Our Faculty

Our Faculty 2022-06-24T18:41:42+00:00

Mr. Brian Burke

Mr. Burke has been teaching ESL for over twenty years in Vancouver and Toronto including ten years abroad in both South Korea and Japan. He also has 6 years of teacher training experience as well. Mr. Burke puts great emphasis on speaking production in class combined with real life topics that are a reflection of his student’s educational goals. He is very interested in science, skepticism, world history and environmental issues. He likes cycling and biking while enjoying the beautiful Vancouver landscape.

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.


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.”

Ms. Erin Pettinger

Ms. Pettinger recently moved back to Canada and settled in Vancouver. She had been living in Jeju, South Korea for the past 15 years. She worked for the Public Office of Education teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to middle and high school students as well as teacher training programs. Prior to teaching in Jeju she also taught EFL in Japan. She is looking forward to teaching the academic readiness program and working with students from around the world.
She completed a bachelor degree at the University of Lethbridge and a Master degree specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern Queensland.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, swimming and playing volleyball.

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.

Mr. Justin Solyom

Mr. Solyom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in 2019. Born and raised in Vancouver, Mr. Solyom has a keen interest in politics, history, and English literature. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, practicing martial arts, listening to music and spending time with friends.

He is also a big fan of the Vancouver Canucks and has a dog named Scout.

The Teacher Regulation Branch is in the process of document verification for licencing. In the classroom, he aspires to create an engaging and enjoyable learning environment for his students.

Ms. Norina Müller

Ms. Müller is currently completing her Master of Education at the University of Cologne to become a high school teacher and is visiting the Pattison High School as a part of a study abroad program. Before coming to Vancouver, she has lived in Austria and the Netherlands but wanted to gain more professional experience by moving overseas for a few months and getting to know a different school system. She studies German and English and is mostly involved with the English lessons as well as the Academic Readiness class at PHS.

Ms. Leonie Haase

Leonie Haase is a student teacher from Germany. She graduated from High School in 2016 and spent a year abroad in New Zealand afterwards. In 2017, she began her studies in Math and Geography and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Münster in 2020. She is currently studying Math and Geography in the Master of Education at the University of Cologne and will finish her studies this year.

In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and hiking.