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meet the Teachers

Petra Rempel

I have lived and taught in the Windermere community since 2004 and this neighborhood has become my home.  I am excited to take on the program coordinator role of this wonderful mini-school program!  I sincerely believe in the social justice, environmental stewardship and community engagement philosophy of the Windermere Leadership Program and am excited to journey with my students as they learn more about their role in the world. I believe that the most meaningful educational experiences stem from inquiry and action, from challenge and passion.  We have only one planet, and we need to find ways to better work within that limit.

Outside of teaching, I’m a daughter, wife and a mom with a love of reading and knitting, of science, and of quiet natural spaces.  I practice yoga and mindfulness and enjoy learning about traditional uses for herbs and plants. I have been in the Leadership Program since 2014  and teach Science 8, Ecology 9, and Environmental Science 11.

Lee

I'd like to acknowledge that we are on unceded Coast Salish territory.  I enjoy working with both students in the Leadership program and the mainstream school as active citizenship, stewardship, justice and community engagement are matters for all of us to learn about.  I teach Social Studies and Law and enjoy adventures and being in nature. Since 2012, I've enjoyed Leadership experiences such as outdoor recreation, rich conversations and witnessing students challenge themselves in their educational experiences.  The students at Windermere are amazing, and a privilege to work with! I am also really happy to work with such a collaborative team of adventurer-teachers. 

 

Favourite quote:  "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  - Lao Tzu

My pronouns: she/they

Jordan Al-Assadi

 As an English and Physical and Health Education (PHE) teacher, I try to infuse community involvement, environmental sustainability, outdoor education, service learning, and aboriginal perspectives into the curriculum. In line with David Suzuki, I believe that children who grow up immersed in nature at a young age are more likely to protect it when they get older. For this reason, I consider myself fortunate for being a part of Windermere's Leadership program.  

My favourite Leadership experiences involve the use of our class set of bicycles for overnight trips to Galliano and Salt Spring Island.  

Allison Dixon

I joined the Leadership program in 2018, and I have enjoyed being part of the Windermere Community as an English teacher since 2016. I’m excited to be involved in a program built on the values of social responsibility, community engagement, and environmental education. While at Windermere, I can often be found digging, weeding, and wandering about the school orchard and gardens with the Garden Club. As a teacher, I strive to ensure that all my students have what they need in order to reach their full potential, take ownership over their own learning, and discover what they’re passionate about in life.

Favourite quote: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Anonymous proverb

Lisa Nakamura

I am a new addition to the Leadership team with a background in Social Studies. In engaging with students, I seek to develop an understanding of historical significance, continuity/change, and cause/consequence in  the historical framework of Canada as well as the rest of the world. I enjoy developing a strong rapport with students in and outside of the classroom through programs like the Homework Club and Anime Club. I believe it is important to build resilience in our students through the Leadership Program as well as developing and practicing self-reflection, ownership and critical thinking.

Associated teachers

Brendan Chan

As an alumni of the Windermere Leadership Program, I’m so excited continue work with this wonderful mini program. I wouldn’t be who I am without the experiences that this program gave me. From outdoor camps to innovative community based experiential learning, this program matches my passion for supporting meaningful learning experiences. My journey through this program led me to my passion for food and gardening, and prompted me to spend most of my time as a food educator in various organizations before starting my own organization at the University of British Columbia. Everyone can connect with food, and those diverse relationships are why I fell in love with food education. I hope to bring my experience of community building, food education, and alumni experience, to continue the amazing job that this program does in challenging students to develop systems thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leadership skills.

 

"Always in life an idea starts small, it is only a sapling idea, but the vines will come and they will try to choke your idea so it cannot grow and it will die and you will never know you had a big idea, an idea so big it could have grown thirty meters through the dark canopy of leaves and touched the face of the sky."-Power of One

Jonathan Tenta

Bio forthcoming soon!