Women Who Matter: 4 Senior University Professors to Mentor Toronto’s High School Students

The Toronto District School Board is pleased to make today’s announcement that four renowned university professors will mentor over 2,300 high school students and teachers each year.

Women will serve as subject matter experts, so that the participating high school students — part of a pilot program called “[email protected]” — will experience first-hand, in this small group environment, the skills, wisdom and strength required to be successful in their studies and in their professional lives.

For the first time in TDSB history, TDSB trustees have given their unanimous consent to create “[email protected],” which will draw on the expertise and passion of four distinguished university professors to form part of our student curriculum and curriculum testing, and will offer mentoring opportunities to underserved students across the district for the coming years.

There are outstanding women leaders currently working in education, among them:

Grade 12 teachers

Leslie Browning Elementary School / Dr. Steven Rosenbaum

Ms. Leslie Browning, who teaches science and physical education at the Steve Rosenbaum Elementary School in Toronto, is a scientist with a doctorate in physics from Northwestern University in Chicago. She specializes in low-income and early childhood education.

Senior High teachers

Margaret Macmillan High School – Lois Carter/Dr. Charlene Hollis

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Charlene Hollis became the founding principal of Marguerite (Lois) Carter High School, which is now operated by the Toronto District School Board and the Ronald F. McNair Foundation. Today, Ms. Carter teaches career and technical education and holds an administration certificate from Conestoga University College.

Steven Lawrence Secondary School – Dr. Ruth Vanderhoof

Dr. Ruth Vanderhoof was Principal at Steven Lawrence Secondary School from 1986 to 2005, when she retired. She is currently a consultant on working with disadvantaged students who need a combination of academic and vocational tools to succeed in their respective fields of study.

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