Our Teachers

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Our teachers are experienced, dedicated, and passionate educators. They are determined to help each student reach their academic potential while building a life-long love of learning. The teachers work together to ensure continuity throughout the curriculum from Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight.

At Pythagoras Academy the teachers and management staff work in partnership with both parents and students to create a school environment that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone. We strive to create strong relationships and open dialogue with parents, as we believe that they are crucial to a child’s progress and success.

Additionally, teachers provide a solid foundation for enhancing students’ learning through well-developed, inspiring educational programs tailored to each child’s interests, skills, and needs. Teachers work to encourage students to develop friendships and positive attitudes while promoting independence. On a daily basis, teachers look forward to both learning from their students, and to being inspired by them in return.

What you can expect from Pythagoras Academy Teachers:

  • Hard work, discipline, and an extraordinary work ethic
  • Passion for teaching, profound knowledge of one’s teaching subjects, and extensive professional experience
  • Fine Arts instructors that are masters in their own field
  • Nurturing and warm individuals who seek to truly connect with one another and with their students, and who care profoundly not only for their students’ academic success, but also for their overall well-being
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michael Bouchard
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michael Bouchard

Michael Bouchard Principal

Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria. Michael’s teaching experience ranges from three year olds through to the university level. He has over twenty years of teaching experience in the public and independent school systeAs a principal, he has a decade of experience leading innovative schools in concept-based and arts-infused learning. He believes that all students have great potential for academic, social, and creative learning.

Michael attributes his success to the collaborative partnerships he builds with teachers, parents and students. When learning communities come together to support students, Michael believes, the sky is the limit.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Janis Severloh
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Janis Severloh

Janis Severloh Vice Principal of Student Life, Grade Two Teacher

Severloh graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Education (Integrated Program, K-8). After graduation, Severloh spent three years teaching grade 2 and grade 3 at an international school in South Korea. She loves to travel, cook, and read. Severloh is very excited to be teaching grade 2 again and is looking forward to the year ahead!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Terri-lynn Scott
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Terri-lynn Scott

Terri-lynn Scott Vice Principal of Curriculum, Elementary Teacher

Terri-Lynn enjoys helping children from all walks of life, but especially those who may need an advocate or some extra special attention. She is a lover of physical activity and the ocean. Terri-Lynn is originally from Newfoundland, but has lived in Dawson Creek, BC for the last 4.5 years. She moved to Richmond to be back closer to the water. Terri-Lynn is excited to continue her teaching career at Pythagoras Academy.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Sabrina Meng
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Sabrina Meng

Sabrina Meng Director of Early Learning

Prior to relocating Meng’s family to a new country she was a senior educator and an administrator. She has over twenty years of teaching experience after she graduated from Tianjin University. She is completing a Bachelor of Education degree at Capilano University, and is planning to get her Masters of Education at UBC. Her journey as an Early Childhood Educator began when she started a position with the Vancouver School Board; her experiences brought her joy which motivated her to complete the International Montessori Teaching Diploma, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Special Needs Certificate and Infant and Toddler Certificate. She has been teaching at Pythagoras Academy for four years and she enjoys spending time with children and watching them grow

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawn Cleveland
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawn Cleveland

Dawn Cleveland Kindergarten Teacher

Dawn has recently returned to British Columbia from Saskatchewan. She is a passionate teacher who excels at creating a learning environment that is risk-free as well as emotionally safe for all students. Dawn is a kind and caring person which allows her to quickly build positive relationships with her students. She is a team player and is more than willing to help-out wherever needed. With her 20 years of teaching experience, we know she will be an asset to our school.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michelle Dall
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michelle Dall

Michelle Dall Kindergarten Teacher

Dall has dedicated her teaching career to inspiring in young learners a joy and passion for learning. During her more than 20 years of teaching experience, Dall has taught children from Kindergarten to Grade 7 in both public and independent schools in the lower mainland. Having recently returned from teaching young adults in Germany, and exploring Europe, she is excited to be sharing her love of teaching with the students at Pythagoras Academy.

