Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction

With over 30 years’ experience in education, as both a teacher and administrator, Diane has obtained her Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Counseling Psychology, and Master’s in Educational Administration, all from the University of British Columbia. Diane inspires educators to create an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences, and the capacity of each student to grow as a human being and a learner. Her accomplishments are numerous including founding, owning and operating the Vancouver Griffins, the first women’s professional hockey team in Western Canada, a member of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Diane’s entire career has been about giving students an opportunity to better themselves and realize their hopes and aspirations. She firmly believes that enthusiastic and thoughtful guidance is the best way to assist our youth on the path that they choose.

Madelyn Jones, Environmental Science Academy Teacher

Madelyn Jones is a Science Teacher in the West Vancouver School District out of WVSS. Since completing her undergrad in Geographic Biogeosciences and Environment and Sustainability at UBC, she has worked commercially on large sailboats seeking out bears, whales and wolves for research. After sailing the entirety of the BC coast, including circumnavigating Haida Gwaii, she is excited to share all of the amazing complexities of this coast and their how they connect to the world at large with her students. Madelyn’s goal is to promote ocean and scientific literacy when it comes to hands on experiences, and for her students to develop tangible skills that can be translated to their careers and paths after high school.

When not in the classroom you can find her offshore racing sailboats or up in the backcountry.

Dr. Steve MacDonald, Section Head, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Dr. Steve MacDonald is the designated site officer for the Pacific Science Enterprise r. Steve MacDonald, Section Head, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Centre (PSEC). He is a fisheries research scientist with primary research interests in the field of trophic ecology and habitat science. He has designed and managed several multi-disciplinary research projects and has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of disciplines.

Cher LaCoste, M.Sc. RP Bio, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Cher LaCoste, M.Sc. R.P.Bio is a contaminated site scientist that formerly worked in industry and Health Canada before joining RPSS over 12 years ago. Cher was the manager of the contaminated site group within ROEC with a portfolio of over 2200 sites. During that time Cher worked on assessment and remediation of contaminated sites in BC and the Yukon, CEAA, hazardous building materials and drinking water.  Recently Cher has taken an assignment to be the RP project leader for the Pacific Science Enterprise Center. In this role Cher has been project managing infrastructure upgrades, collaborative agreements and realizing the collaborative vision of the PSEC with Science. Cher lives in West Vancouver with her husband and three kids and is very excited to see the PSEC vision become reality in her community.

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca