Recent Hirings and Teaching Updates 2011/2012

We are proud of our  Faculty of Education program grads who have found rewarding teaching positions in elementary and secondary classrooms, ABE, ESL, training, college and universities, tutoring and other educational institutions- near to home and abroad. Your success is our success! Please contact us to update your listing or add a new position.

Congratulations to our graduates filling these positions.


 Recent Hires to the SD#49 Central Coast TOC List (January 2012)

    • Candice Wilson (Grad 2011)

 Recent Hires to the SD#51 Prince George TOC List (February 2012)

        • Debbie Iorns (Grad 2011)
        • Carmen Beattie (Grad 2011)
        • Emily Reeder (Grad 2011)

 Recent Hires to the SD#62 Sooke TOC List (January 2012)

  • Karmyn Phillips (Grad 2011)
  • Jillian Johnston (Grad 2011)

Recent Hires to the SD#70 Port Alberni TOC List (Spring 2012)

  • Natalie Schaefer (Grad 2011)

 Recent Hires to the SD#71 Comox Valley TOC List (Spring 2012)

  • Angela Pringle (Grad 2011)

 Recent Hires to the SD#79 Cowichan Valley TOC List (Spring 2012)

  • Julia Armstrong (Grad 2010)

 Recent Hires to the SD#85 Vancouver Island North TOC List (Spring 2012)

  • Martin Libby (Grad 2010)

 Recent Hires to the SD#69 Parksville/Qualicum TOC List (Spring 2012)

  • Kyle Dykstra (Grad 2011)

More members to add to the SD#68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith District TOC List

(Summer/Fall 2012)

  • Aimee Laninga
  • Mary Gait
  • Carson Williams
  • Lauren Aspen
  • Micha Prinis

(Spring 2012)

  • Andrew Lemon
  • Courtney Balaban (Theissen)
  • Kristy Cradock
  • Jaymi Johnstone
  • Jas Shahi
  • Ed Graff
  • Kathy Saretzky
  • Sean Lowrence
  • Lindsay Balson
  • Michelle Fitterer

... I am currently working full time at Dover for the year running the Bridges Program (similar to a junior alternate program). I am also teaching some International English and Social Studies over the two semesters!
Jared Anaka (Grad 201)

An update from me: I am back for a second year at Lansdowne Middle School in Victoria (SD61) teaching my own grade 6/7 Late French Immersion class. Late FRIM is an exciting program and I am so lucky to have half of the same students from last year now in grade 7. I am also a Team Leader and the French Immersion Learning Support teacher this year. It's going to be an exciting and busy year!Hope all is well with you,
Sophia Aristou (Grad 2006)

I just wanted to update you on how Bren and I are doing- We leave tomorrow for Mexico to work at the American School of Chiapas. We signed a temporary contract that will go from Feb. -July. And today we signed contracts with the BC offshore school in Cairo starting Aug. 15th. We'll make sure to send a postcard.
Marnie Augello and Bren Buckley (Grad 2011)

I have just started work at my new school as a NET (Native English Teacher) in the public school system of Hong Kong. To be a NET in Hong Kong you must be a fully qualified teacher in your home country of Canada, England, The United States, or Australia. Schools get one NET teacher each at the primary or secondary level and we aid in the speaking and listening skills aspects of teaching. There are 13 English teachers in my secondary school of 800-900 students. I would advise other teachers that if you can really look into this experience for off shore teaching. You do have to sign a 2 year contract but you get summer's off and the teaching load is similar to that of Canada - maybe less depending on the school...
Richard Austen (Grad 2005)

As it turns out I am about to embark on a brand new adventure!I have been offered the very teaching position you shared at the Canadian International School in Sokcho, South Korea and have happily decided to accept.
Kim Baglot (Grade 2012)

Okay, I am finally coming clean on letting you know what I have been up to: After a busy year on the TOC list in SD#71 (Comox Valley), I taught for a year at Cumberland Junior School (Science, Math and PE). A few more months as a TOC and now I am working at GP Vanier Secondary School as one of the lifeskills teachers. I am happy to report that Becky Gibson Sulek(Grad 2008) is teaching (Math) at the same school!
Krista Barlow (Grad 2008)

