Welcome to our school

Uchenna Academy was established in 2013. We are a Ministry of Education inspected private school dedicated to enhancing the learning experiences of high school students. We invite you to read about the history of our school name, our core values and the unique features that differentiate our school from the traditional learning environments.

At Uchenna Academy, our teachers are co-learning with students to develop best practices in a supportive, inclusive learning space. Our athletic program is designed to offer optimal balance of competitive athletics and daily on-court instruction. Each student and student-athlete is surrounded by a support team inclusive of passionate teachers, experienced coaches, college placement advisors and more.

Meet the Uchenna Academy leadership team

Principal: Mr. Dave McNee

Mr. McNee, in addition to his role as a principal is also a member of several community boards, including the City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board (TDSB), BWXT Nuclear Technologies and is a Chair of The QSLA Foundation. He attended Ryerson University’s undergraduate Business Management program, as well as Athabasca University’s Political Science program. His expertise and breadth of knowledge in education, sports, marketing and advertising brings an unmatched leadership and guidance to our school. He has facilitated collaborations between Uchenna Academy and University Health Network (UHN), as well as Deloitte Canada, where high school students have an opportunity to learn from the experts in the field, and get a unique opportunity to present their product ideas at UHN’s Annual Research day. He is also spearheading research initiatives that explore effects of combining sporting activities with mathematics pedagogy, a study which seeks to explore novel ways of engaging youth into mathematics.

Contact: Dave.Mcnee@uchenna.ca

Academic Director: Ms. Claudia Mandekic

Claudia has an extensive teaching career in mathematics and sciences. She attended University of Toronto’s Human Biology undergraduate program, as well as the graduate and the teaching program with the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Her passion for mathematics, as well as developing novel pedagogical approaches while teaching math and science are providing our students with new learning platforms.  In 2021, she was nominated for the Prime Minister Teacher of the Year Award.  You can view Claudia’s LinkedIn Profile here.

Contact: Claudia.m@uchenna.ca

Uchenna Academy Athletic Team

Head Coach, Boys Basketball: Mr. Keir BryanHead Coach & Athletic Director Keir Bryan

Coach Keir is a passionate basketball coach driven to foster winning teams through elite skill and performance training. As a former student-athlete, Coach Keir has been able to use his knowledge of playing basetball at the collegiate level to lead teams under his guidance to the medal round of the Ontario Cup each year he has attended. His teams have earned a Gold or Silver Medal the last three years in a row. As a former scholarship athlete, Keir understands the level of commitment, sacrifice and determination required for today’s aspiring athlete to be successful in attaining their goals. Keir’s number one focus is to help the student-athletes in his care achieve their goals by ensuring they understand the right attitude, focus, effort and execution will lead by ensuring they understand the right attitude, focus, effort and execution will lead them to success on and off the court.

Contact: keir.bryan@uchenna.ca

Assistant Coach, Boys Basketball: Mr. David Monaco

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Mr. Justin Hyland, FHP(Hon), NCSA-CPT

Justin has been a strength and conditioning coach for over 14 years. He graduated from Durham College with Honours in Fitness and Lifestyle Management and is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2007 as a personal trainer.

Justin has worked in both the private and public sectors providing high performance training and athletic development programming to athletes across many different sports and levels including the NCAA,, U Sports, NHL, and Canadian Olympic Team. Justin has held the role of head strength and conditioning coach for multiple sport clubs and works as an assistant strength and condition coach at The Athletes Gym in Toronto. Between 2012 and 2019 he served as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Granite Artistic Swimming Club which included multiple National Championships. After the 2019 season he was recruited for the role of head strength and conditioning coach with Granite Gators Swimming Club. Justin is a university guest lecturer in the field of exercises science and physiology. He is an avid Olympic sport lover, former hockey player and Ironman (2015).

Athletic Therapist: Mr. Victor Lanzillotta, RMT, CAT(C)