Our Team

Our team is comprised of powerful Movement for Black Lives community educators, parents, and caregivers.  Our team participates in a 5 day training prior to the start of the summer.  Our core team of educators and team leaders all have extensive experience working with children in various contexts. Please see below for a list of team members and their roles.

FreedomSchool – Toronto Team

LeRoi Newbold
CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR AND YOUNG FREEDOM FIGHTER ROOM (6-12YR) EDUCATOR, CURRICULUM WRITER
LeRoi Newbold is currently pursuing his masters at York University in Black affirmative education, and has designed Afrocentric/Black focused curriculum and taught at the Africentric Alternative School for the past Read More
Nauoda Robinson
CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE
Nauoda serves our people by focusing on providing emotional support for Black children in and out of care, families and community. Learning through active play & daily activities, with a Read More
Naomi Bain
BREAKOUT EDUCATOR IN THE FREEDOM FIGHTER ROOM (6-12YR)
Naomi Bain is an activist, writer, community educator and educational consultant. Naomi has 9 year experience working with children in both classroom and camp settings. She currently works with schools Read More
Ki Allyene
KITCHEN CURRICULUM EDUCATOR
Ki is a Black queer, non-binary transmasculine community care giver, healer & spirit warrior, they are super excited to be working with FreedomSchool as a kitchen educator. Ki is an Read More
Posh
CHEF
Posh has cooked for Freedom School for three years. He has a passion for food and is well loved by children!
Sydney West Burns
YOUTH EDUCATOR
My name is Sydney and I just graduated from grade 12 at Earl Haig Secondary School. I was in the Claude Watson program there, with my specialty area being visual Read More
Moon Anitafrika
YOUTH EDUCATOR
Moon Anitafrika is a 15 year old who loves to skateboard, draw comics and create Mangas. He is the published author of a graphic novel entitled 'Mezurashii Book I' and Read More
Yeico Quinones
YOUTH EDUCATOR
Natasha Wright
FREEDOM FIGHTER SUPPORT EDUCATOR
Natasha Wright graduated from York University in 2012 attaining a MEd. [2012: Master of Education], B.Ed. [2011: Bachelor of Education], B.A. Spec. Hons. [2010: Sociology & Social Justice Studies], along Read More
Gakuba Marie Providence
KITCHEN CURRICULUM EDUCATOR

FreedomSchool at Rose Avenue 2019

LeRoi Newbold
CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR AND YOUNG FREEDOM FIGHTER ROOM (6-12YR) EDUCATOR, CURRICULUM WRITER
LeRoi Newbold is currently pursuing his masters at York University in Black affirmative education, and has designed Afrocentric/Black focused curriculum and taught at the Africentric Alternative School for the past Read More
Nauoda Robinson
CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE
Nauoda serves our people by focusing on providing emotional support for Black children in and out of care, families and community. Learning through active play & daily activities, with a Read More
David Chrichton
ROSE AVENUE JR. PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
David has been an elementary principal for over 20 years in Toronto's downtown core. He has worked in inner city schools, advocating for communities which historically have been under serviced. Read More
Adna Ahmed
GRADE 1 TEACHER
My name is Ms. Ahmed and I am very excited to be teaching Grade 1 at FreedomSchool this summer! I am eager to get to know your child, but first Read More
Simone Peters
GRADE 1 TEACHER
Simone Peters is an elementary teacher and child & youth worker of Caribbean descent. In 2017, she graduated from Teachers’ College with a specialization in social justice education. Her areas Read More
Cecil Dwyer
GRADE 1 TEACHER
Mr. Cecil Dwyer has been an educator with the TDSB for the past 12 years. He currently teaches at Nelson Mandela Park P.S. He is very excited to be at Read More
Fatima Syeda
GRADE 1 TEACHER
Welcome to the Rose Avenue Freedom School program! My name is Ms. Fatima Syeda and I am one of the teachers of the Freedom School program. I am extremely excited Read More
Emmanuel Rutayisire
GRADE 2 TEACHER
Emmanuel M Gakuba Rutayisire is foremost a curious dreamer. He is an educator, caregiver, artist and student. He is currently a French teacher with the TDSB and pursuing his Masters Read More
Terrance Saunders
GRADE 3 TEACHER
I am presently a grade 6-8 Teacher at Lawrence Heights Middle School.  I began my career with the TDSB in 1989 at Flemington Rd Elementary school, then moved to Lawrence Read More
Terri-Ann Lewis
GRADE 3 TEACHER
 My name is Terri-ann. I was born and raised in Toronto but identify as a Black Scotian from my mother's side.   My father is Antiguan. I am a proud Read More
Ralson Chamberlain
GRADE 4 TEACHER
I am originally from Jamaica and migrated to Canada in 2007 via the United States where I started university. I am trained in Primary Education in Jamaica and have a Read More
Karrin Huynh
GRADE 5 TEACHER
Karrin Huynh has spent the last two years teaching Grade 3/4 at Nelson Mandela Park Public School In Regent Park. She graduated from York University’s Urban Diversity Teachers College Program Read More
Nathaniel Saunders
GRADE 5 TEACHER
Silvia Argentina Arauz
GRADE 6 TEACHER
Silvia Argentina Arauz is a Nicaraguan born Latina with African and Indigenous roots. During her years in Toronto, she has directly and vicariously experiences the impacts of institutional racism and Read More
Susan Osbourne
GRADE 7/8 TEACHER