Island Pacific School is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and we are thrilled to welcome web visitors to this site and by extension our beautiful home on Bowen Island. For the past quarter century IPS has been driven to ensure that the critical middle school years (grades 6-9) will be much more than just a way station enroute to high school, university or job. Our purpose is to ensure that student’s time here will make a lasting impact on the rest of their lives and allow them to express the very best of what it means to be human. As an IB World School, offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP), our “small by design” nature provides a unique opportunity to engage middle school students in the rich conversations of human inquiry as we stretch and challenge them. Our middle school team works daily to equip and inspire our students and cultivate their humanity at this pivotal point in their lives.
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.
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.
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Or find out more about each member of our middle school team, below.
Adrian van Lidth de Jeude
ARTS Y 1-4, INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Y 3, 4
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.
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.
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE ENGLISH Y 1,2,3,4 INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Y1
Andrea hails from the east coast and is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. She taught internationally for 13 years before returning to Canada and starting at IPS in 2019. Andrea has travelled the globe, exploring numerous countries and cultures, and worked at independent schools in Abu Dhabi, Bogota, and Havana.
You might find Andrea with her head buried in a book somewhere, or perhaps golfing or hiking and just enjoying the scenery around her. She very much enjoys discussing current events, is a keen movie buff who also loves Pink Floyd.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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.
Cheryl has just joined the IPS team. She is coming from the Mining and Exploration industry where she has spent 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.
With a background in wildlife biology and nature interpretation, Jennifer earned her B.Ed. at the University of Calgary. She taught in the middle school program at IPS for three years before taking a break to raise her two children and live internationally. She and her family spent three exciting years in Ghana, West Africa before they happily returned to Bowen Island in 2011.
Jen has taught all of the science and math courses at IPS and both her children have attended IPS and has the exceptional honour of winning the 2019 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE ENGLISH, Y2, LEARNING STRATEGIES SUPPORT, MAINSTAGE DIRECTOR
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.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
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 has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in small business management, communications, marketing and web design, in addition to teaching technology at Capilano University for several years.
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FRENCH Y-4, DESIGN Y 1, PHYSICAL HEALTH EDUCATION Y 1, 2
Kari is passionate about teaching the French language and French culture. She began learning French in school at age five and hasn’t stopped since! She has a wide range of interests including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and playing board games. After graduating from Queen’s, she moved to Australia to teach Grade 7 – 11 French and Science.
Being passionate about the outdoors, Kari has worked as an Outdoor Educator in both Australia and Ontario. She is an Ontario native that is excited to explore the natural wonders of Bowen Island and British Columbia.
SCIENCE Y1-4, OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS COORDINATOR
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.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
“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 30+ 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 at the Bowen Island Community School) and all three of his children (two sons and a daughter) are studying at UBC.
Scott is a lifelong 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