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Staff & Faculty

Academic Advising


Joie Marin

Head Academic Advisor

BA (Simon Fraser)

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Meghan Belcher

Academic Advisor, Life Skills Coach

BA (University of Winnipeg), Diploma (Vancouver College of Counsellor Training)

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Maisha Samiha

Academic Advisor

BA (Simon Fraser),

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Alice Cai

Academic Advisor

BA (Beijing Language & Culture University), MA (Beijing Language & Culture University), PhD (University of Calgary)

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Chrissie Ngarachu

Academic Advisor

RISIA: International Student Immigration Advising


Diana Battocchio

Head of International Business Development & Marketing, RISIA

BA (Simon Fraser), PDP Teacher Cert (Simon Fraser), TESL Linguistics Cert (Simon Fraser), RISIA

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Senior Administration


Chris Rands

President

Will Eckford

President Emeritus, Senior Advisor, Director of Marketing

Michael Williams

Chief Academic Officer (Interim)

BEd (Simon Fraser), BA (Boise State), MA (Athabasca), TESOL

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Kaylene Donaldson

Chief Financial Officer

Office of the Registrar


Jocelyn Hebeler

Registrar, Office Manager

Mariana Eboli

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Helen Liu

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Elaine Nitschke

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Jennie Park

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Carina Raj

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Sarah Tortora

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Diane Wu

Admissions, Administrative Assistant

Serena Zeng

Admissions, Assistant Office Manager

Accounting


Marie Chen

Student Accounts Assistant

Seline Chao

Student Accounts Assistant

Maggie Li

Student Accounts Assistant

Rita Tio

Student Accounts Assistant

Homestay


Penelope Cruz

Marketing Assistant, Homestay Coordinator

Marketing


Diana Battocchio

Head of International Business Development & Marketing, RISIA

BA (Simon Fraser), PDP Teacher Cert (Simon Fraser), TESL Linguistics Cert (Simon Fraser), RISIA

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Sandy Chow

Digital Marketing Lead, Digital Designer

Penelope Cruz

Marketing Assistant, Homestay Coordinator

Jessy Weng

Social Media Coordinator

IT Department


Kirsten Hong Tai

IT Support Specialist

David Lee

Application Tester, Junior System Administrator

Reanna Tandon

IT System Administrator

Library


Billy Augustine

Librarian

Arts - English


Bea Oertel

Instructor

B.Ed (Simon Fraser University), MA (Germany), TEFL Certificate

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Bruce Lord

English Dept. Head, Instructor

BA Hons (Simon Fraser); MA (Trent)

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Bruce MacDonald

Instructor

BA (UVIC) MA (UBC)

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Daniel Renton

Instructor

MA (UNB), BA (VIU), BA (StFX)

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Dylan Godwin

Instructor

BA (UBC), MA (University of California) PhD (SUNY Stony Brook)

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Irene Iwasaki

Instructor

M.Ed. (U of A), M.Ed (UBC), MA (University of Sheffield), BEd (Simon Fraser), BA (Simon Fraser)

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Janet Jones

Instructor

A.O.C.A. (Ontario College of Art), BA (UBC), MFA (USASK)

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Joseph Thomas

Instructor

MA (University of Toronto) BA (Concordia University) TESL (Victoria)

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Julia Vergara

Instructor

BA (KPU), MA (UBC)

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Michael Loncaric

Instuctor

MA, BA (Simon Fraser)

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Saakshi Patel

Instructor

Master of Arts Degree in English Poetry, with Distinction (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language (University of British Columbia)

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Siavash Saadlou

Instructor

MFA Creative Writing, Saint Mary’s College of California

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Sook Kong

Instructor

BA Hons, BA (Singapore), MA (UBC)

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Suzy Phillips

Instructor

MA (Edinburgh) TEFL (Edinburgh)

