All instructors

Ralph Di Fiore – BA


Mr. Ralph Di Fiore has been teaching for 17 years and has been the principal of Royal Crown Academic School for the past 7 years. Mr. Di Fiore teaches International Business, Business Leadership and Economics.

Camelia Popescu – Bsc

Vice Principal

Mrs. Popescu has an extensive experience in the educational field. As a bachelor of science with a Major in both Chemistry and Physics, Ms. Popescu has been teaching students for almost 30 years.

Jeff Gaffen – Hon BSc, B.Ed, OCT

Head of Guidance Department

Mr. Gaffen graduated from the University of Toronto, earning an Honours Bachelor of Science with a double major in Astrophysics and Psychology and a minor in Mathematics.

Nicole Da Cunha – BA, B.Ed, OCT


Miss Da Cunha has a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University where she studied English and Psychology. She then went on to receive her B.Ed from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Lindsay Shannon – BA

Student Services Department

Miss Shannon is a graduate of Western University where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Childhood and Social Institutions alongside a certificate in youth, adolescence and the law.

Sherry Chou – Hon BAS

Admissions Assistant

Mrs. Sherry Chou has been working at Royal Crown since 2014. She is in charge of student admissions, school fees, and student boarding/homestay arrangement.

Selin Oren – BMgmt, CHRM

Director of International Recruitment and Program Development

Ms. Oren holds the position of Director of International Recruitment and Program Development at Royal Crown. She has been in the field of international education for many years with a particular focus on marketing and operational roles.

Elisabeth Dahl – BA, B.Ed, OCT

Head of English and ESL Department

Miss Dahl has recently returned from a 2-year teaching experience overseas, where she worked with ages 11 to 16, before returning to Canada to teach high school English and English as a Second Language at Royal Crown.

Ann-Akay Steele – MEnglish, B.Ed, OCT


Ann-Akay Steele has been teaching for ten years. She got her undergraduate and master’s degree in English Literature at York University, and then went on to study Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Lauren Kemp – BA, B.Ed, OCT

English, ESL

Miss Kemp is a graduate of Brock University where she majored in English, minored in History, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Education.

Laura Sherman – BA, B.Ed, OCT

English, ESL

Ms. Sherman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a major in English and a minor in History and Psychology.

Nabila Janmohamed – Hon BA, B.Ed, OCT


Ms. Janmohamed holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts and Education degree from York University. She strongly believes in providing every student with an equal platform to grow academically, personally and socially.

Matthew Capogna – BA, B.Ed, OCT


Mr. Capogna is a life-long learner who completed his Bachelor of Arts at York University with an Honors major in History and a minor in English.

Samantha Ramsay – Hon BASc, B.Ed, OCT


Ms. Ramsay is a graduate of Lakehead University, earning her Honors Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with specializations in Psychology, Anthropology, and English.

Carissa Langille – BA, B.Ed, OCT


Ms. Langille received both her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Mathew Smith – Hon BA, B.Ed, OCT


Mr. Smith is an Ontario certified English and History teacher with two universities degrees. During his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Classic Studies and History with a minor concentration in Classical Archaeology.

Dr. Derek Williams – PhD, MA, B.Ed, OCT


Mr. Williams teaches English and History. Before joining Royal Crown Academic School, he taught history for ten years at the University of Toronto.

Ella Katsman – BMath Hon, B.Ed, OCT

Head of Math and Computer Science Department

Mrs. Katsman is a graduate of University of Waterloo and Queen’s University. She has majored in Applied Mathematics, Specialized in Scientific Computation, and graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Mathematics, and Bachelor of Education.

Maja Bozinovic – B.Eng., B.Ed, OCT


Mrs. Bozinovic has graduated from University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering in 2004. After working in the industry for a few years, she developed a passion for teaching and decided to pursue a teaching career.

Justin Tram – B.Sc, B.Ed, OCT


Mr. Tram has spent a couple years overseas teaching Mathematics and ESL. His passion lies within learning and teaching Mathematics through an inquiry-based approach.

Younga Kim – B.Sc, B.Ed, OCT

Mathematics and Chemistry

Ms. Kim graduated from York University in Mathematics and Chemistry and is a graduate from OISE University of Toronto.

Daniel DeCicco – BSc, B.Ed, OCT


Mr. DeCicco graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Financial Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry.

Courtney Sellers – HonBA, B.Ed, OCT

Head of World Studies and Social Science Department

Miss Sellers joined RCAS in August 2015 after spending the two previous years teaching in the UK. She received an Honours Specialization in History, Magna Cum Laude, and her education degree (PGDE) from the University of Edinburgh.

Salma Oomer – HBA, HB Professional Studies, B.Ed, OCT

World Studies, ESL

Ms. Oomer is a passionate professional who strives to aid students in reaching their full potential. She prides herself on supporting students to develop critical thinking skills that will support the students in lifelong learning.

Bernadette Pereira – HBA, B.Ed, OCT

World Studies, ESL

Miss Pereira received her Honors B.A. at York University and completed her B.Ed. degree with high distinction at the University of Ontario Faculty Of Education.

Ildiko Goczi – BSc, B.Ed, OCT

Physics, Chemistry

Mrs. Goczi is an Ontario certified science teacher with a Major in both Chemistry and Physics. She also holds a HR Management graduate certificate and she is an experienced Synchronized swimming coach.

Alyssa Paik – HBSc, B.Ed, OCT

Head of the Science Department

Ms Paik graduated from the University of Toronto with Distinction, obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Emilie Pagacz – Hon BA, B.Ed, OCT

Head of Visual Arts Department

Ms. Emilie Pagacz received her Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Toronto.

Liron Van Velsen – Hon BA, B.Ed, OCT

Visual Arts, Photography

Ms. Van Velsen has always been a very creative person with a passion for everything artistic and flare for anything innovative.

Laszlo Hegedus – Hon BA , Hon BPS, OCT

ESL, Middle School

Mr. Laszlo Hegedus teaches English a Second Language (ESL), Health and Physical Education (PE), and the Elementary division.