Our Staff


We are proud to have a staff team made up of competent, passionate teachers who are committed to developing a curriculum that is authentically Christian and that develops the whole person. Our teachers are competent and current in their area of specialty, but are also adaptable, flexible, global thinkers.   Staff email: first initial last name@carverchristian.org  ie: lsmythe@carverchristian.org

Mr. Paul Tigchelaar, Principal

B.Sc. in Biology; B.Ed. in secondary science, M.Ed. In Education and Special Education

My Christian faith and my background experiences have instilled in me a passion for teens and the educational process. I have become particularly committed to a British Columbia/SCSBC model for Christian, faith-based education. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will council you and watch over you.” -Psalm…

Ms. Grace Lo-Voo, Vice Principal

Masters of Educational Administration & Leadership (UBC); Masters in Clinical Counselling (UBC), Bachelor of Science in Physiology (SFU); Teacher Certification; Registered Clinical Counsellor; Canadian Certified Counsellor

Grace is the Vice Principal at Carver Christian High School.  Grace started off her teaching career 15 years ago teaching Science & Drama at the high school level.  This was followed by a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership (UBC) where Grace researched intensively the topic of Teacher Mentorship and published in the BC…

Mrs. Julia Vanderveen, Chaplain

MDiv, Regent College and Calvin; BA, Kings University

I began teaching High School Religious Studies at Surrey Christian School many years ago, then served as Campus Pastor at The King’s University. I have participated in the ministry of the First Christian Reformed Church in Vancouver for nearly a decade.  I received a B.A. in Environmental Studies at The King’s, and a Master of…

Mr. Jaason Bennett, English, Social Studies

I teach primarily in the Humanities – English and Social Studies. I spend my days inhabiting worlds created by William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, and Thomas King. When we explore such worlds, we are able to see how people lived, what they thought, what they said. Literature unlocks empathy; it inserts itself into our lives and…

Mr. Tim Cavey, English, Social Studies

Born and raised in Manitoba, I earned my teaching certification from the University of Winnipeg in 2001. Although I trained at the secondary level, my teaching experience began with six years in a core area middle school. In 2007, I moved to Vancouver “for two years” to teach Grade 8 classes at Vancouver Christian School,…

Edmond Chin, Humanities and Electives

BA, BEd from UBC

I graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and with a Bachelor of Education. I taught in Melbourne, Australia as a casual relief teacher and I have taught a short English curriculum to underprivileged students in Longzhou, China. In 2013, I was employed with John Knox Christian School before coming to Carver…

Ms. Sondra Chou, Math and Science

BSc Integrated Sciences UBC, BEd Middle School UBC

Growing up on Gabriola Island, I grew to love and appreciate the amazing beauty of the natural world God created. I have always loved observing and learning about different animals, and this led me to pursue a science degree in at UBC. I continued my education by completing a BEd in the concentration of middle…

Mr. Henry Chung, Athletic Director, Department Head of Physical Education

B.Ed., Human Kinetics, Sports Science, Elementary Ed, Math & Science

I love working in a Christian school because I can combine my love for teaching, sports and my love for the Lord. My passion for sports have been prevalent through my life and felt compelled to coach and teach students of all abilities to overcome challenges by relying on hope, faith, and trust with the…

Mr. Eric Findlay, Math

BSc Computer Science UBC, BEd Secondary Math UBC

 I have a BSc in Computer Science (2005) and a BEd in Secondary Math (2007), both from UBC.  I was a TOC for 5 years at Richmond Christian Middle and High School, then I was a TOC for both Carver and Lions Gate Christian Academy for a year before receiving a 1-year contract at Lions…

Mr. Steve Friesen, English, Phys. Ed

B.A. English Literature, B.Ed, PDP

I have taught in four different schools in two different countries and have been here are Carver since 2008. Reading and writing are the foundations for all learning and teaching English enables me to help students build upon these vital skills. It is crucial that our students learn discernment and reading stories and discovering themes…

Mr. Jason Dunbar, Jr. High Humanities

BA, BEd from Lakehead University; Prairie Bible College

I am excited to be a part of the Carver Community and its commitment to educate and equip disciples of Jesus who are fruitful in every area of their lives. As one of the Jr. High humanities teachers this school year, I look forward to assisting with the educational and spiritual development of our youngest…

Mr. Aaron Gysbers, Math, Science

B.Sc in Mathematics (Redeemer University College), B.Ed UBC

It’s September 2015 so I am going into my fifth year of teaching at Carver. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario. I earned my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. I love working in the math and science department, because I love…

