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I am proud to be the principal of the Kimberley Independent School. This is my 25th year in the education field. These years have been very formative in my growth as an educator as it provided a solid foundation of quality leadership in both elementary curriculum and decision making. In 2018 I was honored with the opportunity to become the principal of KIS which is a school that aligns with all my educational beliefs and passions. I enjoy my role as principal and helping KIS grow as a whole. The students and families of our school community are very important and I continue to enjoy getting each and every one better. When not at the school you will find me spending quality time with my family.
I immigrated to Canada in 2005 from Scotland, where I worked as an Electrical Engineering Draughtsman and GIS Mapping Services Manager for Scottish Hydro Electric for 14 years. Once here, I built, owned and operated a licensed restaurant for 5 years. In the fall of 2013 I moved south to Kimberley for a lifestyle change and I've never looked back! This is my 7th year as Manager at KIS. I'm enthusiastic for the future, as I know that this town and school is growing and moving in the right direction.
I was born & raised in small town Newfoundland. I moved to Kimberley in 1993 with my two children. I’ve been working in the accounting field for many years. I worked with a Chartered Accountant for 10 years before opening my bookkeeping business 15 years ago. My main focus has been on small business accounting. I’ve been involved with KIS as a contract bookkeeper for 2 years and jumped at the opportunity to join the administrative team on a regular basis. When not at work you’ll find me enjoying the many outdoor activities that our area offers or cozied at home in my sewing room
I am an educator and mother of two children. I have been working in the ECE field on and off since 2000 in Alberta and in BC. I believe children and people in general grow and learn best through play. Play can happen anywhere, however, I feel when play happens out in nature we grow and learn the most. I also believe children will only play when they feel secure and safe. I will provide that safe and secure environment for your children through kindness and respect.
I am looking forward to growing and learning with your children through safe, secure and respectful play, especially in the Kimberley great out door.
I am a certified Early Childhood Educator from Kimberley BC. I have been in this field for over 5 years and have found great fulfillment in what I do. I believe in play-based learning and outdoor exploration. Over the years, I have grown to love all that Kimberley has to offer our little ones. From trail hikes to local grocery store visits, there are countless teaching opportunities for children in our community. Some say, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I believe that to be true.
I’ve been living in Kimberley with my husband for the past 20 years. I first started at K.I.S in 2012 covering a maternity leave for about 2 years. I joined the team again in February, 2019 and was very excited to be a part of opening a 3rd room, The Owl’s Nest, in September, 2019. I love the warm welcome and feel you get from K.I.S. Their philosophy of embracing & teaching the “whole child” spoke to the way I think children should be taught. My background has been with Special Needs for 32 years as well as the field of early childhood education for about 15years. I’ve worked in several daycare/infant toddler centers, supported child development, and facilitated Strong Start. I love working with young children. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and I’m always eager to learn from them and share our thoughts and idea together. In my spare time, I play the guitar & mandolin, enjoy walks with our bull dog, and create stained glass/mosaic projects.
For over 15 years, I have worked with children and youth in a variety of capacities. I joined the KIS team 6 years ago and have appreciated the ample opportunities to share rich educational experiences with children. My passion for learning and love of the outdoors is shared with the students here at KIS, where curiosity begins when we step out our back door. That love of being active in nature carries on in time spent with family and friends hiking, skiing, forest walks and river adventures!
Heather is excited to join the KIS staff and to continue her love of lifelong learning. Heather and her husband moved from High River six years ago to be closer to nature. Their daughters are in their mid-twenties, living in Alberta and exploring their own careers. Heather believes in living a passionate creative life and has shared that for over 30 years in her work as an educational assistant, camp counsellor, recreation leader, arts and dance instructor. Books are Heathers best friend with creative writing and potlucks in hot pursuit. Heather is looking forward to this new adventure!
I have been a teacher for sixteen years and, although this is my first year at KIS, I look forward to bringing my passion, knowledge and dedication to this amazing school. I have four beautiful children of my own ranging in ages from four to fourteen and two fur babies. Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending quality time with my family and exploring the gorgeous scenery of the Kootenays.
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Hi, my name is Martha but you might know me as Ms Dippo. I’m a Lakehead graduate who studied fine arts and education. I lived on Vancouver Island as a child and spent my summers tree planting while I attended university. My career started while I was living and working as a teacher in two British Columbia First Nations communities, Lelawagila in Kingcome Inlet and Nlakapamux in Lytton. These experiences taught me to focus on cultural values, connections with the land and traditional knowledge keepers. I believe that through the arts students can experience a sense of empowerment that can give voice and meaning to their lives. I am committed to fostering a caring atmosphere that supports students in their creativity, and promotes students in becoming innovative thinkers.
Born and raised in Victoria, BC I was fortunate to spend the majority of my childhood outdoors, usually at the beach and covered in sand. I moved to the Kootenay’s in 2006 to pursue a trades course at Selkirk College and I ended up graduating with an Education Degree at College of the Rockies. I seem to be a forever student and I am currently finishing a Masters Degree from Royal Roads University. I am currently in my fifth year at KIS and I am so grateful for the wonderful experiences I have shared with my students while teaching grades two to eight. In my spare time you’ll find me in my garden, skiing or biking somewhere around Kimberley.
I am currently entering my tenth year of teaching. I have had a variety of experiences in my career, Literacy Specialist Teacher, Prekindergarten Teacher, Program Director/Special Ed. Teacher, and now an Elementary/Middle school Teacher at KIS. I am passionate about exploring the outdoors, this is what sparked my move from Saskatchewan to Kimberley in August 2018. In my spare time, I am involved in performance arts and Search and Rescue and I enjoy any activity that can get me outside, specifically snowboarding, hiking and paddling on the beautiful lakes in the area. I look forward to enhancing my knowledge of inquiry-based learning and applying it throughout the entire curriculum, and I am at the right school and community for that!
I am the French teacher at KIS. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language with a minor in Italian Literature and Language; a Bachelor of Education in English and Italian from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and another Bachelor of Education (Continuing Education) from the York University in Toronto. I have been teaching for over 35 years in Ontario, B.C., and overseas in Turkey, Jordan, Scotland, and Saudi Arabia. I enjoy walking, hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, doing crafts, travelling, and reading lots of good books.
I have been supporting elementary aged children in a variety of capacities over the past 6 years. I have training in therapeutic modalities and behaviour intervention and am passionate about my work as an EA. In my spare time you can find me on the ski hill or enjoying a hike nearby!
I moved to the Kootenays from Calgary in 2008 and I began operating my day home. I am now in my fourth year at KIS and third year as an EA in Kindergarten. I have a passion for early literacy and my training in Literacy Links has offered me the opportunity to empower children on their learning journey. My experience also includes training in early childhood, challenging behaviors, ODD as well as Fun and Fitness for children. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, biking, crocheting and spending quality time with my family.
I’m the EA working with Ronalea in the 4/5/6 grade class, this is my second year with KIS and my second year working with Ronalea in the senior class. This is my first role as an EA and KIS has been a great introduction into this field as I’m able to work closely with each student and collaborate with teachers to best support each individual’s learning and development. As someone who loves hiking, skiing, kayaking and spending time in nature I also enjoy the opportunity to participate in frequent outdoor activities that enable us to build bonds and community outside of the classroom.
This is my first year at KIS and I bring with me 6 years experience in the education field. I believe all children have the right to succeed and I hope with my help they can better express themselves and be heard. I enjoy finding each child’s strengths and building them up. I love the outdoors and wish to share my knowledge and experiences with your children.