BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE: April 2016

HELLOS

Join us for welcoming or welcoming back the following staff to ACS!

ELEMENTARY

Ruth Emerson will be joining us from England. She has been teaching at the kindergarten level (though with a different label) for one year plus a very full professional year for her degree. She and her fiancé Kyle will be getting married on August 17 and they will arrive in Abbotsford shortly after. We welcome Ruth and Kyle to our school community!

Hannah Veldman is just graduated from Dordt College and is from Terrace. BC. She has done her practicum in grade 4 and has significant volunteer experience with a variety of ages. We welcome Hannah to our school community!

Cathy Morandini will be joining us at the elementary. Cathy comes with nearly 20 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher at Pacific Academy. While she has thoroughly enjoyed her experience in kindergarten, she is excited about the challenge of an older grade. For next year, she will most likely be taking a grade 1 maternity leave, so not too big of a change in grade level. Cathy lives in Clayburn Village and so the idea of a 3 minute commute is very exciting for her. Welcome to ACS, Cathy!

MIDDLE

Jonathan Brooks has been hired to teach grade 8 math and science. Jonathan comes to us with experience teaching math and science to grades 7-10 in Nunavut, as well as three years spent teaching English in Taiwan.  Jonathan has his Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Welcome Jonathan to our ACS community!

Sara de Waal has been filling in as a grade 7 homeroom teacher since March while Michaela Friesen is on maternity leave. Sara has taught music and art at Langley Christian School and she is currently working on her Master’s degree in creative writing. We welcome Sara to our campus community!

Carrie Lockwood will be the new Athletic Director (previously held by Jonathan Zuidhof) and itinerant PE teacher.

Paul Still will be returning to the middle school as an itinerant teacher. We welcome Paul back into our ACS community!

SECONDARY

Christine Boer has accepted the position of Drama Department Head and teacher for the coming school year. Christine comes to us from Unity Christian School most recently, but she spent many years in Christian schools in Ontario before that. She has produced and directed more than 10 mainstage productions, been involved with set design and building, and has been instrumental in growing the drama department at Unity. We are excited to have her join our staff and look forward to many wonderful productions at ACS in the future with her leadership. Welcome to ACS, Christine!

Naomi Stewart joined us as the secondary French teacher mid-way through the year. Naomi is fluent in English and French, graduated with an honours degree in Education and English Literature from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and is currently studying for her MA degree at Simon Fraser University. She took […]

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