HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN

Assistant Administrator

Before joining Oak Bridge Academy, Heather ran a daycare in her home for 18 years. Along with working, for the past 11 years she had volunteered as the Assistant Administrator and Head Parent Volunteer for the Grand Philharmonic Children and Youth Choirs.  She wore many hats working and volunteering while she and her husband raised their 3 children in Kitchener.  Heather is very happy to bring all of her skills of keeping things organized, cared for and fun for the wonderful children and families of OBA!

RETA BOONE

Curriculum Specialist/Support

Reta has spent the last 13 years doing what she enjoys the most, being an educator. After receiving her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior division at Lakehead University, she gracefully accepted the opportunity to teach abroad at a private school in Mexico where she taught English as a second language. Upon her return to Canada, she fulfilled her role as an elementary teacher in Grade 1 for 3 years and Grade 3 for 8 years. While working with children is her true passion, she has always embraced and welcomed the opportunity to work with those with learning exceptionalities, which is what led her to embark on this new journey with Oak Bridge Academy.  Her  role as Curriculum Specialist and Support Teacher has allowed her the opportunity to be a part of something amazing. Working alongside the students in an environment where they are encouraged to be their best and supported the entire way, is what she feels is the best remedy for any child to succeed. Reta works alongside the staff to design and implement programs, but she is also very active within the classrooms where she provides small group teaching and 1:1 support.  When she’s not spending time with family and friends, she will often partake in a Zumba class, or just relax and listen to music.     Reta is honoured to be a part of this amazing school and she is looking forward to many years of working with all the brilliant students.

KRISTINA ASHFIELD-PELLETIER

Educational Therapist/Literacy Specialist

Kristina is a certified Educational Therapist/Dyslexia Specialist currently residing in Waterloo. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English (psychology minor) from the University of Western Ontario, and is now working on her Master of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kristina’s certifications include: NILD Canada (four year graduate level course), the Irlen Centre in British Columbia, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening Systems. Kristina has had the privilege of teaching in “paradise”, Papua New Guinea, as well as in beautiful British Columbia. When she wasn’t staring at the mountains, Kristina worked as Educational Assistant and resident educational therapist at Kleos Open Learning and Kelowna Innovative Learning Centre, providing educational assessments while combining educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management, and communication/advocacy on behalf of the students identified as having learning disabilities or learning problems. Since many of her clients were not always in the same province or time zone, Kristina began to explore teletherapy, developing her own unique approach. She has special interests in (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism, Dyslexia, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  
 
At Oak Bridge Academy, Kristina provides one-on-one literacy support while simultaneously offering other therapeutic interventions addressing executive function as well as auditory and visual perceptual difficulties. She has her TESL/TEFL certificate, is certified to administer, score, and interpret several formal and informal assessments and is also a professional member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA #156447). 
 
Kristina agrees that if you find a career you love, you will never work a day in your life!

ANESSA SELCAGE

Behaviour Therapist/ Outdoor Activity Co-ordinator 

Anessa’s journey into the field of ABA began when her youngest son was diagnosed with ASD in 2010. Determined to help her son achieve his goals, she completed the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College via Distance Education.  She completed two field placements at A Balanced Approach in Waterloo and graduated with honours in 2015.  Prior to joining Oak Bridge Academy,  she worked as a home-based Instructor Therapist.  Before working in the field of Autism, she completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and worked for many years in the insurance industry.    Anessa loves helping children achieve their goals.  She enjoys the fact that every day brings new successes and challenges.    Outside of work, Anessa is a busy wife and mother of two boys.  She enjoys being with her family, reading, gardening, and spending time with her dog. 

CRYSTAL ABRAHAM

Primary Teacher

It has been a dream of Crystal’s to teach since she was little, which is why she went on to get a B.A. in English and History from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Science in Education from Niagara University. She didn’t go straight into teaching, however, because she fell in love with what was supposed to be a part-time job: being an Instructor Therapist. She worked as an IT for four years before she started facilitating social skills and academic groups for children with ASD at a local therapy centre; and then after that, she became the centre’s Office Manager.  She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with such incredible kiddos in an atmosphere truly dedicated to help them reach their full potential.   Crystal loves spending time with her husband and two sons, camping (there’s nothing better than a campfire), crafting (she is a Pinterest addict), and organizing just about anything. 

CHRISTA MURR

Primary Behaviour Therapist

Christa Murr is a registered behaviour therapist, who has worked with children with various needs, for over 10 years.  She is very passionate about being part of a team who works with the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, to help students be successful in school and life. ​ In her free time, Christa enjoys boating with her husband and 2 children, fishing, reading and snuggling with her many pets.  She is looking forward to learning, cooking, crafting, new adventures and exploring with her new learning friends.

STEPHANIE ROMANO

Primary Behaviour Therapist

Stephanie is very excited to be a part of the Oak Bridge Academy team. Stephanie graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and from there went on to complete the Autism and Behavioural Sciences program at Mohawk College. Currently she is completing her Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis through the University of Western Ontario.  Stephanie began her career as an Instructor Therapist in an IBI program then moved into an Autism Interventionist position working closely with children and their families. Stephanie is looking forward to supporting children in the classroom and watching them reach new milestones. During her down time she enjoys spending time with family, taking dance classes as well as teaching dance classes.

