Our current staff are listed below. To view our retired staff, click here.

Danielle Alyward

B.A, B.Ed, B.Sp.
Danielle was born and raised in King's Cove and graduated from St. Mark's School in 2001. Danielle obtained her B.ED from Memorial University in 2006 and then finished her B.ED in Special Education in 2013. Currently Danielle is completing her Masters at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Educational Psychology focusing in the area of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH). When not at school, Danielle enjoys spending time with her daughter and her family. Danielle's main interest include going walks, camping, listening to music and sports.

Erin Belbin

Mrs. Belbin is originally from Clarenville and graduated from Clarenville High School in 2003. After graduating, Mrs. Belbin went on to complete a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Education degree at Acadia University. She began her teaching career and started a family in the beautiful Annapolis Valley before returning home to Newfoundland in 2015. She returned to her hometown of Clarenville this year and she is thrilled to be teaching at Clarenville High! Mrs. Belbin loves outdoor activities and she is super excited to be living close to a ski hill so that she can spend the winter weekends on the hill with her family.

Mary - Ellen Blackmore

B.A, B.Ed,

Mrs. Blackmore grew up in Embree, and graduated from Lewisporte Collegiate in 1999. Mary-Ellen obtained her B. A. and B. Ed from Memorial during 2004-2006 and completed her Masters in Literacy in 2012. She has taught at CMS, CHS, Swift Current Academy, Random Island Academy, and Heritage Collegiate. Mary-Ellen is an avid reader, and is a huge fan of Harry Potter. When not at school, she can often be found at the stadium or the softball field, watching her two boys play hockey and softball.

Jill Bourgeois

B.Sc., B.A., B.Ed.,
Ms. Bourgeios is our English Department head and teachers a variety of English courses. Ms. Bourgeois graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS with a B.Sc and from Memorial University of Newfoundland with B.A. & B.Ed. degrees. She was born in Stephenville and raised in Kippens, NL. Ms. Bourgeois organized our very first Knitting club and is editor of the Cougar Chronicle.

Rodney Boutcher

BA., B.Ed., M.Ed., Dip. Tech.
Mr. Boutcher was born and raised in Clarenville and graduated from Clarenville High. He also spent many years as a student of Memorial University completing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, masters degree and technology diploma. He previously taught in Southwest Arm Academy, Tricentia Academy, and Random Island Academy. While at these schools he taught many different courses from elementary to high school and also spent time as an Assistant Principal and Principal. In his spare time he enjoys running, cycling, hiking and he loves music!

Ian Davidson

B. Phys. Ed., B. Ed., M. Ed.,
On leave 2021-2022
Mr. Davidson is originally from Long Harbour, Placentia Bay. He graduated from MUN in 1994 with a BPE and in 1995 with a B.Ed. Since then, he has taught in Placentia, South Korea, and Red Deer, Alberta. Mr. Davidson graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2002 with a M.Ed in Educational Administration and promptly returned to Newfoundland to join the staff of CHS. Since then Mr. Davidson has also completed an Ed.S degree from NSU in Natchitoches, Louisiana (USA) in 2010. He is the teacher-mentor for Encounters with Canada and the Interac Junior Rotary club. Mr. Davidson is also a long time varsity boys basketball coach and way back in 2005 his team won the Fairplay Boys provincial basketball championships hanging the first basketball banner on the gym wall! He has taken time off to coach his son and will be resuming coaching duties at CHS when he arrives next year! He resides in Clarenville with his wife Janice and three children.

Colleen Denty

On leave 2021-2022
Colleen was born in Placentia and graduated from Laval High school. She completed her BA (History/French) in 2006, her B. Ed in 2007 and her masters in Counselling Psychology in 2014. She has been in the Clarenville area for 9 years and currently teaches both Core French and French Immersion. Travelling is her passion, especially to Europe. She loves learning about different cultures, trying new food and exploring the history of each country. In her spare time she likes camping, hiking, planing trips and watching historical and travel documentaries.

Tina Ellis

B.A., B. Ed, B. Sp.Ed.,
Ms. Ellis was born and raised in Clarenville and graduated from CHS in 1987. She is married and has one child. She graduated from Memorial University in 1992 with a B.A. (English) and a B. Ed. (Secondary), and later went on to complete her B.Sp.Ed and a Masters Degree in Literacy. Mrs. Ellis is an Instructional Resource Teacher at Clarenville High and assists teachers and students in a variety of courses. Her main interests are spending time at her cabin, travelling, and reading. Mrs. Ellis spent the first 14 years of her career teaching students with special needs in Port Rexton. She plans to finish her career at Clarenville High.