 I am nicely settled back in Fernie, and have just come back from my first teaching interview. Just thought I would let you know that I was hired on the spot and will be teaching drama this upcoming year. I am very excited, and very grateful for all of the positive experiences that VIU offered. I felt totally at ease during the interview, and confident.. the portfolio was a huge selling point. Thought you would like to know :)
All the best to you, and please pass my thanks and appreciation to the staff for getting me ready for the "real world,"
Denise Bauhan (Grad 2012)

I just wanted to let you know that I got a full time teaching job in SD70 next year. I will be teaching grade 4 French immersion at Alberni Elementary!
Jory Berthelet (Grad 2012)

This is Sheryl calling, from back in the class of 2011... It has been an eventful June and July with no end of the excitement in sight, will not bore you with the details, but part of the story is that I have accepted a full time temporary math position for the 2012/2013 school year, in beautiful downtown Dawson Creek, BC.
Sheryl Bowie.(Grad 2011)

...Guess who has joined Jake and I in Meadow Lake, Sask? Chris Jones and Katie Day! Chris is teaching 7/8 this year for his first contract, and Katie will be doing her second year teaching grades 7 and 8. I have grade one this year and Jake has grade 5. All of us are working full time and have permanent contracts! Pretty small world, apparently! Anyways best of luck with your new batch of VIU student teachers! Hope they are reflecting lots, being ethical, and using technology!
Laura Brzovic (Grad 2010)

I am currently teaching at Cinnabar Valley School, 1.0 FTE CONT, as the School Support Teacher! This is the first time since being back in Nanaimo district that I am starting the year with a full time position, that lasts all year, at one school!
Virginia Burns (Grad 2005)

... I have been hired in SD68 as the music teacher at Cilaire Elementary. I had my first day today! It was so fun! I will be working 3 days a week there, and then I will be substituting the other days.
Thanks again for all your wisdom and patience and most of all, thanks for being awesome teachers for me so that I can be an awesome teacher for my students!
With Gratitude,
Lauren Bush (Grad 2011)

Jacqueline Carrothers is teaching in Antigua, Guatemala.
Jacqueline Carrothers (Grad 2011)

.... I Just wanted to let you know I am in my second year at Ucluelet Secondary teaching Junior Physical Ed and Learning Support.
Cheers!
Claire Champagne (Grad 2010)

Melody Conchie is in Luoyang, China teaching Grade 1 with the Maple Leaf School here. She left the day after completing her coursework with the North Island College part-time PB program offered through VIU. Congratulations Melody.
Melody Conchie (Grad 2012)

I hope everything is doing great with you!  I am teaching Grade 3 at École Océane this year, after a year 1\2 of grade 6-7 et one year of grade 2-3.  I am not satisfied by myself yet... but I am becoming a great teacher...  
Julie-Anne Cote (Grad 2009)

I am pleased to be working full-time at Shawnigan Lake School this fall, teaching grade 9, 11, and 12 English, and two blocks as a Learning Support teacher. I am also very excited to be starting my M.Ed. in Special Education at VIU this fall.
Gill Coy (Grad 2009)

I just wanted to let you know that I have a .752 posting at Bear Valley School in Stewart, BC. I'm teaching K-4 PE, 8-12 PE, some Learning Assistance, and Math 10-12 support for our students on DL courses. Say hi to any folks who might remember me!
Nancy Danuser (Grad 2003)

I’d like to share with my past professors in the Ed. Department that I have been hired with SD 70 as the Head Teacher at Bamfield Community School. I have 8 students in my school/classroom ranging from Kindergarten to Gr. 6. It has been a successful start so far and I am looking forward to a busy and rewarding school year.
Diana Dube (Grad 2012)

I have been offered and accepted a position to teach Grade 5/6 at haahuupay’ak Elementary school, here in Port Alberni. 
Sonja Efford (Grad 2010)

I have been meaning to email you to let you know that I got hired as a TOC in School District 68 this past June. I am truly excited to be working in the same district that I grew up in! There were also two other students from my graduating class (Elementary BED 2012)who got on with School District 68 as well: Sean Lowrence and Lindsay Balson.
Thank you for everything and wish us the best of luck in September!
Michelle Fitterer (Grad 2012)

