Principal

Barbara Sandler

Barbara Sandler comes to us as the outgoing Vice-Principal of Humewood Community School. She holds a Masters of Educational Administration, and has served as an adjunct professor at York University. In her years in education and administration, she has developed a vast amount of expertise and knowledge in many areas that will directly benefit the students of Northlea EMS. At Humewood, she was instrumental in fostering STEM-based teaching and supporting the growth of French Immersion. She was also active in developing well-being initiatives on mental health awareness, self-confidence, and building healthy relationships. Ms. Sandler started her career as a teacher at Nelson Mandela Park PS and Parkdale PS, where she was a popular and well-regarded educator. Adding to her breadth of experience, she has also been a Middle Years Literacy coordinator, an ESL and Special Education teacher, and an elementary guidance counsellor at several schools.

Ms. Sandler believes in promoting the arts and eco-literacy education. This is displayed by her initiation of the Nurture through Nature initiative and her involvement in the Artist in Residence and Grade 8 Arts Legacy project at Humewood. She partnered with both Staff and Parents on these arts programs, creating a lasting impact on the many students who participated in these important initiatives.

Ms. Sandler wishes to honor and continue traditions already in place here at Northlea and believes that “being in education is very rewarding and it is a privilege to be a trusted member of the community”.

Vice Principals

Rachel Berger

Ms. Berger has a diverse and extensive learning experiences: regular classroom, Special Education, STEM DLL (Digital Lead Learner), ESL, alternative and International Baccalaureate programs with the Toronto District School Board. Ms Berger is a dedicated instructional leader who creates a positive learning environment for all students and is supportive to the students, staff and school community. 

Michael Sanders

Mr. Sanders is an experienced teacher working with the Toronto District School Board for the past 10 years. In addition to his teaching position at Military Trail Public School, he held the role of POR (Person of Responsibility – School Improvement). Mr. Sanders is dedicated to providing an equitable, inclusive learning and working environment for students, staff and the community. He is dedicated to student success and well-being and is eager to build strong ties with parents/guardians and to develop and maintain a strong, supportive school culture with
students and staff.