Our Boarding Team
Ms. Leah Churchill
Leah Churchill is 7th generation Canadian, born and raised in the beautiful Comox Valley. She grew up in the country where her love for horses and animals began. She also enjoys skiing, hiking and water sports. Leah has three amazing adult children: Dawson, Olivia and Isabella with whom are her world.
After 15 years in Business Finance, she relocated to Victoria in 2016 and began a career with Air Canada.
In addition to her employment at Air Canada, she also accepted a part time role as a Dorm Parent at Brookes Westshore Private School. This is where her love for youth coordinating began.
Leah has an innate ability with communicating and understanding behavioural characteristics in the teen years. She is extremely caring and nurturing as she creates a save and happy environment for her students to call home, together as a family along with her faithful dog Bear.
She establishes a base of structure, boundaries, trust and respect for one another and is genuinely present whenever a student needs her.
Leah is often referred to as “mom” by many of the dorm students, with which she welcomes with pride.
Ms. Jodi House
After many years as a youth worker in a mental health setting in Windsor Ontario, I am now starting a new adventure as a Lead Youth Coordinator at St. John’s Academy School. Why did I move so far you may ask? Well, the school is not only alive with art music and nature and things that I love, but it checks all the boxes for the social determinants of health and well-being with the social emotional learning, the many physical activities there is to do here and the IB learning. The teachers here go to great lengths to make school fun and engaging and I am inspired not only by the staff but the students as well. Of all the places I have been (and I have traveled a lot) this is somewhere I need to be and will stay if I can aid in helping the school grow.
Ms. Melissa Morimoto Pepper
I have been in education since I was 10 years old. My mother was the principal of a private school where I was born and raised in Brazil, and I grew up being either at the school or home. As a result, I am passionate about education and taking care of people. I have been working towards becoming a university teacher, and I have a bachelor’s in Dietetics with a Master’s Degree in Sciences of Rheumatology applied to Dietetics, and I am currently working on my Doctorate thesis. My journey in Canada started 3 years ago, where I have worked at both major hospitals as a dietetic technician: Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital. I have taken this opportunity to connect again with the world of education and to be surrounded by this inspiring community. Being a Youth Coordinator allows me to have the best of both worlds – education and healthcare. I live on campus with my lovely family and my hobbies are traveling, bowling, playing tennis, and learning new languages.