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.

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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  • 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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  • Ms. Natalie Grossi

    Director of Academics: Junior School
    Natalie Grossi joined CDS as Director of Academics Junior School in 2023, having previously served as a Vice Principal with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Additionally, Natalie has served as an academic consultant at the Board level.
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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 Post-Secondary Counselling
    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. Rob Waldron

    Director of Middle School
    Rob Waldron has a love for teaching. He earned his Bachelor of Education (Honours) at the Rolle Faculty of Education at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. In his years of classroom practice, Mr. Waldron has worked at various schools in London, England as well as travelling to Beijing, China to work in an international independent school. These experiences have helped shape the unique environment that is Mr. Waldron’s classroom.
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The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 


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.