Academic Staff

The team

At Peak Centre Academy, we have remarkable staff members who have proven their excellence in education and athletics throughout their careers. We are extremely lucky to have the following as part of our academic staff for the 2020-21 year:

Shaun Quinn, B.A., M.Ed. - Principal/High School Teacher

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Shaun Quinn joined Peak Centre Academy in September 2018 after working in the private school stream for 27 years – 13 years teaching at the middle and high school levels, and 14 years working in an administrative role as Vice Principal.

As an undergrad, Shaun attended the University of Ottawa where he completed a B.A. with Honors in Geography and also a Concentration in History. Shaun then completed a Masters degree in Education at the same university.

In terms of his athletic background, Shaun was a diverse athlete, but focussed his attention primarily on hockey and lacrosse. In his youth, Shaun played competitive hockey/lacrosse for the Gloucester Rangers/Gloucester Griffins respectively. He then played Jr. hockey for the Grads and Jr. lacrosse for the Griffins. He also played Sr. lacrosse for the Huntsville Hawks and was the Director of the Huntsville Lacrosse School during that same season. Shaun continued his hockey involvement through Bob Fawcett’s Power Hockey School as he worked as an instructor from 1997-2004. Shaun also has a passion for downhill skiing, fishing, and golfing.

Shaun is committed to ensuring that his students reach their full academic potential and believes that part of student success is ‘learning how to learn’, as he feels it is important for students to develop sound learning skills/work habits that will prepare them further for post-secondary education.

Amanda Cummings – Senior Lead Teacher; High School English Teacher

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Amanda has been teaching since 2009, working within private school institutions. She has taught grades 4-12, but her main comfort is at the intermediate and senior level. While at the University of Ottawa she obtained her Bachelor of General Arts degree with a specialization in English Literature. Afterwards she completed her Bachelor of Education degree at Nipissing University, and has taken several AQ and ABQ courses through Queen’s University. She loves teaching at Peak Academy and prides herself on making a connection with each and every student, in order to help them reach his or her potential in all their courses.

Outside of the classroom Amanda enjoys playing various sports, particularly curling, which she has been playing for over 20 years at the Huntley Curling Club. She also enjoys playing volleyball, squash, and softball. Amanda is also an avid reader and loves spending time with her two young boys.

Spencer Mulvaney – Junior School Lead Teacher; Junior School English/Social Studies Teacher

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Spencer has been involved with education and sports for most of his life. He started lifeguarding at age 16 in his hometown of Kemptville, Ontario. He taught swim lessons and coached the local swim team. After graduating high school Spencer attended Carleton University to pursue a Bachelor degree in History and a minor in English. During that time, he volunteered as an assistant coach for his former high school senior boy’s soccer team. He also worked at a group home for youth where he solidified his idea of being a teacher.

Spencer took his Bachelor of Education at Queens University and graduated in 2016. His focus was on at-risk youth, and he did a placement in a high school student support office where he worked one on one with students. He has a deep respect for the growth mindset and believes failure to be essential to learning, in school and in sports. If you don’t see failure as an opportunity you are not taking full advantage of it.

Spencer has always been keen to be active and be involved in sports. He has played on many of his high school teams such as soccer, basketball and football. He even spent time as a personal trainer at a local gym where he did one on one training sessions and group classes. He believes being physically active is an essential part of a person’s well-being. He currently plays men’s competitive soccer in Ottawa.

Spencer’s number one goal is to help kids. He has found a way to achieve this through teaching. At Peak he has the unique opportunity to see youth excel at both academics and athletics, which he could not be more excited about.

Derek Metcalfe – Senior Math & Science

Derek Metcalfe has joined Peak Centre Academy as the senior math and science teacher.  He has been teaching for approximately 29 years both publicly in the school system, and in several private schools, both in Ontario and in Alberta.  Derek has often been referred to as a Renaissance man. He is a devoted lifelong learner with diverse experiences, that have led him from Canada's military, to medical school, to professional musician, to education and to several entrepreneurial endeavours.  His teaching philosophy is grounded in sharing these experiences, and stimulating, motivating and challenging students in order to facilitate an atmosphere of excellence – never to settle for mediocrity – and aid them toward reaching their full potential, by unlocking their undeveloped talents.  He believes in, not merely educating a student in the subject of the moment, but rather educating the whole individual.  Having previously been involved in competitive team and individual sports, he recognizes the value of commitment, dedication and perseverance and strives to link the relevance of these tenants into the academic classroom.  In his personal life, Derek takes joy in family life with his wife and four children, enjoys personal fitness and is happiest when traveling and participating in outdoor activities.

Jessica Marinucci – Junior School Teacher

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Jessica has joined the Peak Academy team after recently moving back to the Ottawa area. She just finished teaching in the UK and prior to working overseas Jessica was with the Calgary Board of Education for 6 years. She has experience teaching a range of grade levels from kindergarten to Grade 9 and brings with her a strong background in multi-age teaching.

Jessica completed her B.BA, majoring in Marketing at Acadia University before pursuing her passion, teaching. Her B.Ed from University of Ottawa focussed on Primary and Junior Education. She strives to create learning opportunities for all children through collaboration and sharing of ideas and adapts her teaching styles for each individual.  Jessica is an enthusiastic, creative, high energy educator with a desire to make a difference in the social and academic growth of every student. She would like to share her passion for learning and athletic pursuits at Peak Academy. 

