TIA teachers have certainly raised the bar on what a high school experience should be for students! Highly qualified, caring, approachable and professional, TIA's teachers employ an individualized approach to learning, and ensure no student feels left behind.  Get to know more about some of our teachers and staff below.

OCT | B.Ed | MA

Bilal Bakri

EDUCATION: University of Toronto, OISE, University of Ottawa
TEACHABLES: Politics, History

After joining TIA, I taught English, Careers , Social Science, and Nutrition. Being a teacher is a gratifying experience because teachers witness the fruits of their labour in the growth of their students. As a guidance counsellor, I am able to help students plan for the rest of their lives. I am passionate about integrating interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving in the classroom. The future of education is in the cultivation of critical thinkers and global citizens. Through culturally-relevant pedagogy and differentiated learning, we can create leaders for future generations.


B.Ed | MA | Applied Linguistics

Rachel Nguyen

EDUCATION: Concordia University
TEACHABLES: ESL, English Literacy Course, Vietnamese

I hold a degree in Applied Linguistics and have experience in teaching ESL and IELTS courses for international students. Being a student counselor at TIA, I am passionate about providing students with all the help and guidance they need to achieve their academic goals.


BA | Digital Marketer & Graphic Designer

Sandra Serrao

EDUCATION: University of Toronto
As a Digital Marketing Coordinator, I am proud to showcase and promote our school online, in print, and on social media. I am constantly recording and capturing student progress, activities, and events in school. In addition, I also teach subjects like Technology and Media Studies.

TEACHER - Technology, Media Studies

Master of arts 

Ilona Yu

EDUCATION: Friedrich Schiller University Jena
I majored in Teaching Foreign Languages, graduated from the University in Germany. Working as an Administrative Assistant and a Student counsellor, I'm helping students with their needs on a daily basis. And I am also providing Mandarin course at TIA. I am passionate about teaching and exceptionally creative in my approach. I look forward to enjoying a great term with the students and improve together to be a better individual!

Administrative Assistant &  Student Counsellor

B.Ed | M.Sc 

Merhan Jamshidian

EDUCATION: Tehran Polytechnic University
I graduated in Applied Mathematics. I have been teaching for 30 years. My favourite topics are math and physics. I like to help my students to look for new ways to find a better strategy to solve problems and improve in analyzing problems.

TEACHER - Physics, Advance Functions, Calculus & Vectors, Data Management


Jennifer Xuan

EDUCATION: University of Waterloo
I am proud to be the Business and Science teacher at TIA. I hold a degree in Economics, which allows me to teach a variety of subjects. My experience thus far has been very rewarding for both myself and the learners I have encountered. It is truly inspiring to watch the students at TIA grow academically and reach their greatest potential as members of society!

TEACHER - Business, Social Science, English

B.Sc | M.Sc | B.Ed | OCT

Kritika Kajla

EDUCATION: Punjab University, Queens University
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Education Law - ETFO, Teaching & Learning Through e-Learning - ETFO
I am an Ontario-certified teacher with 10+ years of comprehensive teaching experience. An educator who is motivated to transform students' academic lives by implementing successful strategies that help them develop holistically. Over the years, I have taught international students and improvised my teaching and student assessment skills. I use an easy-to-understand vocabulary and try to involve daily life scenarios while teaching Biology and Chemistry which help the students to comprehend the concepts well. Using different audio-visual aids has helped me create an effective teaching-learning environment. 

TEACHER - Science, Chemistry, Biology, Health Education, ESL and IELTS

OCT | M.Sc

Vera Yu

EDUCATION: University of Ottawa
I have been with TIA since 2015 as a mathematics and science teacher. I am a proud graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Master of Mathematics for Teachers and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree. I have also trained and hold a certification in adult education and online teaching facilitator. I have taught in an aboriginal community in northern Ontario for two years and in northern China for three years prior to teaching at TIA. I always have a lot of interesting stories to share!

E-School Coordinator
TEACHER - Mathematics, Science

OCT | B.Ed | M.Sc

Nehaben Trivedi

EDUCATION: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
I have experience teaching International Baccalaureate along with also being a certified Examiner. I have taught in high school for 4 years and also worked full-time for a year with an NGO for Curriculum Development prior to joining TIA.

TEACHER - Physics, Mathematics

MA | Technology in Computer Science Engineering

Harmandeep Sandhu

EDUCATION: University of Toronto
I am a highly motivated Graduate Degree holder employing creative teaching strategies to engage students fully in the learning process. I am passionate about teaching and simplifying computer science programs helping students learn the basics all the way to advanced concepts. Driven to inspire students to achieve personal and academic success.

TEACHER - Computer Science and Math

MA | B.Ed | OCT

Martin Melkoumian

EDUCATION: University of Toronto, McMaster University, Brock University
Hello and welcome to Toronto International Academy, one of the most exclusive private high schools in the Greater Toronto Area! Since 2004, TIA has been the education hub for creating bright futures for young people. Our graduates go to the best programs at the most prestigious universities around the world.

As an Ontario Ministry Inspected institution, we provide students with a curriculum that allows for academic growth, personal development, and preparation for post-secondary studies. Our small class sizes make it possible for instructors to focus more closely on the progress and well-being of each student.

TIA is not just a school, but a community that fosters growth, global citizenship, and goodwill. We offer a respectful and accommodating environment through small class sizes for both local and international students. We help the community by fundraising for cancer research, collecting food items for the local food bank, going on educational field trips, promoting intercultural tolerance and understanding, and providing a safe, friendly place to study.

Please feel free to reach out to us or even pay us a visit if you have any questions! We’d love to meet you, give you a tour of our facility, and help you plan for your future. We hope that you make TIA your choice in taking that first step toward fulfilling your goals!

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