Recent Hirings and Teaching Updates 2013/2014

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.

More graduates to add to district TOC lists:


  • Nanaimo/Ladysmith -- Richard Schmidz (Grad 2014)
  • Christina Coilfi (Grad 2013)
  • Adam Lowry (Grad 2014)
  • Parksville/Qualicum --Heather Deering (Grad 2014)
  • Salt Spring Island-- Beth Turcon (Grad 2014)
  • Victoria-- Chris Chan, Ayla Ederm (Grad 2014)
  • Robin Dimock is a TOC with SD39 in Vancouver
  • Fiona Dalrymple (Grad 2013) is a busy TOC for Cowichan District #79Dean Thorsell (Grad 2013) is pleased to join the TOC list in SD #47 Powell River
  • Megan Young (Grad 2013) is pleased to join the TOC list in SD #47 Powell River
  • Fraser Buck (Grad 2013) is a member of the TOC roster in District #62 Sooke
  • Cody Miller (Grad 2012) is a TOC in the Sea to Sky SD#48 and North Vancouver SD#45 districts.
  • Sarah Nielsen is a busy TOC with North Vancouver Island School District (#85)
  • Suzi McLeod (Grad 2012) is TOCing with Comox Valley district (#71)
  • Christine Robbins (Grad 2013) also TOCs for SD#64 Gulf Islands
  • Jess Vatcher (Grad 2013) is a busy TOC with Cowichan District (#79)


NEW July/August/September 2014

I’m VERY happy to report I’ve been offered my full-time continuing position in French Immersion, SD72. Many thanks to you and other faculty!!

Jean MacLeod le Cheminant (Grad 2013)

NEW March/April/May/June 2014

I have just been hired full-time to work in SD 60, Peace River North. I will be teaching two blocks of Social Studies 10 at North Peace Secondary and I will be working with high performance athletes at the Energetic Learning Campus for another two blocks. My first day is March 31st, right after spring break.

Dustin Barry (Grad 2014)

Wendy Beaton (2013) is a new TOC for Nanaimo Ladysmith (#68)

Melissa Robertson (Bond) has joined VIU's Centre for Innovation and Excellence responsible for Data Entry Support for Online Coursesk. Welcome Melissa!

Melissa Bond (Grad 2005)

I was part of the most recent convocation at the Port Theatre where I received my M.Ed in Education Leadership. I am currently working as Vice-Principal at Fort Nelson SS but will return from leave to the High School at Vancouver Island University starting July 7.

David Butler (MEDL Grad 2104)

Zoe Dusting is pleased to be filling in for a leave position teaching Grade 2 at Pauline Haarer here in district #68.

Zoe Dusting (Grad 2014)

Just wanted to keep you updated on my post-graduate life! I have had the pleasure of working as a TOC in Parksville/Qualicum after being hired in January, but have now excepted a continuing grade 1/2 position out of province. I'll be joining the Good Spirit School Division in Saskatchewan! I am also hoping to eventually head back to school to work towards my special education degree as well!

Kathleen Guest (Grad 2014)

Scott Hall (Grad 2013) heads to Thailand with his family to begin his teaching career.

Chris Johnson (Grad 2012) is working Full Time at Stz’uminus Community School (Chemainus First Nations) teaching English Language Arts and Home Economics/Cooking to Grades 6, 7 & 8.

Just wanted to say "hello" and let you know I am working in Auckland, New Zealand teaching secondary Math.

Patrick Louie (Grad 2010)

Suzi Macleod (Grad 2012) is busy TOCing in the Comox Valley.

David Peterson (Grad 2012) heads to his "dream job" as chaplain and teacher at Luther College High School in Regina Saskatchewan.

I am very excited to share that I received my first teaching contract teaching Grade 6/7 full-time for the Gulf Islands School district! I have been teaching the class since the beginning of January, and will be there until the end of the year. Thanks to VIU for teaching me how to plan units under pressure :)  I love teaching and I couldn't be happier with the profession I chose!!

Christine Robbins (Grad 2013)

NEW January/February 2014

Stephanie Bosello (Grad 2014) has taken a maternity leave position teaching Grade 3 with Stratford Hall IB School in Vancouver.

".... I have been presently teaching at the Stz'uminus Community School teaching Social Studies and PE since last January.....just haven't gotten around to letting ya'll know.

