Meet Our Staff

Important Information - New Students arriving August 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We look forward to welcoming new students to Southern Ontario Collegiate for the 2018/19 academic year. Below please find some information to help you prepare for registration.

Registration and Placement Tests

Registration for new students will take place on August 15, 16 and 17, 2018 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). New students should arrive at the school office with their passport, copies of transcripts and immunization records, as well as current contact information to complete the registration process.

Placement tests will take place on each of these days at:

- 10:00 - Math (and ESL, only for students whose first language is not English) and

- 12:30 - English literature

Placement tests for those students who arrive after August 17 will be scheduled around the same hours in the opening week of the semester. If you have questions, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Travel Information for Students

It is very important that the school is provided with full travel details for students arriving in Canada, including name of airline, airport departure date and time, expected arrival date and time and the correct terminal at Toronto Pearson International airport. Also provide details of any stopovers. Please forward this to us at least one week in advance of the flight in order that we have sufficient time to arrange airport pick up and home stay.

In addition, please let us know of any delays or changes to flight schedules that may occur en route. Drivers will not be able to remain at the airport indefinitely; the more accurate information you can provide, the better are we able to support arriving students.

For those parents who will be accompanying theirs wards to Canada, please find below links to some of the hotels closest to the school. We recommend that you book early as the demand for hotels is pretty high at this time of the year.

Staybridge Hotel and Suites:

Homewood Suites By Hilton:

Sheraton Hotel:

Hamilton Plaza:

Days Inn:

There is always the option of Airbnb if you are going to be here for more than one week; it is probably more cost effective, and use of the kitchen is likely to be available if you are renting the whole apartment. The website is:

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to meeting all our new students soon!!


New Students
Important Information
Click Here

Founded in 1980, Southern Ontario Collegiate of Canada is a private international, university-preparatory secondary school specializing in preparing international students to meet admission requirements for universities in Canada, EEUU, UK Australia, and other prestigious universities around the world.

The faculty of SOC is a highly qualified team. Most teachers have Masters or Ph.D designations and all instructors have undergraduate degrees in the discipline in which they are teaching.

Faculty Members:

Prof. Trish Nanayakkara

 Professor Trish Nanayakkara is the principal of Southern Ontario Collegiate. She has an extensive background in teaching and leadership within the public sector system, and has taught in both elementary and secondary school. In addition to basic teaching certification, she has specialist qualifications in special education, visual arts, English as a Second Language Part I and Principal's Qualifications Parts 1 and 2. She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.

 Dr. Firas Mohammed

 Teacher of Math and Physics courses: Functions 11 MCR 3U, Mathematics of Data Management MDM 4U, Advanced Functions MHF 4U, Calculus and Vectors MCV 4U, Physics SPH 4U. I hold a PhD degree in Mathematics from Baghdad University, and a Master's degree in Financial Mathematics from McMaster University. I have been teaching Mathematics for over seventeen years in over three countries, each with its own challenges. Teaching has been a passion for me as opposed to a career. My life long experience in teaching has instilled in me unique skills to help students reach their potential. I am proud of my abilities to bring fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm to my classes. I love learning and teaching essential Mathematical concepts. As an educator, parent and math enthusiast, I'm committed to providing my students with the best learning resources. A solid foundation in Mathematics can pave the way to success and is an important factor in many careers. The problem solving strategies required in Math help prepare generations to achieve complex goals. It is the wealth of rich resources used appropriately that improves mathematical understanding.

 Keneth Sieffert



B.A. (Hons), B. Ed. I personally believe that hard work and integrity go hand in hand. I push myself to be the best so that I can inspire and instill in my students a sense of responsibility and self-confidence. I have 10 years of teaching experience which I bring into the classroom and as head of Southern Ontario Collegiate's student council and Health Action Team. It is my pleasure to work in an environment that offers such diversity and opportunities of our students.

Grandy Thomas

Grandy Thomas is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BSc double major in Accounting and Economics, an MA in Economics, and a MEd - Leadership and Administration. He has also completed the CGA (Certified General Accountant) course. He is a dedicated professional with an educational and professional career spanning many countries - the Caribbean - St Lucia and Jamaica, distance programs for Cambridge (England), the United States, and now Canada. He believes in bringing to the classroom not just an academic structure, but also a thorough understanding of the practical application as well, and with focus, dedication, and a committed student teacher relationship, any student can succeed beyond the scope of the classroom.

 Atyaf Fayad


 Ms. Fayad teaches Chemistry, Biology, and physics for all grade levels. She brings a wealth of empathy, understanding and a genuine concern for each student`s success, and to the SOC team She holds a B.Sc in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Amman, Jordan and also earned a diploma in molecular biology and biochemistry at McMaster University here in Hamilton, Ontario. Additionally she holds a life science Enterprise Certificate from the University of Toronto. Ms. Atyaf`s passion for teaching instills a journey filled with excitement and learning for her students as they prepare for university and lifelong learning.

 Alison Currie

 Ms. Alison Currie’s role as tutor at SOC reflect her studies at the University of Toronto and her ongoing passion for literature and learning. She is pleased to return to SOC following several years working in international education, particularly focussed on education reform; she’s had leading roles in projects including a review of the education structures in Qatar, supporting Saudi Arabia’s new Colleges of Excellence, developing the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s first careers guidance program, and implementing new curriculum development for secondary schools in Abu Dhabi.

Maryam Olufunke Muhammad-Yusuf

 With over twenty years of experience, Maryam has a unique level of expertise in dealing with new challenges and working with people of diverse cultural perspectives. She has worked and volunteered as a Community Development Officer for several years with a number of Hamilton's not-for-profit organisations, and this exposure has helped to develop sensitivity and understanding of differences and inclusivity. Her duties and responsibilities involve working closely with our students in the areas of passports, visas and many other matters that may affect our students during their study period and sometimes well beyond. Maryam is a strong advocate for imbibing the spirit of volunteerism in our youths, and is actively developing activities and programs to promote community development through volunteering. Maryam is a lifelong learner with extensive interests in anthropology and socio-cultural issues. She enjoys playing the word game of scrabble, loves travelling and keeps active with the Zumba fitness program. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Katie Cox  

Ms. Katie Cox joined our team in 2007, directly after completing her post-secondary education. Katie earned her undergraduate degree from McMaster University and went on to obtain certification in Human Resources. She has a love for education, passion for learning and enjoys an incredible rapport with SOC’s students. Katie is popular among students and staff for her limitless enthusiasm and willingness to help. As an expert in the Ontario Ministry of Education’s policy, Katie is the link between SOC and student success. If staff or students have questions, Katie is the person who has the answers.










Southern Ontario Collegiate

© 2017 All rights reserved.

Southern Ontario Collegiate

28 Rebecca Street

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8R 1B4

Tel: 905.546.1500 or 905.546.1501;

Fax: 1-866-875-2619