer Engineering, a course well-attended by TOPS students. He retired at the end of the 2020 school year.

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Mr. Brossard

Mr. Brossard

Mr. Gang

Mr. Gang teaches Grade 11 TOPS students technological design. He teaches students how to use many programs used in today’s design fields such as AutoCAD and PTC Prodesktop. He also prepares his students in various design contests, if they choose to enter.

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Mr. Gang

Mr. Gang