ALICIA TAYLOR

Primary Behaviour Therapist

Alicia is very excited to be joining the team at Oak Bridge Academy! Alicia graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Social Psychology. After graduating, Alicia began her career as an Instructor Therapist providing early intervention in an IBI setting. This experience is where Alicia’s belief in the effectiveness and importance of ABA principles began. She fell in love with watching children reach their potential and loves celebrating all of those little victories with them. Working to help students succeed in day to day life is her passion and she can’t wait to support the amazing students at Oak Bridge.  
 
In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves travelling and experiencing new places. Alicia is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Oak Bridge Academy.

HILARY WILUSH

Grade 3/4 Teacher

Hilary graduated from Brock University’s Concurrent Education program with her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies (Honours) alongside her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior divisions. She is an OCT certified teacher with additional qualifications in Special Education (Part 1), Teaching English Language Learners (Part 1), and Intermediate English. She also recently graduated with her Master of Education in the Teaching, Learning, and Development stream, with her research focus on students with exceptionalities. During her studies, she created a new model for teaching and learning that coincides with her teaching philosophy: utilizing student-centered, holistic, and constructivist practices to increase access for all students.

 

Hilary was destined to be a teacher. She worked for over 10 years as a martial arts instructor, 3 years as a swim instructor, 5 years as a camp instructor, and participated in numerous volunteering opportunities with children and young people. During her summers, Hilary works as an Inclusion Facilitator for her hometown’s summer camps, working 1:1 with children with exceptionalities to integrate and include them into summer camp programs while assisting her coworkers in implementing equitable and inclusive policies and practices.

 

Outside of teaching and learning, Hilary enjoys spending time with her friends and family, listening to music, and being active. She is delighted to have the privilege to work at Oak Bridge Academy.

AMY GREEN

Grade 3/4 Behaviour Therapist

Amy graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Psychology. She then completed a MSc in England focusing on Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. Following her move back to Canada she began working for the Upper Grand District School Board before joining Oak Bridge Academy.  
 
In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the outdoors. She is looking forward to another year with the OBA family and seeing the successes of all the students! 

HOLLY KANE

Grade 3/4 Behaviour Therapist

Holly has her Bachelor of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as her Autism and Behavioural Science Certificate from Mohawk College. She is also currently working towards her Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Brock University.  Holly became inspired to work with individuals diagnosed with Autism after seeing how beneficial ABA programs were for her sister. She has completed student placements at ABA centres and worked at a group home for 4.5 years. 

EMILY OYAMOT

Grade 7/8 Behaviour Therapist

Emily is an RBT who has been working in the field of ABA for five years in treatment centers, schools and homes as an Educational Assistant and Instructor Therapist. She began her career as an instructor therapist in Kathie’s Waterloo treatment Center, A Balanced Approach. It is here where she really developed her values around how to treat and teach every client she interacts with. She has an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work from Georgian College as well as a post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behaviour Science from Fanshawe College. 
 
Emily is passionate about the field of ABA and the application of those principles in a school setting. She is enthusiastic about using these approaches to an alternative school that strives for student academic and social success. Emily is excited to continue with Oak Bridge Academy, using her experience to empower students to find their strengths and build their confidence while challenging themselves to build their skills. 
 
Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, being physically active and travelling. 

HILLARIE RIDDELL (Maternity leave school year 2020-2021)

Grade 3/4 Behaviour Therapist

Hillarie graduated from Fanshawe College in 2012. After graduating Hillarie began working at A Balanced Approach for 6 years. She grew up and currently still lives in the small town of Fergus. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, curling and coaching soccer! She has a very strong passion for working with kids and loves watching them exceed beyond their potential. 

KAITLIN WEEKS

Grade 5/6 Teacher

Kaitlin graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and furthered her education by receiving a Masters in Science in Education at Medaille College in Amherst, New York. She worked as a supply teacher for the District School Board of Niagara before beginning her career in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has over five years experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has worked for two years in a transition classroom focusing on teaching school readiness skills. 
 
She recently moved here from the Niagara region, and when she's not in the classroom she loves spending time outside. She enjoys adventures such as climbing a different mountain every year. She is very grateful to be a part of the Oak Bridge Academy family.

CHRISTINA CABRAL

Grade 5/6 Behaviour Therapist

Christina (Tina) has been working in the field of ABA for the last 6 years as an Instructor Therapist in various settings. After completing her Bachelor's degree at Western University, she completed the Autism and Behaviour Science Certificate program at Mohawk College. It is this first experience with ABA that established her motivation and compassion to support children each their fullest potential in every way that she can. Christina is currently completing her Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Brock University. 
 
Christina was born and raised in Cambridge and can be found spending her spare time with her husband and two children. 

