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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.

Ms. Anna Bourak

Ms. Anna Bourak has been working with youth for over 10 years, from coaching tennis to teaching ELL learners in Hong Kong. She is passionate about arts and interactive, hands-on learning experiences for her students. Anna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Education at UBC. Anna believes in the power of mindfulness and social-emotional learning when it comes to tackling challenges and becoming the best version of yourself. Challenges and obstacles are a natural part of life, but it’s the mindset that matters. Anna will be teaching Physical Education and ELL 4 this term.

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.

Mr. Brock Poulin

Brock earned his B.A.A. in Journalism and Communications from Ryerson University in Toronto and his M.A. in Media Studies from UBC here in Vancouver. Subsequently, he obtained his C-TESOL and TESL diplomas. He started his teaching career with three years in Seoul, South Korea, followed by tenures in Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile. His teaching philosophy involves creating an interactive, open classroom setting and encouraging students to nurture their inner creativity while maintaining a strong focus on academics. He has taught from beginner to advanced, ages 5 to 95 and students from over 25 countries. His experience includes teaching IELTS, SAT, TOEFL and TOEIC prep, as well as University Pathway Programs and General English Courses. He is very excited to join the team at St. John’s Academy!

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.

Mr. Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips teaches business subjects as well as social studies 10 here at St. John’s Academy. He is originally from Edmonton where he studied Education and Accounting at the U of A. He has been teaching in Asia for the past 8 years, specifically Shanghai and Hong Kong. He also taught a wide variety of courses including business and technology among other disciplines. He looks forward to working with all of the wonderful students and growing and learning together along the way. Let’s have a great year!

Ms. Rajdeep Dhadi

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.

Mr. Jeremiah Yao

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.

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. Dan Hanley

Daniel Hanley has a B.A in Biology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Science Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. He was a founding member of the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City, and is experienced in both science education and B2B sales & marketing in the USA and Canada. As a teacher of Science, Career Education and Social Studies, he has a passion for liberal arts education and helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed in achieving their goals.