Jessica has played ringette for 21 years and was the assistant coach for the past 5 years. She has the unique distinction of being on a provincial championship team in two different provinces, as well as being on the Western Canada team for two years. There is not a sport she doesn’t like, be it individual or team. Having played a wide range of sports including volleyball, field hockey and ultimate Frisbee, at a competitive level, Jessica strives to achieve her personal goals. Her next goals include training for a marathon and learning salsa dancing. Jessica’s diverse teaching experiences and outdoor interests have strengthened her ability to support students, as learners and as people. 

Marc Lafleur – French & Hockey

Marc Lafleur joined Peak Centre Academy in October 2020.  Marc has eight years experience as a full-time teacher  at the primary and intermediate levels as well as well as another four as a part-time instructor.  Marc attended Bemidji State University in Minnesota where he earned his B.S. and then completed his Masters Degree in Sports Studies. 

While at Bemidji State, Marc played NCAA Hockey for the Men's program for four years and while earning his Masters degree, was selected to be on the Men's Ice Hockey staff as a Graduate Assistant for two years.

From 2010-2012, Marc served as the assistant coach for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.  For the next eight seasons served as Head Coach and General Manager  of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (five seasons) and the Hearst Lumberjacks (three seasons) of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.. During his time in Northern Ontario, Lafleur amassed a career record of 230-132-42 during the regular season and won two playoff titles – once in 2014 with Kirkland Lake and in 2019 with Hearst just three years after the team joined the NOJHL.  He was twice voted NOJHL Head Coach of the Year (2013 & 2019) as well as General Manager of the Year (2019).  Marc was also selected to the Team Canada East coaching staff for four straight years for the World Junior A Challenge (2013-2016).

Marc is currently Assistant Coach with the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL (Central Canadian Hockey League).

Pat Malloy – Hockey Director

As the Program Coordinator for The Peak Hockey Program, Pat brings a wealth of teaching knowledge. Past experiences include working with many professional and elite teams, athletes and coaches. As program coordinator for the Peak Hockey Program, Pat has developed specific on-ice training methods that target specific energy systems, muscle groups, angles and balance points to enhance skating and hockey skill performance. He continues to develop a strong structural base for the Peak Hockey Program, focusing on skill development, mental, physical, nutritional and ethical aspects of the game. 

Pat is a Canadian National Player Development Coach certified as part of the High Performance Stream with Hockey Canada and was the first coach in Hockey Eastern Ontario among the few nationally to be granted this designation. Licensed as a Registered Professional Coach and Learning Facilitator with the Coaches Association of Canada, Pat is active in youth, player, professional and coach education and development.

Professionally, Pat’s NHL coaching experience includes several seasons as a Development Coach for the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL as well a consultant in Player Development for the Ottawa Senators organization. At the Major Junior level Pat is a former Player Development & Performance Coach with the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL.

Pat continues to individually consult some of the best players in the NHL, North America and Europe including many 1st Round NHL draft picks, established NHL players, captains and major award winners.

For over 2 decades from Initiation through Junior “A” to the National Hockey League Pat has advanced thousands of players to higher levels of achievement. He is a current GM, Coach and Alternate Governor in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League.

Through powerful communication, collaboration and emotional intelligence to create dynamic evidence based processes Pat is a driver of development and performance.

Luke Witzel - B.Sc. H.K., CSEP-CEP

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Luke obtained his undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Over the course of his degree, Luke was required to gather extensive information pertaining to strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, anatomy, as well as nutrition. He was also required to complete a 1-year internship placement as a Strength Coach and Athletic Therapist Assistant, where he gained an abundance of valuable knowledge that he has brought with him to the Peak Centre for Human Performance. Since then, he has worked with a number of professional athletes in leagues ranging from: NHL, AHL, ECHL, OHL, NCAA, CrossFit Games, and many more. Being a former Tier II Junior “A” hockey player, as well as a Regional Soccer Player in the Cumberland Organization, Luke knows what it takes to compete at a high level and is greatly determined to help other athletes develop to be the best that they can be.

Alex Stewart – Admin 

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A native of Ottawa, Alex grew up a lover of all sports but focused mostly on hockey, playing top tier competitive level for all of his minor hockey career. He was drafted into the CCHL, but upon graduation of high school he decided to give up on the “dream” and left to attend the Sport Management program at Brock University. Alex graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management and went on to continue an extended internship with concussion charity in Toronto founded by Keith Primeau - StopConcussions. He was responsible for administering their education and prevention platform through various events and marketing efforts with the goal of raising awareness and funds for concussions and research. 

After about a year of this, Alex returned home to Ottawa and jumped on board with Peak as an on-ice hockey instructor for the first summer, eventually moving up into the office and into his current role as manager, or as most know him – “Jack of All Trades”. He really enjoys interacting with athletes of all different sporting backgrounds both with the Peak Academy and the Peak Centre clientele. Around the same time as coming on board with Peak Alex got back involved in his hockey roots - spending 5 years coaching young minor hockey players in the Nepean Raiders organization.

Athletically, Alex has switched gears from his hockey roots and into the endurance world, taking on the new challenge of becoming an age group athlete in the sport of triathlon. In the past seven years he has competed in 25+ endurance events ranging from sprint triathlons all the way to his first Ironman in 2018. He really enjoys the challenge of competing against his own times, along with the social aspect of the endurance community… nothing beats a post ride coffee (or cold pint!) with friends!

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