“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.
Ms. Newton is an elementary teacher entering her fifth year at Stratford Middle Years School. She has enjoyed teaching Kindergarten as well as Primary, Junior and Intermediate Math, Science and Art. Ms. Newton has also enjoyed participating and assisting in multiple other classes including the school-wide Gym Program.
Ms. Newton was born and raised in Stratford. After completing her post secondary education, Ms. Newton moved back to Stratford with her husband Matthew where they enjoy spending time with their two bulldogs, Tie and Domi. Having competed for many years in baton Ms. Newton is now sharing her talents with the Festival City Twirlers. She currently runs the Recreational Baton Program and enjoys coaching twirlers of all ages.
Ms. Newton is a graduate from the Queen’s-Trent University Concurrent Education Program. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Bachelor of Education. She completed all of her teaching experience in a variety of classes in Ontario and also in an International School in Valencia, Spain.
Recently she obtained qualifications for both Special Education Part1 and Elementary Math Part 1.
This year Ms. Newton is looking forward to continuing her teaching at Stratford Middle Years School. This year Ms. Newton will be teaching Math, Science and Art! She is looking forward to another great year!
Mr. Palmer was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He attended the University of Waterloo and completed an Honours BA in History. After completing his BA Mr. Palmer joined the teaching team at Stratford Middle Years School. During this experience Mr. Palmer realized that teaching was his passion and so he enrolled, the following year, in Teacher’s College at Lakehead University. Since that time Mr. Palmer has taken courses specializing in teaching Kindergarten and Special Education. He will be starting a course focussed on mathematical teaching strategies beginning this fall.
Mr. Palmer has a keen interest in sports and the outdoors. He has spent many summer vacations swimming, kayaking, and tubing at his family cottage. He also enjoys reading in his spare time as well as keeping tabs on his favourite sports teams!
Mr. Palmer completed his teaching experience in a grade 6/7 split classroom in Coldwater, Ontario and a Kindergarten classroom in Kitchener-Waterloo. He officially joined the Stratford Middle Years school staff in 2012 and helped create the Kindergarten Program. Over the past two school years he has been responsible for teaching the grade 4-6 Math and Social Studies Programs as well as teaching the Grade 7/8 Geography Curriculum. He also enjoys teaching Physical Education and Language.
This year Mr. Palmer will continue to lead the grade 6 Math Program and the grade 7/8 Geography Program. He is also looking forward to teaching Primary Social Studies, Primary Science and Physical Education to all grades. He is excited about the upcoming school year and his fourth full year of teaching at SMYS!
Ms. Murray is a graduate of Western University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music Honours Education with Distinction, as well as a Bachelor of Education. A most memorable part of her education was starring as the Cat in the Hat in The Western Faculty of Education production of Seussical the Musical!
Ms. Murray was the Director of Music and Choreography for Fridge Door Live Theatre Company during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, for which she composed original music and engaged in bringing music, dance, and theatre to children and teenagers.
Growing up on a dairy and crop farm has given Ms. Murray an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors and wide open spaces, while also gaining considerable work ethic completing chores on the farm. She still enjoys spending time on the farm with her family, as well as her fiancée Pat!
Throughout her life, Ms. Murray has taken efforts to connect musically to the community in Stratford and beyond. She provided piano accompaniment for the musicals Godspell (2010) and Peter Pan (2013) at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School. She was happy to take part in the 2015 Teaching Shakespeare Program at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Most recently, she joined Kendra Pearson, Tanya Ross and the entire team of A Brand New Beat during the Stratford portion of Music and Art à la Carte!
Ms. Murray delights in sharing her experiences with Global Service Learning. In 2012, she participated in the Jamaica Field Service Project, where she worked alongside members of a rural community in Portland Jamaica, providing musical instruction and donations to an establishing school. In 2015, she participated in a Holocaust Remembrance and Preservation Service Learning Program in both Germany and Poland. During this time Ms. Murray and fellow educators, helped to preserve and maintain artifacts at Auschwitz, and engaged in historical learning and remembrance.
Ms. Murray is excited to be joining the Stratford Middle Years community, and will be teaching Music and Math!
Ms. McLean is an elementary teacher who has spent the last two years teaching Grade 6 in Colombia. She is very excited to continue her teaching career at SMYS and will be working with the Kindergarten class and co-instructing Grade 6 Math with Mr. Palmer.
Ms. McLean is a St. Marys’ native who has a passion for travel and international issues. After completing high school, she went on Rotary Youth Exchange to Venezuela. This year abroad motivated Ms. McLean to pursue an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in International Development and a minor in Spanish Language Studies.
Following her degree, she worked with medical teams from South Western Ontario as a non-medical liaison and translation coordinator in Central America. Ms. McLean’s understanding of the power of education and development was further enhanced by working for a Canadian Private High School aboard a tall ship. ‘Class Afloat’ allowed Ms. McLean to visit many different countries by way of sea and also allowed her to develop her skills as an international educator.
On dry land, she completed a Bachelor of Education at Queens University prior to living in Colombia. Ms. McLean is fluent in Spanish, loves sports, the arts, and is thrilled to be home enjoying the natural beauty of Canada!
Mr. Andrew Middleton:
Mr. Middleton is volunteer teaching International and Community Development and can supply teach French.Mr. Middleton grew up in England and has worked in the Hotel Management Business in Switzerland, France and in Nigeria. After becoming a mature student 10 years ago, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honour’s degree in International Studies and in FSL (French as Second Language) and with a Masters in Education from Damen College, Buffalo, USA.
Mr. Middleton founded the charity ‘Wells4Africa’ ten years ago and has since raised enough funds to build over 160 water wells in rural Nigerian villages.
After teaching at Nancy Campbell Collegiate in London, ON, he is now a professor at the Conestoga College in Waterloo.