Dr. Josep González
Head of School
Dr. Josep L. González is TFS’ Head of School. Dr. González brings to TFS exceptional academic and international experience. Prior to his appointment in 2015, Dr. González was Headmaster at the British School of Barcelona (BSB), an international and co-ed school. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Oxford, and has been department head, and a language and literature professor and lecturer, for over two decades at prestigious schools and universities, including Eton College and the University of Oxford. With a passion for languages, he speaks French, English, Catalan, Spanish and Italian fluently. Among his other accomplishments, Dr. González has designed a pre-university syllabus for Cambridge International Examinations, written award-winning novels and has been a cultural commentator and media spokesperson on many educational topics, including bilingualism in schools and developing students’ international mindedness.
Proviseure adjointe for French Studies
Sylvie hails from the Strasbourg region in France. She joined TFS as Proviseure adjointe for French Studies in 2016 after a career in the French public school system. She is seconded from the French Ministry of National Education. At TFS, she helps implement TFS’ strategic plan while ensuring compliance with existing programs to ensure they align with the school’s objectives and mission supporting student success. She also supports teachers in the development of their educational practice and oversees the quality of teaching and learning in compliance with the teachers’ reflection and growth plan. She serves as a liaison with TFS partners, the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE), the Mission laïque française (MLF), and the French diplomatic post in Ottawa. She began her career in education as a teacher and then as a school principal. Between 2005 and 2016, she worked as Deputy Headmaster for two French schools, a junior and a senior high school. The insignia of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques” was bestowed upon Sylvie in 2013, awarded to honour the merits of the Ministry of National Education staff in France.
Deputy Head of Citizenship and Community Engagement
Michael is the Deputy Head, Citizenship & Community Engagement, with oversight for all elements of student life beyond the classroom and areas related to community engagement including admissions and communications. Michael joined TFS in 2009 after seven years as Chief HR Officer for the United Church of Canada. Michael has a B.A. from Concordia University, M.A. from Western University and HR certification from Ryerson. As Deputy Head, he has participated in the school’s strategic plans including an expansion of our athletic programs, a new citizenship program, and a host of other initiatives designed to strengthen parent and student commitment to the school. His varied leadership opportunities have provided him with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the importance of creating a positive culture and climate for students, teachers and staff.
Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning
Khalid is the Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning. He is committed to the ongoing development of the quality of the students’ learning experience at TFS through the continuous improvement of pedagogical and assessment practices. Moreover, Khalid oversees the implementation of Pillar 1 (Academic Ambition) of the school’s strategic plan. Prior to joining TFS, he was Deputy Head for teaching and learning at a large international school in Cairo. Currently a doctoral candidate in education at the University of Bath, UK, Khalid also holds a master’s degree in education, a post-graduate certificate in French and English language education and a degree in European economics from the University of Nantes, France. Khalid speaks English, French and Arabic.
Principal, Junior School
Raised in a tiny village in France, near the German border not unfamiliar with two world wars, Alexandre's desire for expanded international interaction and understanding grew at an early age. Fortunately, he was able to expand his interethnic relationships and interactions through sport, more specifically soccer, very early on. His drive, skill and determination culminated in his achieving his bachelor's degree in science of sports and physical activities, as well as playing in an elite French soccer league, while pursuing his master's degree from the University of Nancy I. A few years later Alexandre was recruited to teach at TFS where he jumped at the occasion to move to an ethnically diverse city and teach in an innovative school. Alexandre led the West Campus' athletics and taught for more than 15 years before becoming more deeply involved in the Junior School's administration and contributing on a deeper level to TFS’ mission of staying avant-garde. He continues to champion internationally minded pupils by providing a strong foundation, encouraging a curious mind, rigour and compassionate behaviour inside and outside the classroom. "I am privileged to work with such a diverse and dedicated staff and honoured to partake in the education of so many remarkable, unique, inquisitive and inspiring children."
Executive Director, The Learning Forum
After working as a Principal with Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde here in Toronto, and in Georgia before that, as well as a Director of Curriculum in Nigeria and an Athletic Director in Yemen, M. Gaudet arrived at TFS as Principal of the Senior School in 2015, bringing with him an invaluable international perspective. In August 2020, M. Gaudet stepped into his new role of Executive Director of the Learning Forum at TFS. M. Gaudet is a bilingual educator with a master’s degree in educational administration. He has more than 20 years of experience working with high school students. His passion for academic ambition is felt school-wide through his innovative and infomed ideas and programs.
