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Turnbull School

A Private Elementary School in Ottawa

Excellence and Caring since 1992

Head Teachers

Liz Doran, Head Teacher, Primary Division (Gr. K – 2)


Liz Doran ensures that the Kindergarten to Grade 2 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.


Brian Blank, Head Teacher, Junior Division (Gr. 3 – 6)

Brian has been a certified teacher since 2009. Prior to joining Turnbull School in 2013 he gained valuable professional experience as a teacher with two local school boards. Brian has a B.A. (Hon.) from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University. He has also completed a number of additional qualification courses including a specialization in mathematics.

Brian has enjoyed taking part in many of the extracurricular activities offered at the School, including coaching the junior boys’ soccer team to two regional championships, as well as helping to establish a competitive chess club. He has been a leader at Turnbull since 2016 when he became Summer School Principal. In this role, Brian helped to mentor new teachers, maintain and develop quality summer programming, while supporting students and parents during their summer learning experience. Brian is an energetic junior school teacher who works collaboratively with his colleagues while promoting a positive work environment for his students.


Brenda Cole, Head Teacher, Senior Division (Gr. 7 – 8)

Brenda Cole began her teaching career in 1991 after graduating from the University of Alberta. She joined Turnbull School in the Junior School in 1997, teaching grades four and five. She also served as Academic Head until her maternity leave in 2006.  In 2015, she returned to join the Senior School. Brenda is always looking to expand her professional knowledge, taking many additional qualification courses, including the Specialist level in Reading, Mathematics, Special Education, and Computers in Education.

Brenda shares her passion for literature and mathematics with students both in class and in extracurricular clubs. In addition to working in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the school, she is also a Summer School Principal. Brenda enjoys hosting a variety of clubs and being involved in larger events such as the annual Science Fair and the Graduation and Closing Ceremony. As Head, Brenda co-ordinates programming for students and oversees curriculum expectations and resources to support the senior teaching team.


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.