Head of School - Eric O'Donnell


Eric O'Donnell has been in public and private education for over three decades. His experience has been equally divided between elementary and secondary teaching. Although his degree is in History, the great majority of his secondary teaching experience was in the area of Computer Science and Media Studies. Eric is an avid photographer and can often be found running in Stanley Park. Despite living in Vancouver, he is a loyal Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Director for Admissions - Judy O'Donnell


After 42 years of classroom teaching, co-founding Madrona with Eric, being Madrona’s principal, as well as the custodian, bookkeeper, head of renovations, Board member, Ways and Means Committee member and liaison with Ministry of Education, Judy now continues as Director for Admissions. She knows the running of Madrona from every aspect. Her continued dedication to ‘Madrona success’ is a labour of love. Mother to 5, grandmother of 5, runner, reader and baseball enthusiast, Judy plans on becoming an author once a final retirement allows.

Principal of the School - Paul Felts


Paul ‘Wally’ Felts received a BA (Hons) degree in animation because he likes cartoons, films, jokes and story telling. He has since accumulated thirteen years teaching experience and was the Assistant Head teacher in an outstanding South London primary school. He has been a lead practitioner for the British Film Institute’s Media Literacy program, awarded Senior Associate status at the Teaching and Learning Academy, nominated for a National Teaching Award and is a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust scholar.

Vice Principal of the Senior School - Chelsea Chevalier


Chelsea completed her Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa, followed by her Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Junior and Intermediate Education.
Chelsea is bilingual and possesses a passion for the Arts, especially Performing Arts. She enjoys woodworking, poetry, and exploring Vancouver.

Vice Principal of the Junior School - Caela Allaby


Caela Allaby completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Simon Fraser University, followed by a Bachelor of Education with a minor in International and Global Education. As part of her practicum, Caela travelled to Dharamsala, India to teach children in a Tibetan school. Caela spends her free time practicing yoga, cooking, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Head of Administrative Services - Megan Bal


Megan Bal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. During her time at UVic, Megan had the opportunity to gain experience with children while working in an after-school setting throughout her first year. Megan also has experience working in a variety of administrative roles making her flexible and adaptable to any and all administrative needs. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, travelling, and seeing friends.

Financial Administrator - Olivia Schurmans


Olivia holds a Masters in Economics and Finance and worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young for several years in Belgium before moving to Vancouver. She has been working with children since then, while also designing furniture. Olivia loves to hike, ski, play tennis and woodworking.

Administrative Assistant - Jeri Carcha

Jeri received her Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Simon Fraser University, and completed a degree in Education at the University of British Columbia with a focus in the primary grades. She has an abundance of experience in an educational setting, including working as an administrative assistant for an independent school, teaching at an ESL school, and facilitating school programs for students of all ages at the Museum of Vancouver. She likes to go hiking, biking, and travelling, and enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.

Administrative Assistant - Isadora Hilman

Isadora is an experienced executive assistant who has worked for an air cargo company and an international bank before joining Madrona. She has recently completed a Psychology degree, and is looking forward to applying her learning into fostering creative thinking. She is passionate about the human potential for being driven and innovative. In her free time she enjoys reading and listening to music or trying new cooking recipes. Isadora recently discovered a hidden talent creating some pretty scary zombie make-up on her son during Halloween!