Meet our District Specialists

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Suzanne Fulton

Suzanne Fulton

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.    

 sfulton@wvschools.ca 

Morikke Espenhain

Morikke Espenhain

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 

Mespenhain@wvschools.ca 

Mary Parackal

Mary Parackal

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.

Mparackal@wvschools.ca 

Parnaz Kashani

Parnaz Kashani

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.   

pkashani@wvschools.ca 

Maria Yioldassis

Maria Yioldassis

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. 

Myioldassis@wvscshools.ca 

Cari Wilson

Cari Wilson

Cari Wilson is currently the Vice Principal of Innovation and Technology with West Vancouver Schools. With a Masters in Educational Technology, Cari has spent over 25 years in education, much of it in a BYOD environment. Cari is passionate about the mindful but engaging integration of technology in education and well as the need to encourage more girls and students from diverse backgrounds to get interested in STEAM-based learning. Cari is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Certified Google Trainer and a recipient of the 2024 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is one of the instructors at TenTon Robotics and she is the founder of Girls With superPowers – an organization that aims to inspire more young women to experience and enjoy computer programming. In addition, Cari writes a weekly ed-tech blog that is internationally read, and she delivers Professional Development around the province and further abroad. Recently, Cari’s focus has been on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Education and what it all means for the future.

Cwilson@wvschools.ca 

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