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

Mr. Bouchard holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria. Mr. Bouchard 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. Mr. Bouchard attributes his success to the collaborative partnerships he builds with teachers, parents and students. When learning communities come together to support students, Mr. Bouchard believes, the sky is the limit.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michelle Dall
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Michelle Dall

Michelle Dall Vice Principal of Student Life

Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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 Leanne Ho
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leanne Ho

Leanne Ho Vice Principal of curriculum

Mrs. Ho is originally from Australia, she studied Bachelor of Primary Education at Avondale College in Cooranbong, NSW. She taught in Perth, Western Australia, for 3 years before moving to Canada with her Canadian husband. Mrs. Ho enjoys encouraging students to be the best they can be and to flourish in a fun and safe learning environment through play based learning activities. Mrs. Ho enjoys the great outdoors bike riding, hiking, snowboarding, soaking up the sun in summer time and exploring the local area. She also loves to travel and cook in her spare time.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawn Cleveland
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawn Cleveland

Dawn Cleveland Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Cleveland 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. Ms. Cleveland 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 Polly Tang
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Polly Tang

Polly Tang Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. 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.

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

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Erin Jang
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Erin Jang

Erin Jang Elementary Teacher

Ms. Jang grew up in an international environment attending Korean, American, and Canadian schools as a student. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, taking 4 additional graduate courses to research English, Korean, and Japanese. She then completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia, with a specialization in IB-PYP. She successfully completed her practicum at Southridge School, receiving the Outstanding Extended Practicum Award, as nominated by her school. As an IB educator, she hopes to inspire students by integrating inquiry-based approach, international mindedness, and transdisciplinary themes into her classroom. She believes that learning starts and blooms in a safe and inclusive classroom where student agency is appreciated. When she’s not teaching, Erin enjoys going to the ballet studio, playing flute, and doing yoga.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Briana Bolt
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Briana Bolt

Briana Bolt Elementary Teacher

Ms. 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.

Ms. 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. Ms. Bolt guides her classroom in ways that promote authentic, collaborative, inquiry- based, and self-guided learning opportunities.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Una Miljevic
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Una Miljevic

Una Miljevic Elementary Teacher

Ms. 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. Ms. 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, Ms. Miljevic enjoys attending yoga and fitness classes and going for walks along the White Rock pier.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Julia Malone
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Julia Malone

Julia Malone Elementary Teacher

Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Nikki Verma
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nikki Verma

Nikki Verma Elementary 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. Ms. 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 Natalie Palombo
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Natalie Palombo

Natalie Palombo Elementary 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 Trevor Neufeld
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Trevor Neufeld

Trevor Neufeld Elementary 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 Dawna McIver
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dawna McIver

Dawna McIver Elementary Teacher

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 Lois Powell
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Lois Powell

Lois Powell Librarian, Literacy Coordinator, Elementary 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. 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.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Emma Swords
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Emma Swords

Emma Swords Musical Theatre Specialist

Originally from the UK, Ms. 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, Ms. 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

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

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

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rebeccah Rich
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Rebeccah Rich

Rebeccah Rich Art Specialist

Mrs. Rich 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

Ms. 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. Ms. 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. Ms. Welk has had both Orff and Kodaly professional training and incorporates both of these pedagogies along with others throughout her lessons.

Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Dipa Mondal
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dipa Mondal

Dipa Mondal Elementary Teacher

Ms. 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.

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

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Angela Shudo
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Angela Shudo

Angela Shudo Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Shudo 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 and Success Centre 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 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. Mrs. 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.

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

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leah Zeballos
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Leah Zeballos

Leah Zeballos Early Childhood Educator

Ms. 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. Ms. Zeballos has taught in various public and independent school settings including within Montessori settings. Ms. 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, Ms. Zeballos enjoys spending quality time with her two teenage daughters and 3 pets alike. Ms. 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 Edgar Raygoza
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Edgar Raygoza

Edgar Raygoza Early Childhood Educator

Mr. 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. Mr. Raygoza loves working with children. He was a TOC for the Junior Kindergarten program at Pythagoras Academy before joining full time to teach our Davinci class. Before joining Pythagoras academy, Mr. 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

Mrs. 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.Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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 Stephanie Lauzier
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Stephanie Lauzier

