Head of School
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, and in November 2021, became TFS' Head of School. 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 informed ideas and programs.
Principal, Senior School
M. Urfels, a native of France, joined TFS in August 2020 as Principal of the Senior School. He was appointed Deputy Head in January 2022. 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 in France and Spain, as well as the history of political ideas, law and geopolitics. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and German.
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 perspective and interactions through sport, 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.
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.
Principal (Interim), La p’tite école
Lauren Sigel is a seasoned bilingual educator and accomplished leader. As Principal (interim) at La p’tite école, Ms. Sigel supervises a team of educators, dedicated to our youngest students. She is also continuing the traditions of excellence and innovation, as well as the legendary culture of caring, that La p’tite école is known for. A native of Toronto, Ms. Sigel was a Vice-Principal at both of TFS’ Toronto and West campuses for 12 years. As Principal of The Leo Baeck Day School’s South Campus, she oversaw Leo Baeck’s successful entry into the CAIS network and the reauthorization of its IB Middle Years Program. Prior to rejoining TFS, she became the Education Director at The Rotman Family Foundation and more recently, acted as an English and French literacy specialist and consultant at the Red Oak Centre. She was appointed Principal (Interim) of La p’tite école in August 2022. Ms. Sigel holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Western University and a bachelor’s of education degree from York University, as well as a specialist in Special Education. She speaks English, French, and basic Hebrew.
Executive Director, People and Culture
A native of Laval, Quebec, Gabriel Bérard started his career in human resources in the manufacturing sector in Montreal. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and joined the Mon Avenir School Board where for over a decade he was successively health and safety coordinator, manager of labour relations and assistant director of human resources. Director of People and Culture at TFS since 2021, his role includes talent and performance management, labour relations, and recruiting staff members who are committed to TFS' values of integrity, discernment, respect, and engagement. Gabriel holds a bachelor's degree in human resources management from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Executive Director of the Learning Forum
Originally from France, Daniel Cohen began his career as a special education teacher, a role in which he had the privilege of supporting students of all ages in their learning methods. After working in Paris and surrounding areas, he pursued roles outside of his home country, driven by his thirst to discover the world. In Chicago, New York, Montreal and Singapore, he gained leadership experiences (from director of curriculum to head of school) during which he developed expertise in French and English teaching practices and knowledge of different curricula, while gaining international experience. At TFS, since 2017, he served as Vice Principal of the Junior School until his appointment as Executive Director of the Learning Forum in 2022. As he leads a team of passionate professionals with a mandate across all four TFS branches, Mr. Cohen has the responsibility to develop and strengthen students’ learning strategies, while ensuring their well-being.
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.
Executive Director, Citizenship and Global Education
A native of Brittany, France, Aurélie Lossouarn joined TFS in 2019 after spending over 18 years in England in the field of education. A qualified teacher, she taught the French programs of the International Baccalaureate. She was also the program coordinator for the National Centre for Distance Education, and assistant director of the foreign language department of an independent international school. Aurélie has a strong passion for education and is committed to the personal development of students. As Director, Citizenship and Global Education at TFS, she oversees the citizenship programs, one of the fundamental pillars upon which our school is built. She is responsible for strengthening and aligning the programs across our four branches. She is also responsible for managing school partnerships, student representation, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Her experience in overseeing international school trips is also a valuable asset, helping students awaken and broaden their international perspective through trips and exchanges around the world. Aurélie holds a certificate in secondary education from the University of Exeter (England), a certificate in leadership from the University of Laval (Quebec), and a bachelor's degree in literature and linguistics from the University of Nantes (France).
Executive Director, Community Engagement and Enrolment
Susan Markle is an accomplished leader, and a passionate and long-time advocate for the education that TFS provides its students.
As Executive Director, Community Engagement and Enrolment, Ms. Markle oversees both the Admissions and Marketing and Communications departments, including the development of comprehensive strategies to promote and nurture the school’s identity. A native of Toronto, Ms. Markle began her educational career in Montebello, Quebec. She then spent 20 years at TFS, first as a guidance counsellor, then teacher before being named to the role of Executive Director of Enrolment Management. In 2018, she expanded her horizons internationally, becoming the Director of Admissions, Marketing and Communications for six schools with the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia. She was appointed the Director of Enrolment at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver in 2021, before returning to TFS in August 2022. Ms. Markle holds a master's degree in psychology, a theatre arts diploma and a U of T creative writing certificate. She speaks English and French, and has dabbled in Spanish, German and American Sign Language.
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.
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.