Principal, La p’tite école
Before joining TFS 25 years ago, Mirna taught at a public school in the Ottawa area, and before that she was director of a Parisian company. At TFS, Mirna took on different roles including teaching in classrooms and heading various branches of the Junior and Senior Schools.
Mirna holds a DEUG (two-year university degree) in economics and has a bachelor degree in business administration from St. Joseph University, a University of Lyons, France affiliate. She then studied law and accounting in Paris. Mirna also taught in schools and wanted to go back to university to become a teacher. For this purpose, she graduated with Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Administration degrees, and received an executive director certificate from the International Schools Training Centre. The insignia of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques was bestowed upon Mirna in 2019, awarded to honour her outstanding contribution to French education abroad and her services to French culture.
Chief Financial Officer
Shyrose is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of experience, 10 of which have been in the not-for-profit sector. She is a graduate of University of Toronto, with an Honours BComm before receiving her CA. An accomplished senior financial leader, she has led many cross-functional projects and teams developing and implementing standards of excellence. She approaches finance with a customer service objective choosing to collaborate and find solutions through trusting relationships with stakeholders. Shyrose has served on various boards and is a lifelong volunteer for many causes, with a will to leave the world a better place. She is a people person at heart, and loves to work with our staff and parents.
Principal, West Campus
Davy Marques brings to TFS extensive academic leadership experience, having worked in many bilingual and multicultural French schools around the world. He was most recently the Head of the Primary School at the Lycée Français International d’Al Khobar in Saudia Arabia. His international experience also includes being the Headmaster of schools in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and France. Fluent in French, English and Portuguese, M. Marques is a student-focused leader who shares our school’s passion for developing well-rounded students who are engaged in their wider world. He holds a master’s degree in education from Bretagne Sud University and a bachelor’s degree in language sciences from Sorbonne University.
Executive Director, Facilities
Gord is responsible for the matters related to the TFS facilities. This includes building maintenance, custodial, grounds, safety and security as well as managing all capital projects. Gord and his team help ensure TFS is provided with a safe, inviting and sustainable teaching environment for its students and staff. Previous to TFS, Gord held positions at Seneca College, Royal Ontario Museum, and various public and private facilities. As a mechanical engineering technologist, Gord brings diligence, process and a strategic perspective to the TFS community.
Executive Director, Innovation and Technology
Bob Tarle is responsible for technology planning and support across the school. He works collaboratively with classroom teachers and support services to ensure thoughtful integration of technology, driven by pedagogy. Bob is helping to build a digital citizenship program with focus on the power and responsibility connected to engagement and discernment online. He has led local and national IT leadership research, and developed working partnerships with Ryerson's DMZ and Rotman's iThink Initiative. Bob came to TFS from TVO and TFO where he launched and managed an innovation incubator and was Director of Innovation & Partnerships. Fully bilingual, Bob has a Bachelor of Education from McGill and has completed postgraduate programs in journalism-new media and business innovation, at Sheridan College and U of T. A proud TFS parent, he also supports all-round development as both a mentor and basketball coach.
Principal, Senior School
M. Urfels, a native of France, joined TFS in August 2020 as Principal of the Senior School. He was most recently Proviseur (Head) at Lycée français de Gavà – Bon Soleil in Spain. During his 13-year tenure at the Lycée, he gained considerable experience in international education and educational cooperation, ensuring the implementation of the Franco-Spanish Bachibac diploma and the IB Diploma Program. M. Urfels is passionate about history and geography, which he taught France and Spain, as well as the history of political ideas, law and geopolitics. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and German.
President, TFS Foundation
Cathy leads TFS’ advancement and alumni relations department and works closely with the Head of School, Foundation Board and volunteers to advance TFS’ culture of philanthropy. Prior to joining our school as President of the TFS Foundation, Cathy was most recently Vice-President of Philanthropy at St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and held senior roles at a number of educational institutes and organizations, including Vice-President and Chief Development Officer at Pathways to Education Canada, Senior Vice-President of the York University Foundation and Associate Director in the University of Toronto’s Department of Alumni and Development. Cathy holds an honours BA in politics from Queen’s University.