Giuliana Baracco emigrated to Canada from Italy when she was four. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. She is delighted to be back after twenty-three years in Europe; seventeen of which were happily spent teaching at an outstanding North London primary school. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling and cooking for friends and family.
Jeri received her Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Simon Fraser University, and completed her degree in Education at the University of British Columbia with a focus in the primary grades. She has an abundance of experience with children. Jeri has worked as an after-school leader for teens and pre-teens at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House for several years, facilitating school programs for students of all ages at the Museum of Vancouver, and teaching English at a language school in Vancouver. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, travelling, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Carlene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with both children and adults with special needs. Prior to coming to Madrona, she worked in one-on-one behavioural intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. She has also spent time as a support worker for at-risk youth. Carlene enjoys travelling and spends her free time at the gym, reading, and painting at home.
Rachel has received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Simon Fraser University and recently completed her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC she specialized in teaching English Language Learners. Rachel adores all form of art and literature, (especially comics/graphic novels), cooking for friends and family, and going on walk-about adventures around Vancouver with her husband.
Charlotte Hagedorn completed her Bachelors of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College. She then went on to receive her Bachelors of Education with a minor in Learning Disabilities at Simon Fraser University. She completed part of her practicum overseas in India, where she taught in a small rural Tibetan community. During her free time she enjoys running, travelling, playing Division 1 soccer in the Lower Mainland, and spending time with her friends and family.
Originally from Bulgaria, Konstantin is a performer, choir director, researcher, and writer. He holds a Diploma in Performing Arts (Douglas College), Bachelor of Music (UBC) in guitar, a Master of Music (McGill) in lute, and a PhD (UVic) in historical musicology. He has taught music privately, as well as history and performance practice at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Community College, and Mount Royal University. He has recorded soundtracks for movies, as well as very popular video games, and has been head editor for various academic journals. Konstantin is an active researcher and writer on the psychology of music and the philosophy of aesthetics. He plays the guitar, lute, accordion, piano, Irish whistle, and works as organist and choir director in West Vancouver. Fishing for trout and programming in Java are favourite activities, as are watercolour painting and reading.
Helen Lambourne holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Both in her studies and as a teacher at Madrona, she focuses on teaching through the arts. She enjoys being part of a choir, playing music, and gardening, and in summer practices canoeing, camping, and watercolour painting.
Nicola holds a Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in Product Design. Over the past 20 years she has taught English as a second language, along with adults and children with a wide range of abilities in Nigeria, the UK, Japan, Canada, and at sea. She trained as an Orton-Gillingham Therapist through both the American and Canadian academies, is registered through the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT) and, is a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). In her spare time she can be found running in thirty different directions at once, trying to keep up with her family or, sailing away (with them) on her sailboat.
Eimear McDonagh hails from Galway in the West of Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Public and Social Policy from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and completed a post-graduate certificate in primary education at Trinity College in Caramarthen, Wales. She has over five years’ experience teaching Primary students. Eimear enjoys cycling around Vancouver, is an avid reader, and loves to travel.
Aya Peloquin was born and raised in Himeji, Japan and moved to Vancouver with her family to finish Elementary school and High school. Aya holds a Bachelors of Education Degree from the University of Victoria on WASENEC and Lekwungen territories. Before teaching at Madrona, she taught at Lau Welnew Tribal School on the Tsartlip Reserve and has specialized her studies in Indigenous education. Her favourite thing about teaching is getting to know each individual at a school and being inspired by them. In her free time she loves to explore the outdoors, watch documentaries, write letters, collect antiques and rocks, meet new people, and try all sorts of new things.
Since completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria, Melissa has had the pleasure of teaching all different age groups from Kindergarten to Grade 7 in both Vancouver and Seoul, South Korea. She has a strong passion for learning, teaching, and practicing the arts - especially visual arts and dance. Melissa is currently studying at UBC to obtain her diploma in Special Education. When she's not teaching, Melissa loves doing yoga, dancing, and eating Asian food.
Zoki Sestak grew up in Vancouver, BC. He was a student at Madrona in its first year of operation when the school went only as far as Grade 7. He graduated from Kitsilano High School in 2016. In the 2016-2017 school year, Zoki was Assistant Head of Technology at Madrona. Now, he is continuing in that role as well as taking up the position of Teaching Assistant. In his spare time, Zoki enjoys exercise of all sorts, playing the piano, reading and spending time with friends.
Cynthia completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Education Degree specialising in Montessori education at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to Madrona School she worked as a behaviour interventionist for children with autism spectrum disorder and as a liberal arts teacher in Taiwan. She is passionate about social-emotional learning and encouraging students to discover the joy of learning for themselves. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys baking, writing on her food blog, hiking, and yoga.
Josh completed an Honours History Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master's Degree in History at the University of Ottawa, and he gained his teaching degree from the University of Toronto. Most recently, Josh was a Grade 6 teacher on a remote First Nations reserve in Northern Ontario. Josh has also managed youth programs for Right To Play, supervised a soccer camp, and worked at several overnight and day camps. Josh loves to read and play the guitar, and he carries a passion for all kinds of sports and adventure, which culminated in cycling across Canada three years ago.