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.


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

Daniela Albanese Daniela's passion for various art forms and media has influenced her own work as well as her post secondary studies. Her qualifications are impressive and include a Graphic Design Diploma from Seneca College, an Art History Degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Lakehead University. Daniela's love for the arts has flourished into both teaching and her own professional graphic design practice.

At Woodbridge Art School, Daniela is the department head for our Primary/Elementary Division and teaches several of the classes within her department. Beyond teaching at Woodbridge Art School, Daniela is a certified teacher within York Catholic District School Board. She has been nurturing creative young minds for over 7 years, encouraging and promoting the fine arts and the positive influence it has on our lives. Daniela pride's herself in promoting freedom of expression and nurtures the the artistic talent in each and every one of her students.

Art from Daniela Albanese


B.Des (Bachelor of Design Degree) from Ryerson University Graduated 2016

Joobo Shim Joobo Shim is currently a graduate of the FCAD (Fashion Design) program at Ryerson University. Prior to his degree completion at Ryerson University, he attended the Parsons New School for Design located in New York for 2 years and worked under prestigious labels such as 3.1 Phillip Lim and Kenneth Cole.

His design aesthetic focuses on creating genderless silhouettes that emphasize geometrical principles and strict attention to proportion, structure, and detail.

He first became interested in design through his interest in fine art and the personal connection between its principles and elements to both fields. He was not necessarily interested in fashion but rather the threads that connect the fibres of the fabric used to create the clothing. To him, design represents the creation of structures where the individual is free to fill the shape and give it life.

Though currently trained as a designer, he was previously disciplined in fineart and illustration practices.

Joobo specializes in teaching idea conceptualization, portfolio preparation for Art universities (international and local), mix-media application techniques, and measurement/proportion theory.

Art from Joobo Shim


B.A Spec. Hons. University of Waterloo
Cert. Digital Media Conestoga College
B.Ed. University of Toronto
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Roger Fernandes Roger is a graduate from University of Waterloo with Honours and a studio specialization and a Digital Media Certificate program from Conestoga College. His passion for the arts has flourished not only towards teaching but also into graphic design and illustration. He illustrated two children's books titled: "Blackflies to Blueberries: Wally and Deanna's Wetland Adventure" and "Wally and Deanna's Quartz Crystal Adventure". He is also a graduate from University of Toronto's Education Program (Junior / Intermediate divisions). Roger teaches our Intermediate Classes.

Beyond teaching at Woodbridge Art School, Roger teaches at Michael's art store to young adults and adults in art classes. The foci in his classes are to build skills in painting and drawing. Roger also, spends his time in multiple schools across the Toronto Catholic District School Board Teaching Lego lunchtime enrichment program. Roger has the belief that fine arts encourages and promotes self-discovery and exploration of the world.

Art from Roger Fernandes


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing & Painting major and Graphic Design minor at OCAD University

Erica Joaquin Erica Joaquin is an emerging Canadian interdisciplinary artist and designer born in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She has shown nationally and internationally in Finland, Germany, Italy and New York and has been published three times. Erica also studied abroad in Florence, Italy where she completed her Thesis. Erica has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing & Painting major and Graphic Design minor at OCAD University. Having a background in dance, a love for traveling and an interest in documenting her life through photography and videography, Erica's work depicts past moments in the present time, making intangible memories physical.

Erica has a passion for inspiring others to express their creativity through fine arts. The most rewarding part of teaching for her is seeing her students' skills and confidence level elevate with each class. Erica believes that the arts can enhance one's ability to have a deeper understanding of emotions, analyze the world in a different way and strengthen problem-solving skills.

Art from Erica Joaquin


Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADu), majoring in Drawing and Painting
Postgraduate Certificate in Social Sciences

Laura Proietto Laura attends the University of Toronto OISE where she is completing her Master's in Teaching in the Primary and Junior grade levels. At OISE, Laura's research explores and justifies the benefits of visual arts education for elementary school students.

Previously, Laura has been an art instructor for 4 years and has conducted Arts in School programs for Junior and Senior grade levels. Laura's art has been showcased in many art exhibitions, including the Toronto Outdoor Art Show in 2013, and the Awards Exhibition and Graduate Exhibition at OCADu in 2014.

Beyond teaching art, Laura is also very passionate about hockey and is in her fourth year of coaching girls' rep hockey. Laura was previously an NCAA athlete where she was a hockey goaltender for the Elmira College Soaring Eagles. Laura is an advocate for the arts and for physical education, which is demonstrated in her teaching style. She believes that art can be used as a way to explore creativity and self-identity. Since she was young, Laura has had a strong passion to teach children and is pursuing her dreams to become a middle school/high school art teacher.

Art from Laura Proietto


Bachelor of Design: Environmental Design with a minor in Fine Arts: Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design University
Mayfield Regional Arts Program Certificate Recipient: Visual Arts (2011)

Lakesha James Lakesha is a graduate from OCAD University's Environmental Design program, which encompasses a combination of landscape, experiential, interior and architectural design. Her knowledge of design and spatial relationships allows her to visualize a bigger picture and incorporating this into her art. She is passionate about both art and design, and how the two can add to and build upon each other. She has interest in the translation of 2D to 3D and vice versa as well as the manipulation of rhythm and form. Her favourite mediums are acrylic paint on wood panel, and watercolours. She has experience teaching art to many different age groups but will be teaching the Primary/Elementary Division.

Lakesha's designs have been featured in both OCAD's CIDA accreditation show 2016, as well as OCAD's GradEx 2016. She enjoys mentoring children, and boosting their confidence in their abilities, aiming to have her students feel like masters of their own creativity. She finds being able to instill her knowledge of visual dynamics and passion for creative jurisdiction and painting.

Art from Lakesha James


Bachelors of Fine Art Honors from York University, Majoring in Painting and Drawing

April Bhamra April is a practicing artist with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts honors from York University, where she majored in painting and drawing, but also practiced many other mediums and extensively studied Anthropology. April is very enthusiastic about analytically engaging in artwork and looking for the stories that are revealed through it. This passion propelled her into creating her own graphic novel, working as a caricature artist, and creating commission paintings to help others tell their own stories.

With a background in Anthropology, April spent over a year studying art education and volunteering in different high schools, tutoring academies and at Black Creek Pioneer Village to learn more about how art impacts youth. She believes practicing art is an enriching experience as it benefits many aspects of our lives such as mental health, analytical skills, problem solving skills, communication and critical thinking.

April enjoys challenging her students to always try, because fear only limits our potential. Her biggest focus as is to creates an encouraging and safe learning environment for her students. By addressing each student’s individualistic needs, she is able to increases her students’ motivation, awareness and understanding of art.

Art from April Bhamra


Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours York University

Marcella Cinelli Marcella has been a practicing artist for over eight years, and has received extensive training at York University within their Fine Arts program, where she is completing her final year. Throughout this training, she has developed a passion for both painting and drawing – but has worked and explored many other mediums. Her work has been exhibited in shows across Vaughan, including the Vaughan Film Festival.

Marcella has also spent her time volunteering in elementary schools throughout Vaughan, tutoring, and teaching; she has developed a passion for working with children. Marcella’s expertise is in the Primary, Elementary and Junior divisions; but has experience with instructing all age groups. Along with teaching at the Woodbridge Art School, she will be instructing with our Artist in the School Program. In addition to teaching children different art methods and techniques, Marcella hopes to introduce the notion that art is a form of expression that can enhance the mind.

Art from Marcella Cinelli