When she’s not teaching, Dall enjoys spending time with her family and walking her three dogs by the Fraser River. She also loves to paint with acrylics, garden, draw and quilt. She teaches and plays the piano, volunteers with youth ballet, and also sings in a choir.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Polly Tang
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Polly Tang

Polly Tang Kindergarten Teacher

Tang completed both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. After completing her studies, she ventured off to explore and teach in Japan, Hong Kong and Korea. It was a wonderful experience, as she was able to teach children of all ages and she is enthusiastic about learning new cultures and new languages.

Tang has recently moved back to Canada and is excited to be part of the teaching team at Pythagoras Academy!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Tamara Valentino
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Tamara Valentino

Tamara Valentino Kindergarten Teacher

Valentino is originally from Lima, Peru and completed a Bachelor of primary education. She taught Kindergarten and Primary level in Peru, for nine years before moving to Vancouver with her family. She is excited for the new opportunity to teach at Pythagoras Academy.

When she’s not teaching Valentino enjoys spending time with her family, making handcrafts, baking and playing tennis.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Cherish Aperocho
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Cherish Aperocho

Cherish Aperocho Grade One Teacher

Aperocho was born in Alberta, Canada, but grew up and received her education in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in Special Education (cum laude), at the University of Santo Tomas. As a believer that every person has innate goodness and strengths, she patiently nurtures each student’s potentials to the fullest of her capabilities.

On days when she is not in the classroom, she spends her time volunteering for advocacy organizations, playing soccer, surfing, and hiking. Now that she is back in Canada, Cherish is very eager to help her students and colleagues at Pythagoras Academy!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Briana Bolt
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Briana Bolt

Briana Bolt Grade One Teacher & Grade One Visual Arts Specialist

Bolt holds a Bachelor of Education (K-12) Majoring in Visual Art, Minoring in Literature and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Visual Arts. In addition to this, she holds numerous certificates focusing on Inquiry, English Language Learners, Technology and effective Classroom Management techniques. She has experience teaching children from three years old to ELL university, graduate students.

Bolt believes that learning opportunities flourish in a positive and safe environment, where a sense of belonging and a feeling of being understood take place. She also believes that implementing inclusive teaching while maintaining flexible, yet firm expectations and positive classroom management techniques empower students. Bolt guides her classroom in ways that promote authentic, collaborative, inquiry- based, and self-guided learning opportunities.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Annette Jaramillo
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Annette Jaramillo

Annette Jaramillo Grade One Teacher

Jaramillo received a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Minor in Fine Arts. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education at Columbia International University. She has taught children of all ages in Texas, Florida, West Africa, and British Columbia. Jaramillo is excited to teach grade one this year at Pythagoras Academy.

Outside school hours, Jaramillo serves in the local church in Surrey, B.C. In addition to this gratifying work, she enjoys jogging, reading, baking, and watching her three boys play baseball at the park.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leanne Ho
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leanne Ho

Leanne Ho Grade Two Teacher

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Pythagoras Academy Teacher Julia Malone
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Julia Malone

Julia Malone Grade Three Teacher

Malone is originally from Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (English major) and a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior). During her time in university, she tutored children in math and language arts. She moved to British Columbia in September 2017 and joined Pythagoras Academy as a TOC. Malone is passionate about performing and language arts. She is excited to teach a cross-curricular education that encourages students to explore their learning in a creative setting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling and exploring beautiful British Columbia.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Una Miljevic
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Una Miljevic

Una Miljevic Grade Three Teacher

Miljevic attended Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As a young girl, she always dreamt of becoming a teacher and through her teaching hopes to inspire, discover and create alongside her students. Miljevic strives to help her students become critical and creative thinkers, have a resilient and courageous mindset, and to instill curiosity and wonder in her classroom. In her free time, Miljevic enjoys attending yoga and fitness classes and going for walks along the White Rock pier.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jen Proverbs
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jen Proverbs

Jen Proverbs Grade Four Teacher

Originally from Australia, Proverbs completed her Bachelor of Primary Education in Melbourne, Australia. After teaching at a Primary Years International Baccalaureate school in Melbourne, she took her knowledge to England where she spent two years teaching in London and Brighton. She has traveled through many countries and enjoys learning about each country’s customs and culture.

