Madrona Downtown Staff

Teacher - Margarita Banting

Margarita is a local Vancouverite with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from UBC, and a Bachelor of Education specializing in Environmental Education from SFU. Margarita holds EA and teaching experience in Special Education, and has volunteer taught in South Africa. Margarita enjoys being active outdoors playing grass volleyball, trail running, and back country camping

Guidance Counsellor - Pamela Bentley

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 has a Master of Education degree in School Counselling from City University of Seattle. 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.

Guidance Counsellor - Keely Wallace

Keely is a local Vancourite that completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Counselling) from Simon Fraser University and her Master of Education (Counselling) from the University of New Brunswick. Keely has worked with students from elementary school, high school, and universities; with the majority of her experience working with young adults and their transition to universities and other post-secondary institutions. Keely holds a professional membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, is an avid traveler, and spends her free time hiking, eating sushi, and reading.

Teaching Assistant - Aline Hillrich

Raised in France, multi-lingual Aline has loved Vancouver since 2010. She holds a degree in Spanish, Literature & Civilization. In Canada, she completed the program for Early-Childhood Education Assistant. An alumni of VCC and Capilano University, she has been a French Preschool Teaching Assistant, a Summer-Camp Teacher, and yes, she does love french fries. Aline enjoys hiking, singing, and photography.

Teacher & Head of Learning Resources - Caelen Campbell
Caelen Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications & Publishing) and a Certificate of Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University. She has received her Bachelor of Education, specializing in Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education (CITE) and Elementary Education, from the University of British Columbia. She also holds certification as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and has previously taught at a bilingual private school for young children in Mexico. Caelen loves to travel, spend time with friends and family, read, and practice yoga.

Teacher - Stuart Cowan

Stuart Cowan is a Vancouver local who has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Social Studies from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from the same institution. He has worked overseas with English Language Learners in Taiwan, as well as teaching High School at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver. Stuart enjoys watching movies, reading history books, and jogs around Stanley Park when it isn't raining.

Teaching Assistant - Sara Farrelly

Sara hails from Dublin, Ireland where she worked in the special education sector for nearly 10 years. Sara also managed an extra curricular social group for adolescents with disabilities for 6 years. Since moving to Vancouver, Sara has developed a love for the great outdoors and in her spare time enjoys hiking, running and spending time with family and friends.

Teacher - Becky Fellows

Becky Fellows grew up in Somerset, England. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biology, she gained her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) through completion of the Teach First programme, an organization set up to address educational disadvantage in the UK. Becky taught high school science in London before moving to Vancouver, where she has worked with a number of students with learning disabilities in a one-on-one setting. One of Becky’s passions is travelling, and in her spare time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, running and playing netball.

Teacher - Kelly Gallagher

Kelly grew up in a bilingual home and attended French language schools in Toronto. She has a Fine Arts Degree from OCAD and a Bachelor in Education in the junior/intermediate division from U of T. She taught in Waldorf Schools for over five years before coming to Vancouver and has most recently taught in a French Preschool. Kelly loves cooking, being outside, and learning new things. Last June, she graduated from a part-time program in Holistic Studies at Langara College.

Guidance Counsellor- Florence Laserna

Florence is originally a Torontonian that moved to Vancouver and has fallen in love with this city! She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her Master of Education degree in School Counselling from City University of Seattle. Florence has experience teaching and providing support to pre-school, elementary and high school students. Florence loves being with her family and friends, enjoys designing or crafting, being outside in the sun and dining out to explore new restaurants and cuisine.

Teacher - Evan O’Donnell

Evan O’Donnell received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, with a double major in English and History. He received his Bachelor of Education specializing in Junior/Intermediate Education from the University of Ottawa. He has worked as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Ottawa Academic Writing Help Centre, and has volunteered in Salasaca, Ecuador teaching English to children.

Teacher - Danielle Provencher

Danielle, a local Vancouverite, has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education from UBC. She has worked as a grade 6 teacher for 10 years and has experience as a Literacy Consultant and Resource Teacher. Danielle loves to travel and has lived in Ireland, Italy and UK. In her spare time, you will find Danielle socializing with family and friends as well as reading, hiking and skiing.

Teacher - Rachel Moore

Rachel grew up in Wolverhampton, in the UK, and relocated to Oxford in 2007 to commence her Undergraduate and Masters degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. From here, Rachel then completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Oxford Brookes University and went on to teach across the curriculum at a local Elementary School for 4 years prior to moving to Vancouver in Summer 2017. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, cooking and travelling the world.

Teacher - Katrina Ellis

Katrina was born and raised in Northern British Columbia and came to Vancouver in 2009 to study Art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she finished a Bachelor of Fine Art. Katrina went on to complete a Bachelor of Education with an Arts Education specialization in 2015 at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to Madrona Katrina worked as a supply teacher for the North Vancouver School District. In her free time Katrina enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting outside, trying new foods, and discovering new great places to eat!

Teacher - Helen Lambourne

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.

Teacher - Konstantin Bozhinov

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.

Teacher Assistant - Adam Lee

Adam grew up in Kelowna, BC and has a background in science and engineering from UBC. After working as an engineer in Alberta for two years he returned to school to pursue a masters in engineering studying sustainable transportation. Adam loves to bring real life examples from engineering and research into the class room. He is currently completing his thesis and plans to return to school for a bachelors of education. In his free time he enjoys travelling, hiking, yoga, volleyball, tennis and reading.

Teacher Assistant - Madelaine Arshak

Madelaine is a passionate teacher and counsellor. She has a diploma in Professional Counselling Psychology as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is also bilingual; Arabic is her second language. Her passion is to help children of all ages learn in a fun, creative and safe environment. Her professional history includes teaching, nannying, and caring for children with special needs. Madelaine has worked with ESL students, special-needs students, and students with learning and cognitive disabilities. She has also worked extensively as a therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, art, philosophy, spirituality and music!