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 Seven.
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
Mr. Michael Bouchard
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 systems. As 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.
Mrs. 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 at Capilano University, and is going to get a Master of Education at UBC. The 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.
Ms. Alexandra Baumbusch
Ms. Baumbusch is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Ontario to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario. She then ventured on to explore the west coast, and received her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of British Columbia, with a specialization in elementary education. For the past year, she has taught Kindergarten at West Point Grey Academy.
Ms. Baumbusch is a life long learner, and places a high value on building strong relationships with her students. Here at Pythagoras Academy, she wishes to inspire each of her students to reach their full potential, as unique individuals. In her personal time, Ms. Baumbusch enjoys passions such as painting, working with animals, playing piano and singing.
Mrs. Tara Mayer
Mrs. Mayer is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, obtaining an education degree specializing in Early Learning and Learning and Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Mayer has been teaching at Pythagoras Academy for the past three years, in the Junior Kindergarten department and is currently teaching Kindergarten in the elementary department. Along with her interest in education, she also enjoys athletics, including instructing swimming and snowboard lessons for children between the ages of 3 to 12.
She is an enthusiastic educator who strives to provide her students with a caring, exciting and inspiring environment and is thrilled to bring her passion for education to the Kindergarten program at Pythagoras Academy.
Ms. Sally Carr
Grade One Teacher
Ms. Carr is originally from Manchester, England and completed a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education with specialisms in science and physical education at The University of Bedfordshire. She taught at the primary level for four years in the UK before moving to Vancouver in November 2012. She joined Pythagoras Academy in January 2013 where she spent two years as the junior kindergarten coordinator before joining the elementary team as team lead.
She strives to create an exciting and inspiring learning environment which celebrates individuality. In her spare time she particularly enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that Vancouver offers and is a keen horseback rider and skier.
Mrs. Christina Nowicki
Grade One Teacher
Mrs. Nowicki completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria, specializing in Elementary and Art Education. Mrs. Nowicki has always had a passion to teach, coaching gymnastics with certification from the National Coaching Certification Program, leading and coordinating summer camps for youth at risk, tutoring adult and child English language learners, as well as volunteering as a “Big Sister” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Mrs. Nowicki moved to Vancouver in 2014 and began teaching at Pythagoras Academy in January 2015. Mrs. Nowicki strives to build strong relationships with her students and foster a safe, inclusive learning environment.
Mrs. Vasti Barry
Grade Two Teacher
Mrs. Barry believes a teacher is responsible for guiding each student to reach his or her potential in all areas. Her goal is to inspire a lifelong love of learning in all students. She received a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Victoria. Mrs. Barry has taught at Pythagoras Academy since September 2013 in a variety of grade levels. She was born in South Africa and moved to North Vancouver when she was five years old.
When she's not teaching, Mrs. Barry enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the beauty of North Vancouver with her friends and family. With her training and previous teaching experience, Mrs. Barry hopes to challenge and encourage the students at Pythagoras Academy.
Mrs. Janis Severloh
Grade Two Teacher
Janis graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts (French major) as well as a Bachelor of Education (Integrated Program, K-8). After graduation, Janis spent three years teaching grade 2 and grade 3 at an international school in South Korea. She loves to travel, cook, and read. Janis is very excited to be teaching grade 2 again and is looking forward to the year ahead!
Ms. Simone Smith
Grade Three Teacher
Ms. Smith is originally from Toronto, Ontario, and came to BC to explore Outdoor Education at Camp Summit in Squamish. She ended up moving to the West Coast, attending the University of British Columbia and receiving her Bachelor of Elementary Education. After completing her practicum in the Vancouver School District, Ms. Smith spent a year as a Junior School Teacher Intern at an independent school in Vancouver, and then arrived at Pythagoras Academy.
She has a strong background in the performing arts and loves to incorporate it into her every day teaching. She is a creative educator with a true passion for learning and is looking forward to another year working with the students at Pythagoras.
Mrs. Lois Powell
Grade Four Teacher
Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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. Mrs. Powell models effective leadership and provides challenging and engaging learning opportunities for her students.
Mrs. Jen Proverbs
Grade Four and Five Teacher
Originally from Australia, Ms. 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.
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. Meghan Wells
Grade Six and Seven Teacher
While completing her Undergraduate Degree in Geography and Sociology at UBC, Mrs. Wells worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and discovered her passion for teaching. She returned to UBC in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Education. She spent her first two years of teaching in the incredible city of London. Mrs. Wells returned to Vancouver to teach in an Independent School in August of 2012, and joined Pythagoras Academy in September of 2013.
She brings a wide range of experience teaching various subjects and grade levels, and is looking forward to continuing to encourage students develop a love of learning at Pythagoras Academy.
