“My daughter is really enjoying Stratford Middle Years. She is so engaged in the learning process and is enthusiastic about the curriculum. It is great to see her dive into homework assignments with excitement or initiate interesting conversations about what she is learning at the dinner table. The teachers are very understanding and supportive and encourage her to reach her individual potential. We are so pleased with her progress.”– Grade 7 parent
“We do not teach anyone, we only provide a stimulating environment, in which children love to learn.”– adapted from a quote by Albert Einstein
Mrs. Martha Weir:
Mrs. Weir is the home room teacher for the Grade 5-8 classroom. She specializes in English, History, Physical Education, and Drama. Mrs. Weir also enjoys supervising the Special Education needs of our students and mentors the Health and Guidance aspects of the student body.
Mrs. Weir has lived in Stratford for most of her adult life where she has enjoyed raising her three boys with her husband Paul, a family doctor and avid outdoorsman. The boys are now young men ages 20, 23, and 25 all of whom are busy pursuing new careers.
Growing up Mrs. Weir lived with her family in Parry Sound, Scotland and eventually settled in North Toronto where she attended St. Clement’s Private School. Mrs. Weir has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from McMaster University and the Ontario Teacher’s Diploma from the University of Toronto. She has the qualifications to teach grades1-12 in Ontario. Mrs. Weir has taught at Millerton P.S., Romeo P.S., Stratford Northwestern S.S. and a private school in Stratford.
Mrs. Weir’s passions are theatre, music, reading, and physical activity. She loves to spend her winter vacations skiing in B.C. with Paul and her three boys. Summers are spent on Healey Lake at her cottage where she enjoys family, kayaking, swimming, campfires, and reading into the wee hours of the night!
School provides the opportunity for Mrs. Weir to pursue another passion – writing and directing plays. ”The magic that comes from witnessing the growth of a child from our first rehearsal to closing night is an experience that goes far beyond the walls of any classroom!”
Mme Trixie Mohr:
Madame Mohr is the home room teacher for the Grades 1-4 classrooms. She also teaches French to all students and oversees the Science curriculum, the Social Studies 1-6 curriculum and the art curriculum. Mme Mohr also enjoys looking after most of the school’s administration work, taking hundreds of pictures throughout the school year and sharing them on FB!
Mme Mohr was born and raised in Nigeria, has also worked in France and Switzerland and is now a proud Canadian living in St.Marys. Married to Andrew Middleton, they have two sons and a daughter aged 22, 24 and 26. She enjoys following her children’s careers and adventures that take her to different countries, such as Italy and Finland, open new horizons such as in the film and sound engineering industry or teach her many interesting facts in geomorphology!
Swiss Mountain dogs play an important part in Mme Mohr’s life. She cherishes being able to share her three lovable, loyal and friendly dogs with the children and staff at school. Mme Mohr and her family just recently fostered and adopted a senior Rescue part Bernese Mountain dog. The boss of the fur family however, is a rescue cat! Training, breeding, walking and spending time with her dogs are Mme Mohr’s favourite hobby.
She also loves reading, sewing, designing costumes and sets, painting, traveling and speaking different languages. Mme Mohr completed her primary and secondary school years in private schools in Nigeria, has a Swiss Baccalaureat diploma, a degree in modern languages and the Teacher’s Diploma from the University of Zurich. She is also trained and experienced in teaching the Primary and the Middle Years of the International Baccalaureat. She has taught in Switzerland and in Nigeria, where she was the Vice Principal, the PYP co-ordinator and Head of the Science, French and Art curriculum of the IITA International School. In Canada she has taught at two different private schools in London and in Stratford, Ontario, as well as supply teaching for the separate school board.
Sylvia De Decker:
Mrs. De Decker is entering her fourth year at Stratford Middle Years School as Principal of the Junior School (Kindergarten to Grade 3). She has enjoyed teaching Kindergarten as well as Homeroom for Grades 1-3 and Math from Grades 5-8.
“Mrs. D” was raised in the area and has always had a passion for travel. She began her career overseas and worked at international schools across the Middle East and North Africa, including Dubai, Kuwait and Libya, as a teacher and Principal.
Mrs. De Decker is a graduate from both the University of Guelph and Lakehead Univeristy. She obtained her undergraduate degree in History as well as her Bachelor of Education where she also took an additional Literacy qualification which included literacy coaching at a local Elementary school. Recently she obtained additional qualifications for Elementary Math Part 1.
Mrs. De Decker is looking forward to continuing her teaching at Stratford Middle Years School and is looking forward to another great year!