Emily Follett

BMus, B.M.Ed,
Emily Follett is a performer and music educator from St. John’s. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University. In 2012, she completed her Masters of Music in voice performance with a focus in musical theater. Emily is a regular performer as a singer, actress and instrumentalist. Some of her favorite performances include collaborations with local performers, including Matthew Byrne, Alan Doyle, and the Ennis Sisters. She performs regularly in local theatre productions, which have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Rock of Ages, Beauty & The Beast and Footloose, to name a few! Emily sings with the award winning Lady Cove Women’s Choir. She is looking forward to an excellent year at Clarenville High School, go Cougars!

Amanda Goulding

B.Sc., B.Ed.,

Ms. Goulding was born and raised in Grand-Falls Windsor Newfoundland. She graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science in 2014, a Bachelor of Education in 2015, and completed her Master of Education in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in 2020. This is her seventh year of teaching. Ms.Goulding previously taught at Main River Academy in Pollard's Point, Hillview Academy in Norris Arm, and Bishop White School in Port Rexton. She is excited for her fourth year at Clarenville High School! She enjoys hiking, camping, travelling and her new hobby sewing!

Sherry Hackett

B.A., B. Ed, B. Sp.Ed., Web: Click Here
Originally from Fortune Bay, Mrs. Hackett made the big move to Clarenville in 2001 from the Burin Peninsula where she taught in several schools. Mrs. Hacket graduated from Memorial University in 1994 with an honours BA degree and went on to take a B.Ed secondary the following year. She then finished her Bachelor of Special Education degree and recently finished her Masters degree. Mrs. Hacket coaches girls basketball.

Katie Hawkins

B.Ed, B.Sp.Ed.
Currently on leave
Ms. Hawkins was born and raised in Clarenville and graduated from Clarenville High. She then attended Memorial University and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2017 and a Bachelor of Special Education in 2019. Ms. Hawkins previously taught in English Harbour West and Catalina. She is very excited to be back at home teaching in Clarenville! Ms. Hawkins enjoys both playing and coaching various sports, cooking and baking, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

Garrett Hiscock

Mr. Hiscock was born and raised in Clarenville, and graduated from Clarenville High School in 2013. He graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2017, and with a Bachelor of Education in 2018. Mr. Hiscock teaches French, as well as some Social Studies, and Nutrition. Mr. Hiscock has previously taught in Wabush and Bay Roberts. He is an avid music lover, with a particular passion for classic rock. He also has strong interests in sports and video games. Mr. Hiscock is very excited to teach in his former high school, and to become a Cougar once more!

Jason Lane (Assistant Principal)

B.Phys. Ed., B.Ed.,
Originally from Catalina, Trinity Bay, Mr.Lane graduated from T.A. Lench Memorial High and completed a B.P.E. Cooperative degree program and a B.Ed in 1999. From there he was offered a position at Random Island Academy where he spent the first eight years of his teaching career. Mr. Lane transferred to Clarenville High School in September of 2007. He recently graduated from MUN with a M.Ed degree!Mr. Lane enjoys coaching A LOT and when he is not teaching you will usually find him in the gymnasium with a volleyball in his hand coaching the Varsity Girls Volleyball team. He also enjoys the Great, hunting, canoeing and hiking.

Lisa O'Gay

B.Sc., B.Ed,
Ms. O'Gay teaches Biology, Science 1206, Career Development, Sciences Humaines and a family studies course at Clarenville High. Ms. O'Gay has taught on Fogo Island, in Grand Falls-Windsor, Terrenceville, King's Cove and St. John's. She has taught an array of subjects from grade 3 to level III. Ms. O'Gay grew up in Clarenville and graduated from Clarenville Integrated High! Ms. O'Gay has an appreciation of theatre and has been co-director of the drama club. She likes to walk, listen to music, read and explore nature.

Peter O'Rielly

B.Sc., M. Sc., B.
Mr. O'Rielly was born and raised on St. Brendan's island, NL and graduated from St. Gabriel's All Grade. After high school he attended Memorial University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree with a joint honours in Applied Math and Physics. He then attended the University of Toronto where he completed his Master of Science in Pure Mathematics where he studied black hole collapses. He then returned to Memorial to complete a Bachelor of Education program. He has previously taught in Flower's Cove and Point Leamington. Mr. O'Reilly is an avid sports fan, especially tennis, and as well enjoys hiking and travelling.

