English/Moderns/ELL Teachers:

  • Melissa Amato (English)
  • Laura Basolini (English)
  • Patti Beam (Moderns)
  • Jennifer Bell (English)
  • Jenna Broadley (English)
  • Lindsay Burrows (ESL)
  • Lucy Cacace (Moderns)
  • Chelsie Caddick-Mcdowell (English)
  • Angela Commisso (Moderns)
  • Chanel Conway (English/Religion)
  • Paul Crisostimo (English)
  • Danielle Dewar (English/CWS)
  • Sarah Dinner (English)
  • Sarah-Jane Evans (English)
  • Amanda Gonsalves (English – Department Head)
  • Danielle Kates (English)
  • Marie Korczak (English)
  • Jen Lukey (English/CWS)
  • Julie McGillvray (English/RCR)
  • Thomas Meagher (English/CWS)
  • Elise Mazza (English)
  • Jeremy Petitti (Moderns)
  • Sutherland (English/CWS)
  • Danielle Robinson (Moderns/PE)
  • Vanessa Slee (Moderns/Business)
  • Tori Warren (Moderns)
  • Amanda Whaling (English/ESL)
  • LTO
  • Sandra Oliveira
  • Dan Urciuoli


The English/Moderns/ESL departments at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School offer courses and opportunities that focus on the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life.  In each of our courses we emphasize the development of listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing skills through our exploration of a wide variety of texts. The texts have been selected to reflect the unique experiences of our students, engage and challenge them by providing opportunities to explore issues that affect them as individuals and members of their local and global communities with the guidance of our teachers.  We encourage our students to recognize that the skills taught in the English class are transferrable to all other courses of study in high school and post-secondary, as well as their daily lives.

Courses Offered:


Grade 9:  ENG 1D (Academic), ENG 1P (Applied), ENG 1L (Essential)

Grade 10:  ENG 2D (Academic), ENG 2P (Applied), ENG 2L (Essential)

Grade 11:  ENG 3U (University Preparation), NBE3U (University Preparation), ENG 3C (College Preparation), ENG 3E (Workplace Preparation)

Electives: EMS 3O (Media Studies), EPS 3O (Presentation and Speaking Skills)

Grade 12:  ENG 4U (University Preparation), ENG 4C (College Preparation), ENG 4E (Workplace Preparation)

Electives: EWC 4U (Writer’s Craft)


The Moderns department at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary school offers courses and opportunities for students to experience the language and culture of Canada’s other official language as well as Italian.  Knowledge of a second language provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their first language skills, enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities and to become more knowledgeable and respectful of other cultures.  In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally.  The Moderns courses aim to prepare students to perform effectively in the challenging world they will face by providing them with the skills they will need to communicate in a second language.

Courses Offered:

Grade 9:  FSF 1D (Core French Academic),  FSF 1P (Core French Applied),

Grade 10:  FSF 2D (Core Frenc Academic)

Grade 11:  FSF 3U (Core French University Preparation)

Grade 12:  FSF 4U (Core French University Preparation)