I am now teaching shop at Cedar Secondary, woodwork and metal work/ jewelry making.
Dave Fraser (Grad 2007)

Kazue Fujiki has a diploma in Physical Education (91) and associated Education degree program completion ('93) at Vancouver Island University. Kazue is a now works as an international education consultant. Kazue is also a Tennis Canada certified tennis instructor who loves being active with her family. Kazue first came as an international student in 1986 from Japan and now resides with her husband and two children in Nanaimo. Kazue has made a lot of friends all over the world and life long friendships with many of the instructors and staff working at University over the years. Kazue enjoys being an associated board.
Kazue Fujiki (Grad 1993)

I am teaching Grade 1/2at Henderson Elementaryin Powell River (SD 47). It is my second year at this school andI am happy to be back.
Leanne Gahan (Grad 2007)

Josh is now a busy TOC in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Josh Gellman (Grad 2010)

This is a little bit from me.... I am currently teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia at an international IBO accredited school. I have been here in Georgia for sevarl years now. Georgia is a country that borders Turkey, Russia and Armenia, etc... It's climate is similar to that of Vancouver Island in terms of temperature (being warmer in the summer - lately around 30 degrees Celsius and slightly colder in the winter - though not much, less rain then we get on the island and about the same amount of snow)... It is a safe country that is fairly easy to get around and has a small expat community...The classroom size has a maximum of 18 students and are often very international (my class of Grade Four had 14 different nationalities in a class of 18!)
Tara Gordon (Grad 2008)

This year I am back at Ladysmith Secondary teaching dance 1/2 time, and I am now the Aboriginal Student Support worker for the other 1/2 of my time. Steep learning curve ahead, but looking forward to it!
Take care,
Chelsea Grovum (Grad 2006)

I am pretty excited right now so I wanted to send you a quick note. I just finished my first phone interview for two different LD contracts in SD57 (Prince George). Science 10, Math 11 A&W and IT9 or Alternate Ed and Science. I wanted to quickly thank you for everything you taught me, showed me, explained to me and mostly importantly, let me learn on my own with your guidance!Thank you again so much! Cross your fingers and toes for me!! Eek!!
Sincerely excited,
Alysse Hambleton (Grad 2010)

I just wanted to give you an update. I've recently been hired full-time for the 2011/2012 school year beginning August 1st, 2011.Grade 2/3, Ho'ala School
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Dara Hanegraaf (PB Grad, Dec 2004)

Vanessa Hitchock is off to Cairo, Egypt to join fellow program grads teaching at the BC Offshore School there. She was hired before she avtually graduated!!
Well done Vanessa.
Vanesssa Hitchcock (Grad 2011)

I have been working for the last month as the Foods 8-12 teacher at Agassiz Secondary School in School District 78.
Shannon Rigby-Jones (Grad 2010)

I am writing to say that I have just been assigned my first teaching position: I'm teaching English/First Peoples 10, 11, 12 at the Bella Coola First Nations School. I start August 22. I have never been there. I know not a soul who lives there. My 7 year old daughter and I are going together. The school goes from K-12, so she will be in the same building as me. I just wanted to share my happy news.
Lillian Jones (Grad 2010)

I got my first job as a VIU graduate! I start work on Monday morning in Ahousaht as a full time p.e teacher and will teach students K-12. I am very excited to start teaching and learning in a new subject area. I remembered your warm words that asked us to keep you updated :)
All the best,
Lelaina Jules (Grad 2011)

Deidre Kennedy is currently teaching PE in Dalian, Chicna and noves to Shanghai this Fall to teach with the Sino_Bright School.
Deidre Kennedy (Grad 2010)

I will be a grade one teacher in San Salvador, El Salvador this academic year! Hooray! I will not be making a lot of money, but the school and it's philosophy suits me....AND it will be sunny, warm, relatively close to the ocean and i can practice speaking spanish. It's all good.
Sasha Kucas (Gard 2011)

I am emailing you from Ahousat, on Flores Island off of Tofino. I am their new P.E teacher for their independent elementary and high school. I am really excited and seems to be an amazing community to be a part of. I have lots to learn about teaching still, but feel more prepared after my time in the Yukon and am really excited to be starting my career and to have a job in B.C.
Haley Kuntz (Grad 2011)