Proverbs is passionate about creating authentic, engaging and hands-on tasks for students to develop their inquiring mind and foster skills for life-long learning.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Trevor Neufeld
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Trevor Neufeld

Trevor Neufeld Grade Four Teacher

Mr.Neufeld attended UBC for both his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees. He taught math and science in Sweden, and TOC’d in West Vancouver before joining Pythagoras Academy. He really enjoys teaching science and math, and is very excited to be joining Pythagoras Academy. In his spare time you will find him golfing, skiing, or playing with his dogs.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Natalie Palombo
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Natalie Palombo

Natalie Palombo Grade Five Teacher

Palombo is a warm and welcoming individual. She is of Italian descent and originally from Ontario where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Media and Film in 2012. In 2013, she earned another degree in Education from the University of Windsor. Palombo has experience working with children since she herself was a child, working in various settings such as camps, day cares, religious institutions, and schools. She is the kind of teacher who looks for the potential in each child and seeks to grow their abilities, knowledge and talents.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nicole Gascon
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nicole Gascon

Nicole Gascon Grade Six Teacher, Humanities Specialist

Gascon has joined our school as our Grade 6 and 7 homeroom teacher. She studied at both Wilfrid Laurier University and Nipissing University to complete her Undergraduate Degree and Bachelor of Education concurrently. She spent her first year teaching Year 4 and 5 in the United Kingdom in both Thurrock and Romford. After the United Kingdom, Gascon moved on to teach Grades 7 and 8 in Dawson Creek. She brings an interdisciplinary span of teaching experience and is looking forward to continuing to encourage students to develop a love of reading and learning this coming year.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Fatih Narin
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Fatih Narin

Fatih Narin Grade Six Teacher

Narin was born in Turkey where he received his Bachelors of Education in Physics and Masters in Physics Education. Narin has previously taught in South Korea for two years, Uganda for three years, and China for two years. Narin’s philosophy is to teach students to be critical of what they learn both through common sense and empirically, to merge their background knowledge with new information, to develop new ideas and solutions to problems, and to apply their math and physics knowledge to other disciplines. He believes in combining inquiry based learning with project based learning and the power of peer instruction.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nikki Verma
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nikki Verma

Nikki Verma Grade Seven and Eight Teacher

Ms.Verma got her passion for teaching from her Mom who was also a teacher. Ms.Verma was born in India and moved over to Canada in 2009 with her family. Ms.Verma holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry with honours) degree from Trent University in Ontario. She moved to Vancouver, to pursue her Bachelors of Education from the University of British Columbia. In her past, she was lucky enough to travel and teach grades 7-12 in China and the United Kingdom. Her goal is to inspire and make a lasting impact on the lives of each student. Outside of her classroom, Ms.Verma likes travelling, outdoor sports, and adventures. Verma also loves to paint. She has a passion for riding motorcycles and named her motorcycle “BEAST”. She loves going for long rides on weekends.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Lois Powell
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Lois Powell

Lois Powell Librarian, Literacy Coordinator, Elementary Teacher

Powell brings over 25 years of classroom experience, leadership and the love of children and teaching. Originally from Winnipeg, she has lived and taught in international schools in Cyprus, China and Malaysia, and has also taught in independent schools in BC throughout her teaching career. Powell is now a homeroom teacher and team leader at Pythagoras Academy.

