Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to investigate our school. Our students come from the local community, Vancouver, and around the world. I encourage you to plan your visit and get to know us. Come meet Jen Henrichsen, Assistant Head of School, and I to get an even better sense of who we are and what we do and, especially, why we do it. I think you will be impressed and intrigued by what you find. – TedTed Spear, Head of School
Our Middle School Team
Because Island Pacific School is small by design, our faculty and staff can make direct connections with each and every one of our middle school students. Our middle school team believes this is how education should be done and this is how we can recognize the unique potential of every student at IPS.
Island Pacific School’s faculty and staff are selected with an eye for creating a team that shares in the school’s mission and core values. The middle school teachers at Island Pacific School come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of world experiences which are shared as part of the collaborative effort to achieve the school’s open/responsible environment. And they are middle school experts.
Or find out more about each member of our middle school team, below.
Adrian van Lidthe de Jeude
ARTS AND SENIOR HUMANITIES TEACHER
Adrian is passionate about art, history, travel and the outdoors and brings his enthusiasm for these into the classroom.
Adrian grew up on Bowen Island and is very pleased to be in his 5th year teaching at Island Pacific School.
BA – SFU, History and Education
BEd – UBC
IB-MYP – Level 1 certificate, Visual Arts
LEARNING STRATEGIES LEAD
Amanda moved to Bowen in September of 2000 and started her career in education. Since the turn of the century, Amanda has been a classroom teacher, run an ESL school, nearly completed her masters degree and learned a lot about learning. She’d also like to mention the three boys (Arthur, Leo and Oliver) that have joined her family since then.
Amanda has been an instructor at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and a learning support teacher in the North Van School District. She brings a positive outlook, real world experience and a practical disposition to her work.
B.A. UBC Art History
B.Ed UBC IB
PYP Level 1
M.Ed UNBC Special Education
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Barb is the highly indispensable Director of Operations. Her office is the fast-paced hub of school activity where she works to create an excellent experience for the IPS Community across portfolios: Admissions, Communications, Operations. And she still finds time to dispense Band-Aids and help kids phone home. Barbara and her family moved to Bowen Island in 1999 from Vancouver and Barbara joined IPS in August of 2002 as a part-time administrative assistant.
She has previously worked in various administrative roles in the insurance, real estate, recycling and information technology industries. Her son Alexander is an IPS alumnus.
Carmen is an artist who uses technology as a creativity portal to help clients communicate their visual identity. She provides graphics, web and marketing support to the IPS Middle School team. Carmen says that great design is about first connecting with the client’s esthetic and values and then conveying those through a visual representation; an effective visual identity should create an instant, positive impression.
She has worked as a graphic designer for twenty-three years. Her core skills include, branding, design, advertising, marketing, promotions, web design, production management, project management and event planning.
Carmen is a Bowen mom with one kid in high school and the other in elementary.
ENGLISH, DESIGN & PE TEACHER
Specialty: technology integration, ultimate, Middle Years Program
MYP and Ed Tech Coordinator Charlotte has been fortunate to teach in two independent schools in Vancouver and is so happy to be at IPS! She has taught Humanities and English, and has coached a lot of sports at the high school level – including volleyball, basketball, x-country, track and field, and ultimate.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys running and tossing a disc around at the park. She can also be found checking Instagram. She is passionate about travel, coffee and educating global citizens and future leaders.
BA – UBC, Geography and International Relations
BEd – UBC, Middle Years, MET – UBC
Level 3 certificate Individuals & Societies
Level 2 certificate Language & Literature
Level 3 Interdisciplinary Unit Planning
While growing up in the North Shore, Diana always worked and volunteered in the field of Special Education. Although her travels and education took her from SFU to the University of Warwick, she ended up back at Capilano University where she completed her certification as a Special Education Assistant (SEA).
Diana has two children and has been living on Bowen Island for ten years. In addition to working at IPS she also runs a busy local landscaping business with her husband.
SFU, University of Warwick
Special Education Assistant (SEA) – Capilano University
Specialty: Learning Assistance for all subjects
As a member of our middle school team, Ellen works closely with Ted to ensure that the budget is balanced and all things money are flowing. Ellen also has her own booking keeping and financial management firm on Bowen Island since 2008. With 15 years of financial and office management background, including being the Office Manager and bookkeeper for a Games company in England (bonus: that’s where she met her husband,) and a role in Financial Management at Virgin Active.
