PIA Integrated Arts

Making the Arts for real

PIA Arts teachers

Ms. Cydnee Hosker, Co-ordinator of Integrated Arts, Visual Arts, Film Photography, Art History

Mr. Vince Abrahamse, Head of Arts, Music

Ms. Susie Clarke, Assissant Head of Arts, Dance

Ms. Jessica Sisson, Visual Arts, Fashion

Ms. Sherry Latchford-Couto, Instrumental & Vocal Music, Geography, Digital Photography

Mr. Andrew Bigg, Visual & Comprehensive Arts, English

Mr. Ben Jackson, Music, Comprehensive Arts, English

Mr. Kevin McFadden, Drama, English, Comprehensive Arts, Film

Ms. Sharon Duffey, Lead Teacher of Literacy, English, Visual & Comprehensive Arts

Ms. Sarah Tye, Drama, English, Comprehensive Arts,  Musical Theatre

Mr. Dave Kaushik, English & Comprehensive Arts

Mr. Darren Kools, English & Comprehensive Arts

Ms. MacKenzie Russell, Dance


Ms. Cydnee Hosker

Co-ordinator of Integrated Arts
Visual Art, Art History, Film Photography

Cydnee Hosker is a graduate of  Fine Arts from York University.  She has taught visual arts for 30 years and has been part of the Integrated Arts Program since its inception in 1990. She is an active member of the visual arts community in Peterborough and strives to foster a link between it and the arts community of Thomas A Stewart.  Cydnee is a teacher advisor to the yearbook and photography clubs. She is firmly committed to helping young visual artists find their artistic voice.

Mr. Vince Abrahamse

Head of Arts

Ms. Susie Clarke

Assistant Head of Arts

Susie Clarke is a proud graduate of the Integrated Arts Program and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at TAS! She graduated from the program with a focus in Drama and Dance. She went on to study Arts at York University and completed her degree at Trent where she also received her Bachelor of Education. Ms. Clarke loves teaching dance at TAS and believes that dance has the power to be more than just about the moves. She encourages her students to break through their boundaries and to push themselves to achieve their personal best. She has a passion for making art meaningful and to building community. Teaching in this program is truly a full circle moment for Ms. Clarke!

Mr. Andrew Bigg

Visual & Comprehensive Arts, Ceramics, Sculpture, English

Andrew Bigg has been a part of the Integrated Arts Program since 1994.  He teaches Visual Arts (including Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, and Sculpture), Drama, Comprehensive Arts and English.  As well, he is the teacher supervisor for Arts Council (SMAC), the TAS Drumming Group and Ceramics Club.  An artist, an enthusiastic gardener and a musician, he is committed to fostering student leadership in the arts as well as instilling a lifelong love of creativity and learning.  

Ms. Sherry Latchford-Couto

Instrumental & Vocal Music, Geography, Digital Photography

Ms Latchford-Couto has been teaching in the Integrated Arts Program for 10 years. She completed a BMus and a BEd at Queen's University. She teaches Instrumental Music, Guitar, Vocal and Digital Photography.  She loves being active in all areas of school life; she is a Staff Advisor for Student Council, coaches basketball and soccer and has been a part of extracurricular music ensembles (Symphonic Band, Flute Choir and SATB Choir).  Sherry encourages all students to develop their artistic skills to the fullest and strives to build a sense of leadership in the individual.


Ms. Sharon Duffey

Lead Teacher of Literacy 

Visual & Comprehensive Arts, English


At Queen's University, Ms. Duffey completed a BFA and B.Ed in the Fine Arts and Artist in the Community Education programs. She has taught Visual Arts and English for 28 years in Peel and KPR, with a special interest in literacy skill development.  She is the staff advisor for the TAS archery team.

Ms. Margaret Mitchell

Fashion & Visual Arts

Mr. Ben Jackson

Music, English, Comprehensive Arts

Ben Jackson has been teaching Music and English for 20 years, and has been part of the Integrated Arts Program since 2012. Ben graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance; his principal instrument is the flute. He loves to perform on his flute as a soloist and with local groups. Additionally, at TAS, Ben has enjoyed directing many of the award winning music ensembles, such as the Wind Symphony and Flute Choir. He enjoys all aspects of teaching music and tries to inspire in his students a love of music that will last a lifetime.

Mr. Kevin McFadden

Drama, Film, English, Comprehensive Arts

Mr. Mc Fadden has been teaching at TAS since 2004 in a variety of areas including English, Dramatic Arts and Film Studies. He is active in local and provincial union work, enjoys live theatre, edgier cinema and travelling. He is currently the Co-Ordinator for the Theatre in the Community Program, and is looking forward to their Spring 2015 show called Pickles & Jams.

Ms. Sarah Tye

Drama, English, Comprehensive Arts, Musical Theatre

Ms. Sarah Tye is thrilled to be joining the IA team at TAS! She graduated from the program in 2003 with a focus on drama and music, and a lively passion for visual art. Sarah went on to study theatre and English at Trent University and Liverpool Hope University in England. She's been involved in over 80 productions in all dimensions of the theatre - and has been fortunate to work with most theatre groups in Peterborough. During the past four years, Ms. Tye has taught Drama, Visual Art and English at Cobourg West High School. She is looking forward with keen anticipation, to working with the talented students and staff in her new home at TAS.

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