Meet Our Teachers

Principle Ms. Maria Pereira

Principle Ms. Maria Pereira

Ms. Maria Pereira holds a Bachelor of Science degree from York University and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Educational Administration. She brings 35 years of experience in teaching leadership in Canada’s educational system. She has received numerous awards including “Principal of year” in Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), “secondary Unit Award” (Toronto teachers) and “Excellent Teacher” (Parent Board-wide) in Toronto High School Teachers’ Union, and “Principal of Excellent” which was voted by parents board -wide.

Vice-Principal Ms. Sint

Vice-Principal Ms. Sint

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I live in Milton, Ontario with my husband Ryan, our daughter Nila who was born in April 2016, and our cat Lucy. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Anthropology and History from McMaster University and earned my Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. When I was in the classroom, I taught Business, Geography, and History.

Outside of teaching and school, I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking, going to parks for picnics, and watching movies.

A message to our students …..

Coming to Canada to study can be both exciting and scary. Don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people. One of the best ways to learn is to expand your horizons through new and different experiences. Also, never be afraid to ask your teachers for help no matter how scary it may seem.  

Department Head of Mathematics, Science and Business - Mr. Niestrawski

Department Head of Mathematics, Science and Business - Mr. Niestrawski

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I have a wife and a son, Nicholas, who is one year old. I went to university at Western and completed a degree in Mathematics. This year is my sixth year teaching at SuOn.

When I’m not at school I enjoy running, fishing, cooking, reading, learning about finance and economics, and spending time with my family.

A message to our students…
I wish all of you the very best this school year. I hope your time at SuOn will be useful and productive. Work hard, but don’t forget to have some fun along the way!

A favourite quote
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
– B. F. Skinner

Department Head of English, Social Science and Arts - Ms. Kwiatek

Department Head of English, Social Science and Arts - Ms. Kwiatek

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I have a partner and two dogs. You will quickly learn that I’m crazy about my dogs. This will be my 6th year teaching at SuOn. I mainly teach English and Visual Arts. I majored in English at York University. I am Polish Canadian. I can speak Polish but should definitely brush up on my vocabulary!

When I’m not at school I enjoy painting or working on any art project, taking long walks with my dog, reading, and bingeing on TV shows. I am also very passionate about human rights issues and learning about Indigenous history in Canada.

A message to our students …..

Welcome to Canada! I look forward to getting to know each of you and providing you with an engaging classroom environment as well as support as you adapt to living in a new environment. Even if you’re not in my class, don’t be afraid to say hi! I encourage you to get involved in the school community and to venture out and explore what Toronto has to offer. I hope that your time spent at SuOn will be inspiring and memorable.

A favourite quote

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. (JK Rowling)

A pet peeve

I don’t like it when people are late and I hate being late myself. Showing up on time says that you value and respect that person’s time as well as your own.

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