Secondary School Committee Members
Gabrielle Fraschetti, is both a film-maker and a teacher of Media Studies at Fletcher's Meadow SS. For the past 16 years in the Peel Board, Ms Fraschetti has advocated for student film-makers through her leadership in Peel's Technological Challenge and as the co-founder of the Peel Student Film Festival.
Sombra Fernandez has taught Communications Technology at Brampton Centennial Secondary School since 2005. In her previous life, she worked at various television stations and produced 3 documentaries. She is a trained television control room floater, camera operator and editor. Additionally she has produced various documentaries and had her work premiered at the Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival. Sombra is also the co-founder of the Peel Student Film Festival.
Darren Richards has 20 years experience providing art direction and production solutions for a diverse range of advertising agencies and publishing houses across the GTA. He has spent the last 9 years teaching Communications Technology at Humberview Secondary School where his students focus on exploring and creating new media that addresses local and global issues, provides a voice to marginalized groups and advocates permanent social change. Mr. Richards is a proud supporter of the Young Reels Film Festival, Toronto International Student Animation Festival and The Peel Student Film Festival.
Logan St. Clair
As a passionate educator Logan finds joy in partnering, sharing and exploring technology with educators and students. This summer he will be joining other top educators and filmmakers in San Diego, California for the Global Apple Distinguished Educator Conference. He is all about offering transformative learning experiences using Apple Mobile Devices. Recently he presented iMovie on iOS workshop for the Peel District School Board to fellow Peel teachers. The iPad and iPod are at the heart of his classes, workshops and his filmmaking. Mobile movie magic lead to him being recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Brampton's Arts Educator of the Year in 2011. He is always on the hunt for free Wi-Fi and his natural habitat includes Starbucks and Tim Horton's. If there had to be one thing Logan enjoyed more than new technology it would be coffee. Remember the best app of all is something we all share together… Curiosity.
Ximena Bensusan is currently a teacher, but has over 15 years of experience in the television industry. She has produced award winning programs including 72 Hours: True Crime for CBC, Masterminds for History Channel and An Understanding Death & Dying for Vision TV. As a Director, she has interviewed victims of shark attacks, sexual assault and political persecution. She is now enjoying teaching eager students what she has learned in industry as a Communications Technology teacher at Stephen Lewis Secondary School.
Matt Dailey is the Communications Technology and Media Arts teacher at Bramalea Secondary School. Prior to teaching, Matt worked in the film industry as a Sound Mixer, Recordist and Engineer on a number of film, television and commercial productions. Matt has also worked as a music composer for a number of projects and continues to produce his own music while helping other artists record their tracks. Matt holds a BFA Honours in Film Production from York University.
Nalinie Persaud is a Communications Technology teacher at the Peel District School Board. Her experience in the field includes, but is not limited to: Photographer, Videographer and Event Planner. Nalinie is constantly expanding her knowledge in the field by being a strong supporter of Media in various school environments. In her free time, she is a freelance hairstylist, a Skills Ontario Chair and is actively planning events within the school community.
Maciej “Magic” Linowski holds a BFA in Image Arts from Ryerson University and is a Communication Technology Teacher at the PDSB. Before he became a teacher, he worked for over 11 years as a photographer, camera operator and digital image technician on various still and motion picture advertising campaigns. He was also a Technology Director at Synthescape Art Imaging, digitizing various museum collections across the globe. He believes that nothing is impossible and that patience and persistence make things happen. Pulp Fiction, Man Bites Dog, Back to the Future and 2001: A Space Odyssey are among his favourite films.
Harpreet has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University where she undertook a double major in Mathematics and Biology and minor Pyschology. She completed her Masters in Education in Theory Policy Studies in Education Administration with a focus on Social Justice and Equity at OISE-University of Toronto. She is also working full-time as Instructional Coordinator for Science and Technological Education in Curriculum and Instruction Department for the Peel District School Board. Harpreet recently completed a secondment at The Ontario Ministry of Education in the Inclusive Education Branch and is currently on sabbatical. Harpreet has volunteered for organizations including Sikh Centennial Foundation, Spinning Wheel Film Festival in which she coordinated the Sikh Arts and Literature Competition, Sikh Art Council, Toronto Sikh Retreat, and has facilitated Workshops for SikhRI. She also runs summer camps for Guru Granth Sahib Academy and has taught at the Mississauga Dunwin Gurmat School for many years. Harpreet is passionate about Classical music and routinely does seva of Gurbani Kirtan.
Since 2006, Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board Suzanne Nurse has been active in her dedication to preparing students to achieve academic success in post-secondary education, the workforce and in positively impacting their communities. She is passionate about her family, community and using her voice to make a positive difference. As a self-described problem-solver and mediator, Suzanne feels no issue is ever one- sided and there is always a solution where everyone can be heard and feel supported—particularly with students.
Brandon Graham is a recent graduate from York University's Technological Education program and currently a Communications Technology educator working with students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board on a part-time basis. Brandon's background stems from Broadcast radio, as he's had experience working as an audio editor with Rogers Communications.
Saloni Ohri is a Tech Design/Communication teacher at Central Peel Secondary School. Educational background is a Bachelor in Architecture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental planning. Worked as an Architect/Planner working on Urban Planning, Architectural design and Environmental pollution control projects over a span of 11 years, before becoming a teacher. Now that she is in the education field she feels she has found her vocation and aspire to instill the love of design her students through photography, video production, product design, engineering design and architectural design. Avid reader and nature enthusiast, love gardening and visiting naturally beautiful places.
Melinda Scheffel has a Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University and over 10 years of experience in the graphic communications/print industry; covering roles in estimating, project planning, through to project management. With her thirst for growth, she has recently graduated from York University and joined the Communications Technology Educator team. She is eager to connect with other educators and students to discuss their experiences, provide support in achieving their goals and continue to expand her knowledge of the media world.
Stefanie-Rose Fontana is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph-Humber's Media Studies program with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is also currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education in Technology program at York University. Stefanie's experience involved handling the media relations for the EmergeTO conference as well as interning as PR Executive for the Brampton Beast.