With an extensive background in literacy, she also works within the school library and coaches the staff on assessment and instructional strategies. Powell models effective leadership and provides challenging and engaging learning opportunities for her students.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Emma Swords
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Emma Swords

Emma Swords Musical Theatre Specialist

Originally from the UK, Swords earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Liverpool in the UK, before obtaining her PGCE and qualifying as a Secondary Music teacher in 2011. She also has her Masters in Education. She is the founder of ‘Swords Stage School’ and an experienced director of seven whole school musical theatre productions including ‘Oliver’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘West Side Story’.

With her passion for teaching and skills gained at various international teaching opportunities, Miss Swords hopes to promote performance opportunities and confidence building here at Pythagoras Academy, whilst ensuring each student has fun as they learn.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Cornelius Williams
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Cornelius Williams

Cornelius Williams Physical Education Specialist

Williams is originally from Ontario. He obtained his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. He then completed his Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Health & Physical Education at Nipissing University. After that, Williams went to South Korea and taught ESL for three years before moving back to Canada. For the last six years, he has taught Health & P.E. in Saskatchewan for grades K-12. During his time in Saskatchewan, he coached several sports like basketball, soccer, and track.

Williams is a sports and fitness enthusiast. In his spare time, he loves to work out and spend time with his family. Williams is excited to become a part of the Pythagoras Academy team!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Anne Ndofunsu
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Anne Ndofunsu

Anne Ndofunsu French Specialist

Ndofunsu completed her Bachelor’s Degree in applied languages at the University of Tours in France in 2008. She then went on to the University of Orléans to complete her Master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education in 2012. It has been Ndofunsu’s long standing goal to work with children as she believes being a teacher is the most rewarding of vocations. After various teaching experiences in France, Ndofunsu wanted to experience teaching abroad and because of its rich multicultural diversity, was drawn to Canada.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rebeccah Rich
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rebeccah Rich

Rebeccah Rich Art Specialist

Isherwood graduated with Honorable Distinction from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Visual Arts, and was the recipient of the Mary Plumb Blade Award upon graduation. Following this, she graduated with Honors from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelors of Education. She shows compassion and empathy towards all of her students, and respects individual differences by understanding and accommodating different learning styles.

As an art teacher her goal is to empower students to have the confidence to think creatively, to strive for learning greater skills, and to have an awareness of global responsibility.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Corinne Welk
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Corinne Welk

Corinne Welk Music Specialist

Welk has obtained her Bachelor of Music Performance with Distinction from the University of Victoria and her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Welk has taught music to children for over ten years and has led students on numerous occasions in choir competitions and has placed with medals. Welk has had both Orff and Kodaly professional training and incorporates both of these pedagogies along with others throughout her lessons.

Welk has performed with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions over the course of her career and has studied piano as a soloist, accompanist and as a duo performer at the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. Welk received a scholarship and spent a long term residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts for one year and studied under the tutelage of world renowned artists.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawna McIver
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawna McIver

Dawna McIver Success Centre Specialist

Ms McIver is originally from Richmond, and is pleased to return to the community to teach in the Success Centre at Pythagoras Academy. Ms McIver earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Ontario; she taught there for several years before moving back to British Columbia and obtaining BC certification. For over ten years, Ms McIver taught in various alternative education programs in the lower mainland, with an emphasis on individualized and student-centred learning. A language learner herself, Ms McIver particularly enjoys working with English language learners, helping them to explore the connections between their languages as the learners journey toward being multilingual.

When she is not in the classroom, Ms McIver likes to spend time with her family, and also enjoys gardening, cooking, home renovation, and studying Mandarin. On the weekend, you may spot her in a red shirt at the local pool, refereeing a swim meet.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dipa Mondal
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dipa Mondal

Dipa Mondal Elementary Teacher

Mondal completed her Masters degree in Teaching English as an Additional Language from Simon Fraser University, BC. She believes that all children are unique and have something special to bring to their own education. She likes to assist children in finding their potential which could help them engage their creative thought. She has five years of teaching experience in different levels in Bangladesh. In addition to this, she also worked as a Core Skill Teachers’ Trainer and Material Developer in the British Council, Bangladesh. Besides her studies in Canada she has worked as a volunteer ESL Teaching Assistant and Peer Leaders in different organizations.

