Turnbull School

A Private Elementary School in Ottawa

Excellence and Caring since 1992

Head Teachers

Liz Doran, Head of Academic Studies, Primary Division


Liz Doran ensures that the Kindergarten to Grade 3 academic standards are of the highest caliber. Mrs. Doran has been a teacher since 1991, and with Turnbull School since 1994. She has a B.A. (Hon.) from Queen’s University, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, an Early Childhood Education Diploma and a Master of Education Degree with a specialization in Literacy.

Mrs. Doran has also completed many additional qualification courses, including her Reading Specialist as well as courses in Mathematics, Integrated Arts, Special Education and English as a Second Language. She liaises with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa as one of their Associate Teachers. Mrs. Doran is well respected among her colleagues and has an extensive understanding of the learning and social development of young children.

Katie Horton, Head of Academic Studies, Junior Division


Katie Horton has been a teacher with Turnbull School since 2000. As a Grade 6 science teacher, she has helped organize our annual school-wide Science Fair and has also used her specialization in physical education to coach numerous teams. Miss Horton graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science, followed by a B.Ed. from Nipissing University with primary/junior/intermediate qualifications, as well as a specialization in physical education.

In addition to her Grade 6 homeroom teaching duties, her responsibilities as Academic Head include overseeing the curriculum requirements and resources to ensure that students in the Junior School are prepared for the academic opportunities of the intermediate grades. Miss Horton works cooperatively with her colleagues and enthusiastically embraces new initiatives to provide the junior students many enhanced learning experiences.

Christine Ferris, Head of Academic Studies, Senior Division


Christine Ferris works closely with staff to implement the enriching program for our Grade 7 and 8 students. Mrs. Ferris was one of the original teachers when the school was established in 1992. Prior to joining Turnbull School, Mrs. Ferris taught gifted students, as well as English to late French Immersion students in the public board where her contributions included achieving the distinction of the top class in Ontario during provincial testing for writing ability.

Her three years teaching in Papua New Guinea at an international school brings a wealth of experience to her students, as does her over thirty years of teaching. Mrs. Ferris has a B.A. in English from Carleton University and attended Ottawa Teacher’s College. She is recognized as a teacher who prepares students for the challenges of high school through developing solid skills in oral and written communication, literature studies and study strategies/time management, leading to a successful transition into high school.

Yvon Carrière, Athletic Director

STAFF-Carriere-6643-Sep12Yvon Carrière has taught a variety of classes at Turnbull School since his arrival in 1999. He earned his B.Ed., specializing in Physical Education, at McGill University in 1995 and has taught Physical Education in all three divisions, as well as French to the junior and senior students. M. Carrière has also been highly involved in other areas, such as coaching many teams and as the Head of School Life from 2011 to 2013.

As Athletic Director, M. Carrière oversees both physical education and athletics. These include the daily physical education classes in all grades, the fitness program and intramural and extra-curricular school teams. He brings a passion for sport and physical activity to this role and to all Turnbull students.

Steve Fini, Head of Community Engagement

STAFF-Fini-8310-2012-250x310Steve Fini has been with Turnbull School since 2003. He has an Honours B.A. from the University of Guelph and Bachelor and Master degrees of Education from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Fini continues to actively seek out professional development opportunities, achieving the Specialist designation in Special Education and attending annual summer conferences at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing.

Since starting at Turnbull School, Mr. Fini has regularly demonstrated his commitment to the student community through his involvement in coaching, clubs and student council, by organizing student-staff ice hockey games and by establishing a peer tutoring network for additional student support. He is deeply committed to the importance of developing a social conscience, and he has modeled this over the years through his participation in the Pearls for Girls initiative, the organization of our annual hockey pool in support of the United Way, and the emphasis he places on human rights and global issues in his teaching.

Jody Rantala, French Coordinator; Head of Student Life, Senior School


Jody Rantala has been teaching French at Turnbull School since 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa in 2005 and her B.Ed. from Laurentian University in 2006. Mme Rantala leads the French teaching team and oversees French activities for the school.

Mme Rantala has been highly involved in senior school life since her arrival at Turnbull, providing leadership and coordination for the senior school advisory committee and the school dance team. As Head of Student Life for the Senior School, Mme Rantala continues in these roles and also oversees many other aspects of the school’s special and extra-curricular events, including providing leadership for special school spirit squad activities and coordinating clubs.

Lorie Roy, Head of Student Life, Junior School

STAFF-Roy-2012-250x311Lorie Roy has been teaching Grade 4 and a variety of other classes at Turnbull School since 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, followed by a Master of Science in Teaching from Potsdam University. She also went on to complete her specialist level in primary and junior science.

Mrs. Roy has been involved in many other areas of the school, such as being the lead library coordinator facilitating the work of the parent volunteers and ensuring an effective and well functioning library for the school. She has also been a member of many school committees involving staff, students and parents. As Head of Student Life for the Junior School, Mrs. Roy collaborates with the Head of Student Life for the Senior School to oversee many aspects of the school’s special and extra-curricular activities and events, including coordinating clubs and organizing school assemblies.