September always brings a crop of new students, eager to learn, but it also brings many new teachers, house parents and support staff. Here are just a few of the new faces around campus (we’ll have more next week).
Elise Hoeppner – mathematics
Mrs. Hoeppner has always lived in Victoria, which she calls “a gorgeous and fantastic city. “ She studied at the University of Victoria before teaching at Parkland Secondary School and spending time teaching mathematics teachers and students in Zambia, Africa. She came to the Senior School last April to teach Mathematics 11 to the students in the experiential programme, but joins the Middle School this year to teach Grade 8. “I absolutely love the staff and students at the Middle School!” she says. Mrs. Hoeppner will begin teaching dance in November during exploratory blocks and she hopes to one day begin the dance programme at the Senior School.
Leslie Hossack – English and ESL
Ms. Hossack will be involved with both the Middle School and the Learning Centre this fall. Formerly the Director of the Innovative Learning Center at Southpointe Academy, she has relocated from North Vancouver to teach Grade 8 English and Grade 8 ESL. Ms. Hossack’s background is special education, including learning disabilities and gifted education. She’s looking forward to lots of biking and exploring Vancouver Island. “My passion besides teaching is adventure,” she says. “I hear there is a lot of opportunity for that here in Victoria.”
Jo Lunn – mathematics
Before coming to SMUS, Mr. Lunn taught in numerous independent schools in Canada and one in Australia. This year, he will be teaching Middle School mathematics and is looking forward to working in “an invigorating learning environment.” Having relocated from Banff, Mr. Lunn is happy to be on Vancouver Island. “Changing from a mountain environment to an ocean/temperate environment is exciting,” he says. “It allows me to pursue my athletic passions of running and road cycling.”
Sophia Malczewska – French
Before joining the modern languages department, Mrs. Malczewska completed her degree in French literature at UBC and spent 13 years living in Europe, mainly in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she taught French for 5 years. Mrs. Malczewska also spent time teaching ESL in Italy and Poland and training at Cambridge University in England. She and her husband decided to return to Canada to be close to family and because of their love for the West Coast. “We find Victoria to be very friendly and supremely beautiful,” says Mrs. Malczewska.
Roslyn VanDerWal – service
After spending last year working on leadership and service, Ms. VanDerWal is now the student volunteer coordinator. Her new position will mean helping raise the awareness and provide opportunities for every student at SMUS to get involved in a meaningful service experience through individual and small group projects. Ms. VanDerWal is an avid outdoor adventurer and artist who loves to travel. “I just love the school and have either volunteered or worked here since my children started here 12 years ago,” she says.
Aimee Faulk – Winslow
Our new Junior House Parent in Winslow is very excited to become part of an extended family. She recently became a secondary school teacher and has traveled through Australia and South East Asia rock climbing. “I love snowboarding, hiking, camping, and running with our new puppy Nootka,” she says.