Julia Kutka got a job at Bayview then Departure Bay in Nanaimo.
Julia Kutka (Grad 2010)

I hope things are well with you. I just wanted to share my excitement with you and let you know I got a .5 gig at Barsby teaching SS 8 and Health and Career 9, started today. Woohoo! Thanks for everything over the course of the program.
Matt Kuzminski (Grad 2011)

Just quick update from me. I am returning to Wuhan Maple Leaf in China for my third year in 2012-2013. I have spent this past year teaching Social Studies 10 and 11, as well as some academic advising. For 2012-2013, I will be the Department Head for the Social Studies/Planning department, as well as teaching SS11, Geography 12 and History 12. Just wanted to thank everyone at VIU for the great preparation during the PB Program!
Jeff Laing (Grad 2010)

...How are you? I saw that your Gradruate Diploma in Online Learning & Teaching (OLTD) is starting up. You must be so excited!
I'm doing well. I'm back at Learn@Home again after being at Barsby first semester and second semester before Spring break. :)I hope things are well with you.
Drea Laj (Grad 2010)

...I am back at Chemainus Secondary on my second temporary contract for the full school year teaching dance, drama, and socials 8. I can't believe how lucky I am! Fantastic school and great staff.I hope you are all well!
Sarah Lane (Grad 2010)

Not sure if I let you know last year. I am on the TOC list in SD71, started April 2010. Cheers,
Dave Lantaigne (Grad 2010)

Cheryl is working at Parksville Elementary School teaching Grade 2/3 and 3/4 French Immersion.
Cheryl Lawrence (Grad 2011)

I just wanted to let you know that I was recently hired on to SD 68 as a TTOC. I couldn't have done it without all the help from the VIU staff, particularly Paige Fisher and my two supervisors, Don Mullis and Lynn Haley. Thanks to everyone, and good luck in the future!
Andrew Lemon (Grad 2008)

I guess it's time to share about my work experience. I'm a TOC in North Vancouver Island (school district 85). I have been employed up here since Sept 2011. This has turned out to be an amazing learning experiencefor me.
I hope things are good with you,
Martin Libby (Grad 2010)

I am a TOC in Chilliwack at the moment and quite enjoying myself! Every day is a new adventure and every morning starts with MapQuest to find my new schools. I am enjoying both the area and the school district. I look forward to calling Chilliwack home for a long long time.
Sherry Liptak (Grad 2008)

I'm the Teaching Chef at Ladysmith while Holly Knox is away on mat leave. It's a .857 right now and I've applied for a SS 9 posting there hoping to top it up to a 1.0 position. Before I got the contract I was booked for the month of September. Things are going very well.
Jon Ludtke (Grad 2010)

Sarah Lumley is now teaching Kindergarten in Seoul, South Korea and starting in September she will be teaching at a BC Offshore school in Beijing.
Sarah Lumley (Grad 2010)

We are doing very well up here in the Yukon and it's been treating us very kindly professionally, spiritually, and recreationally. Lorna is on mat-leave from her latest teaching contract because on Feb. 1st 2012 she gave birth to our very healthy son, Roger Alexander Luxemburger. Both Lorna and Roger are super healthy and happy.

I'm currently working on my third teaching contract (at the same high school) in two years @ Porter Creek Secondary in Whitehorse. I've already taught more subjects under contract than I ever thought I would in a career.

Right now my contract is Socials 8 (we just finished a Jig Saw on World Religions and the students were sooo into it!!), English 9 (Lit. Circles baby!!!), and English 10 (baby steps).
Tom and Lorna Luxemburger (Grad 2010)

I'm now teaching high school English a ADSS in SD 70 - Alberni. Previously was at a middle school (EJ Dunn) in Port Alberni.
Craig McAulay (Grad 2001)

My name is Adam. I graduated from BED last year. I love hearing about all the opportunities teaching abroad. Currently, I am inKunming China teaching Science 10 and IT 10. It has been great both for travelling and financially. Please keep sending these emails as I gear up for a new experience next year!
Adam McClinton (Grad 2011)

Noreen McHale is in Ahousat working at the high school as an Art teacher.
Noreen McHale (Grad 2010)

So busy getting the year going that I missed getting entered into the recent hiring’s list. I was hired last year with Heritage Christian Online School as a Teacher for K-9 Individualized Home Learners. This is my 2nd year and I have 36 amazing students in 17 families that I support. I am finishing the SETS program in June and hoping to utilize these skills with students in our school. I have also just been approved to write an online course which I am very excited about. Having a blast doing what I love: teaching and working with Home Learners!
April McLeod (Grad 2010)

I just finished my MA in Learning and Tech from Royal Roads last year...and feels great...but now have a little more responsibility at work!!! I am the tech lead teacher at a technology pilot school just outside Toronto ...and am responsible for educational software, sites and technology...it is a cool school...we are a k-5 school, 1000 kids, nice budget...and we have doc cameras, smartboards, ceiling mounted lcds in every room! Anyways...it is a great school...
Ian McLaughlin (Grad 2002)

I am working .9 as an Area Counsellor (Elementary/Middle School) in School District 69.
Jen McRae (Grad 2010)

I am very excited to leave government and begin working full-time as a teacher on Penelakut Island!!! I start on Monday!! Time to start planning!!!!!
Sheila McKee (Grad 2010)

I got a school counsellors job in Nanaimo! I hope that you are well.
Russ Middleton (Grad 2011)

I am just entering my 6th year with Heritage Christian Online School however last year I was hired as a special education teacher. Having had 9 years of special education experience with my son along with some neurodevelopment training, it was a perfect fit since I am homeschooling and supporting him along with many other students. Of the 1600+ students in our school, we have over 400+ students in our school who are either with learning services or special education so our special education team is growing exponentially.
Allison Miles (Grad 2000)

Well, I am now done with maternity leaves and have gone back to work. This 2011-2012 school year I am teaching .714 at Cedar doing English 8,9; Communications 11/12; Social Studies 11 and Planning 10. Already a busy and challenging time!
Angela Milligan (Grad 2004)

Just wanted to let you know I got a full time teaching job at Cowichan secondary. French 10 and 11!! Hope things are going well at the University.
Paul Mitchell (Grad 2011)

Nick and Cristina Moore have been busy teacing in Courtenay since shortly after graduating. Christina is a TOC and Nick teaches Grade 5/6 half-time at Puntledge Park Elementary and is the district's Physical Activity Lead responsible for promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition throughout the district.
Nick and Christina Moore (Grads 2002)

I'm on my 4th consecutive contract for the Comox Valley and have established continuing status :)This year, I'm at Lake Trail School teaching Jr Math/Science and will be coaching various sports teams. I've also started a tennis program with the help of Brenda Dean (In Your Court Tennis/Fitness), Tennis BC and Tennis Canada for highschool teens. We have grown to 100+ members in one year!
Simmy Mukhija (Grad 2008)

I just wanted to thank you for a great program at VIU. I got a job (through a connection with last year's sponsor teacher) to teach grade 2 in a private school in Vietnam. If all goes according to plan, I will be starting this new job on February 6, 2012.
Regards,
Elicia Murdoch (Grad 2011)

I'm also doing a French Immersion program and feel that I will be able to teach French by the fall- triple yah!
Tracey Murphy (Grad 2009)

...This is Angelique. I am in Korea happily teaching! Some things are difficult, like adjusting to the heat, then the air coonditioner, then the heat, cicada song and lots of late night and spicy food (my 1am late bedtime in Nanaimo is like going to bed early here!) Also working from 1-8pm plus extra hours for prep and monthly reports is a switch,but mostly I'm spoiled :) And swiftly paying back my student loan (yyyesss! means aaasssaaa! in Korean :) Thanks for continuing to send out postings. I'm personally mostly curious about what's going on for employment for teachers and I'm sure it helps lots of people more immediately too! Hope all is well otherwise. I miss you all over there and am eternally grateful for your providing me with a good education :) Hello faculty! Thank you! I miss you!
Angelique Nash-Thurmier (Grad 2011)

So it is my last day of Spring Break and I am preparing for my first full week of three Drama 9 classes, Film 11 and Film 12. I'm also getting organized and preparing to work on the school play which has over 150 students involved. I am proud to be a part of such a rich Drama program and one of three Drama teachers at this school.I started my .714 contract on Feb. 28 however my second week was broken up by the strike, and the last two have been Spring Break. It is scary and exciting.