Bert Elliott ( Grad 2013)

I'm doing great! I am living in Alaska and substitute teaching this year. I am absolutely loving substituting at the middle school level! I have been getting a ton of work at one particular school and it has been so great!

Nada Erhardt (Grad 2012)

I am John Friesen, I was in the NIC Cohort that graduated last August. Just wanted to share with you some good news. I was recently awarded a full time job with SD 48 in northern Alberta. It is a 66% Industrial Arts, 33% TBA position. The school, Kinuso School, is a K-12 that recently had a major technological upgrade.  New computer labs, wireless connectivity and every class has a smartboard! I am hoping that the 33% TBA might include some computer courses. Cross your fingers for me!

John Friesen (Grad 2012)

I was hired by SD 68 last summer and have been a busy TTOC since September. I have also been teaching inservice in Monkey Math and have developed a movement sequence for primary students to help them learn about self-regulation.

Mary Jo Fulmer (Grad 2010)

I was part of the North Island Post Bacc cohort who graduated in August of 2012 (convocation in Jan 2013). I was hired last January in Campbell River at Robron Centre. It’s an alternate school and it suits me perfectly. I was lucky enough to be rehired for a full time contract for this school year. Fingers crossed I will be re-hired again in September as it will give me a continuing status. I am also presently enrolled in the SETs program and just taking one course at a time while I’m working.

Christine Middleton (Grad 2012)

I hope you are doing well.  I meant to email you sooner and let you know the amazing news in regards to my teaching.  I am happy to say that I am currently working my second full time contract in SD 72, Campbell River and loving it! I started my first contact at the end of January, 2013 shortly after graduating from the post bacc program. The contract ended up being for 7 weeks in a grade 1/2 French Immersion class.  I am currently back in a grade 1/2 French Immersion class in another school till the end of the school year.  Thank you to the wonderful faculty at VIU and amazing section for helping prepare me for this amazing adventure. 

Kala Murray (Bremner)(Grad 2013)

I just wanted to let you all know that I have been employed by the North Vancouver Island School District (#85) since January as a TTOC. I've been working full time and loving all the experiences I've been getting, including a temporary contract in my own neighbourhood school here in Alert Bay. What a great district to be part of! Thank you VIU for the preparation and training. It is second-to-none!

Sarah Nielsen (Grad 2013)

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)

I wanted to let you know how my semester went teaching the night class of Biology 067 at VIU Cowichan while doing my final practicum at Cow High- my term teaching my own class was amazing - I had the most amazing group of students and absolutely enjoyed every moment - it was hectic doing my practicum at Cowichan Secondary during the day and going to VIU at night to teach...but it was well worth it! They are turning over my contract for another term to teach Biol 067 - so I have that position for sure for January. I have also been offered a position teaching Chemistry with ABE in the Spring!

Joan Robin (Grad 2014)

I am pleased to let you know I have accepted a 0.324 FTE contract position until the end of the year teaching Foods 6/7 and Foods 8 at Ecole Phoenix Middle School in Campbell River.

Wendy Schebel (Grad 2014)

NEW October/November/December 2013

Bridgette Alexandra (Grad 2008) is off the the BC Offshore School in Beijing, China to join their instructional team.

It brings me great pleasure to share with you that I have been offered a full time contract in the Abbotsford School district. I start on Monday the 14th of January teaching in a French Immersion school. I wish to extend my gratitude for the roles you have all played in helping me get to this point.All the best & I hope our paths will cross again when I consider the next step in my career.

Chris Assmus (Grad 2013)

Julia Browning has just been hired by SD #68 (Nanaimo), for a full time Arts position at Barsby Secondary. Congratulations Julia!

Julia Browning (Grad 2012)

I am just writing to extend a huge thank you [Dr. Harry Janzen] for your extremely quick reply to School District 62's reference request! Because of your promptness I am now employed as a TOC with the district and start on Tuesday!I really appreciate the attention you paid to this as I am sure you have many other items on the agenda! Again, Thank you!

