Our Faculty

Our Faculty 2018-09-11T00:33:42+00:00

Mr. Saul Karim

Mr Karim has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from McGill University and is currently pursuing a combined MA/PhD at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

His professional practice includes: work with ‘The Refugee Project’ in Serbia and Croatia, teacher’s assistant at the European Graduate School, teacher in Shenzhen China and Zhongshan China, and tutor in Vancouver.

Email: saul.karim@pattisonhighschool.ca

Mr. Alex Bartlett

Mr. Bartlett has taught internationally in a variety of settings and has previously worked as a university and college instructor in Vietnam, a teacher trainer and curriculum developer in Myanmar, a primary teacher at an International Baccalaureate school  in Mumbai, India, most recently, in addition to ESL classes in Mexico and high school classes in Vancouver where he currently resides. He recently returned to Vancouver where he is specializing in academic preparation and IELTS testing.

He completed a bachelor degree at the University of  British Columbia focusing on history and Asian studies, and a post-graduate diploma in English.

In his free time, Alex writes, studies and teaches yoga, and bicycles in Stanley Park.

Email: alex.bartlett@pattisonhighschool.ca

Ms. Jyotsna Subramaniam

Ms Subramaniam has an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Masters of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Education in Secondary/IB English from UBC.

Her professional practice includes teaching English and ESL in Singapore,   as well as working in Vancouver. She also has a keen interest in mental health awareness and special education. She finds that her work as a peer counsellor in India , and her research in mental health conditions in the classroom, makes her a more well rounded educator.

Ms Subramaniam was raised in a multilingual environment and speaks four Indian languages. Since the formative years, she has learned Japanese and Spanish. In 2017, she is taking higher level Spanish exams because she is always trying to learn and improve her practice.

Email: jyotsna.subramaniam@pattisonhighschool.ca

Mr. Eric Joel

Mr. Joel always have had a deep interest in Mathematics and Computing Science since a young age, eventually earning a degree in both from Simon Fraser University. After spending a few years as a tutor and teaching assistant, he moved to the UK to teach Computing at a GCSE level and Information Communication Technology for Key Stage 3. Upon returning to Canada, he taught Pre-Calculus 12, Calculus 12 and Science 10.

In his current endeavours he has been teaching Calculus 12, Information Technology 10, and Pre-Calculus 11 where he always can’t wait to share his experience on, hoping to spark the next generation on the path with Math and Computer Literacy.

Additionally, he is an avid chess player and am always happy to sit down to a puzzle. Like a sphinx, he is always ready with a puzzle and delight when he hears a new one.

Email: eric.joel@pattisonhighschool.ca

Ms. Danielle Egan

Ms. Egan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Geography and a Professional Masters of Education from Maynooth University, National University of Ireland.

She taught for several years in Ireland before moving to Vancouver, and she is delighted to be beginning her BC teaching career here at Pattison High School. She is looking forward to teaching in a multi-cultural environment and learning about diverse cultures.

In her spare time she is enjoying experiencing Vancouver and its surrounding areas.

Email: danielle.egan@pattisonhighschool.ca

Mr. David Truman

Mr. Truman recently moved to Vancouver from Edmonton. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English literature and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Alberta. He then spent four years teaching English as a Second Language in the Seoul area of South Korea before returning to Canada to complete his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta.

The experiences teaching overseas have taught him many things about teaching, as well as the many of the difficulties those from other cultures face when moving to and living in a different country and environment.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, movies, sports, and experiencing the Vancouver lifestyle.

Email: david.truman@pattisonhighschool.ca

Mr. David Vandervelde

Mr. Vandervelde grew up in Alberta and received his B.Sc. (Astrophysics) from UBC in 2000 and then his B.Ed. from the Concordia University College of Alberta in 2004. After teaching on-call in Calgary and working for the Calgary Science Centre doing Astronomy outreach for two years, he travelled to volunteer as a teacher in Nepal for 5 months. Upon returning to Canada, he settled down to teach Physics and Math for nine years in small-town Alberta before relocating to Vancouver in 2016.”

Email: david.vandervelde@pattisonhighschool.ca

Mr. Christopher Catalano

Mr. Catalano studied at Emily Carr from 1984-88, and at Nimbus School of Recording and Media in 2011. He has a B.F.A. in painting through Emily Carr and Thompson Rivers University and a Diploma in Advanced Music Production from Nimbus. His creative work consists of allegorical/surrealistic painting, drawing, photography/videography, and music creation, production and performance.  He has had over 20 solo exhibitions, has his music available for on Apple Music and Spotify. His main instruments are voice, guitar, and bass but he has also been exploring synthesis, sound design, percussion and drums for many years. Mr. Catalano integrates different media into all of his classes, and he encourages his students to find creative outlets that will enhance not only their academic studies but their lives in general. He feels that everyone can benefit from sharing the knowledge they acquire.

When he is not out on his bicycle or exploring the city with a camera, Chris spends much of his time in his project studio recording new songs and soundscapes, painting, and watching movies. In the summertime he loves to swim and in the winter he loves to chill.

Mr. Catalano’s door is almost always open; he has collaborated numerous times with large and small groups of students (and teachers) on school music productions, and he likes to answer questions (even when he has no answers). Please feel free to visit his room anytime.


Email: chris.catalano@pattisonhighschool.ca


Mr. Shayne Arthurs



Email: shayne.arthurs@pattisonhighschool.ca


Mr. Connor Ford



Email: connor.ford@pattisonhighschool.ca


Mr. Brian Burke



Email: brian.burke@pattisonhighschool.ca


Mr. Peter Spangler



Email: peter.spangler@pattisonhighschool.ca


Ms. Katherine Rowen



Email: katherine.rowen@pattisonhighschool.ca