Brad has been teaching in traditional and non-traditional
classrooms for the past 25 years, starting in summer camps and graduating to the creation of Great Moose Adventures. He is an OCT qualified educator who
specializes in citizenship and character education, including co-operative
skills, social studies, phys-ed, communication, behaviour management and
self-esteem development. Combining his outdoor educational background with his experience as a teacher & leader, he has been designing and facilitating inquiry based education - utilizing
creative, hands-on learning in an outdoor setting for academic success and
personal growth. He is our Summer Camp Director and Head of the Upper School at GMA Academy.
Jean-Yves Sonny Leese
Sonny has been teaching and leading in indoor and outdoor education for the past 20 years. Originally from the UK and France he has had the opportunity to teach children of all ages from 3 different continents and is an OCT certified educator. Utilizing his experience in a wide variety of educational settings, he designed the learning approach and curriculum of GMA Academy, centered on blending traditional academic studies with experiential, hands-on outdoor play and learning. He is the GMA Academy Principal and whole school French Teacher.
Becki’s experience as an educator is very diverse with experience teaching abroad, facilitating interactive science & animal presentations, and teaching art, music & drama. She is an RYT 200 Yoga instructor and is certified in Rainbow Kids yoga instruction, providing play-based learning, focusing on movement, creativity, mindfulness and experiential education. Becki is also a Wilderness First Aid instructor with the Red Cross of Canada, training our staff and keeping everyone safe at Great Moose Adventures.
Meaghan is an OCT certiﬁed teacher with specialties in mathematics and science, and holding her additional
qualiﬁcations in Special Education and Reading.
She has been teaching children of all ages in various indoor and outdoor classrooms for the last 10 years, including teaching an outdoor based secondary school leadership program, team building programming in camp settings, leading wilderness canoe trips, and developing children’s programming for camps.
At GMA Academy, she teaches our Senior Class (grades 3-5) and develops curriculum for our STREAM class that integrates Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with inquiry-based rich-tasks.
As an Ontario certified teacher, Lynlee specializes in science, early years learning, arts and phonics. It was during her time abroad, in Slovakia, studying biofuels that Lynlee first learned about Forest Schools. After completing Forest School Canada practitioners training, Lynlee has been given insight into the many benefits of outdoor play and learning for child development and academic success.
Teaching phonics and literacy strategies this upcoming school year, Lynlee’s other role this year will be to help develop and coordinate GMA’s First Nations Curriculum. Lynlee is a band member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and is committed to learning the teachings and ways of First Nations culture. While her Great-Grandmother attended the Spanish Residential School, today many of her extended family reside on the reservation of Nipissing First Nation. The North and her family cottage have always served as a root for Lynlee’s love of nature and through her outdoor teachings she hopes to inspire and connect the next generation to the land, here at and surrounding Great Moose Adventures.
Aly is an Ontario Certified Teacher, recently graduated from Brock University with a passion to teach science and geography at the elementary level. She has experience as a teaching assistant, personal tutor, and camp counselor at GMA. Her love for science is centered around inquiry-based learning and encouraging children’s curiosity to lead the way for new discoveries! Aly prioritizes making strong connections with the children she works with, focusing on inclusion and interest-based activities. She is excited to utilize her teaching knowledge, love for the outdoors, and sense of adventure to benefit all students she works with this year. Aly is a teacher with the Junior and Senior Forest Classes and is an supply teacher for the regular GMA Academy classes too.