Debora Jones – Principal
Ms. Debora Jones brings to Maple Leaf International School over 40 years of experience in the fields of administration, teaching and consulting in Ontario, United States, Egypt, and Kuwait. Debora holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and Supervisory Officers Qualifications with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training in addition to several post-secondary programmes / courses.
Debora leaves behind a son, daughter in law and two grandchildren in Toronto and a son in Kingston.
Michele Riley – Vice Principal
Michele Riley holds a diploma in Montessori Teaching from the Association Montessori International in London, England; a B.A. in Psychology from Mt. Allison University in Canada, and a M.Ed. in Special Education and Psychometrics from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Michele has been an educator since 1981, starting out in the local system and joining Maple Leaf International School in 1999. She has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 11 years as a classroom teacher, a Special Education teacher and IT teacher in the local system and at Maple Leaf, she taught English and Learning Strategies to students in Grades 9 – 11. Michele also had her own private practice as an Educational Diagnostician for 12 years. Michele Riley is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is married with two sons.
Laila M. Pantin – Finance & Operations Manager
Laila Mohammed-Pantin has worked in the field of Finance for 25 years, with a career that spans from Accounting to Finance Management. Her experience includes working with a wide array of companies from media houses, to manufacture and printing, as well as outsourcing and advisory services. With her on the team, Maple Leaf will benefit from her attention to detail, unwavering commitment to getting the job done well and responsibility to serving with integrity.
Anik Pharand – Guidance Counsellor
Ms. Anik Pharand, from Sudbury, Ontario, holds a BA in Human Geography as well as a BEd degree from Laurentian University. She started her teaching career 12 years ago with the French Public School Board – Conseil scolaire publique du Grand Nord de l’Ontario in a small northern Ontario town called Wawa. During her first year of teaching she was recruited as Guidance Counsellor and now holds a specialist in Guidance. After teaching 4 years in the Ontario, Ms. Pharand took a position in St-Maarten, Netherland Antilles at Caribbean International Academy, an Ontario curriculum school. There she taught and provided guidance services for 8 years.
Since 2008, she has adventured to 20 neighboring islands, has organized countless school trips to California, New York, Puerto Rico, Dominica and now hopes to continue discovering the beauty and natural wonders of the Caribbean.