Fraser Buck (Grad 2013)

I was just emailing with my final prac supervisor, Doug Wilson, letting him know that SD68 just called to offer me a position on the TTOC list. He said that you would like me to contact you to let you know. I'm very excited and looking forward to getting down to work once my TRB certification is completed! I'd really like to thank VIU faculty and staff! Thanks so much,

Emily Recalma (Grad 2013)


Lauren Bush continues her busy life as a TOC with Classroom Connect in London, England. "Jolly good Lauren."

Lauren Bush (Grad 2012)

Ashley Clackson (Grad 2013) heads to Columbia to begin her teaching career.

Margot Croft is employed with VIU's Environment & Sustainability Dept. as their Administrative Assistant.

Margot Croft (Grad 2008)

I'm not sure if you are aware but I am also working full time, and have been since January of 2013, at Ditidaht Community School in Nitinaht Lake. I am the grade 3/4 teacher there :)

Christina Ciolfi (Grad 2013)

Margot Croft is employed with VIU's Environment & Sustainability Dept. as their Administrative Assistant.

Margot Croft (Grad 2008)

Just wanted to send you this email and let you know that quite a few people, including myself, have received jobs on the TOC list at Stz'uminus community schools out by Ladysmith. They are great little schools and I encourage Education graduates to consider these schools when looking for work! Hope you are well, thanks for all your help in the program!

Kelsey Deal (Grad 2013)

I just wanted to update you all on the exciting news that I got a FT teaching assignment at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in Vancouver. . starting this September! It is my dream school, and I cannot tell you how excited I am.

Maurizio Didonato (Grad 2013)

Thought I would let you and the folks at VIU know that I am officially on the Cowichan TTOC list, coaching and subbing at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, and running my own tutoring business. Very busy! Please thank everyone for their support.

Fiona Dalrymple (Grad 2013)

Sarah and I are still happily teaching in South Korea. We have now been here for 11 years, and are presently working at Daegu International School, where Sarah teaches 1st grade and I am the middle and high school principal. All three of our children will be attending school with us next year! Life is great in South Korea!

Scott and Sarah Jolly (Grad 2000)

Sasha Kucas (Grad 2012) is the new Grade One Teacher at BCCIS in Cairo, Egypt.

I just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that I was offered and accepted a position as a TTOC in School District 68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith, and I have been working since the end of January. 

Wendy Karpuik (Grad 2013)

I have some exciting news... I just got a job at Pleasant Valley!! Gr 4-7 French asa Second Language and Fine Arts. (0.471 )I am super excited and feel so prepared. As well I have been working every day, with the odd day off here and there. I even did a day of french immersion last week! So off to work again now.Take Care,

Aimee Laninga (Grad 2012)

I've been teaching grade 5 for two years now at Queen of Angels in Duncan. I'm very happy with our staff.

Patrick McCan (Grad 2010 )

...Just thought I would catch you up! I am teaching gr. 3/4 at Cobble Hill .6. I taught gr. 4/5 at the beginning of the year. I am enjoying teaching thoroughly! Last year I was the computer teacher... And even taught sewing! Loved it! I also taught Eng and SS, but loved teaching other classes where you see students so differently and can help them excel!

Debbie McQuhae (Grad 2006)

Tim McHattie (Grad 2013) is heasding to China to begin his teaching career this February at one of our BC Offshore Schools.

Sheila McKee (Grad 2010) is the new Principal at Ditidaht Community School.

I'm now in Burnaby teaching Learning Support at an elementary school. Take care!

Olivia Mark (Grad 2006)

I wanted to share my good news with you - I accepted a 1.0 continuing position with NIDES as their K-2 curriculum integration teacher for the fine arts eCademy. I'm super excited about the position and the move. I got the job thanks to all I've learned through OLTD. We're already half way through and I'm blown away with how much I've learned...what an amazing experience it has been so far. My understanding and practice of teaching and learning has been transformed. I'm excited to be able to apply more of my learning to my new job!

Laura Mann (Grad 2010)

I got hired by my local district right after graduation and after working as a TTOC for a little while. I got a contract to teach at the Saturna Island Elementary School Grades K-8 until the end of the year.

Schuyler Matthews (Grad 2013)

I am a teacher who graduated from your Post-degree Education Program the first year you began the program. I have been teaching Theatre at NDSS for the past 8 years.

