Kelly Reynolds holds an Honours Degree in Classics from the University of Leeds and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. As a Primary School teacher in England, Kelly has additionally held the posts of Head of Literacy, Head of Math, Head of Middle School and Senior Leadership. Kelly loves to explore the city with her English bulldog and also enjoys sailing, swimming, paddle-boarding, and arts and crafts.
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.
Pamela completed an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education in Disability Studies from Brock University, followed by a teaching certificate in elementary education from Medaille College. She completed post graduate certification in Special Education at Queen’s University, holds a Special Education Specialist distinction in the province of BC, and is currently working on her Master of Education Degree in School Counselling. She brings with her extensive classroom, and one-on-one support experience working with children and adolescents of all ages and abilities. She enjoys online shopping, reality television, rock concerts and is a hardcore Montreal Canadiens fan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama and a Masters of Industrial Relations from Queen's University. She then completed her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Most recently Lauren worked at York House in Vancouver teaching students from Grade 1-7 and worked for a traveling educational academy in Ontario and Europe. Lauren's passion in education is engaging students with the world around them, using local outdoor and nature spaces as the backdrop. She recently completed her Part 1 Environmental Education Specialist course from UofT this summer and has years of experience leading outdoor education trips and working at a summer camp in Ontario. When she's not teaching you can find Lauren hiking or skiing in the mountains, running, cycling, doing yoga or taking photos.
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.