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Michael Powell

Senior Education Manager

Michael believes that learning occurs through both practice and reflection, and that teachers need to intentionally teach children to think, make connections, collaborate and reflect on learning. He believes in the importance of listening, communicating effectively, and building relationships. Michael encourages structure and planning in order to meet learning goals and values the partnership between school and home. He knows that all children are born with curiosity and a desire to learn and that everyone can be successful in life by knowing themselves and finding their natural talents.

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Wanda LaClaire

Educator

Wanda is an experienced non-traditional education professional. While working at the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, she designed and implemented hands-on workshops, demos, classroom programs, small stage demo shows, as well as large theatre productions to educate all ages in a fun and engaging manner. She created programming that met B.C.

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Denise Tom

Educator

Denise is an experienced and passionate English instructor. Her ability to connect with her students allows her to create a classroom environment that optimizes learning. She has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds, including adults and children that are new to Canada.

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Daryl Wakeham

Educator

Daryl taught English and Social Studies in both the public and private education sectors for 38 years. Most recently, he taught at St. George's School for 25 years, eventually becoming the Head of the Personal Counselling Department for the last 10 years of his time at the school.

In order to keep his academics and his love of teaching strong, he also taught English 11 AP.
His goal is to use his teaching and counselling experience to help bring teachers, coaches and parents to the collaborative table to creatively maximize our students’ potential.

He found that maintaining a good relationship is imperative in education. Students must feel that their teacher and advisors know them, so that when issues arise or difficulties manifest themselves, they are more likely to ‘listen’ and embrace a learning strategy.

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Donal Thoms-Cappello

Educator

With a background in arts and writing, Donal brings an extensive creative knowledge to his work in education. He has been teaching for twelve years in Los Angeles, New York, and now Vancouver, in one-on-one, classroom, and remote settings. His career highlights include creating and implementing supplemental writing courses for New Designs School in Watts, California, authoring STEAM projects for a Vancouver-based high school, and assisting numerous students in successful applications to post-secondary institutions such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of British Columbia, and the University of Kansas. Donal believes in a learning environment that draws from each student’s unique experience, while challenging them to discover new ways they can engage with themselves, colleagues, and community.

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Dawid Mora

Educator

Dawid graduated from SFU with a degree in English Literature. He is a certified teacher with extensive classroom experience both as a teacher and a curriculum developer. Dawid also has an Art degree and a certificate in English language instruction. Dawid knows that learners are unique individuals that are capable of becoming responsible for their own learning, especially as they mature. It is important to recognize and embrace the student’s own unique views and personality and channel it into opportunities to enhance learning and growth. As a teacher, his primary role is that of a facilitator of learning, creating opportunities that improve the chances of student success, while addressing the student as a whole person through instruction designed to meet their needs, offered in a welcoming, safe and engaging environment. Dawid is very excited about working at KEY Education to help students achieve their fullest potential.

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Laura Werbitsky

Educator

Laura began her teaching career as a Humanities teacher at a state school in Essex, England. She taught Geography and Religion to students in Key Stage 3 and 4 (Grades 6
to 10). She continues to draw from pedagogical tools gained in the exam-based system. She then began teaching at a B.C. Offshore School in China. Laura was a Geography and
Social Studies teacher, the Social Studies Department Head, a curriculum writer, part of the team who wrote the entrance exams students had to pass to gain admission to the
B.C. program, and the coach of the school’s running team. As a former teacher in an ESL setting, she values differentiation, scaffolding and fostering a positive and supportive
classroom environment. Her master’s thesis is exploring how the discourses of the ongoing curriculum reform at the school she used to work at in China are shaping the identities of high school English Language Arts teachers. Laura hopes to share her passion for the natural world and life-long learning with her students.

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Ali Davies

Educator

Ali is a passionate educator whose diverse teaching career has spanned music, science, and literature. She has taught and tutored students of all ages, and she delights in the puzzle of finding each student’s best possible approach to learning. Ali believes that greater comprehension can often be gained through drawing connections between disparate fields, which provides students with the space to play with methods while they learn. She spent several years working as a researcher, and believes that methodology of scientific study can be married to learning at all levels. She encourages her students to be proud of productive failure, which she believes to be a crucial stage in the learning process. Ali is proud to have taught, tutored, written lessons, and improved processes at KEY.