Ms. Joyce Ho, Christian studies, French

B.A. in French and Myth & Lit.; M.A. in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity, UBC; B.Ed minor in Curriculum Dev., PDP, SFU; DipCS (Regent)

I have been a teacher for eight years, but I am a life-long student, as I love to learn.  My passions lie in Biblical studies, ancient history, and languages – they continually remind us of the wonder of God’s power and the beauty of His creation.  I teach in a Christian high school because students…

Ms. Jane Kim,

TWU, UofVic

Upon graduating from Trinity Western University with Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, I realized how much I enjoy working with people. Through my many years of experience in working as a lifeguard, a swimming instructor, and a math tutor, I felt the calling to become a math teacher. I completed my teaching program at University…

Mr. Jay T. Y. Kim, Science and Math

B.Science from U of T; B.Ed from U of Western Ontario

I have previously taught in Quebec for two years and also taught at an International Christian School and a BC Offshore school in South Korea for three years. I am thrilled and blessed to join Carver Christian High School! My passion lies in all branches of science including, but not limited to biology, chemistry, environmental…

Ms. Carol Lam, Mandarin, Math, English Language Learners

B.Sc., Dip. in Classroom Support; B.Ed., SFU; Professional Development Certificate, SFU; TESOL Certificate

I love being a part of Carver community. I enjoy ministering to students by sharing my faith with them and encouraging them to walk with God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” -Proverbs 1:7 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” -3 John 4…

Mrs. Cara Lau, Music, Math and Electives

Growing up, I was always heavily involved in music. I took private lessons so I could join my elementary band a year early. Every summer, I went to band camp and learned a new instrument just for fun, and I’ve been singing in choirs since the age of 5. I studied Music Education at the…

Mr. Wesley Liu, English Studies

This is my fifth year at Carver (not including my early time as a wide-eyed, studious Student Teacher in Ms. Gonzalez’s classroom). In my undergrad years, I studied a wide variety of coursework: Business, Biology, Psychology, Criminology, and finally English, my concentration was American Literature, and Kinesiology. I finished up with B.A. in English and…

Ms. Rebekah Loconte, English, Social Studies

I have been teaching at Carver since 2006. Prior to that I was a teacher on call for two years and taught adult ESL two years before that. My degrees are in English and Education. I enjoy teaching English as it is the subject that I most fell in love with in high school. Because…

Mr. Christian Loro, Phys Ed, Christian Studies, Electives

UBC

It was when I started coaching at Carver that I knew teaching was for me. I started coaching as a college student and then continued even after I graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Education. I was a teacher on call at Carver and the public school system before I…

Mrs. Fiona Moes Pel, Visual Arts, Foods, Photography

BFA (UFV), BEd (SFU)

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts (UFV) and a Bachelor of Education (SFU). I have been teaching for 5 years, all within the Vancouver Christian and Carver School communities. Outside the school walls, I am also a practicing artist and I am currently pursuing my Master of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University alongside teaching. I…

Ms. Lisa Nicholas de Gonzalez, English, Christian Studies

Bachelor of General Studies (English & History) from SFU, Bachelor of Education from UBC and Master of Christian Studies from Regent College

I have been teaching for over 17 years in the VCS/CCHS communities.  I have a Bachelor of General Studies from SFU in English and History, a Masters of Christian Studies from Regent College in Applied Theology and a Bachelor of Education from UBC. I enjoy teaching Christian Studies, English and Spanish because it allows me…

Ms. Elise Nzoupet, French

B.A. French, M.A. Linguistics and Biblical Exegesis

I am now looking forward to my second year working at Carver Christian High School and have over 16 years of experience teaching in both public and private schools. Learning new languages and experiencing new cultures has always been a passion of mine. The beautiful complexity and uniqueness of each language truly opens my mind…

Mr. Juergen Rose, Science

Bsc University of Cape Town, BEd University of South Africa, MCS in Christian Studies Regent College

I have been privileged to help students appreciate and pursue the sciences for many years, as my career has spanned three decades and three continents. Helping others see how marvellously the creation is made and how we can be servants of God and others through the sciences has been part of why I decided to…

Candace Tsang, Mandarin courses across the grades

BA and BEd UBC

It is a blessing to be a part of Carver. Prior to teaching here, I was an elementary school teacher for four years at West Coast Christian School and also a teacher on call for the Maple Ridge School District.  I have a Bachelor of Arts from UBC with a major in Psychology and minor…