First off it was amazing to get on the North Van T.O.C list in January, apparently they only interviewed three Art specialists out of all of the hundreds of applicants from across the lower mainland, and they only hired two of us! Three weeks later, I was one of only three people interviewed for this contract at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver. This time my qualifications(Drama, Film, Art, Digital Media)were chosen over the others seniority. I felt so fortunate and blessed! I'm actually teaching in my area of expertise, the classes that I dreamed of!

I think the confidence, preparedness, portfolio and resume (excellent seminar in your class by the way) I gained at VIU were what really what helped me get my foot in the door. It's really funny, cause I always talked about moving to North Van, and working in North Van, and no other place. But their TOC list had been closed forever. And here I am, moved in February 1, started T.O.C work February 2 and got a contract Feb. 27 (started on the 28th), birthday on March 1...(a great birthday present!) If I can provide any inspiration to my colleagues: I truly think if you have a dream, stay focused and believe in yourself, and then there is nothing that can stand in your way! I am proof!
Michelle Nieken (Grad 2011)

Jessicca Nielsen got a job in Port Alberni last year. She worked at the Band school and has another position this year teaching Grade 2/3.
Jessicca Nielsen (Grad 2011)

 I am happy to tell you thatI have received my second contract in SD72 and will be working as a grade 7 and grade 9 math and science teacher at Southgate Middle School in Campbell River until the end of June! GO GATORS!
Sincerely,
Erin Nixon (Grad 2010)

I just wanted to let you know that I accepted a position at BCCIS in Cairo starting in September. I'm very excited to teach a Grade 2 class and experience a new culture at the same time. A big thank you to you and all the faculty at VIU, I feel I am ready for this new adventure.
Bethany Norris (Grad 2011)

Emmy O'Gorman is happlily teaching part-time in Sandscrit,, Haida Gwai.
Emmy O'Gorman (Grad 2010)

I am teaching at Robron, in eBlend (supporting home learners), and at Georgia Park with 4/5s in the Courtenay/Comox District.
Sarah O'Shaunessay (Grad 2012)

Well, I just wanted to pass on that I have been hired as the English as a Second Dialect teacher at the Aboriginal Choice School in Prince George!
In the future if you have any other students like myself, who spent time overseas teaching English and were wanting to know if that experience would help them get a full-time teaching job, you can say "YES"! It helped me get a full time gig and I think others who enter the program with a similar background as myself would benefit from knowing that there are jobs out there for teachers who have ESL experience (you just have to work hard to find them).
Thanks again for everything,
Robin Pearson (Grad 2010)

...Well after being off for the past year on maturnity leave I am back at Wood Elementary full time teaching a Grade 3/4 split!!It's a whole new challenge teaching and being a mom to a one year old, but what an adventure!!
Stephanie Pelland (Grad 2010)

I just wanted to drop a line to say that I just interviewed yesterday with the Sooke district for a TOC position and they phoned me today to say that I am hired! I am so excited to start teaching and I was thinking back to all those times when I was so worried about graduating and getting a job. Please feel free to share that Sooke district is GROWING with your students! I also happen to know that Sooke is still looking for both physics and math grads...just in case you know of any who would be willing to move. Also there is a great advantage to having a practicum in sooke since it definitely helps in getting onto the TOC list...at the moment science, math, physics and PE people could all think of doing final practicums there. Anyways...just wanted to share my happy news and maybe pass along some hopeful news for others! Hope you are both well and see you soon...I will pop in and say hello next time I am up in Nanaimo.
Karmyn Phillips (Grad 2011)

I have made a decision on my job opportunities and accepted a position in Vietnam.The job will start soon - after the TET new year. I fly on February 1. I start on the 6th.
I asked to be put in touch with a teacher who works at the school. She is also Canadian. She has helped me to understand what to expect, and has also offered to share her apartment for the rest of this school year. She has been there for 1.5 years and plans to renew her contract. Her current roommate leaves at the end of the school year. If it works and we get on well, I could continue on staying there for the next school year. My contract is until July 2013. I will be the teacher in a Grade 1 class, with 11 students and a local teaching assistant who is trained. Very supportive and friendly staff (according to the teacher I have talked to). She also had my class (eek, I have a class!) last year and said that they were delightful! The curriculum is a combination of Singapore and Australian.
Kim Roberts (Grad 2011)

I started TOCing in Surrey in April and I just got a contract! I'm working .8 in the library at a school in Surrey!