Mondal is passionate about creating an inclusive learning environment. She is excited to join the teaching team at Pythagoras Academy.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Yanina Vihovska
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Yanina Vihovska

Yanina Vihovska Information Technology Specialist

Mrs.Vihovska was born in the Ukraine and moved to Canada in 2002. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2009. Mrs.Vihovska is an award-winning elementary educator, who enjoys sharing her passion for educational technology with teachers and students. Before moving to Vancouver in March 2019 from Edmonton, AB, she taught for over 8 years in the Edmonton Catholic School District. Vihovska was a homeroom teacher and a Technology Coach, who coached students and supported staff in using educational technology. She developed digital resources, presented and taught at multiple conferences and Professional Development days in Canada and overseas.

Vihovska is a proud mother of two, who spends her free time exploring all the wonderfulplaygrounds and parks in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Finally, she is always in search of a perfect latte.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Angela Shudo
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Angela Shudo

Angela Shudo Elementary Teacher

Angela is a former teacher returning to her true passion of working with children. For the past 10 years she has been a federal public servant and in the past 16 months she worked as a part time tutor for the Vancouver Learning Disabilities Society. She will be the in-house substitute teacher at Pythagoras Academy, where she looks forward to delving back into classroom teaching. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and received her teaching certificate and Bachelors’ Degree in English from Simon Fraser University. As well, she has been trained in the Orton Gillingham and SRSD (Self-Regulated Strategy Development) methods for teaching students with learning disabilities.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rosie Tran
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rosie Tran

Rosie Tran Education Assistant

Rosie is preparing her bio.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Ranjita Dhadwal
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Ranjita Dhadwal

Ranjita Dhadwal Early Childhood Educator

Dhadwal graduated with an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Vancouver Community College. She brings over 5 years of teaching experience, specifically with children between the ages of 3-5. Dhadwal has taught in various public and independent school districts within the lower mainland of B.C. and is now a homeroom teacher at Pythagoras Academy in Richmond.

Dhadwal utilizes a holistic teaching approach in order to facilitate and meet the learning needs of her students. She is passionate about applying her knowledge and skills to help make a difference in the lives of children. She is looking forward to contributing to the success and growth of the students and families of Pythagoras Academy.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Melissa Lugrin
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Melissa Lugrin

Melissa Lugrin Early Childhood Educator

After volunteering at Pythagoras Academy, Lugrin became inspired to become a teacher and work with children. She graduated from Langara College, where she received her Early Childhood Educator Diploma. Lugrin is also in the process of completing her Certificate of Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She finds inspiration learning alongside children, and is dedicated to creating a learning environment that encourages children to explore their own ideas, and to think creatively. In her spare time, Lugrin enjoys creating art, hiking, and playing the ukulele. She is excited to share her enthusiasm and joy for learning with children and families here at Pythagoras Academy.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Sharon Percival
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Sharon Percival

Sharon Percival Early Childhood Educator

Percival comes to PA with a wealth of knowledge in Early Childhood Education. Originally Percival began her adult career as a professional actress after graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Whilst working with a Shakespeare company in London she began working with young children and soon became interested in the Montessori Pedagogy. Sharon received her St. Nicholas Montessori Diploma in London England in 1996. Sharon worked at Thomas’s Prepatory School in Chelsea, London before returning to Canada in 1997. She was a Montessori directress for three years in West Vancouver; and studied her ECE diploma at Capilano University. In 2003 she opened her own private Montessori school on the west side for over 11 years. In 2014 she embarked on a teaching sabbatical in Spain for two years where she created Early Childhood programs based on Montessori, inquiry learning and forest school principles. Percival is a passionate educator who loves to develop a love of learning in each of her students. In her spare time Percival enjoys spending time with her daughter Gemma and their dog Buddy and cat Winnie. She is an avid cyclist, hiker and lover of the outdoors. Percival enjoys traveling and adventure, along with many cultural pursuits.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leah Zeballos
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leah Zeballos

