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Our Faculty

Ms. Lisa Lacosse

Head of ELL Department
Instructor of Social Studies

A proud First Nation, an accomplished educator for the past 12 years, Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in theatre, and her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg. She went on to earn her Post Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education in 2015 from the University of Manitoba.

Mr. Peter Wang

Mr. Wang received both his B.A. and B.Ed. from UBC. Peter is a BC certified teacher with specialties in Business Education and English as a Second Language. He has completed the CMA, CPA AP from the CMABC/CPABC. He has taught IELTS, TOEFL, LPI, SAT, SSAT and all of ELL levels.

Ms. Miri Kim

Ms. Miri obtained both her B.A and B.Ed. from UBC in music education. She has a degree in Nursing and is a registered nurse in South Korea and New York State jurisdictions. She has been teaching music for five years in private and group settings.

Ms. Manveen Kaur

Ms. Kaur received a Master of Technology degree in Computer Science and Bachelor of Engineering in I.T. from India. She finds SJA an excellent working environment, conducive for promotion of the highest standards in academic and personal development.

Ms. Kristy Grainger

Ms. Grainger obtained a B.A in Dramatic Arts with a specialization in Intermediate and Senior Learning. She is a holder of Academic Writing and Literature qualifications for the Cambridge IGCSE and O Level Examinations.

Ms. Sherry Sunner

Ms. Sunner is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Education degree with a major in English Education and a minor in Visual Arts from University of the Fraser Valley and the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Janina Kulhay

Ms. Kulhay obtained a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.Ed., with a Visual Arts specialty from University of Toronto. She was awarded with an Art Education Honorarium Fellowship Grant, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, towards continuing her Art studies.

Mr. Filip Zivanovic

Mr. Z graduated from the University of Calgary, Drama/Education five-year concurrent program with two degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education. His extensive knowledge and experience in acting technique, put him in perfect position to develop a dynamic Drama program, where students can learn to express themselves in a way that can only be made possible through the arts.

Ms. Cecillia He

Ms. He obtained B.S degree in Chemistry (Teacher Training) from China and Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of British Columbia. The joy and confidence students get from Chemistry learning is a result of Cecilia’s teaching experience in General Chemistry, AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry, and SAT Chemistry, and what defines her job is an educator.

Mrs. Elaine Kuo

Ms. Kuo received Bachelor of Education and English Literature degree from The University of British Columbia. A teacher of Mandarin 12 and Introductory ESL courses at St. John’s International School, she is passionate about teaching language arts. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing a violin, and practicing Chinese Kung Fu.

Mr. Sam Campbell

Sam, originally from Ontario, he began his teaching career in Korea where he taught for three years. After his time in Asia, he received B. Ed from Lakehead University, and began teaching high school in his hometown. In 2014, with his wife, he moved to Vancouver. He enjoys teaching his students and observing their academic improvement as they go on to achieve their dreams. When he is not teaching, you can find him at the curling club, at the skating rink or at Nat Bailey Stadium cheering on the Canadians.

Ms. Azita Kaboly

Secondary Education Credential from University of California Fullerton, Masters Degree in Microbiology from Azad  University Iran, and Bachelors in Animal Science. Ms. Kaboly has been a passionate educator for over 10 years in both Biology and ESL.

Mr. Paul Larm

Mr. Larm has a B.Eng from Hong Kong University in engineering, in addition to his teaching certificate from UBC. Mr. Larm has been teaching higher level mathematics for 15 years.