I can't tell you how many people have asked where I did my degree but every time I tell them how fabulous VIU was!! I'm so glad I chose this University for my education degree.

Emily Rodgers (Grad 2011)

I have a 2 day a week contract at Evergreen Independent school in Cobble HIll teaching Science, Health and Career, Drama and Art to grade 6,7 and 8.  On the other days I work as a TOC at Queen of Angels, an Independent school with the Catholic School Board in Duncan that is K-grade 9 and am also on the list for St. Josephs in Chemainus and Stu-ate-le-lum in Ladysmith.
Karla Ryan (Grad 2010)

I just wanted to let you know that I am excited and nervous for my first full-time / full -year teaching gig. I will be teaching in the Late French Immersion program, grade 7 at E. J. Dunn Middle School in Port Alberni. I taught there for May and June as well, but this is different as my job is not a maternity leave like last year. I only have 18 students in my class and they are a lovely bunch so I really lucked out. Thanks for everything and I will keep in touch,
Samantha Stagg (Grad 2010)

Evelyne St. Arnaud has been hired by Hammond Bay Elementary .5 to teach Gr. 3 French Immersion. Tres bien Evelyn!~
Evelyne St. Arnaud (Grad 2011)

...I have signed an one year contract with Brentwood College School, which I agreed to work point six workload teaching Mandarin. So, I am teaching three courses now and work every mornings. I have registered in the Victoria school district looking for a full time job either teach Mandarin or everything. That's my hope.
Fang Sun (Grade 2010)

Just a quick update.... I worked in Parksville/Qualicum SD 69 teaching Grade 2/3 at Parksville Elementary from September 2011 - November 30, 2011. It was a 0.3 FTE position. I was hired in January 2012 by SD 68 and now I am working as a TTOC.
Courtney Balaban (Thiessen) (Grad 2011)

Aboriginal Education Teacher
Alexander Elementary,
School District #79
Amie Uzzell (Grad 2001)

Rebecca Wall is delighted to be teaching Grade 1/2 at St. Josephs' Elementary in Chemanius starting in Fall 2012. Congratulations on your new position Rebecca.
Rebecca Wall (Grad 2008)

I am beginning my second year as a fulltime 1.0 Skills for life Teacher in SD72-Campbell River. This year I was offered a permanent continuing contract with the district which is very exciting. I case manage and teach a class of modified learners with various special needs and have the privilege to facilitate and work with a great team of educational assistants. I am also in the process of obtaining a post-degree diploma (category 5+) in special education through VIU and I’ll be finished in the summer of 2012.
Kind Regards,
Kylie Waters (Grad 2009)

Brent Wierenga is busy teaching in Dawson Creek.
Brent Wierenga (Grad 2011)

I'm just writing to let you know that there's been some news on the employment front for me. I've accepted a position teaching Physics 11/12 and Math 11/12 at the BCCIS in Cairo this September. I'm quite excited to start my teaching adventure! Thanks for all your help and support throughout the program.
Cheers,
Kevin Wilford (Grad 2011)

I just wanted to let you know that I accepted a contract in China at one of the B.C. Offshore schools for the 2012-2013 school year. I am super-duper excited!! I actually had a few offers and it was nice to see all that hard work pay off. I would also like to thank you and Alexis for that little seminar regarding resumes and cover letters. A few of the people I was speaking to stated that my cover letter was very strong and that is a direct result of that workshop. I hope you continue to hold it in the future as I feel it was very beneficial.
Randi Wilmore (Grad 2011)

Haellie Wilson just got a part time job in Port Alberni, teaching Home Economics and Sewing.
Haellie Wilson (Grad 2011)

 

 

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