Peter Andras has been at LCS for the past 14 years. He started his career in Belleville teaching an integrated outdoor education program at Bayside Secondary School. Peter teaches the Grade 11 and 12 Outdoor Education classes, coaches the 1st Alpine Racing team and has coached the Jr. and 1st Boys' Rugby teams since coming to LCS in 2003. Peter was the Head of Armstrong House before accepting the residential Head of House position in Upper Colebrook. Moving onto campus with his wife Sarah and two children, Nathan (10) and Sophie (5) they are looking forward to giving more to the entire LCS community.
Head of Memorial,OE Coordinator & Teacher,Service Learning Coordinator,Instructional Facilitator
Alaina Connelly first joined the residential team as a Assistance Head of House in Memorial in 2009. After moving off campus for a few years and focusing solely on teaching outdoor education and coaching, she moved back into Memorial in 2014. In addition to being a Head of House, Alaina also runs the Service Learning program, teaches Grade 11 outdoor education and is involved with the Leadership, Character, Values program. Alaina is entering her 10th year at The Grove and continues to be challenged by the students and staff each year, while focusing on getting the students outside of the classroom and into the great outdoors and the greater community. Alaina resides in Memorial with her husband Brad, dog Findley, cat Tripper and soon-to-be new addition.
Head of Ryder House, Pedagogical Coach, Modern Languages Teacher, Advisor
Derek Doucet has been the Residential Head of House of Ryder since 2013 and a member of the Lakefield College faculty since 2010. Throughout this time, Derek has taught French, outdoor education and has worked with teachers in his role as a Educational Technology Integrator. In addition to teaching, Derek has coached a variety of sports and has worked closely with others to introduce many new student programs at the school such as Safe Space, DELF and a trip to France for students in the French program. Before arriving at Lakefield, Derek taught at Greenwood College, was a camp director at Swallowdale Camp and a kindergarten and primary teacher in South Korea. Derek is joined in Ryder House by his spouse Erica '95, and future LCS alumni, son Nigel '27 and Roxanna '29.
After working at The Grove for six years, Carrie made the transition from academics to take on a role in the residential side of the school in Wadsworth House in 2011. Carrie, her husband Rory and son Pendleton, welcomed twins, Lucy and Finn, in early 2012. In September of 2016, Carrie moved across the field to Ondaatje House where she has made a warm and comforting place for all the girls that live there, and all those that visit. Carrie has been able to take care of her family, and her girls in the residence, all while working in the Guidance and Learning department as Learning Strategist. She is mastering the art of multitasking, while devoting all she has to all of her different roles.
Head of Moodie House, Director of Residences, Social Sciences Teacher, Advisor
Kerrie began her role as a Head of House in 2004 and took on the role of Director of Residences (Female Houses) in 2017. She loves residential life and feels it’s a privilege to work in boarding. She has a passion for helping students develop into independent, responsible young women who understand the importance of global citizenship. Kerrie currently teaches Grade 12 Canadian and International Law and Grade 10 Canadian History. Her love for social sciences and human rights combine well with her extensive travel experience and previous work leading service projects. In sharing stories of these experiential learning adventures, Kerrie hopes to inspire her residence and classroom students to become lifelong learners. Kerrie’s interests include photography, baking/cooking, travel and all things caffeinated! Kerrie is joined in Moodie House by her twin sons Nicolas (Nico) and Noah, their dog Jackson and cat Winston.
Head of Cooper House, Outdoor Education Assistant, Advisor
Garret arrived at The Grove in 2002, working as a member of the residential team. His roles have included; Residential Assistant in Ondaatje (2002-2004) and a Head of House in both Grove House (2004-2010) and Cooper House (2010-present). Garret lives with his wife Jessica (Fitchette) Hart '97 and his children Isla and Jameson. Garret is involved in a broad range of activities at LCS, including; Outdoor Education Assistant Teacher, coach for the rugby, snowboard racing and waterfront programs and he manages the school's maple syrup making operations in the springtime! In his spare time, you may find him driving the Zamboni on the Bob Armstrong Rink, grooming the nordic ski trails or enjoying a quiet canoe ride on Lake Katchawanooka.
