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Our People: Educators

Heidi Anderson, Principal
Heidi Anderson, Principal

BA Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Western Oregon State University 1986
Post Graduate Work: Children's Literature, The Evergreen State College, Washington

Heidi has been teaching for 19 years, the last 12 of those with Life Song & Pacific Spirit School. She began with a family-focused Head Start program in Washington State, laying the foundation for her continued practice of working as a team with parents. She continues to be inspired by fostering and witnessing the development of young people and to be passionate about her own learning. Her sensitive awareness of children's needs and development has been a major strength of the school. Heidi works primarily with the younger children in the school, and her attuned, respectful way of being with them is a joy to witness. In recent years, Heidi has been exploring the use of storytelling in education and developing herself as a storyteller. She incorporates multi-cultural mythology in the curriculum and believes that mythology, as allegory to life's experiences, offers a spiritual reference point and resource for young people, as well as a strong literary foundation. Heidi was also a Life Song parent in the past, and her son Liam is now nearing the end of high school.

Kyla Kinzel, Educator
Kyla Kinzel, Educator

Kyla is an enthusiastic, caring and creative addition to the Pacific Spirit Community. She is passionately committed to keeping children’s curiosity and love of learning alive and helping students develop the skills, confidence and self-awareness to become fully realized, caring and responsible citizens of the world. Kyla uses diverse teaching methods and creates interactive and integrated activities which are rooted in children’s individual interests and challenges as well as the B.C. curriculum. After completing her teaching certificate at S.F.U., with a B.A. in Geography, Kyla worked in diverse teaching positions through out Vancouver and Burnaby. She has a background in Community Arts and Popular Education and has worked in challenging inner city schools and innovative “Learning Through the Arts” programs. Kyla was drawn to Pacific Spirit because of the small personalized classes, an overall sense of community and a dedication to holistic education with a focus on healthy, compassionate relationships as a foundation of well-being. Kyla finds inspiration in the curiosity and enthusiasm of children. She brings a wealth of hands-on science activities and creative approaches to learning.

Carolin Scott, Educator
Carolin Scott, Educator

Carolin went into teaching after her two children began high school. Prior to this she worked part-time as a therapeutic tutor (Orton-Gillingham), assisting students who have reading and writing difficulties. She has worked as an "Artist in the Schools", leading fabric painting workshops for elementary school classes in the Coquitlam School District. From 2003-2005 she volunteered to create and run a gardening program for at-risk students at a local Secondary school. Carolin has a keen interest in writing and painting, and continues to work in pen and ink on childrens' illustration. She has a BFA (Creative Writing) and BEd from UBC where she was a student in the Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability cohort. Her children attended Pacific Spirit School (formerly Life Song) for many years, and she brings much of the teaching approach that she observed there to her own work. Carolin knows two things to be true: a sense of humour makes learning happy, and a willingness to "go where the learning leads" is essential to education at any age.

Catherine Dinim, Educator
Catherine Dinim, Educator

Catherine has a B.A. in English and Art History from Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick, and a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the UBC Teacher Education Program. After a stint in the public system, Catherine worked privately for several years, assisting children and their families in the areas of language arts, math, and advocacy. She has worked with SelfDesign and with individual families who have chosen to homeschool their children. In these deeper interactions, she's developed creative skills to work with different kinds of learners, including those who learn best using visual-spatial, kinesthetic, and auditory modes. She is very interested in the area of emotional growth and how it supports and extends intellectual development.