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Catherine Huntley (Principal)

Catherine Huntley is the Principal of Wellington Hall Academy and has been involved in the Educational Field both as a teacher and principal for the past twenty five years. She has worked in both the Private and Public Educational Systems in Australia and Canada developing and implementing programs for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
She has a Diploma in Education from Kuring-gai University, Australia, as well as her Bachelor of Education from Canberra Advanced College of Education, Australia with majors in Music and Health.  She has completed many Developmental Courses in Education and worked with students and staff at Wellington Hall Academy for several years. She is passionate about education along with the successes and personal growth of young people.

Rachel Beales

Rachel Beales is an Ontario certified teacher with over 10 years experience working with children. She holds a BFA in Theatre from York University, and has worked as a performer, costume designer, choreographer and visual artist. She received her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in the Artist in Community Education stream and specializes in arts education for the elementary grades. In addition to her work in schools, Ms. Beales has taught dance, drama, and visual art with many community arts organizations in Ontario including Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Annex Children’s Theatre in Education, The Brantford Arts Block, and Great Big Theatre Company. She is very excited to be taking on the Grade 5/6 class this year as well as heading up the Dance and Drama programs.

Karyn Zucchiatti

Education for me reaches beyond the four walls of the classroom, incorporates a holistic approach, and is inclusive, creative, flexible and energetic! Throughout my life so far, I have lived, worked, laughed and learned in many wonderful places! I studied at the University of Victoria, Lakehead University and the University of British Columbia, earning a double major in Women's and Environmental Studies; a Bachelor of Education Primary/Junior, and a Master's of Education with a focus on social justice and minority issues in curriculum and policy. After completing my studies, I travelled to Kenya, Africa to participate with a local village on sustainability and educational issues. Eventually, I moved to Uganda, Africa where I lived for 6 years, working with various women groups in business development; agriculture and food security; tree planting; library development, teaching at a local school, and then an international school in Kampala. At Ambrosoli International School, I was a year 5 (grade 4) classroom teacher, the Art Coordinator and the Individual Needs Coordinator/Teacher. I now live in Caledon with my partner and our cat Otis – who definitely runs the household. Since returning to Canada, I have been busy tutoring multiple levels, continuing my education, travelling extensively, bread baking, yogurt making, home renovation and landscaping,  and exploring food politics here in Canada (to name a few). I count myself very lucky to have experienced all that I have, and look forward to teaching/learning with the Wellington Hall Academy team! 

Steph Lastuka

My name is Steph Lastuka and I am a recent graduate form the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Physical Education, along with a Bachelor of Arts. Now that I have relocated to Ontario, I have received my OCT with additional qualification in Special Education. My passion for education started out when I was working as an Educational Assistant for 4 years with Pre-K and elementary students; these experiences drove me to go back to school myself and work towards the degrees I have today. When I am not teaching, you can find me at the gym, kickboxing or in the kitchen!


Dirk Steinke (Science Grades 6-8)

Dirk Steinke is a researcher at the University of Guelph. He graduated from the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with a diploma in Ecology, Evolution, and Zoology. He did his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Konstanz.
Since 2012 Dirk is Director for Education and Outreach at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. Prior to that he was responsible for the institutes activities in Marine Biology. Find out more about his work on his blog.
Dirk joined Wellington Hall Academy in 2009 and is teaching science for middle and senior school.

Bear Epp

Bear Epp is an award winning artist, educator and designer. Her diverse background includes qualifications in Craft Design, Theatrical Props and Scenic Painting. Professional involvement in over 25 years of multiple media work is evidenced through an array of projects ranging in commissions for the royal Ontario Museum to elaborate sets for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Ceremonies.
Since moving to Elora she has continued her children's art classes first established in Vancouver 2004. As director of Junior Arts Collective she continues to inspire the creative abilities of children 3-14 year of age. The hallmark of her philosophy has been fostering children's tremendous creative abilities. A natural teacher, she has inspired hundreds of children in their personal artistic growth.


Laura Robertson

My name is Laura Robertson, and I am thrilled to be an Ontario Certified Teacher! On my way to becoming a teacher, I finished my undergraduate degree at McMaster University as a Geography major with a completed minor in Social Science. I studied for my diploma in Education at Southern Cross University, in Australia. I pursued further courses in the Special Education program at Queens University as well as a course to teach English as a Second Language. I am currently enrolled to commence my Primary Education qualifications at Queens University. I have volunteered in many classrooms through Kindergarten to Grade 12. I tutored in Oshawa for special needs students and helped them along their road to success. I am motivated by my students to continue creating ways to help learning become engaging and will continue to inspire students as I take on a position with Wellington Hall Academy and it’s fantastic team!