Martha Parker (Grad 1998)

Just to keep you in the loop, I graduated in June 2012 and I was hired by my local school district (SD#70 Alberni) by the middle of September. I have been working steady as a TOC. I have taught Kindergarten to Grade 10 and it has been wonderful! I was recently hired in a permanent position at 8th Ave Elementary teaching grade 4.

Nancy Sanders (Grad 2012)

Jeff Saunders is off to teach through Classroom Connect in London England immediately after Convocation! Happy trails Jeff!

Jeff Saunders (Grad 2013)

I thought I'd inform you that as of Tuesday Aug 19th I have accepted a 1.000 continuing contract in Williams Lake at Lake City Secondary School teaching primarily Computer courses. See you online!

Christopher Sowden (Grad 2013)

I just wanted to update you on my journey to becoming a teacher.

Cody [Miller] is a TOC in the Sea to Sky SD#48 and North Vancouver SD#45 districts. I am proud to announce that I have recently signed a one year contract with Saint John's School in Vancouver. I am a Teacher Intern at their Junior School. I will be a teacher assistant (who will be booked by teachers block by block to help out, teach groups, or teach one on one) and a substitute teacher as needed in grades K-5. I will also run the after school program for K-3.
It is a an IB school that is the perfect match for me. I love their philosophies of teaching and the staff is amazing. It also meant a steady schedule (M-F) and a salary with all the benefits. I was lucky enough to be chosen out of hundreds of applicants to have an interview (only 10 were chosen) and then met with a board for my second interview (3 were chosen for this). They all voted and I was chosen, I felt like I won the lottery when I was called!
I am so happy to finally be a part of a school. Let my journey begin! I officially start in August but I have already been invited to attend professional development days.
Christina Smith (Grad 2012)

On Valentines day I began my first official day of teaching .. like real, paid, classroom teaching and it was exhilarating, terrifying and so fulfilling. I have been chosen for a temporary position at Puntledge elementary, a grade 4/5 english stream ... It's been amazing, exhausting, again terrifying, thrilling and life changing as I go in and out of their discoveries and their open hearts.

Chantal Stephan (Grad 2013)

A few days before graduation and after my arriving in McBride B.C. I was hired on with School District #57 as a TTOC. I have just finished teaching Law 12 for the semester and will continue to be the IEP case manager as well as one of two L.A. Teachers until June.  There are always many challenging and rewarding opportunities for teachers who work within small communities.  I highly recommend it!

Trish Tomson (Grad 2012)

I just wanted to give you an update on my teaching status! I ended up getting a TOC position in February with the Cowichan Valley School District. I am absolutely loving it and I have been working every day since! It is nice to be in my home town doing what I love to do!I am also currently enrolled in the Home Ec Diploma Program at UBC which is so far crazy busy as it is online learning! But I know it will pay off in the end! I hope all is well with all the education staff at VIU! Hugs to you all! Take care! I will keep in touch!

Letitia Turlock ( Grad 2013)

I wanted to drop a quick note to say hello and update you on what I have been doing. I am in my second year teaching at St. Joseph's School in Chemainus after transferring from John Paul II Catholic School where I taught for 2 years before. I feel like I have finally found my "home" (so to speak) and am loving early primary. While moving from SD#68 was a really hard decision, I am so glad that I jumped to Island Catholic Schools.My classroom was recently featured on the BC ArtStarts website and I have been invited to be a guest blogger and share some of the learning activities as part of my classroom. We are currently one of six schools in BC with an Infusion: Arts in Education Grant and I can say that the information that Heather taught us in her classes has finally clicked! I am doing more things to do with the arts (... science, and language arts) than I would have ever imagined! I thought I would share the blog and my classroom website with you. I would love to come back to VIU for a visit soon.

Rebecca Wall (Grad 2008)

I know I loved checking the updates on recent grad hirings so thought I would email you with an update! I was hired to the SD#70 (Alberni) TOC list as a French Immersion teacher and shortly after I got a .5 contract doing bilingual literacy support at Alberni Elementary! Very excited to start my career!

Carly Whitmore (Grad 2013)

I am very pleased to advise you that Nicole Yusep is joining the Office of University Planning & Analysis as our Research Analyst – Planning. In this role Nicole’s focus will be to conduct research to support enrolment planning, provide analysis of student and labour-market demand to support new program proposals, and prepare VIU’s Institutional Accountability Plan & Report.

Nicole Yusep (Grad 2013)