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Meet the CFL Team

Kathryn Barnes

Kathryn Barnes

Kathryn Barnes, Director, Wernham West Centre for Learning; Coordinator Intermediate Division

(416) 488-1125 ext 2211

Kathryn Barnes is the Director of the Wernham West Centre for Learning. After graduating with her Bachelor’s of Education, Kathryn went on to teach Science and Physical & Health Education at two Independent Schools in the greater Toronto area.

Early on in her career she identified that she has a passion for supporting students, helping them understand themselves better as learners and teaching them to become self-advocates.

This led her to pursue courses in the area of special education and her Master’s of Education from OISE, with a focus on leadership and program administration.

This fall, Kathryn will also join the OISE team as a facilitator in their Continuing and Professional Learning department, delivering courses in Special Education.

Kathryn has a broad range of expertise and leadership with student development initiatives and hands-on experience building relationships with faculty, students and parents school wide. She understands the importance of helping teachers develop inclusive teaching practices and for all boys to develop their own tool-kit for learning.


Tina Jagdeo
Coordinator, Primary Division, Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning

416-488-1125, ext. 4076

Tina Jagdeo is the Primary coordinator of the Wernham West Centre for Learning. She teaches boys from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Her teaching focuses on literacy and numeracy skills as well as helping boys understand how they learn.
Tina didn’t always know that she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Queen’s University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history, she spent four years working in advertising at Leo Burnett. She dreamed up promotions for Kellogg’s cereal and developed and produced advertising campaigns for Fruit of the Loom clothing in Canada and the United States. It was at that time that Tina started teaching junior advertising executives. Working with and teaching young people made Tina realize the dramatic change she needed to make to her career and she has now been teaching for more than 10 years.
Tina’s favourite part of her profession is working with students to help them understand how they learn best and to be a self-advocate. She works with teachers to plan lessons that promote active learning and are rooted in best practice.
Tina also heads up the debating and public speaking program at the Prep. She loves to continue to read and learn in her spare time and has completed her special education specialist and part one of her mathematics specialist through OISE/University of Toronto. She’s revising the CFL publication, Centred for Learning, with her department.

Jennifer Ferguson
Coordinator, Middle Division, Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning
416-488-1125, ext. 4006

Jody McLean
Coordinator, Senior Division, Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning
416-488-1125, ext. 2243

Jody McLean is the Senior Division Coordinator of the Wenham West Centre for Learning. She has been an educator for more than 11 years. She began her career as a high school business teacher in western Canada and then moved to Toronto and became a business teacher at Metropolitan Preparatory Academy. Jody was offered the position of assistant head of the upper school at Fieldstone School in 2003. During her time at Fieldstone, she did graduate work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where she was granted a M.Ed. in theory and policy studies; educational administration. She completed the principals’ course with the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools in 2009.

Jody’s professional commitment is to provide learning support to all students in a caring environment where they can realize their potential, become self-advocates and feel well prepared for post-secondary studies.