ANGELA LISI

Administrative Director at Woodbridge Art School



Angela Lisi Angela has over 25 years of office and retail management experience. She has a passion for working with children and has chaired various educational councils throughout both The Peel Region and York Catholic School Boards. Angela was awarded the 2004/2005 Volunteer Recognition Award by The City of Vaughan for both her Fundraising and Program Improvement Initiatives within her School Community.

Angela is our Administrative Director at Woodbridge Art School who provides exemplary customer service and secretarial support to the students and their families.





SARA LAM

B.F.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. York University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Head of Faculty Program/Creative Director at Woodbridge Art School

Sara Lam Sara is a graduate from York University, and received a Specialized Honours Degree in Visual Arts (Studio), primarily focusing her studies in painting, drawing, photography, art history and English literature. She has a keen interest in studying works of art in traditional and contemporary methods and techniques.

Sara also received her Bachelor of Education Degree from York University with concentrated studies in the Intermediate/Senior Divisions focusing her teaching practice in the York Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board. In addition, she received qualifications (AQ’s) in the Primary/Junior Divisions (JK-Grade 6), Special Education, and English as a Second Language from Queens University.

Sara believes that the arts can definitely help children foster a sense of creativity, imagination, critical-thinking and problem­solving skills. She teaches many of our Secondary, Intermediate, Senior and Portfolio Prep classes at Woodbridge Art School. Sara is also an instructor for our Artist in the School Program. She travels to schools across York Region for the York Catholic District School Board sharing her passion and love for the arts.

Art from Sara Lam





DANIELA ALBANESE

Dip Seneca College
B.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. Lakehead University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Daniela Albanese Daniela is a graduate from Seneca College's Graphic Design program and York University’s Art History program. Her passion for the arts has flourished not only towards teaching but into owning her own professional practice in graphic design. She is also a graduate from Lakehead University's Bachelor of Education Program (Primary/Junior divisions). Daniela teaches our Primary, Elementary and Junior classes as well as instructing for our Artist in the School Program.

Beyond teaching at Woodbridge Art School, Daniela volunteers her time in multiple elementary schools across the York Region District SchoolBoard. Daniela has been nurturing creative young minds for years with the belief that the fine arts can encourage and promote positive thinking and freedom of expression. Daniela has a passion to teach young children and dreams of pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher.

Art from Daniela Albanese





MARIA-ELENA BOVENZI

B.F.A Hons. York University
B.Ed. York University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Maria-Elena Bovenzi Maria-Elena is a graduate from the Fine Arts program at York University, who completed a major in Visual Arts and minor in Religious Studies. She has completed a Bachelor of Education at York University, specializing in the Intermediate and Senior Divisions. She also had the unique opportunity to study Art History in Rome, Italy and has visited several art galleries in New York, Toronto, and across Europe. Moreover, she has exhibited her artwork at Twist Gallery in Toronto, Pierre Burton Library and at an event that helped to raise money for cancer patients in Toronto, Arts For Healing.

Maria-Elena developed her passion for art at a young age when she attended Woodbridge Art School. Over the years she has formed a love for painting and drawing and continues to produce artworks. Beyond teaching art, she has many years of experience working as swimming instructor, private tutor, as well as running a youth group at a local parish in Vaughan, Ontario. She firmly believes that art education is important for the intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth of all children. She is dedicated to helping children reach their utmost potential and become the best artist they can be.

Art from Maria-Elena Bovenzi





VANESSA IABONI

Hons. B.A., English and History, University of Toronto (Victoria College)
PGDE Secondary, English and History, University of Edinburgh
OCT Certified

Vanessa Iaboni Vanessa attended Woodbridge Art School for seven years before pursuing an honours double major in English Literature and History at the University of Toronto St. George campus, focusing mainly on British literature (Shakespearean and the Romantic era), as well as British, Russian, and Irish history.  As a history student, she learned various artistic movements that were associated with specific periods in history, and how historical events and ideas often inspired various European artists.  An avid traveler, Vanessa has also visited many world-renowned museums and art galleries in England, Scotland, France, and Italy.  Vanessa returned to Woodbridge Art School as an instructor for Elementary, Junior, and Secondary classes before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland.  She received her Professional Graduate Diploma in Education. (OCT Certified-Equivalent)

Vanessa’s art has been shown at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery and the Historic Wallace House in Woodbridge.  Often inspired by nature and everyday surroundings, she is constantly looking to hone her skills through various artistic mediums.  She is an avid supporter of art education in schools, as she believes it helps children and teenagers express themselves inside and outside the classroom.  She also believes art education instills critical minds in young people, which is why it is needed in the classroom.

