Hi! I'm James, the Centre Director at Oxford Learning West Vancouver I am a Lakehead University alumnus with Bachelor's Degrees in both Business Administration and Education.
When I joined Oxford Learning in 2013, I discovered my passion for teaching and immediately fell in love with the Oxford Learning program. Since then, I've become the owner of four locations across British Columbia and Saskatchewan and continue to work with students of all ages to improve their academic skills.
It is our job as educators to help students discover that learning can be enjoyable! Without the element of fun, a student will cease to connect with the materials and become disengaged. If a student enjoys developing new skills, they will be motivated to take responsibility for their own learning experiences in all areas of life. Working in tandem with the Oxford Learning Interactive Coaching philosophy, my goal is to run centres that leave students feeling excited about their next lesson with us.
Hi, I'm Cissy, the Education Director here at Oxford Learning West Vancouver. I am a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of British Columbia. Although my degree was in Geography, I have always spent my time outside of school working with kids!
Before Oxford Learning, I have over 5 years of experience working with children aged 6-18 in both summer day camp programs and private and group tutoring. At Oxford Learning, I most enjoy teaching our younger students who are just learning to decode new words and how to read. These students are always so keen to learn and I love the smiles on their faces when they are able to piece the puzzle together and read words based on their sounds! I believe that although strong academic skills are important, it is more essential to teach students how to learn and support their learning independence.
Outside of Oxford Learning, you will find me out in the forest for a walk or baking up some tasty treats!
Education Coordinator, English Teacher (K-Grade 12)
Hi there, I'm Stephanie! This is my second year teaching English with Oxford Learning. I have a Bachelor of Education and have worked with kids for many years, in many capacities: teaching in the classroom, group and 1:1 tutoring, and running outdoor education programs in Australia. I enjoy helping students 'learn how to learn', and love seeing them progress and become independent learners. I really like how Oxford Learning programs are personalized for each student, and the way they encourage kids to develop critical thinking skills that will help them not only at school but in all areas of their lives!
When I'm not at work you'll find me hiking, skiing, paddling and exploring our beautiful backyard in the Sea to Sky!
Math and Science Teacher (K-Grade 12)
Hi, I'm Sebastian. I work as a K-12 math, physics, chemistry and general sciences teacher here at Oxford Learning West Vancouver. I received my Doctorate of Natural Sciences (Dr.rer.nat.) at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. In 2014, after working as a scientist in the field of basic psychiatric research at Munich's Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, I moved to Canada to work as a Math and Sciences teacher for the Vancouver School Board at the former Downtown East Education Centre. In this position, I discovered my passion for teaching and worked also tutoring math and sciences as a teacher for the "Women in Trades" program with the Open Door Group.
After six years of teaching experience, I believe in using goal setting strategies and positive feedback to inspire my students to work hard and find their own source of motivation. I excel at establishing connections with students who have had negative school experiences and you will find me teaching each lesson with great enthusiasm for each topic.
Math and English Teacher (K-Grade 8)
Hi, I’m Ian, a math and English teacher here at Oxford Learning West Vancouver! I have my bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and have been working with children since my first job running birthday parties at the Gleneagles Rec Centre.
My experience as a private tutor and teaching assistant over the years has led me to my role here at Oxford Learning teaching math and English to students of all ages! My favourite thing about teaching here is seeing our students’ progression as they develop their cognitive abilities.
When I’m not teaching you’ll likely find me plucking my guitar or cooking up something good!
Math and English (K-Grade 7)
Hello, my name is Eva and I have been facilitating online English and math classes at Oxford Learning since September 2020. I enjoy working with children of all ages, and I have experience instructing both in and outside of the classroom. I was a swimming coach for nearly five years, and after finishing my BA in International Studies, I worked at a middle school in Quebec for two years. I loved it so much that I decided to pursue a career in teaching, and I am currently doing the 11-month BEd at UBC.
When I am not at school or at Oxford Learning, I enjoy cycling, reading and walking at the beach. My favourite part of working at Oxford Learning is seeing students become more confident in their abilities over time.
English Teacher (K-Grade 12)
Hello! My name is Nadine and I am a teacher at Oxford Learning in West Vancouver. My favourite thing about being a tutor is witnessing that ‘lightbulb’ moment for students when they grasp a concept they’ve been struggling with. That progressive building of confidence and skill set is gratifying! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from Simon Fraser University and later on, obtained a Post-Baccalaureate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University.
For the last 7 years, I have worked mainly with school-aged children in community and education settings. Many of the kids I’ve worked with have a range of needs; some have had learning differences and others had behavioural, intellectual, or physical needs. I believe that humans are not all created the same and that everyone has something meaningful to contribute to the world. We’re all special in our own way and sometimes it takes just one person to tap into our potential and allow us to shine. This is another reason I love tutoring – it's not just about academics but about building greater confidence and self-perception to excel across many areas in life.
Outside of Oxford Learning, you will find me going for walks, hikes or spending time at coffee shops!
English Teacher (K-Grade 12)
Hello! My name is Alliah and I teach English to elementary and secondary level students at Oxford Learning West Vancouver! I am currently in the process of completing my undergraduate degree as an English Language and Literature major, as well as undertaking the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate program at the University of British Columbia. I love to engage with students of all ages and seek the ways in which I can help them develop themselves as students. In doing so, I strive to form meaningful connections with my students in order to create a safe, welcoming and productive working environment.
Prior to working at Oxford Learning, I had very minimal experience working with children, consisting of volunteer opportunities or short summer camp positions. However, each experience has left me with great lessons and memories of the colleagues I worked with and our shared learning experiences, as well as the students that we safe-guarded, coached and connected with!
One of my favourite things about teaching at Oxford Learning is the enthusiasm students show towards “Mr.Fishy.” It is a rewarding experience both for me and the students as they show me what they’ve learned and retained from our lesson!
When not teaching (or learning about teaching) I enjoy singing, reading, and attempting to learn Spanish!
English and French Teacher (K-Grade 8)
My name is Tania and I am one of the teachers here at Oxford Learning West Vancouver. I graduated from the University of Victoria in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geography. I have several previous years of experience working with children through teaching skiing as well as kayaking camps.
My favourite part of working at Oxford Learning is being able to connect with the students and help them to become independent learners.
In my free time, I love to travel and spend time outdoors. On my days off of Oxford Learning, I am likely out hiking or spending time by the water.
French and English Teacher (K-Grade 8)
Hi, I’m Jeanella, a core French and French Immersion teacher at Oxford Learning West Vancouver. I am currently a student at the University of British Columbia and I am planning on pursuing a degree in Education in the future.
Prior to joining the team at Oxford Learning West Vancouver, I was an instructor at the Vancouver Rowing Club for both their junior and adult learn-to-row programs. At Oxford Learning, I enjoy sharing my passion for learning with my students as well as witnessing their academic growth first hand.
Outside of Oxford Learning, you can find me spending time with my two dogs, Molly and Leah.