Suzanne Fulton has been a music educator in West Vancouver Schools since 2003. Her teaching experience has included K-12 classroom music, though she currently works as a choral specialist running the District Honour Choir Program and the school choirs at WVSS. Suzanne has a Bachelor in Music (Opera Performance; UBC) a Bachelor in Education (UBC) and a Masters in Music Education (UBC). Suzanne is passionate about music education and about raising the level of choral music in West Vancouver Schools.
Morikke is one of West Vancouver Schools’ Elementary Enhancement Teachers focusing on inquiry and concept based teaching. Morikke has been with the school district since 1999 working in many of our elementary schools culminating in becoming an IB Coordinator in 2015. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trinity Western University and Bachelor of Education from UBC
Mary has a Masters degree in Inclusive Education from the University of Sheffield and is a graduate of Harvard University’s professional learning academy holding a specialized graduate certificate in early education leadership. She also holds a post graduate diploma in special education from the University of Bombay and a Bachelors degree from the University of Bangalore.
Mary is an accomplished educational leader who has worked in the West Vancouver School District since 2012. During this time, Mary has been an instructional leader in the areas of learning support, literacy, primary years curriculum development, inclusive practices, early learning, and childcare. Prior to arriving in Canada, Mary worked in international schools in the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. Mary is passionate about creating joyful, inclusive learning experiences for learners, parent engagement, literacy, and collaborative learning.
Parnaz has been with West Vancouver Schools since 2013. She obtained her degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. Parnaz has a passion for getting students excited about school and all the ways they can learn. Her portfolio includes, Post-Secondary Advising, teaching business courses at Rockridge Secondary and overseeing the Youth Train in Trades (Carpentry) and Youth Work in Trades programs for the West Vancouver School District.
Maria Yioldassis is our District ELL Coordinator responsible for influencing English Language Learning guidelines, policies and pedagogy. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and is a proud UBC Alumni, whose educational background includes Graduate work in the fields of language acquisition, literacy, and assessment. Maria continues to give back to UBC as a guest lecturer for teacher candidates and by collaborating with UBC Professors on various language and literacy projects. She has also had the opportunity to be part of working groups with the Ministry of Education in the development of The ELL Standards and The My Education Annual Instructional Plan.
An important part of her role as District ELL Coordinator is to provide support and professional learning opportunities to both ELL and classroom teachers. Maria is passionate about equitable and inclusive learning for all students.
West Vancouver School District is keenly aware of the need for more girls to enter STEAM-based careers. To that end, for the past 5 years the district has encouraged adolescent girls to develop an interest in coding, through a Canadian program called Hackergals. This year, in an effort to address specific needs, the District’s Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher, Cari Wilson, has developed a district-based program called Girls With superPowers. The group meets virtually on Tuesday nights, with over 30 Grade 6 and 7 girls from 8 district schools in attendance. Currently the girls are working on learning how to program various aspects of video games. Wilson’s own passion for technology stretches far beyond the classroom and the West Vancouver School District. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Certified Google Trainer and the VP of CUEBC (the Computer Using Educators of BC). In addition, Wilson is known internationally for the weekly tech blog she publishes, she delivers pro-D across the province for Focused Education Resources and she works tirelessly to help students, teachers and parents understand the importance of safe digital citizenship. While she acknowledges that all of these aspects of her job are important, her Tuesday night Girls with superPowers class is always the highlight of her week!