Nicole Pond

B.A., B. Ed., M.
Originally from Hickman's Harbour, Random Island, Ms. Pond joins the CHS staff after 10 years at Swift Current Academy. Ms. Pond has a degree in Pure Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. She also holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Ms. Pond's specialty is Mathematics but she has experience teaching almost all curriculum areas from K-12 due to her experience in a multi-grade setting. She loves technology and tries to incorporate it into the mathematics classroom whenever she can. In her spare time, Ms. Pond loves adventure travelling, including her most memorable trip where she cycled across Europe. You may also find her on a volleyball court, running 5K races with her niece & nephew, playing the piano or working on her latest quilting project.

Robert Pond

B.PE., B.Ed.,
Mr. Pond grew up in Hickmans Harbour and transferred to CHS to attend highschool. After receiving his B.PE and B Ed from mun in 2010, he moved back to Shoal Harbour and completed his M Ed from UNB.Mr. Pond has taught at every school in the Vista District over the years, UT has landed back at his first pick, CHS.Robert enjoys being dad to his 3 little ones, while spending as much time outdoors as possible.

John Russell

B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed.,
Mr. Russell is the Guidance Counsellor for Clarenville High. He is often found chatting with students or busy behind his desk, solving problems with schedules or advising on a large spectrum of different issues. Prior to arriving at CHS in 1997, Mr. Russell was the guidance counsellor in Arnold's Cove and Sunnyside. He Also spent a number of years as a music teacher.In his spare time, he has been known to sing a song or two and has received great reviews from those that have heard him. John has been active with our student council, graduation and our tutoring for tuition program. He currently resides in Clarenville with his wife Paula and daughters Taylor & Erin and enjoys keeping up the grounds surrounding their home.

Martina Spurrell

B.A., B.Ed.,
Mrs. Spurrelll was born and raised on the south coast of Newfoundland. She obtained her Education degree from MUN with a major in English and a minor in Religious Studies. Central Newfoundland provided Mrs. Spurrell with her first three years of teaching experience. She and her family moved to Clarenville in 2009. Mrs. Spurrell enjoys spending free her time with her two sons and husband, leaving just enough time at the end of her days for a walk or some time in the gym. Martina also designs the annual grade 12 memory book along with the help of a small group of grade 12 students.

Melissa Spurrell

B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed
Melissa Spurrell grew up in Gooseberry Cove, NL and attended school at Southwest Arm Academy. She graduated from Memorial University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Physics. She then completed a Bachelor of Education in 2000. She began teaching at Musgravetown High School in 2000. In 2005 she moved to Clarenville Middle School and has been back and forth between there and Clarenville High since.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, including her two children Katie and Mark. When she finds the time she also enjoys baking, reading, cross country skiing and hiking.

Michael Spurrell (Principal)

B. Sc., B.Ed.,
Originally from Hodges Cove, Mr. Spurrell graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science (physics and mathematics) in 1996 and a Bachelor of Education in 1997. Mr. Spurrell completed a masters in technology in 2004. The past 20 years Mr. spurrell has lived in Clarenville and is very active with his wife and two children, Katie and Mark. Together they enjoy cycling, nordic skiing and just about any other outdoor activity.

Paul Stewart

B.Sc., B.Ed., Mr. Stewart's Webpage
Mr. Stewart is the Biology and Chemistry teacher at Clarenville High School. He was born in Glovertown and lived there until he left for St. John’s to study at Memorial University. After four years teaching at St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove, he moved to Clarenville and has taught there ever since. Outside school life, Mr. Stewart enjoys many outdoor activities such as biking, fishing and cross country skiing. Also, he and his family spend much of their summer either at their cabin on the Terra Nova River or out on the salt water. Mr. Stewart, along with his wife Sandi, used to coach the Varsity Girls Basketball team at CHS but now they concentrate their coaching efforts with their son at Riverside Elementary. Mr. Stewart also has a B.Sc. majoring in Biology and a M.Ed. from Memorial University in Teaching and Learning.

Leanne Ward

B.F.A., B.Ed.,
Ms. Ward has had the pleasure of living in many areas of the island, but she calls Pasadena "home". She completed her BFA (Visual Arts) in 2012, followed by a B.Ed in 2013, and her M.Ed (Information Technology) in 2020. She has previously taught at St. James' Regional High in Port aux Basques, and at Waterford Valley High in St. John's. Ms. Ward maintains an active art and craft practice, which includes drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, and digital work. She also enjoys theatre, reading, and travelling.

Support Staff

Nancy Philpott (secretary)

Gale Balsom (student assistant)

Lisa Short (caretaker)

Arelene Piercey (caretaker)

Paula Little (caretaker)