I started working at Pattison High School in February 2005 and never looked back. The staff and students have always been supportive. I began as an English and Physical Education teacher and am now in an administrative role. This role enables me to understand the inner workings of the school environment, and take part in supporting students to make sound decisions that will lead to a successful future. The small class sizes, trimester system and academic readiness program make it easier and faster for students to reach their goals. We strive for excellence and to provide a place where students’ needs are met, where they have the freedom to have their voices heard and where their imaginations are valued.
BEd (English & Physical Education) University of Victoria
Teaching English at Pattison is an amazing multi-cultural experience. I firmly believe that by providing an enjoyable learning environment, students are willing and sometimes even eager to learn more about the English language.
Associate of Arts (Generalist) Langara CollegeBachelor of Arts (English and Psychology) Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Education (English specialty) University of British Columbia
Interests: Writing poetry, Softball, Pop culture
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Simon Fraser University, I am also TESL Canada certified and have four years experience teaching English in Seoul, Korea.
I am happy to be a part of the faculty here at Pattison High School. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a diverse community of amazing people.
Mathematics and Physics
B.A. in Mathematics
Math Club, Sewing, Forensic Science
I have a Bachelor of Education Degree in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. I taught Science and Technology to grade 10 and 11 at St. Thomas Aquinas secondary school in North Vancouver in 2008-2009. I taught Biology 11, Earth Science 11, Science and Technology 11, and Science 10 at Carney Archbishop secondary school in Port Coquitlam in 2009-2010. I enjoyed teaching in British Columbia International School in Bangkok in 2010-2011. I learned a lot while teaching in Fort Nelson Secondary school (SD # 84) in 2012. I taught as a Teacher on Call in Comox Valley, School District # 71 in 2013. The best of all is when I started teaching in Pattison Secondary School in the summer of 2013.
Why Pattison School
The sense of community was very strong from the moment I started at Pattison Secondary School. I had been in 7 schools in the first 15 years of teaching, but when I got to Pattison Secondary I knew I was home.
Darren is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for English Literature. He spent his last four years teaching in the public school system on the Sunshine Coast where he amassed experience teaching in a variety of positions in the mainstream and alternative schools.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and a Bachelor of Education, from the University of British Columbia.
Darren is also a sports fanatic, a lover of music, and an avid reader. He is excited and proud to be a member of the Pattison High School faculty and school community.
Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Art Education with a minor in Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She then moved to beautiful BC to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia, specializing in Secondary Visual Arts. She holds a Diploma in Creative Arts as well as a Certificate in Professional Artistic Makeup. Angela is passionate about the arts and truly enjoys fostering creativity in her students. Her background includes all areas of the visual arts, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography. Her second love lies in helping others and she is currently completing her pre-requisites in Counselling Psychology so that she may pursue the Masters program in the future and one day practice Art Therapy. In her spare time, Angela can be found: cooking and baking, reading, painting, being active outdoors, and travelling. She is excited to be working at Pattison School and looks forward to getting to know the staff and students.
Reuben Chepkwony is proud to be part of the Pattison High School community. He was born and raised in Kenya where taught for several years before immigrating to Canada. He taught Mathematics and Science in secondary schools and in a teacher training college.
Mr. Chepkwony holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada, a Diploma of Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya and a Professional Practices Certificate from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada.
He is thrilled to be teaching students from multicultural backgrounds.
His interests are: soccer, volleyball, tennis, reading and sightseeing.
Rebecca is an avid supporter of life-long learning and works to instill a love of learning in all her students. She encourages her students’ curiosity and wonder in all that life has to offer, and to always go after their dreams. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree (History and English) and a Bachelor of Education degree (focus on curriculum development) from Simon Fraser University. With two years of experience teaching in the International school system, she was excited to continue her journey working with ESL learners at Pattison High School. Upon joining the faculty and staff at PSH it quickly became obvious that this is an establishment of the highest caliber and she is proud to be a member of its diverse and dynamic learning community.
As a passionate educator, Jennifer is excited to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who form the Pattison High School team. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology, English and Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Jennifer then travelled to Melbourne, Australia, where she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Jennifer enjoyed many years teaching English and Literature courses at private schools in Australia. Most recently, Jennifer completed a Master of Arts degree in Writing and Literature.
Jennifer’s interests extend beyond reading and writing. She enjoys sports and athletics, and is an enthusiastic distance runner. Jennifer is proud to be part of the faculty at Pattison High School – and she looks forward to further integrating herself into the wonderful community here.
Tamara graduated twice from SFU with a bachelor’s of science in biology and a bachelor of education. She is an enthusiastic science and mathematics teacher who has a passion for learning and teaching that inspires all of her students to step outside the box to be open to learn in different ways. As a student in her classroom, you need to be willing to participate as you will become more than just a student, you will become the driver in your own education plan.
In Tamara’s classroom, all students are encouraged to show developmental courage by being willing to share their work and are encouraged to share their mistakes so that everyone can learn together how to recognize errors and learn to prevent them. She also brings a love for technology into the curriculum delivery so that students have the opportunity to learn from many difference resources.
Mr Skartvedt has been teaching in Vancouver for three years, covering all high school mathematics and sciences courses. His specialty is physics and calculus, but in his diverse experience he has branched out as far as economics and social studies.
In the classroom, he has excellent student rapport fueled by enduring respect he shows everyone. Students find him approachable and they easily ask questions, leading their learning with their own curiosity. Each lesson is infused with real-life scenarios and technology to give the students a better grasp of the ideas.