The contribution to students' success by our YELL Teachers can not be understated! Thank you!
Christopher Bridge, Vanderhoof & Nechako Lakes
Chris is a graduate from Vancouver Island University who came to Burns Lake in late 2016 for his final practicum. He has been a teacher for Lakes District Secondary School since February 2017 and he is passionate about interpersonal growth, writing, and eSports.
Sheri Johnson, North Van
Sheri Johnson is a teacher at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver. Sheri teaches many of the senior Business Education classes including AP Microeconomics, Economics, YELL and Work Experience. Sheri tries to provide opportunities for students to connect what is learned in the classroom with the real world and thanks all of the YELL volunteers who help make this a reality for her students.
Alisha Parashar, Vancouver (John Oliver)
Alisha has been a business education teacher at John Oliver Secondary for the past 4 years. She received her bachelors of International Relations and Education from the University of British Columbia. Alisha conducted a study on culturally relevant financial literacy programs while completing her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of British Columbia. Alisha is passionate about using mentorship and financial education to empower youth.
Brooke Sihota, North Van
Brooke is a teacher at Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver. She is specialized in Business Education and is currently teaching Digital Media, Information Technology and Economics and Windsor. Before her career in education Brooke spend a handful of years working in management. While most of her experience was in big box retail, her passion fell within human resources and the development of her team. She obtained her Marketing degree at Central Michigan University while earning a full-ride scholarship and achieved her secondary degree in education at the University of British Columbia.
Brenden Graham, Surrey
Brenden is a Business Education Teacher at Princess Margaret Secondary. Brenden holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Bachelors of Education from Simon Fraser University. In his spare time, Brenden coaches basketball in the community, and enjoys spending time with his new son and his wife.
Jo-Anne Mckee, West Van
Jo-Anne was the first YELL teacher and has played an instrumental role in shaping and contributing to its educational practices and culture. She is a hiking trail-lover, teacher, and Athletic Director at West Vancouver Secondary School. Teaching is her second career, and she absolutely loves being a part of the educational and athletic adventures of her students. Jo-Anne is lucky to have been a part of YELL since the beginning; and is so proud of how it has grown from a small passion project of our founders to now a YELL community sharing an even bigger collective passion project!
Edward Csuka, Tri-Cities
Edward Csuka has always been interested in Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Inspired by his high school Biology teacher, who pioneered the Salmon Enhancement Project at Mossom Creek, Edward earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s in Environmental Education at Simon Fraser University. Concurrently, In 1996, he became a member of the British Columbia Inventors Society. Edward has taught Science, Drafting/Design, and Math at Terry Fox Secondary since 2002. In 2014, he was one of only 40 Physics teachers globally to be invited to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, for the Einstein Plus Workshop. In 2017, Edward organized the first annual Power of Ideas event - led by the Perimeter Institute as part of the Canada 150 Project - and held at Terry Fox Secondary, which gave rise to the Terry Fox Innovation Society for inventive, innovative, and entrepreneurial students. This year, Edward has just completed the 3rd (now annual) Power of Ideas Event and is excited to be on the YELL (Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad) team of teachers, supporting an impressive group of young professionals.
Ksena Tatomir, Vancouver (Britannia)
Ksena Tatomir is a Business and Physical Education teacher who has several years of experience playing NCAA and CIS varsity hockey. She graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Economics/Business Admin. minor) as well as UBC with a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Kinesiology Degree. Ms. Tatomir was Athletic Director and Hockey Academy Coordinator at Britannia Secondary for 10 years and she currently sits on the BC Hockey School Programming Committee.
Kuldeep Gill, Richmond
Kuldeep has been a Business teacher in Richmond for the past 15+ years and has been the Richmond YELL teacher since 2014. Kuldeep believes entrepreneurship is a very exciting field and he enjoys seeing students put together venture projects and ideas.
James Nevison, North Van
James Nevison is a teacher at Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver. He is currently responsible for all Business Education courses at Sutherland, from Marketing to Accounting. He is also the head teacher of Sutherland’s experiential-based Global Perspectives Program, in which he leads Economics 12 and Social Justice 12 courses. James has a corporate background in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, complemented by a Masters in International Leadership from SFU as well as B.Ed and B.Comm (Hons) degrees from UBC.
Alyssa Shore, Langley
Alyssa is a Business Ed, Social Justice and Planning/Grad Transitions teacher at the Langley Education Centre. She did her Business education at BCIT, and then got her BEd at UBC. In 2016, she completed her Master of Education at SFU with a focus on Justice, Law and Ethics in Education. Prior to teaching, she worked in Marketing in a variety of positions. She loves travelling, hiking, skiing and going for brunch with friends, and mostly, her two year old twins. She looks forward to starting the Langley YELL program in September.