Amidst sorting out finances for her clients and parenting two very busy girls, Ellen enjoys to crafting, gardening and hanging out with her horses.
Jen Henrichsen, Assistant Head
MATH, MASTERWORKS CO-ORDINATOR
With a background in Wildlife Biology and nature interpretation, Jennifer moved to BC from Alberta in 2000 and taught in our middle school program at IPS for 3 years before taking a break to raise her two children and live internationally. She and her family spent 3 exciting years in Ghana, West Africa before they happily returned to Bowen Island in 2011.
In addition to teaching Math and Science this year, Jennifer is also the Assistant Head of School and coordinator of the Masterworks program.
BSc, U of C, Wildlife Biology
BEd – U of C
IB-MYP – Level 2 certificate
Teaches: Math 8-9 and Science 9
Specialty: Masterworks Program
After many years of traveling and teaching across the country, Jen feels fortunate to find herself living on Bowen Island and part of the Learning Assistance team at IPS. Although trained specifically as an Art and Drama teacher, and still very passionate about those subjects, over the years Jen has discovered that she really loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm of the written word, particularly with at-risk youth.
She is also a big fan of goofing around with her young son and his friends.
B.Ed University of Alberta
COMMUNICATION & MARKETING
When she’s not busy thinking up ways to tell the story of IPS, and even sometimes when she is, Kristin is a Bowen Island mom of two who loves to race her sailboat and play guitar.
If you check her resume, Kristin is a change manager with experience across sectors, developing and executing communication and change enablement plans including: design of communication, marketing, stakeholder engagement, training and implementation strategies to support business transformation. Kristin is a key member of our Middle School team.
BA – Carleton University
FRENCH AND ENGLISH TEACHER
Laura joined IPS in 2016 as a middle school teacher. She is originally from Montreal and graduated from high school with a bilingual diploma. She completed her Bachelor of Education at McGill before heading off to Europe where she worked and traveled for two years. Part of that time was spent working as a Geography teacher in Scotland.
In her spare time Laura enjoys skiing, reading, swimming, and traveling. She is thrilled to be a part of the IPS community and is excited to share the French language and Québécois culture with her students.
BEd- McGill University
SCIENCE & DESIGN TEACHER
In 1999 Pam Matthews moved to Bowen Island to teach at Island Pacific School. Over the years she has taught Math, Science and PE to all the grades. She has also been the Excursion Coordinator, Expedition Coordinator and was the Odyssey (Grade 10) program director.
She took time off when she and Doug Hooper had their son River, although she never strayed very far and was always involved with the school one way or another; volunteering, teaching part-time and tutoring.
BSc – McMaster University
BEd – Queen’s University, Math and Science
Outdoor Experiential Education certificate – Queen’s University
PROGRAM SUPPORT, PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Stuart is from Stirling, Scotland and has been involved in Rugby development since graduating from University. For the last five winters he has also worked as a ski/snowboard instructor in both Switzerland & Canada.
Stuart played semi-professional rugby in Scotland and was lucky enough to play for Scotland at U18, U19, & U20. He is a sport fanatic and has adventure in his soul. This adventurous side has allowed him to travel and explore cultures far from his own.
He has long career in working with young people and has always enjoyed their outlook on life. He values their joy for living and having fun.
Dr. Ted Spear
HEAD OF SCHOOL, PRACTICAL REASONING, ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY
Ted has taught for over 20 years in public and independent schools in Manitoba and British Columbia. In addition to being the founding Head of Island Pacific School, he has served as the Middle School Principal at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver and was the founding Principal of Dwight International School on Vancouver Island. He likes to play Ultimate when the students let him.
BEd, MEd – University of Winnipeg
PhD – UBC, Philosophy of Education
Teaches: Practical Reasoning, Ethics and Philosophy
Victoria van Schouwen
HUMANITIES, ENGLISH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Now in her fourth year with IPS as a middle school teacher, Victoria’s background includes work as a youth leader volunteer with the Canada World Youth program. This work saw her collaborating with an inner city youth centre and partnering with community organizations to clean up the tar sands and has also taken her to Egypt where she worked with Bedouin women doing charity crafts.
Staying active is among Victoria’s favourite hobbies, where she counts parkour as her newest interest. A fan of writer Alfie Kohn, Victoria suggests that every parent read Unconditional Parenting and every educator read Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community.
BSc – University of Toronto, Honors Psych/Spanish
BEd – UBC, Technology and Creative Thinking
Capilano University, English and Mathematics
Specialty: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program