Faculty

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Ryan Premack

B. Ed. (UBC), B. A. (UBC)

Areas of Expertise:
English, ELL, Music and Drama

“For the past ten years I have taught and performed music across the central and western regions of Canada. I came to Vancouver two years ago from Manitoba, where I completed my Bachelor of Music with studies in jazz, classical music, world music, and English literature.."

"For the past two years I have been teaching in an independent school setting in Vancouver. In my teaching I value the unique voice of every student in the classroom and I emphasize the role we all have to play in supporting each other. I believe that the highest levels of achievement are reached in a community of high expectations, open communication, and commitment to one another."

Ashley Slade

Ashley Slade

B.Ed. (UBC), B.A. (UVic)

Areas of Expertise:
ELL, English, Social Studies, History, Law, Psychology, Fine Arts and Applied Skills, and Creative Writing

“Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I completed my first degree in British Columbia’s capital city at the University of Victoria. I spent much of my free time there volunteering in schools and participating in various extra-curricular clubs. I also spent two years studying French as a second language. I believe this experience makes me more aware of the experiences being faced by our international students and those who are having difficulty understanding course material; patience, practice, and persistence are key values in learning environments."

"Upon my acceptance to UBC, I moved to Vancouver. During my coursework, I received recognition by faculty for my incorporation of social justice awareness and equitable teaching methodologies. Throughout my instructional classroom experiences, I have worked with students from various socio-cultural and ethnic backgrounds - most of whom have been from other countries."

“My hopes as an educator are not only to provide my students with the academic skill sets that will be beneficial to them as they enter, and prosper in, highly ranked post-secondary institutions but also to ingrain in them the self-confidence and perseverance needed as they set out on their journeys to become future global leaders. I firmly believe that each student has the potential to succeed.”

peter spangler

Peter Spangler

B.A (University of Missouri),B.Ed (Chicago State University)

Areas of Expertise:
Social Studies, History, Economics, Political Science, Planning 10

"Having previously taught in the United States, I am excited to continue my educational career in Vancouver. I am invigorated by the chance to instruct in Canada.”

"As a teacher, I aspire to be a positive influence on my students by emboldening them to be good citizens, strong academic achievers, hard workers, and better for being in my classroom. In pursuit of those goals, I have been successful at teaching a diverse set of learners through the use of culturally relevant curricula and utilizing technology when appropriate. I will continue to be adaptable, through the development of relationships with my students by integrating relatable aspects of their lives into my lesson plans as an avenue to teach in a way they best comprehend. When I reflect on my time in high school, I realize how important that time was in my life development and how dramatic an impact that a teacher can have; I wish for an opportunity to make such a difference. "

Eugene Lee

Eugene Lee

B.A. (SFU), TESL

Areas of Expertise:
IELTS

“I have been an English teacher for a number of years, especially in the area of test preparation. I am considered an expert on IELTS and TOEFL because I have about 17 years of success preparing students for those exams. Some of the highlights of my experience has been starting and running a successful school, and receiving wide recognition as an educator.”

“I love helping students achieve their academic goals, especially students with a strong motivation to learn.”

Quincy Dai

Quincy Dai

Sci Ed (UBC) Post-Doc (UBC)

Areas of Expertise:
General Science, Chemistry, and biology

"I have ten years teaching experience in general science, chemistry, and biology in BC certified offshore schools in China. I served for three years as a Vice-Principal and two years as a BC Representative of a BC certified offshore school. Outside of teaching, I held a three year post-doc fellowship at UBC where I also served two years as a research scientist. I received a Permanent Professional Teacher Certification (K-12) from the BC Ministry of Education and have a strong understanding of the culture and education systems of Canada and China."

"I know and understand students: how they develop and how they learn. A teacher’s responsibility as an educator is to be an effective diagnostician of students’ interests, abilities, and prior knowledge. The teacher should use his knowledge to expose his students to modes of critical thinking which can encourage the students to analyze, apply, synthesize, and evaluate all they have deserved and obtained in classroom settings and through project learning."

Gordon Laffin

Gordon Laffin

B. Ed. (Trent), B. A. (Trent)

Areas of Expertise:
Economics, History, Geography, English, and ELL

“Having obtained my Bachelor of Education from Trent University in 2006 I embarked on an international teaching career that landed me in Jiangmen City, China, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada I relocated to Vancouver where I have been teaching now for one and a half years.

“Being a life long learner is something that I model for my students as I am currently studying my Masters of Education at Queen’s University with a focus on International Education and Culture, with an expected graduation date of August 2018."

“My passion for extra curricular activities is evident by my love of sport. Previously I have coached high school girl’s and boy’s basketball teams. As well, I have a strong passion for service learning and putting my students in positions to learn from and work with those less fortunate than themselves in order to create a better society for everyone to live in."

Paul Larm

Paul Larm

B. Sc. (Engineering) (HKU), Cert. Ed. (HKU)

Areas of Expertise:
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Calculus

"I have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical Engineering and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hong Kong. I began my career in teaching as a physics and mathematics teacher after previously working as an engineer in the transportation industry. After moving to Canada, I continued teaching and tutoring students. I obtained my BC teaching certificate in 2003."

"I have taught in several independent schools including a boarding school and an online school. I have taught students from all over the world - Canada, USA, China, Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Russia. I understand the diverse needs and capabilities students and I have developed strategies to help students achieve their goals. My experience and knowledge in teaching, information technology, and management have proven useful in developing practical and interactive lessons for students."

"In my spare time, I like playing chess and like to go camping in the beautiful countryside. I have also ran Taekwondo clubs in my previous schools."