Mr. Adam Wasik, Science

B.Sc.; B.Ed. from UBC; currently doing M.of Education Leadership at UBC

I teach because I love people, and I’ve discovered that one of the greatest impacts you can have on a person is through education, or better yet, by teaching someone a love for learning independently. As a Christian, I believe science is a powerful tool for investigating and understanding the universe God created. I love…

Ms. Priscila Yang, Social Studies 9 and 9W and electives courses

Bachelor of Science - UBC - General Science (Life Science, Physics, Earth and Ocean Science) Bachelor of Education - UBC - Math, Science, Technology Specialization

I grew up in Ecuador, surrounded by tropical rainforests, active volcanoes, and the Galapagos Islands. My interest in Science led me to move to Vancouver to study at UBC and my volunteer work at Church allowed me to realize that I enjoyed working with youth. I hope that my students are able to appreciate the…

Ms. Trish Joyce, Educational Support Services Coordinator

The 2015-16 school year marks the beginning of my ninth year at Carver as the Educational Support Services Coordinator.  Prior to this, I spent two years with John Knox Christian School as a Special Education Assistant.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC with a major in Psychology in addition to many years…

Mr. Victor Benitez, Special Education Assistant

BSC., PENG.,SEMAC, EA

After serving the construction, petroleum and energy industries for many years, I decided to make a turn in my professional career, going into the education, to leave a legacy into the new generations.  I decided high school because there is a great opportunity to plant the divine seed into the spirit of the young people,…

Ms. Corina Champ, Special Education Assistant

When I was 19 years old I decided that I wanted to work with kids with special needs. I always saw potential in then so I took the 10 month course to get the SEA diploma. My role at Carver is helping kids with learning challenges. I enjoy coming along side youth and helping them…

Ms. Magali Dantier, SEA

Education Assistant / Special Education Program

After my graduation from Stenberg College, my first position as an SEA was at Cloverdale Christian School. God blessed me with a very challenging grade 2 class which gave me valuable learning experience, boosting up my confidence. I have also worked at St Francis of Assisi Elementary, in Vancouver. I am blessed with the privilege of…

Ms. Gayle Ewen, Special Education Assistant

Spent 10 years teaching kindergarten, university, and business people ESL in Japan, Hong Kong and Costa Rica. After returning home, I was inspired to help on a more personal level. With my degree in Arts in Communication, TESL, DTAC and PEERS certifications, I feel I can assist my students to meet the demands of high…

Ms. Andrea Folster, SEA

I am thrilled to be joining the Carver team as an SEA. During nine years of homeschooling my children, one of whom has high-functioning Autism and ADHD, I learned the value of educating students according to their unique needs and learning styles. Here at Carver, I look forward to building relationships with students and helping…

Mr. Christopher Leckman, Special Education Assistant

I was excited to join the Carver community in 2015 as an educational assistant and now in 2016 to also be a Christian Studies teacher. I was first introduced to the study of psychopathology while in college. In 2008, I began working full-time in the special education field for an independent school designed for students with autism. Three years later I was hired by the…

Mr. Vincent Yuen, Special Education Assistant

B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics, TESL

I work in Carver’s Education Support Services and have a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from SFU, a TESL Certificate, and a Speech Science Certificate.  I like working with high school students because this is the stage in their lives where they need the most guidance and support as they transition into independence. As a…

Ms. Christiane Michael, Administrative Assistant

B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Economics

I was born and raised in South India. After completing high school at a Christian school, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts at a Christian college affiliated to one of India’s oldest universities.  My career life began in the office of the personnel department of a Fortune 500 company. I worked there for eight years…

Ms. Linda Smythe, Development Coordinator

I began working in Development in 2007 and appreciate the fact that I am able to serve students and families out of my passion for Christian education. Daily I am impressed with the evidence of God’s Spirit here, in the teachers, the students and the parents. Enabling our school to continue in its mission to…

Ms. Shirley Soon, Librarian

BEd Children's Literature, UBC

Since I was 10 years old at Lord Strathcona Elementary School, and reading 10 books every weekend, the Lord has been preparing me to be your Carver Librarian, by way of UBC where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education, majoring in Children’s Literature.  After my daughters began attending VCS, I joined the staff there as Assistant Librarian…

Mr. Simon Ho, Office Assistant

I attended the University of British Columbia where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  I have been working as the office assistant at Carver for the past seven years and it has been a joy to work with the staff and students at a place where a sense of community is created.