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."

Mina Kheyrkha

Mina Kheyrkha

B.Ed (MUN of NL), TESL

Areas of Expertise:
BSc. Science (Physics/Math) - U of W, Ontario

“I have been teaching different subjects including Physics, Math and ESL in three different countries in addition to Canada for 16 years. I always try my best to identify every student's specific learning style and design my lessons appropriately so everyone can benefit from the class. Every student matters to me and I try my best to reach them all."

"My Message to my students is to seek knowledge and be kind!I can’t wait to meet you all and start a very successful year together."

Samantha Michaels

Samantha Michaels

B.A. & Liberal Arts Certificate (SFU), STEP (UBCO), B. Ed (UBCO- in progress)

Areas of Expertise:
English, ELL, Social Studies, History, Technical and Creative Writing

“Even though I am a city girl at heart, I grew up in Kelowna where I enjoyed the hot summers, being out on the water and tubing down the ski hills in the winters. I am happy to be back in the city I love, Vancouver where I lived and acquired most of my education: Bachelor of Arts; English major & Liberal Arts Certificate (SFU) and Technical Writing Certification (SFU).”

“ABefore university, I attended Douglas College and worked at the DC Learning Center for two years, predominantly tutoring English as a Second Language students where I got my Academic Peer Tutoring Certificate. I went on to tutor privately for 20 years and even recently this spring on a movie set for the main teen actor. In 2008, I became a BC Certified Teacher, taking the Secondary Teacher Education Program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, as well as a History minor. I also have an extensive writing background and worked for several publishers, so I bring some expertise to any budding authors.”

Both as an educator and personally, I strongly believe that knowledge is power! I think that it is also important to recognize that students learn at different levels and competencies; therefore, it is essential to set a multifaceted learner-centered teaching approach. I would like every student to succeed to reach their educational goals, leading to a successful and happy future. As stated by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

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."

Ariel Bitton

Ariel Bitton

B. Ed (SFU), B.A. History (Concordia University)

Areas of Expertise:
English, ELL, Social Studies, History, French

"Originally from Montreal, I completed my BA in History at Concordia University. I was fortunate to develop a focus on contemporary history under the mentorship of inspirational educators.”

"¨I then pursued a Bachelor of Education with a minor in secondary teaching at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in accordance with the BC new curriculum. "

My passion for academia and teaching experiences throughout various schools and tutoring has provided me with the necessary leadership qualities to inspire future generations. I constantly strive to create the most positive impact on students in order to best set them up for success.

Daryl Villarin

Daryl Villarin

B.Sc. (University of San Carlos), M.Sc. (University of San Carlos)

Areas of Expertise:
Physics and Mathematics

"I was a university lecturer for more than ten years teaching physics and mathematics courses to students working toward their paramedical and engineering degrees in the Philippines. I earned my Master of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Science in Physics degrees at the University of San Carlos – Cebu City, Philippines. Since moving to Vancouver, I have been tutoring and teaching students."

"I have a deep passion for Physics, and I want to infect my students with the same passion and enthusiasm, no matter what profession they are interested in. I do not want my students to only view me as a teacher, but a mentor and an inspiration as well. I want my skills, knowledge and experiences to be shared with my students for which they can draw from for their further development. "

Caitlin Cole

Caitlin Cole

Bachelor of Communications, Social Sciences (University Technology, Sydney), Masters in Secondary Education (Western Sydney University)

Areas of Expertise:
Social Studies, History, Geography, English

“I have been teaching in Senior Schools in Sydney, Australia since I started my Masters in Education in 2015. I have recently moved to Vancouver to broaden my horizons and experience education in as many different contexts as I can, and to share my passion for teaching."

"As a teacher, I aim to share my passion for learning and knowledge with my students, and to enable them to become resilient, curious and independent learners that aspire to reach and exceed their goals. I believe that high expectations, clear goals and community based learning is paramount to a successful classroom environment. Learning must be relevant to the students' context, engaging, and forward thinking.”

"In my spare time I enjoy functional fitness training, and reading as widely as I can."

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."

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.”