Leah Zeballos Early Childhood Educator

Leah Zeballos completed her Early Childhood Education at Douglas College. She brings over 10 years of experience, mainly with children between the ages of 3-5 years. Zeballos has taught in various public and independent school settings including within Montessori settings. Zeballos is dedicated and inspired to creating a learning environment that allows children to think independently and to enhance their creativity. In her spare time, Zeballos enjoys spending quality time with her two teenage daughters and 3 pets alike. Zeballos also takes pride in her commitment to a healthy lifestyle and ongoing yoga practice. She is excited for an amazing future within the Pythagoras Academy community!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Hosne Nuri
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Hosne Nuri

Hosne Nuri Early Childhood Educator

After spending 7 years as an elementary school teacher, Nuri decided to pursue her interest in Early Childhood Education. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Sociology, followed by a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Nuri has a keen interest in multiculturalism, travelling and working with children. With her extensive background in education and sociology, she loves to work with children and implement educational strategies that allow students to learn at their own pace. After 8 years in the field with a specialization in Infant Toddler and Special Needs Education, Nuri is now a homeroom teacher at Pythagoras Academy where she gets to pursue her passion as an Early Childhood Educator providing challenging and engaging opportunities for her students.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Edgar Raygoza
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Edgar Raygoza

Edgar Raygoza Early Childhood Educator

Raygoza was a Spanish teacher in Mexico for years. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Instituto Jaime Torres Bodet school in Mexico. He also completed his Early Childhood Education at Vancouver Community College. Raygoza loves working with children. He was a TOC for the Junior Kindergarten program at Pythagoras Academy before joining Nuri to teach our Palladio class. Before joining Pythagoras academy, Raygoza worked at a Japanese school in Vancouver as an administrator. He is great with the children and they love learning from him!

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jean Huang
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jean Huang

Jean Huang Early Childhood Educator

Huang is a passionate early childhood educator who loves teaching children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years old in a creative, interactive and fun way. She has been working in a variety of preschool and daycare settings in Richmond and decided to apply her knowledge and talent at Pythagoras Academy.

Huang holds a Master’s degree in SMFA (School of the Museum of Fine Arts) at Tufts University in Boston. She is a licensed Music Rhapsody teacher from the USA. Huang also possesses the first-class honoured level 8 RCM piano certificate and is pursuing ARCT certification. When she is not teaching, she enjoys painting, snowboarding and traveling with her family.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Irina Samaarukov
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Irina Samaarukov

Irina Samaarukov Early Childhood Educator

Irina completed her Bachelors’ degree in fine art and Drawing from Pedagogical University in Belarus (East Europe). Also, Irina received her diploma as an Early Childhood Educator from Vancouver Carrier College in 2008. During her past twenty years of teaching art she feels grateful for the many children who have enriched her life and showed her their unique ways of looking at the world. She believes that every child is an Artist and talented their own unique way. She likes to expose students to variety of different materials and introduce them to the artwork of artists from all around the world and throughout history. She is exited to start the new school year at Pythagoras Academy and implemented many projects in different mediuBesides creating and teaching art, she enjoys travelling abroad, visiting museums and exploring new places.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Anh Le
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Anh Le

Anh Le Early Childhood Educator

Le is originally from Vietnam and moved to Vancouver with her family. In Vietnam, she received her Bachelors of English language from the Foreign Trade University. She has almost 2 years of experience as a coordinator for the Montessori Training Program of the Montitute Montessori Training Institute in Vietnam. In Canada, she graduated from Sprott Shaw College and received her Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate.

Le is passionate about sharing successful mind-sets and learning experiences with children. She strongly believes that each child has their own potential, and her mission is to help children develop their life skills and abilities as well as enjoy their learning.