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Swati Mishra

Instructor

Phd, MA (Nagpur), TESOL (Coventry House International)
Doctor of Philosophy, English (Nagpur University, India)
Master of Arts, English (Nagpur University, India)
Advanced TESOL Certificate, English (Coventry House International, Toronto)

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Arts - Economics


Holy Aminadoki

Instructor

MA (Simon Fraser University) BA (University of Manitoba)

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Eduardo Azmitia

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), MA (UBC)

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Edward Choi

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), BSc (UBC), MA (Waterloo)

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Mohammad Fakhrabadi

Instructor

MA (Simon Fraser)

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Lyle Green

Instructor

BA (University of Toledo), MBA (University of Toledo), (UBC)

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Firoozeh Kolahi

Instructor

MBA (Simon Fraser)

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Kojo Budu Laryea

Instructor

MA (Simon Fraser), MPhil (Ghana), BA (Ghana)

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Randy Liu

Instructor

MSc (University of British Columbia)

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Sonya Plater

Economics Dept. Head, Instructor

BA Hons, MA (Simon Fraser)

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William Shen

Instructor

BSc (TRU), MSc (SFU)

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Sam Viavant

Instructor

MA (UBC) BA (Montana)

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Rui (Melissa) Wan

Instructor

BA (Xi'an Jiaotong University), MA (National University of Singapore), Ph.D (University of Calgary)

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Arts, Humanities - General


Brandon Narayan

Instructor

BA (SFU), MA (U of O), LLM (UU)

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Christine Baker

Instructor

PhD (University of Texas), MA (University of Texas), BA (Pennsylvania State University)

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Daniel Maya

Instructor

BATI (University of Antioquia), MA (University of Poitier), Certified Teacher (Quebec Ministry of Education)

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Eliza McClenagan

Instructor

MA (UVIC), BA (UNBC)

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Eve Eckford

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), MA

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Firoz Mahmud

Instructor

BA (Hons) and MA (Bangladesh, MA (SFU)

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Foram Chandarana

Instructor

PhD in English, MA in English, BA in English (Maraharaja Sayajiro University of Baroda, India. Accredited by World Education Services)
Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA)

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Grace Kim

Instructor

BEd (SFU), PDP Cert (SFU), BA (SFU) MEd (UBC)

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Jairo Salazar

Instructor

GAC (University of North Texas), MA (University of North Texas), BA (Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano)

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Janet Jones

Instructor

A.O.C.A. (Ontario College of Art), BA (UBC), MFA (USASK)

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Juan Cortes

Instructor

BA (Universidad Externado de Colombia), M.Ed (Simon Fraser University), CELTA (University of Cambridge), Certificate Program in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language – Online, UEC

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Linda Bao

Director of Chinese Relations, Instructor

BA (Guangzhou University of Foreign Languages), MA (British Columbia)

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Patrick Best

Humanities Dept. Head (UT), Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Athabasca), TESL

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Sonia Chhabra

Instructor

BSc (Simon Fraser), MA (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Teacher Certificate Program (Simon Fraser), TESL Certificate

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Ian Heckman

Instructor

PhD (UBC), MA (SUNY, The College of Brockport), BS (SUNY, The College of Brockport)

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Rebecca Lee

Instructor

BA, TESL Qualification, Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Jesse Macpherson

Instructor

MPhil (University of Queensland) Certificate (University College of the Fraser Valley), BA (UBC)

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Jeremy Matthew

Instructor

PhD (King's College London), MA (University of Auckland), BA (University of Auckland)

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Maria Petrucci

Instructor

Ph.D (UBC) MA (UBC) BA (UBC)

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Nour Almoujabber

Instructor

MA Film Studies (Lebanese University, Lebanon)
BA in TV and Cinema (Lebanese University, Lebanon)

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Sami Coteli

Instructor

PhD, Communication Studies (University of Istanbul, Turkey)
MA, Communication Studies (University of Firat, Turkey)
BFA, Art Management (University of Yeditepe, Turkey)

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Sean McGarragle

Instructor

MA (SFU), BA (SFU)