Head of Grove House, Coordinator of International Student Affairs, Advisor
Jennifer Horrigan '99 graduated from LCS and continued her education at Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2004, she returned to LCS as an Assistant Head of House and School Life Assistant before becoming Head of Grove House. Jennifer is also the Coordinator of International Student Activities, helping international students transition to life at LCS as well as organizing trips during school holidays and helping students host cultural celebrations throughout the year. Jennifer is active in the local sports community as a golfer, softball player and equestrienne. She leads by example, encouraging students to lead a balanced life and continue to expand their comfort zone. Jennifer's favourite moments in the residence are informal snack times with the students where the best conversations happen and friendships are created.
Head of Rashleigh House, Director of Residences, Outdoor Education Teacher
An LCS graduate of the Class of 1995, Andrew believes in the transformative power of challenging experiences. After benefitting from time spent at various summer camps in Ontario, as well as a year of international travel, Andrew continued to challenge himself academically in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King's College where he studied the philosophy of the ancient and contemporary western world. His next challenges were provided by his time as an international student studying economics at the University of Adelaide, and by changing his major which allowed him to graduate with a BA (Hons) in history and political studies. Andrew’s educational focus has revolved around outdoor and experiential education, and he currently considers his dual role of outdoor education teacher and Head of Rashleigh House at LCS one that puts him in the running for the honour of "most fulfilling job." Creating opportunities for students to challenge themselves has become his purpose as an educator.
Andrew is privileged to be able to share his Lakefield experience with all the members of his family. His wife Kirsten provides broad support for the school community in her position as a guidance counsellor. Daughters Olivia (12) and Stella (8) have grown up in Rashleigh House, and make their father promise that they will never be required to move from their home. The Johnston family is rounded out by the recent addition of Maisy, a Portuguese Water Dog puppy who is most happy when given the task of helping to "clean" crumbs off the common room floor.
After six years of involvement with the day student group as Head of Armstrong House, Jim and his family (Kristeen, Madia, Harper and Jud) were excited to make the move onto campus when Jim took on responsibilities for Matthews House in the summer of 2013. In keeping with his own educational philosophy, Jim sees the ongoing development of character and resilience in the student as a key part of the LCS difference. Jim joined the staff of LCS in September 2003 after nine years of teaching in British Columbia and Ontario. Whether it is teaching in the English department at LCS, coaching in the hockey program, or travelling to Mount Everest with the Ondaatje Expedition in 2011, Jim feels fortunate to continue to be a part of the spirit of The Grove through so many varied experiences.
Head of Lower Colebrook, Science and Outdoor Education Teacher, Advisor
Adam is in his second year as a head of house in Lower Colebrook, one year as a female and one year as a male residence and it is his ninth year in boarding altogether. Adam was a head of house and teacher at Upper Canada College in Toronto prior to coming to LCS. Adam lives with his wife Heather, who was also a head of house in Upper Colebrook, and son Ethan. In addition to residence, Adam is a biology and personal fitness teacher and has coached both the 1st and Jr. Basketball teams as well as Team Fitness.
After two years of teaching English and drama at LCS, Tina St. John took on the role as Head of Upper Colebrook in 2015. After a rewarding year in Upper Colebrook, Tina moved across campus to Wadsworth House. In addition to teaching, Tina is a passionate volleyball coach and has directed a number of school productions. Before arriving at LCS, Tina was a housemaster and teacher at Trafalgar Castle School where she taught English, social science and physical education for four years.
Head of Uplands House, Director of Student Services
After being a head of house at Ridley College for 12 years, Vera made the move to Lakefield College School to take up residence in Lower Colebrook for 14 years and then moved again to Uplands House where she is today. Along with her head of house responsibilities, Vera is also Director of Student Services and the travel co-ordinator. She is very much in the centre of student life helping grad students plan Friday and Saturday spirit/social events, spirit week, day trips, carnivals and Paper House events, in addition to organizing travel for long weekends and breaks. During the fall, she is involved in the recreational tennis program. She loves spending time with her girls in Uplands especially cooking, having tea times, chats and being a part of their daily lives as they navigate their adolescent journey at LCS. For Vera, the supportive community, the appreciation for the beautiful outdoor campus, event planning and the values of the school make her job truly enjoyable.