Teaching Staff

Teacher - Giuliana Baracco

giuliana@madronaschool.com
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.

Teacher - Jeri Carcha

jeri@madronaschool.com
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.

Teacher - Kelly Gallagher

kellyg@madronaschool.com

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.

Teacher - Margarita Banting

margarita@madronaschool.com

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

Teacher - Melissa Pipes

melissa@madronaschool.com
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.

Teacher - Olivia Schurmans

olivia@madronaschool.com

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.

Teacher - Rachel Garneau

rachel@madronaschool.com
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.

Teacher - Rachel Moore

rachelm@madronaschool.com

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 - Stuart Cowan

stuartcowan@madronaschool.com

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.

Teacher - Caelen Campbell

caelen@madronaschool.com
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 - Charlotte Hagedorn

hagedorn@madronaschool.com

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.

O.G. Tutor - Nicola Lott

nicola@madronaschool.com

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.