Greetings from beautiful Bowen Island, British Columbia and the Island Pacific School (IPS). As the newly appointed Head of IPS it is my pleasure to welcome our web visitors to our “distinctly different” middle school.

At IPS we are middle school specialists who fully understand the challenges and opportunities presented during this formative phase of life.  Our excellence is built squarely on the shoulders of the outstanding teachers that engage with students through the rich curriculum as well as co-curricular programming.

At IPS, we want everything we do with our students to focus on “cultivating their humanity”, i.e. allowing them to acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to express the very best of what it is to be a human being. This is the “IPS  Way”.

Should you have any questions or an interest in visiting our school, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be thrilled to show you around our beautiful school and island home.

Scott Herrington, Head of School

Our Middle School Team

At IPS, our motto is Learning. To Make a Difference. 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.

Book an appointment to discuss our distinctly different approach.

Or find out more about each member of our middle school team, below.

adam ovenell-carter, program enrichment coordinator, program support

Adam Ovenell-Carter



Adam is excited to begin his career in education at the same school his father taught at for almost a decade. Born and raised on Bowen Island, Adam is also the only IPS alumnus on the current staff.

After three years dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, he returned to the Vancouver area to pursue a degree in Communication at SFU. Now, he’s working as the enrichment program coordinator and as the program support staff member at IPS as he takes his first steps into the world of teaching.

BA – Communication, Simon Fraser University


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adrian van lidthe de Jeude, teacher

Adrian van Lidth de Jeude



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 9th year teaching at Island Pacific School.

BA – SFU, History and Education
IB-MYP – Level 1 certificate, Visual Arts
IB-MYP – Level 1& 2 Individuals & Societies


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amanda szabo, learning strategies lead

Amanda Szabo


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
PYP Level 1
M.Ed UNBC Special Education

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anthony doiron, middle school teacher

Anthony Doiron


Y 3-4

Anthony grew up in Lachute, a small town in the Laurentians, an area of Quebec which is located north of Montreal. His first language was French until he started school. Throughout Anthony’s youth, academics and sports were of huge importance. 

Having taught in Quebec for three years following his degree and teaching in the Canadian arctic, Anthony is excited to bring some unique experiences to share with the youth of Island Pacific School. Most importantly, a focus on French and all the opportunities that come with bilingualism is something he is looking forward to do with great anticipation.

BEd- McGill University

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barbara bingham, operations director

Barbara Bingham


Barb is the highly indispensable Director of Operations. Her portfolio includes Admissions, Communications & Marketing, Human Resources and Operations. 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.

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carmen lane, middle school team

Carmen Lane


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.

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charlotte paterson, middle school teacher

Charlotte Paterson



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,

Level 3 certificate Individuals & Societies
Level 2 certificate Language & Literature
Level 3 Interdisciplinary Unit Planning

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cheryle messier, middle school team

Cheryl Messier



Cheryl has just joined the IPS team. She is coming from the Mining and Exploration industry where she has spent the last thirteen years as CFO for a few companies. She comes with great experience in setting up and managing finance systems along with managing corporate governances.
Cheryl enjoys the outdoors and hanging with her nephews. In her spare time you will find her playing tennis or stand up paddling.

dawn grigor, counsellor educator

Dawn Grigor

Counsellor Educator

Dawn is honoured to be working with the IPS staff team to develop a new counselling education program. Making meaningful connections with students, supporting academic pursuits, and social and emotional well being is something she values highly after 20 years of work with children and youth. She comes to IPS with a background as a middle school and elementary teacher, a clinical counsellor, and a facilitator of psycho-educational workshops within classroom and community settings. A long time ago, Dawn worked for Outward Bound Canada leading canoe trips and outdoor adventures: landing at a school where outdoor expeditions are a defining part of the culture feels like a homecoming.

BA–Queen’s University

B.Ed–Queen’s University

Outdoor & Experiential Education Certificate–Queen’s University

M.Ed Counselling–University of Ottawa.

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diana ray, learning strategies

Diana Ray


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

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jen henrichsen, middle school

Jen Henrichsen, Assistant Head



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. Both her kids are currently attending IPS.

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

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jen zdril, learning assistance

Jen Zdril


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

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julia mccaig, middle school team

Julia McCaig


Described as a connector, Julia’s passion for her community led her to working as a director for both the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre and the Bowen Island Community Foundation. In these roles, she discovered a love of not for profit work, including planning, organizing and directing many fundraising events and initiatives and building and nurturing donor relations.

Julia loves working with people, and brings to IPS extensive experience as an entrepreneur: small business management, marketing and promotion in the publishing sector and web design.  Additionally she has taught technology at Capilano University and North Shore Elder College for several years.

Julia has lived on Bowen for 20 years.

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Development/Advancement and Mentorship Programs (ongoing)

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diana ray, learning strategies

Maureen Sawasy


Maureen’s office is the fast-paced hub of school activity where she works to create an excellent experience for the IPS Community. She has extensive background in customer service and administration including database management, event management and volunteer coordination.

Several years ago she decided she needed a change of a pace, pointed at a map, and ended up on Bowen. As an active trail runner/walker and hiker, Bowen was an easy choice. Seven years later,  she has volunteered for nearly all of the non-profit arts or event groups on Bowen (this year included the BI Logger’s show, Bowfest and Tourism Bowen Island.) Maureen uses her background in theatre and music in Vancouver to support numerous plays with TOTI, Kingbaby and the Green Tape productions.

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pam matthews, middle school teacher

Pam Matthews


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 (now at IPS!) but 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

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dr ted spear, head of school

Scott Herrington



“It is not so much what you learn, rather that you learn to think!” These words have guided Scott throughout his teaching career. As an experiential learning enthusiast, he sees education best serving youth when it provides meaningful, real-life connections and experiences that challenge them to think.

Over the course of his 27 years in education he has had the pleasure and privilege to teach at some remarkable schools. His career began at the Peace Zone International School in Kathmandu, Nepal (while backpacking through Asia) and then more formally at Crystal Park School in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The next 16 years were at  the American School of Dubai where he taught in the middle school classroom for nine years before taking over the role of Recreation Director for seven years. The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia was his last overseas assignment where he held the roles IB MYP Coordinator, CIS/NEASC Accreditation Officer, and Activities Director.

Scott is married to Susanne (a special education teacher) and has two sons at UBC  as well as a daughter who will be attending Rockridge Secondary School.

Scott is a life long learner, an avid Ultimate player and loves to travel and explore this amazing planet.

MEd – Secondary Bowie State University, Maryland, USA
BEd Secondary Education, U of C
BEd, Phys Ed, U of C

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victoria van schouwen, middle school teacher

Victoria van Schouwen



Now in her sixth 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


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