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Our Faculty


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.

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.

Dr. Geetanjali Joshi

Dr. Geetanjali Joshi has been a Fulbright Scholar to the USA twice. She has served as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Portland State University, Oregon on a Fulbright scholarship. While studying at PSU she also worked on her doctoral thesis on Beat writers. Dr. Joshi’s Fulbright-Nehru postdoctoral research places the poetry of Allen Ginsberg in the Indian context. She has lectured extensively on her postdoctoral research at Portland State, Texas State University, UNC, Chapel Hill and the University of Hawaii. She also has a Bachelor in Education from India and has been teaching for the last ten years at school as well as at the university level. She is currently teaching Social Studies and ELL 1 at St John’s Academy.

Ms.Rajdeep Dhadli

My name is Rajdeep Dhadli. My focus and interests have included various topics in the fields of Science. Teaching is my passion. I love music, dance, art and puzzles. I have had extensive math and sciences teaching experiences at the secondary and post- secondary level. It compliments my lifelong dedication and commitment to learning and the impartation of knowledge. I am eager to learn more skills and I would be very happy to contribute significantly to student growth at St John’s Academy at Vancouver.

Ms. Cecilia 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.

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.

Ms. Irene Chan

Hello, I am Miss Irene /Miss Chan. My hometown is Hong Kong. I obtained my master’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. My major studies are Chemistry and School Guidance and Counseling. I have been a teacher for more than a decade in Hong Kong. I am a science and mathematics teacher at St. John’s. I like teaching as I enjoy interacting with students. Sometimes, they can give me a lot of inspiration on my teaching.

Mrs. Nikea Tompkins

Mrs. Tompkins obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from James Cook University in Australia. She also completed a Master of Education through Charles Sturt University. Mrs. Tompkins has taught a variety of subjects in Australia and the United Kingdom. Now she is an ELL and CLE teacher at St John’s Academy. She looks forward to working with the wonderful staff and students.

Mr. Mike Froberg

Mike Froberg is a graduate of SFU and has been teaching English and Theatre since 2005. Highlights of his teaching career include working for 3 years in the US and 2 years in England. He has also coached school baseball teams and has directed numerous high school plays. Mr Froberg is excited to be a part of the St John’s team and is looking forward to sharing his expertise in helping students excel at their academic goals.

Mr. Thanos Karasmanis

Mr. Karasmanis worked in the private technology sector for 15 yrs. in the areas of operations management & corporate finance prior to becoming a college teacher where he taught for several years. The past few years, Mr. Karasmanis has transitioned into high school teaching and immensely enjoys shaping the lives of future leaders. He holds a BA in Management from California State University and an MBA with a dual focus in Finance & Information Technology from the University of La Verne. He also holds an MA from Trinity Western University. When not in the classroom, Mr. Karasmanis can be found enjoying the great outdoors.

Ms. Nicole Bidwell

Ms. Nicole Bidwell graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. Along with her passion for teaching mathematics and supporting students, she is passionate about sports, coaching and travelling. Her prior teaching experience includes teaching in BC and at a Canadian international school in Malaysia.