School Leadership

The Country Day School’s Leadership team is composed of nine individuals (4 women and 5 men) who work closely together to guide and direct the School in a fashion commensurate with our vision and guiding principles. Drawn from academic and non-academic backgrounds, each team member provides expertise in their field while working intensively together to live and communicate the culture of the School.
 

The CDS Leadership Team

List of 9 news stories.

  • Mr. John Liggett

    Head of School
    John Liggett joined The Country Day School as Head of School in 2011. He began his teaching career in the 1990s at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in the Toronto District School Board, before moving into the independent school system.
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  • Ms. Susan Scott

    Deputy Head of School, Director of Student Services
    Susan Scott earned her Concurrent Education degree from Queen’s University and went on to complete her master's degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She also holds Special Education, Guidance and Primary Additional Qualifications, as well as her CAIS diploma in Independent School Leadership.
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  • Mrs. Ann Wildberger

    Deputy Head of School, Director of Junior School
    Ann Wildberger arrived at CDS with a career full of unique teaching experiences. She began teaching in 1984 and has taught in Canada, Connecticut and California in both the public and independent sectors.
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  • Ms. Celia Bland

    Director of Senior School
    Celia Bland has had an extensive teaching career. She began teaching in social priority neighbourhoods in the heart of London, England, where she was named a Teacher of Exemplary Standards and was a member of the Management Team for the Teachers’ Centre.
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  • Mr. Dave Harvey

    Director of Academics: Middle and Senior Schools
    Quickly approaching the end of his second decade in education, Dave Harvey has taught numerous subject areas including Philosophy, Ancient and Modern History, Classical Studies, Sociology and, of course, English to which he is passionately devoted, having served for twelve years as an English Department Head in the public and independent school systems.
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  • Mr. David Huckvale

    Director of Admission and University Placement
    David Huckvale joined CDS in the summer of 2008, his first position in the independent school system after 10 years of service at York University in Toronto.
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  • Mr. Brent Johnston

    Executive Director of Advancement
    Brent Johnston has over 20 years of experience in Advancement. Starting his career in small, community-based, non-profit organizations, he moved to the University of Toronto prior to the launch of the Great Minds Campaign, one that reached a Canadian record-setting $1 billion milestone.
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  • Mrs. Melanie Sheppard

    Director of Finance
    Melanie Sheppard arrived at CDS in 2001 to serve as the School's Controller where her primary responsibilities were managing the Business Office and financial reporting.
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  • Mr. Dean Sherman

    Director of Middle School
    Dean Sherman graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology before obtaining a B.Ed. (Physical and Health Education and Science) from the University of Western Ontario in 1990.
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School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
communications@cds.on.ca
admissions@cds.on.ca
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.