Ms. Emma Swords
Musical Theatre Specialist
Originally from the UK, Miss Swords gained her Bachelors 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.
Ms. Kelly Hackett
Ms. Hackett graduated with a B.ed in physical education and mathematics from University College Cork, Ireland in 2014. She has spent the last three years teaching in her home country of Ireland. She was head of the physical education department, a member of the curriculum review committee and numeracy link teacher in her previous school. Ms. Hackett promotes discovery and challenging learning amongst her students who she keeps engaged and active throughout her PE classes. She creates a safe learning environment for every type of learner where they can create a life-long positive attitude towards physical activity.
Ms. Leanne Ho
I am originally from Australia, Leanne graduated from Avondale College of Higher Education in Lake Macquarie, NSW, with a bachelor of Primary Education in 2012.She taught Pre-Primary and Kindergarten in Perth, for 3years and was a TOC in Perth for 6months before travelling across Australia and moving to Canada with her Canadian husband. I enjoy creating hands on learning experiences for students where they can explore and learn through their experiences. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, waterskiing, snowboarding and fishing.
Ms. Rebecca Isherwood
Ms. 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.
Ms. Jenny Kuo
Jenny is excited to be a part of the Pythagoras community and to work in the IT program as it continues to develop. She looks forward to working with students, family, and staff as the year progresses.
Mr. Raymond Mah
Success Centre and ELL Teacher specialist
Raymond Mah was born and raised in Vancouver, and received his Bachelor of Education at UBC specializing in teaching English language learners. He is a certified ESL teacher who has elementary school qualifications. Prior to receiving his teaching certificate, he obtained his TESL certificate and taught English at private colleges and academies in Japan, South Korea, and in Vancouver for over six years.
In addition, he moved back home to Vancouver after spending the past three years teaching the B.C. curriculum at a B.C. certified offshore school in South Korea. During his free time, he enjoys playing ball hockey and going cycling on the weekends. Raymond is very excited to be a part of the Pythagoras Academy community.
Mrs. Laura Masi
Ms. Laura Masi has been teaching in the public and independent school systems of Vancouver and Calgary for eight years. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia, along with a Masters in Contemporary Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.
Ms. Masi has had the opportunity to occupy various teaching and educational positions in her career thus far, which includes IB art specialist, primary classroom teacher and international student programs co-ordinator. She carries with her the teaching philosophy of holistic learning, cross-curricular education, mindfulness and fostering global citizenship.
Ms. Anne Ndofunsu
Anne 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 Anne'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 Anne wanted to experience teaching abroad and because of its rich multicultural diversity, was drawn to Canada.
Ms. Corinne Welk
Corinne 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. Corinne has taught music to children for over ten years and has led students, on numerous occasions, in choir competitions and has placed with medals. Corinne has had both Orff and Kodaly professional training and incorporates both of these pedagogies along with others throughout her lessons.
Corinne has performed with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra on numerous of 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. Corinne 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.
Ms. Cherish Aperocho
Cherish 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, Ms. Cherish is very eager to help students and colleagues at Pythagoras Academy!
Ms. Bubbli Bajaj
Early Childhood Educator
Ms. Bubbli has earned a Masters in French from Delhi University and an Early Childhood education from Langley college. Moreover, she has completed art courses from several pioneering institutions; thus gaining expertise in portraits, relief, inlay, clay sculpture, glass, mosaic and Egyptian art. Ms. Bubbli has an extensive experience as an art teacher teaching various schools at Vancouver school board.
Furthermore, she has utilized her art and French proficiency by teaching at French school in Tsawwassen for six years. She is passionate about travelling, art and bird watching. Ms. Bubbli’s goal is to help each student to harness their intrinsic artistic and linguistic potentials which go well-beyond the classroom.
Ms. Ranjita Dhadwal
Early Childhood Educator
Ms. Ranjita 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. Ms. Ranjita 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.
Ms. Ranjita 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.
Mrs. Dragana Hajduk
Early Childhood Music Educator
Dragana has been teaching for twenty years and loves it. She had been working as a Music Psychologist at Music Conservatory of Subotica (Serbia) and is currently working as an early childhood music teacher (Carl Orff approach oriented). Dragana has created and facilitated many music workshops for children.
Dragana has 12 years of extensive music education, majoring on the flute. In addition to music she also has BA in Psychology and Postgraduate studies in Body Psychotherapy. She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys bicycling.
Ms. Melissa Lugrin
Early Childhood Educator
After volunteering at Pythagoras Academy, Ms. Lugrin became inspired to become a teacher and work with children. She has recently graduated from Langara College, where she received her Early Childhood Educator Diploma. Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
Mrs. Hosne Nuri
Early Childhood Educator
After spending 7 years as an Elementary School Teacher, Ms. Hosne 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. Ms. Hosne 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, Ms. Hosne 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.