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Shiva Montazeri

Instructor

MA (Brock University), MA (Shahid Beheshti University), BA (Yazd University)

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Arts, Social Sciences - General


Anna Maslouskaya

Instructor

BA (Minsk State Linguistic University), BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Simon Fraser), TESOL (VCC)

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Anannya Shamsuddin

Instructor

MA (University of Amsterdam), MSS (Jahangirnagar University), BSS (Jahangirnagar)

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Ashley Peckford

Instructor

Master of Arts, Criminology (Simon Fraser University)
Bachelor of Arts, Honours with Distinction (Simon Fraser University)
Associate of Arts, General Studies (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

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Audrey McDougall

Social Sciences Dept. Head (UT), Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser University), B.Ed (Simon Fraser University), MA (Athabasca), TESL

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Catherine Carnrite

Instructor

MA (Simon Fraser), BA (University of Calgary), TEFL Certficate

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Franco Acosta Teleg

Instructor

BA (Phillippines), MA (Japan)

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Jeffrey Jones

Instructor

MA (University of Birmingham), BA (University of Lethbridge)

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Kathy Fitzpatrick

Instructor

PhD (Memorial University of Newfoundland), MA (Simon Fraser University)

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Mark Cernigoj

Instructor

BA (Hons), MA (British Columbia), TESL

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Ravreet Kaur

Instructor

BA (Hong Kong), MA (Hong Kong)

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Suzy Phillips

Instructor

MA (Edinburgh) TEFL (Edinburgh)

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Tracy Adole

Instructor

BSc (University of Benin), MSc (University of East Anglia), PhD (University of Southampton)

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Victoria Tubrett

Instructor

BSc., AdvDip (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

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Wayne Podrouzek

Instructor

BCS, Bsc Hons (Mt. St. Vincent's), MA, PhD (Simon Fraser)

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Wolf Read

Instructor

BSc (Oregon State University), PhD (UBC)

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Business - General


Eduardo Azmitia

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), MA (UBC)

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Mohammad Fakhrabadi

Instructor

MA (Simon Fraser)

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Amanda Koning

Instructor

CPA, CGA, BComm (BC)

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Chuck Konrad

Department Head, Instructor

BComm (UBC), CPA, CA

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Misha Lidder

Instructor

Diploma (John Casablancas Institute), Certificate (UBC), BA (SFU)

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Sonya Plater

Economics Dept. Head, Instructor

BA Hons, MA (Simon Fraser)

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Randy Stewart

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), Teaching Certificate (Independent Schools Branch)

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Education - General


Afrina Khan

Instructor

M.A (Simon Fraser), M.A (Dhaka University, Bangladesh), Diploma in TESOL

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Alex Ferguson

Instructor

BEd Hons (Manchester), CELTA (Cambridge), TESL Canada Certificate

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Alisha Devani

Instructor

Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Humanities - English Stream (Trinity Western University)
Bachelor of Science Microbiology (Christ College, Rajkot, Gurat, India)

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Anna Marie Austero

Instructor

Master of Business Administration (UCW)
Doctor of Education in Educational Management (St. Paul University Dumaguete)
Master of Arts in Education in Counselling (St. Paul University Dumaguete)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (St. Paul University Dumaguete)

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Bibiana Chai

Instructor

BA (Singapore), TESL, Teacher Certificate Program (Auckland), Diploma in Education

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Brittany Hopkin

Instructor

BA (MRU), TEFL

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Franco Acosta Teleg

Instructor

BA (Phillippines), MA (Japan)

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Martina Koneska

Instructor

MA: Teaching English as an Additional Language (Simon Fraser University)

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Nanna Leegaard

Instructor

MSC (Denmark), BSc (BC), Diploma (Denmark)

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Ping Man Chan

Instructor

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (University of Hong Kong)
Master of Science in Environmental Management (University of Hong Kong)
Bachelor of Science (University of Hong Kong)

