Teamwork makes a difference!


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Sarah Rier - Sarah Rier is our Office Administrator. She replaces Oyin Orekoya until her return next December. Sarah is highly organized and helpful. She supports the staff and students par excellence.

Janice Blake-Johnson - Janice is a wonderful addition to City School  She’s an experienced and skilled teacher who is popular with sudents and her teaching colleagues. She is friendly and helpful, and very patient. She teaches a range of courses including senior Biology, Chemistry, and intermediate Math.

Ian Esquivel - Ian is our Curriculum Leader and Guidance Counselor. He returned to City School after 25 years in the mainstream. During that time, he wrote and taught AQ courses at OISE, worked as an Instructional Leader and studied Communications at Concordia. Ian spent 2017-18 teaching at Neuchatel Junior College in Switerzland. He’s happy to be back!

Leah Mauer - Leah teaches History, English, Social Studies and Special Ed. She is on our EcoSchools Team and is the Lead teacher of our Literacy Committee. She has a wide range of interests outide of school, and is very involved in social justice initiatives, especially those pertaing to discrimination and racism.

Dan Pitt - Dan teaches Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. He loves Montreal, plays a beboppin' alto sax, has tons of friends and has made it clear he could also make a living playing pool. He wears his love for City School on his sleeve, and makes all his students feel welcomed.

Barb Sniderman - Barb has worked in film & television, traveled extensively; run marathons; danced, biked and trapezed her way to fitness; and developed programs for learning through literacy and film study. She teaches Aboriginal Studies, Drama, Humanities, and Integrated Arts. She is our EcoSchools guru.

Whitney Baker - Whitney teaches Phys Ed, Geography and Social Sciences. He has many interests outside of school - including travel, film, music, and technology - that he brings into the classroom. He frequenty facilitates workshops for the TDSB on the use of Google classroom.

Oyin Orekoya - Oyin is fun-loving, and likes to travel and learn about different cultures. Outside of work, she enjoys singing, experimenting with diverse cuisines and putting her feet up while reading good books.Her amazing organization and interpersonal  skills keep our boat afloat. She currently is assigned centrally to the TDSB Special Ed Department until December, 2018.


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Honourable Mentions

Marie Melo - Marie was our office manager for 13 years. She set the standard. Her excellent organizational skills, sense of humour, patience, and common sense helped ground the rest of staff and keep things moving smoothly. Marie loved to knit, bead and lend an ear when someone needed it. She retired at the end of June, 2014.


Marie & Marc


Marc Lichtenberg - Marc's intellect, humour and compassion guided City School's vision for decades. He was the brains behind our EcoSchools initiatives. Born and bred in Toronto, he was at City for over twenty-five years until his retirement in August 2015. When not world-travelling, Marc loves his cottage, jazz guitar, and dabbling in photography.


Joseph Ghassibe - Joe joined City School for the 2017-18 year as the Curriculum Leader after seven succssful years as the CL at Oasis Alternative. Joe proved to be an ardent advocate for students, and a huge promoter of social justce. He handled administration, guidance and credit recovery, and oversaw the Nutrition Program. He has been promoted to VP at Forest Hill Collegiate. Good on you, Joe!