DANIELLE D'AMATO

Grade 5/6 Behaviour Therapist

Dannielle D’Amato is so excited for a new year at Oak Bridge Academy! After graduating from Laurier University, she spent some time working with children with autism at summer camp and that ignited her passion for working in this field. Dannielle enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Science program at George Brown College and began her career as an Instructor Therapist. Recently, Dannielle spent a year in the Cayman Islands working at a school for children with autism and while there she obtained the Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification. In her downtime she loves to travel, explore the outdoors and spend time with her family, friends and pets. Dannielle is so thankful to be a part of this school community and can’t wait to see the amazing things that both staff and students will achieve this year! 

DEVON BELLMAN

Grade 6/7 Teacher

Devon completed Teacher's College and his Bachelor's of Education and Science at Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario. After graduating, Devon moved to the United Kingdom for a year to teach high school science in the town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Since begin back in Canada, Devon has been tutoring students with a variety of different exceptionalities and taking additional qualifications online. Devon enjoys to travel the world as much as he can and spends his free time playing sports, guitar, hiking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Devon is excited to be starting at Oak Bridge and thankful to be a part of an amazing and supportive school community."
 

MARINA RISTOVSKA

Grade 6/7 Behaviour Therapist

Marina graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Brock University. To pursue her passion in working with children with exceptionalities, Marina continued her education at the University of Waterloo completing a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation. During this time, she interned at Arts Abound, an inclusive community art studio, supporting children explore their creative sides. Marina was working in the field of ABA as an Instructor Therapist until her move to Oak Bridge Academy. In her leisure time, she values travelling and spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and her dog named, Charlie. Marina is proud to be a part of the Oak Bridge community, watching students reach their potential and be their true selves.

KEVIN BRIMER

Grade 6/7 Behaviour Therapist

Kevin is thrilled to be a part of the Oak Bridge Academy team. He started off working for the City of Burlington in their camp programs for individuals with exceptionalities. Afterwards he saw an interest in the field and wanted to continue his education. He went on to graduate from the Educational Assistant program from Niagara College, and Autism and Behavioural Science program from George Brown College in Toronto. He has been working in the field of ABA for the last 7 years through group homes and IBI centers in Toronto and Niagara region. He has wanted to see both areas of his professional career come together, and is excited to see the potential Oak Bridge has to offer.  
 
Kevin enjoys spending his free time painting and drawing, hiking the trails in Hamilton, listening to podcasts, playing guitar, spending time with family, and visiting family in Scotland when he can. He is excited to also bring his creative side to Oak Bridge family!

ERIN DOYLE(Maternity leave school year 2020-2021)

Grade 7/8 Teacher

Erin completed her Bachelor of Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. After she graduated Erin started working for the Halifax Regional School Board and further developed her desire to work with students with exceptionalities. Erin moved to Kitchener in 2014 and continued her teaching career teaching special education at a Kitchener private school. When she isn't in the classroom Erin enjoys spending time exploring Southern Ontario with her husband and daughter. 

NICOLE BERGER

Grade 7/8 Teacher

Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and later graduated from Teachers College at Western University where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education for Students with Exceptionalities. Throughout her university career, Nicole worked with a variety of children and youth, tutoring and volunteering within her community. Prior to joining the Oak Bridge team, Nicole worked with the Upper Grand District School Board in Guelph, mainly as a french immersion teacher. As a french first-language speaker, this has played a big role in her life.

 

Her personal interests include travel, hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She is beyond excited and grateful to join this amazing team and community.

GLORIA BAKKER

Grade 7/8 Behaviour Therapist

Meet Gloria Bakker, she is a graduate of the Autism and Behavioural Science Program. Besides this diploma Gloria has a degree in Sociology from York University as well as two other diplomas in Developmental Service Work and Early Childhood Education. She has worked in various group home settings supporting adults with developmental and physical disabilities, as well as in school environments as an ECE and an Educational Assistant. Gloria has two years of experience delivering ABA therapy in various settings such as therapy centres, in-home and in the community.    She is a busy and loving mother of 4, a  2 girls aged 7 and 10 and 2 step children aged 17 and 19 that both have autism. Local community services and ABA providers have been a great support for Gloria and her family and she wants to give back to the community by using her experience and knowledge to support and help families and their children.   Gloria’s hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, travelling and being involved in the community through groups and organizations.    She enjoys being a part of the wonderful staff at Oak Bridge Academy and the Oak Bridge Academy community.

JESSY BLACKADAR

Grade 7/8 Behaviour Therapist

Jessy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and later graduated with the Autism and Behavioural Science Post Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College. In the last 10 years, Jessy has worked with a variety of individuals with ASD . She has volunteered in the Hamilton-Wentworth School Boards in an autism classroom, worked with teens and adults in a semi-independent living home through Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services and worked as an Instructor Therapist at Lansdowne Children's Centre.  
 
When Jessy isn't working she is travelling! She absolutely loves it and looks forward to checking a few more places off her bucket list.  
 
 She is very excited to get to know the families and children at OBA and feels extremely grateful to be part of a welcoming and wonderful community. 

OAK BRIDGE ACADEMY

55 Franklin Blvd.

Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S2

Phone Number

519-242-6111

Registered Charity # 71154 4296 RR0001

 

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