At Peak Centre Academy, we have remarkable staff members who have proven their excellence in education and athletics throughout their careers. We are extremely lucky to have the following as part of our academic staff:
Shaun Quinn, B.A., M.Ed. - Principal/High School Teacher
Shaun Quinn joined Peak Centre Academy in September 2018 after working in the private school stream for 27 years – 13 years teaching at the middle and high school levels, and 14 years working in an administrative role as Vice Principal.
As an undergrad, Shaun attended the University of Ottawa where he completed a B.A. with Honors in Geography and also a Concentration in History. Shaun then completed a Masters degree in Education at the same university.
In terms of his athletic background, Shaun was a diverse athlete, but focussed his attention primarily on hockey and lacrosse. In his youth, Shaun played competitive hockey/lacrosse for the Gloucester Rangers/Gloucester Griffins respectively. He then played Jr. hockey for the Grads and Jr. lacrosse for the Griffins. He also played Sr. lacrosse for the Huntsville Hawks and was the Director of the Huntsville Lacrosse School during that same season. Shaun continued his hockey involvement through Bob Fawcett’s Power Hockey School as he worked as an instructor from 1997-2004. Shaun also has a passion for downhill skiing, fishing, and golfing.
Shaun is committed to ensuring that his students reach their full academic potential and believes that part of student success is ‘learning how to learn’, as he feels it is important for students to develop sound learning skills/work habits that will prepare them further for post-secondary education.
Amanda Cummings – B.A., B.Ed., OCT, Senior Lead Teacher; High School English Teacher
Amanda has been teaching since 2009, working within private school institutions. She has taught grades 4-12, but her main comfort is at the intermediate and senior level. While at the University of Ottawa she obtained her Bachelor of General Arts degree with a specialization in English Literature. Afterwards she completed her Bachelor of Education degree at Nipissing University, and has taken several AQ and ABQ courses through Queen’s University. She loves teaching at Peak Academy and prides herself on making a connection with each and every student, in order to help them reach his or her potential in all their courses.
Outside of the classroom Amanda enjoys playing various sports, particularly curling, which she has been playing for over 20 years at the Huntley Curling Club. She also enjoys playing volleyball, squash, and softball. Amanda is also an avid reader and loves spending time with her two young boys.
Spencer Mulvaney – B.A., B.ED., OCT, Junior School Lead Teacher; Junior School English/Social Studies Teacher
Spencer has been involved with education and sports for most of his life. He started lifeguarding at age 16 in his hometown of Kemptville, Ontario. He taught swim lessons and coached the local swim team. After graduating high school Spencer attended Carleton University to pursue a Bachelor degree in History and a minor in English. During that time, he volunteered as an assistant coach for his former high school senior boy’s soccer team. He also worked at a group home for youth where he solidified his idea of being a teacher.
Spencer took his Bachelor of Education at Queens University and graduated in 2016. His focus was on at-risk youth, and he did a placement in a high school student support office where he worked one on one with students. He has a deep respect for the growth mindset and believes failure to be essential to learning, in school and in sports. If you don’t see failure as an opportunity you are not taking full advantage of it.
Spencer has always been keen to be active and be involved in sports. He has played on many of his high school teams such as soccer, basketball and football. He even spent time as a personal trainer at a local gym where he did one on one training sessions and group classes. He believes being physically active is an essential part of a person’s well-being. He currently plays men’s competitive soccer in Ottawa.
Spencer’s number one goal is to help kids. He has found a way to achieve this through teaching. At Peak he has the unique opportunity to see youth excel at both academics and athletics, which he could not be more excited about.
ANU MOHAN - SENIOR MATH/SCIENCE TEACHER
Anu Mohan is a new member of the Peak Centre Academy team. Anu will be teaching senior-level Mathematics and Science. She has been teaching for 5+ years both in public and private schools. Anu completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. She then obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor, with specialization in Intermediate/Senior Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Anu has worked with multiple school boards over the course of her teaching career. She is an experienced, passionate and caring educator. She has extensive experience helping students meet their learning goals by creating fun activities for them to stay engaged. Building a strong relationship with her students and creating an inclusive learning environment are some of her strengths as a teacher.
Apart from teaching, Anu loves to travel and bring back the rich experiences from around the world into the classroom. She enjoys having long walks with her husband, her dog and her young daughter.
STEPHANIE MCDUFF - JUNIOR SCHOOL TEACHER
Greetings, I'm Steph and I love making learning fun! I have eight years of experience, including classroom teaching, planning and facilitating recreational programs, and respite work with children with exceptionalities. I have a B.A. from Western University and completed my Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa. I am certified through the Ontario College of Teachers. I also completed the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Additionally, I have experience in mental health and wellness from my work at a youth centre supporting unhoused youth. All of this experience has shaped my teaching practice into one with compassion and a large focus on confidence building. I acknowledge that learning goes beyond academia and is deeply rooted in our confidence within ourselves - I believe in developing transferable skills that go beyond classroom learning.
During my free time, I can be found hiking, walking my dog, spending time with my family and friends, painting, or reading.
Margaux bitzanis - french teacher
Over the past five years, Margaux gained a wide range of experience working with children with special needs including academic, language, social, emotional, and developmental challenges. Since 2016, she has worked as a Community Support Worker and has volunteered in both public and private sector institutions, particularly in the field of Speech-Language Pathology while supporting students with special needs in any capacity.
While at the University of Ottawa, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology and French linguistics in 2019. Over the years, Margaux discovered a passion to provide support and empower students to view themselves as confident and competent learners. This passion solidified her decision to later pursue a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Ottawa.
Each and every experience has taught her that everyone learns differently. We all need to be taught a way that works for us; it’s not a personal fault. Sometimes that even means getting extra help from a specialist, and that’s okay. Margaux wants to provide support and empower students who are struggling in school, because every child deserves to learn, and no student deserves to be left behind.
Outside of the classroom, Margaux enjoys being by the water, reading, horseback riding, making music, and lifting weights and she recently found a new love for dancing. The gym is her happy place, but the dance floor is where she feels most spiritually grounded.