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Our Principal

Dear Parents,

Touchstone Academy - Our PrincipalIt is my pleasure to introduce you to Touchstone! The unique learning experience we provide stems from two fundamental beliefs. First, every student has unique talents, needs, interests, and learning styles. Second, a strong partnership between home and school ensures each child is reaching his or her greatest potential. At Touchstone, we carefully tailor students’ educational plans as they learn at their own pace. Our passionate and experienced teachers employ creative teaching and assessment methods to meet each student’s needs. Through a well-rounded and challenging curriculum, we strive for academic excellence. We believe in developing leadership and critical thinking skills so that our students become confident, inquiring, and compassionate life-long learners. We also believe in the dignity and integrity of each student. Partnering with parents, we support the development of the whole child.

Our website will answer many of your questions, but the best way to get a feel for our unique school is to come and visit us. I invite you to book a tour so you can see our teachers and students in action. You will leave knowing that education can be a fun and extraordinary experience for your child. I look forward to meeting you and your child!

Warm regards,
Angela Morse, Principal

Our Staff

A fun and creative bunch, our dedicated faculty and staff make every day an extraordinary experience for the kids at Touchstone Academy.

Angela Morse - Principal
Meghan Clarke-Forret - Grade 2/3 Teacher
Cindy Gowan - K/1 Teacher
Katie Hunter - Grade 4/5 Teacher

Heather Hunter - French and Outdoor Pursuits Teacher

Kelsey Levenshulme - JK Teacher

Bethany Cunningham - JK Teacher

Christina Hester - Office Accountant

Chelsea Ferris - French and After School Teacher

Krista Mombourquette - After School Teacher

 

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected and appointed by the Parent Body. The Directors actively support and promote the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions.

2023-2024 Directors

David Donovan - Chair, Parent
Johannes Dunn - Treasurer

Daniel Pillay - Parent
Meagan Cunningham - Parent
Sam Shen - Parent
Mira Stephenson - Alum
Tasha vanderLinde - ex officio, Founder
Angela Morse - Principal
George Brown - Parent

Founder’s Note

I remember so well a phone call I received one evening at 11pm. As the founder and principal of Touchstone, I often got calls in the evening—parents who wanted to talk about their children, a teacher with a curriculum question, or Ms. Angela calling to discuss an issue that had come up during the school day. But this call was different. The caller was an 8-year-old Touchstone student who was crazy for math. He wanted me to see a very cool fractal that he had found on YouTube, and it just couldn’t wait until the next day.

Years earlier, a group of ten families and one extraordinary teacher embarked on a mission to start an elementary school. A school where students design, organize, present, examine, improvise, perform, hypothesize, identify, publish, and build. An extraordinary school.

The 8-year-old caller personifies what the founders hoped would happen to our students — that they would get excited by and engaged in their learning. Little did we know they would sneak out of bed to call their principal about math!
Founding Touchstone with these families and Ms. Angela, and working with the teachers, students and families of Touchstone ever since has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

Tasha vanderLinde
Founder