Ravreet Kaur

Instructor

BA (Hong Kong), MA (Hong Kong)

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Science - Computer Science


Liaqat Ali

Instructor

PhD (SFU), MSc (Athabasca University), MBA (University of Fredericton)

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Rita Ester

Instructor

MA (TU Dortmund)

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Megan O’Connor

Computer Science Dept. Head, Instructor

MSc (Simon Fraser University) BSc (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

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Arpanjot Sidhu

Instructor

MSc (SCIT), BTech. (SCIT)

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Vijaykumar Singh

Instructor

PhD (University College Dublin) MSc (Chennai Mathematical Institute, India) BSc (Mumbai University, India)

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Randy Stewart

Instructor

BA (Simon Fraser), Teaching Certificate (Independent Schools Branch)

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Nadine Turner

Instructor

MSc (University of Portsmouth) BA (University of London)

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Kongwen (Frank) Zhang

Instructor

PhD (York University), MSc (York University), BASc (York University)

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Sciences - General


Saeed Faraji

Instructor

PhD (Ottawa)

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Sheenam Girdhar

Science Dept. Head, Instructor

PhD (India) BSc (India) MSc (India) BEd (India) PIDP (VCC) Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Amanda Gronotte

Instructor

BSc (Simon Fraser), MSc (Simon Fraser)

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Raymond Wang

Instructor

MSc (University of British Columbia)

Tracy Xu

Lab Assistant

BSc (China), Diploma in Food Technology (BCIT)

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Science - Math / Statistics


Gera Belchev

Math / Statistics Dept. Head, Instructor

BSc (Sofia), MSc, MA for Teachers (Michigan State)

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Saeed Faraji

Instructor

PhD (Ottawa)

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Charles Huang

Instructor

BSc, BEd Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia), M.SC (UW), MMT (University of Waterloo)

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Lucien Lapierre

Instructor

BSc (TRU), MSc (Simon Fraser)

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Scott Pai

Instructor

BSc (National Chiao Tung University), MSc (Iowa), PhD (Texas at Dallas)

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Ketki Pendharkar

Instructor

BA, MA (India), Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Vijaykumar Singh

Instructor

PhD (University College Dublin) MSc (Chennai Mathematical Institute, India) BSc (Mumbai University, India)

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Edward Wong

Instructor

BASc, PEng, Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Math & Science


Sheenam Girdhar

Science Dept. Head, Instructor

PhD (India) BSc (India) MSc (India) BEd (India) PIDP (VCC) Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Charles Huang

Instructor

BSc, BEd Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia), M.SC (UW), MMT (University of Waterloo)

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Edward Wong

Instructor

BASc, PEng, Teacher Certificate Program (British Columbia)

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Tracy Xu

Lab Assistant

BSc (China), Diploma in Food Technology (BCIT)

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English, Humanities & Social Sciences


Alex Ferguson

Instructor

BEd Hons (Manchester), CELTA (Cambridge), TESL Canada Certificate

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Bea Oertel

Instructor

B.Ed (Simon Fraser University), MA (Germany), TEFL Certificate

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Bibiana Chai

Instructor

BA (Singapore), TESL, Teacher Certificate Program (Auckland), Diploma in Education

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Jade Robinson

Instructor

B. Ed (Simon Fraser University), Geography Minor

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Nicole Baxter

Instructor

BEd Hons (Victoria)

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Nicole Baxter

Instructor

BEd Hons (Victoria)

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Marina Chekunova

English Studies Dept. Head, Instructor

BA (Hons), MA (UBC), TESL

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Laura Ciconte

Instructor

BA, TESL Certificate

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Alex Ferguson

Instructor

BEd Hons (Manchester), CELTA (Cambridge), TESL Canada Certificate

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Dale Johnson

Instructor

BA, Post Baccalaureate Diploma (British Columbia), TESL (VCC)

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Bea Oertel

Instructor

B.Ed (Simon Fraser University), MA (Germany), TEFL Certificate

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