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Staff & Board

Abby Karos
Executive Director

Co-founder of Compass, Abby has several years of teaching experience in a variety of settings both public and private. She also has worked as a project manager and editor in the not-for-profit sector. Abby holds a B.A. in history with minors in Women’s and Asian Studies from St. Olaf College, a Masters in Educational Philosophy from McGill University, and teaching certifications from the University of Ottawa and the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools.

Rosalind McCanny
Program Manager

Rosalind has dedicated her life to finding exceptionally engaging ways to learn and teach. She holds a B. Ed. from Queen’s University with a specialization in Outdoor and Experiential Education and is a graduate from Carleton University’s Self-Directed Interdisciplinary Studies program. Rosalind brings experience in architectural project management and educational program organization to working at Compass. She has planned and facilitated courses for cutting edge experiential education programs across Canada including the Boundless School and Sea to Sky Outdoor School. Rosalind is passionate about the learning potential that lies beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom and is committed to helping youth recognize their abilities and pursue their dreams.

Catharine Vandelinde
President

Catharine has built her career in the area of Community Health, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her lifelong commitment to ensuring there is a welcoming place for everyone translates perfectly into the mandate of Compass. In her current job she works closely with management and employees to build capacity in recognizing various learning styles and strengths and teaches the value of building a rich, dynamic, and diverse workforce.

Jared Langdon
Treasurer

As a self employed IT consultant, Jared uses self-directed learning every day to keep up with the latest developments in his field. "Everything I need to educate myself is available online for free." With his degrees in Commerce and Computer Science along with his real world experience in private enterprise, Jared is well positioned to help guide teens as they take control of their own educations free from government school. Jared teaches our computer programming class on Thursday mornings.

Tracy Moore
Secretary

As an advocate for youth empowerment, Tracy has supported youth development by designing and overseeing programming in the areas of mentoring, volunteering, physical activity and self-awareness. With a Masters in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa Tracy has used her skills in the Psychopedagogy domain to advance child and youth programming in the non-profit sector in Ottawa. Tracy's most current projects have supported youth civic engagement in priority neighborhoods in Ottawa.

Sandy Foote
Board Member

Sandy is a Senior Business and Information Technology Strategist and Social Entrepreneur who focuses on business growth and sustainability in the corporate, government and not-for profit sectors. Sandy is able to provide sound direction and innovative approaches to an organization’s strategic and operational business issues. He has significant experience in developing and delivering business strategies and plans that have successfully supported short- and long-term sustainability and growth objectives. This has resulted in cost-effective business solutions that have successfully moved organizations forward through stages of growth.

Ken Danford
Advisory Board

Kenneth Danford is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens located in Hadley, MA. Since 1996, Kenneth has been supporting teens frustrated in school to use a homeschooling approach to improve their lives. Now he is coaching numerous people to establish their own versions of this program in communities all over the United States and in other countries. Kenneth enjoyed his own high school experience in Shaker Heights, OH, but after becoming a teacher for idealistic reasons, he became disillusioned with the system. Kenneth chose to create his own ideal working and learning community, and continues to enjoy every day at North Star.

Carlo Ricci
Advisory Board

Carlo Ricci, PhD is a full professor and teaches at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University in the Graduate Studies Program. He founded and edits the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. His most recent book is titled The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What do Love, Trust, Respect, Care and Compassion have to do with Learning? The book addresses the question of how do we learn best? His research and advocacy focuses on learner centered democratic approaches. He lives in Toronto

Sarah Rainsberger
Advisory Board

Sarah Rainsberger has helped students navigate and circumvent the school system for over 20 years. In addition to her long academic tutoring career, she was co-founder and co-director of an accredited alternative private high school in Toronto. Through writing, blogging, online message boards and conference speaking, Sarah has acted as the Ontario homeschooling community’s own “High School Guidance Counsellor” for 10 years, particularly on all matters related to university admission without a high school diploma.

Carol Nash
Advisory Board

Carol is a PhD in philosophy of education and holds and Ontario teaching certificate. She is Co-founder of Alpha II Alternative School, a public unschool for young people age 11-21 in the Toronto District School Board. Both her son and daughter were mentees at Alpha II during all their secondary school years. Since 2012, Carol has been Scholar in Residence in the University of Toronto History of Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, where she facilitates the weekly History of Medicine Research Interest Group based on the unschooling model.

Hannah Beach
Advisory Board

Hannah Beach is the founding Director of the Dandelion Dance Company. She also founded and directs a school of creative movement for children: Tournesol Dance. Combining her classical dance training with her background in social work and children’s rights, she teaches in a manner that embraces all body types and abilities, encouraging children and youth to explore their feelings, reflections and experiences through movement. An award-winning educator, and the author of seven books on movement and expression, Hannah offers workshops, talks and training for those interested in learning how dance can be a tool to help youth connect, encourage inclusion, and support self-expression.