Stephanie Lauzier Early Childhood Educator

Ms. Lauzier completed her Early Childhood Education at Vanier College, in Montreal. She grew up in a bilingual setting, and has worked in French and English Academies. She has experience working in schools with approaches such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia. Ms. Lauzier is also certified in teaching English as a foreign language.Ms. Lauzier loves to learn and try new things, travel, paint, sail, and decorate. She loves all animals, and also dedicates herself to taking care of our planet.Ms. Lauzier is dedicated to create a positive and creative learning environment for her students, and is so excited to begin a wonderful experience at Pythagoras Academy.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Alice Gallagher
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Alice Gallagher

Alice Gallagher Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Gallagher is originally from Ireland. She graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Education degree. She worked as a teacher in Dublin for 2 years before moving to Vancouver. She spent her first year working as a Learning Support Teacher, then went on to work as a Kindergarten Teacher. Ms. Gallagher is a passionate teacher, with a big love for teaching and learning. She is excited to create a positive, happy, and safe classroom environment where children feel motivated and encouraged to become creative thinkers.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dale Cope
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Dale Cope

Dale Cope Success Center Teacher

Mr. Cope has joined PA as part of the Success Centre team. He has completed post-secondary studies at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his Bachelor of Education from UBC, Mr. Cope has received a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Applied Linguistics from the UVic and a Masters of Education from UNB. Mr. Cope started teaching ELL, high school science, economics, and history in New Westminster before moving to Prince George to teach grades 2 and 3. He then taught grades 4 and 5 in Surrey and Abbotsford before accepting the role of head teacher at an elementary school in Surrey. Mr. Cope has an exceptional love for utilizing technology and inquiry to deepen learning and connect learning to the outside world.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Eliana Claman
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Eliana Claman

Eliana Claman Elementary Teacher

Ms. Claman earned her Masters degree in Child Study and Education in the applied psychology department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, under the University of Toronto. Ms. Claman is a born and raised Vancouverite and after living in Montreal, Israel, and Toronto, is thrilled to be back in beautiful British Columbia as of 2021. During her time in University, Ms. Claman tutored both elementary students and high school students in English, whilst doing both in-person and virtual teaching in Internship placements. Ms Claman has also worked as an elementary Education Assistant, a Preschool teacher, and as an extra-curricular coordinator at a local high school. Ms. Claman believes building a strong bond with students it vital for creating a successful learning environment and strives to connect and engage students through relationship building and having a fun learning space. Ms. Claman loves inquiry-based learning where students take ownership over their own learning, and using their wonderful, creative and unique minds, find beauty and sense in the world around them. In her free time, Ms. Claman enjoys reading, spending time with family, exploring cities fitness, and being near the ocean, whether on the beach or in a kayak.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jsen Song
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Jsen Song

Jsen Song Administration

In the past 9 years, Jsen has worked in the education industry in the position of Student Success and Academic Assessment (AP SSAT) Manager. He evaluates students’ abilities through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning. His job primarily focuses on providing counseling services to students and parents on the basis of academic needs. He works with students to facilitate their academic skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits. He also helps students construct a plan to achieve academic goals. He collaborates with teachers and administrators to support students’ success, while enriching students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Kabula Yi
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Kabula Yi

Kabula Yi Elementary Teacher

Ms. Yi developed a passion for education while working at Pythagoras Academy in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with specializations in Marketing and Human Resources and a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Business and IB Diploma Programme. Ms. Yi continues her education with a post-baccalaureate education diploma in Computing Studies. With a combined 10 years of work experience, Ms. Yi is able to utilize these transferable skills to make connections between learning concepts and authentic, real-life experience. She values and facilitates project-based, inquiry-based, and hands-on learning experiences. She believes in providing a safe, caring, and inclusive classroom environment where all students can flourish. To complement a work-life balance, Ms. Yi enjoys travelling the world, reconnecting with nature, and enjoying new foods with her young child, family and friends.

Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nathan Purcell
Pythagoras Academy Teacher Nathan Purcell

Nathan Purcell Musical Theatre Specialist

Mr. Purcell is joining us as our Drama/Musical Theatre Specialist Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Mr. Purcell has studied at the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre) and the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Education). Mr Purcell spent the first year of his teaching career working for the Vancouver School Board teaching English, Social Studies, and Drama, as well as working as a substitute and the second year as a grade 2/3 teacher. Looking forward to this year, Mr. Purcell is excited to share his love and passion of theatre with Pythagoras Academy and hopes that he can create a safe, inclusive, and fun classroom for all PA students to feel welcomed and inspired.