Art from Vanessa Iaboni





MELINDA BANCHERI

B.A Hons University of Toronto
H.B.A Sheridan College
B.Ed. Trent University Student

Melinda Bancheri Melinda is a graduate from the University of Toronto who completed an Honours Double Major in Fine Arts and History with a minor in Political Science. She is continuing her education at Trent University, in completing her Bachelors of Education Degree. For over seven years, Melinda attended Woodbridge Art School as a student and developed a strong passion for the fine arts particularly in pencil and ink illustrations.

Melinda's love for teaching has also inspired her towards tutoring students academically across York Region. In addition, she is an instructor for our Artist in the School program. Melinda enjoys sharing her love for the arts with her Junior, Secondary, Senior and Portfolio Prep classes.

Art from Melinda Bancheri





ISABELLA SILVA

B.F.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. University of Toronto Student

Isabella Silva Isabella is a graduate of York University, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Visual Arts (Studio) and minor in History. She focused primarily in drawing, painting and photography where she studied different techniques, image development as well as historical techniques and materials. Isabella volunteers her time at a local high school in York Region where she helps the visual arts department and students from grades 9 to 12 develop their artistic techniques. She helps students with their creative expression and encourages them to use their backgrounds, cultures and experiences as inspiration.

Isabella aspires to be an art teacher, where she will be educating and inspiring young new artists. She believes art is multifaceted and shapes identity, but also teaches one to be critical and creative. Isabella will be attending the University of Toronto in the fall, where she will receive her Bachelor of Education Degree concentrating on the Intermediate/Senior Division.

Art from Isabella Silva





KARINA MARIANI

Dip. Cosmetology
B.F.A Spec.Hons. Ontario College of Art & Design University Student

Substitute Teacher

Karina Mariani Karina began her journey as an artist in 2012. Pursuing her passion for fine arts led her to Ontario College of Art & Design University where she is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree majoring in Drawing and Painting.

Karina's works are mostly composed of animal portraits and human figures - her favourite painting subjects. She also wishes to expand her studies in human anatomy and Renaissance art with dreams of one day opening a gallery of her own. Karina feels very privileged to be working with young talent at Woodbridge Art School and wishes to pass her knowledge and passion to her students. Her goal is for her students to nourish their talents and pursue their passions through her teachings.

Art from Karina Mariani





ALESSIA COMMISSO

B.Arch. Ryerson University Student

Substitute Teacher

Alessia Commisso Alessia is in her final year at Ryerson University currently completing a degree in Architectural Science. She attended Woodbridge Art School as a student for four years where she further developed her passion for the arts particularly in pencil and chalk mediums. Beyond teaching at our school, Alessia volunteers her time as part of a mentorship program implemented at Ryerson University. She believes that visual arts and creative expression help students to develop and grow as individuals.




Art from Alessia Commisso





ISABELLA SUPPA

St. Elizabeth Catholic High School Arts Regional Program Student

Teacher Assistant

Isabella Suppa Isabella Suppa is at her final year at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School and is in the Regional Arts Program for Fine Arts. Her experience at the Woodbridge Art School began as a young student, expanded to a student volunteer and she is now very happy to be a teacher assistant.

Isabella was a previous R.A.V.E. award winner for Rising Star in Fine Arts. She is very passionate about art and teaching. Her other interests include playing the piano, studying art history and science. She hopes to continue her love for art in her post-secondary education.

Outside the Woodbridge Art School, Isabella enjoys volunteering for various organizations including SickKids Hospital and teaching piano to young students. Isabella is also currently president of the York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council where she practices her student leadership. She hopes to continue to share her love for art.

Art from Isabella Suppa