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Kari was born and raised on a family farm in Alberta. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995 with a Bachelor of Education with a Major in Elementary and a minor in Special Education. Kari also has a diploma in Child Psychology. In her 23 years of teaching Kari has taught grades K-9 in a variety of school settings including private, public and federal schools. Eight years ago she took courses from NAIT to obtain her food handling course and started a catering business from which she is retiring from in mid-August. Kari and her husband Chris have 5 children (ages 21,18,11 and 6 year old twins).
Ash immigrated to Canada in 2005 from bonnie Scotland, where she worked as an Electrical Engineering Draughtsman and GIS Mapping Services Manager for Scottish Hydro Electric for 14 years. Once here, she built and operated a Restaurant for five years. In 2008 she welcomed her daughter Fyn and in the fall of 2013 they moved south to Kimberley for a lifestyle change and they have never looked back!
In January 2014 Ash joined the KIS family as Office Manager. After observing the classes, being involved with activities and appreciating the school’s philosophy, Ash and family choose to register Fyn in to the Kindergarten program here at KIS.
Ash is excited for the future, as she knows that this school is growing and moving in the right direction.
Nick began his career in Finance, but quickly saw that this was not the path for him and entered the much more fulfilling world of teaching. He had a lot of experience teaching in England and the wilds of Northern Alberta before finding his home in wonderful Kimberley. He and his wife spend their time wandering the trails and when he is not working on his house, he likes to climb amongst the many crags or board ineptly down the mountain. He works in partnership with his students, using a mixture of traditional and inquiry based learning practises to explore the curriculum in a very “hands on” manner. By accessing all learning styles and through the use of open project assignments he endeavours to build the pupils’ intrinsic drive to learn. An engaged student is one who is more likely to maximise their potential and continue to seek to do so outside of the school environment.
I graduated from College of the Rockies in 2015 with a diploma in Aboriginal Education Support Work. During that time I have developed my skills and attended BC Centre of Excellence for Young Indigenous Leaders, Embracing Our Future-Metis Forum, and completed a course in Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. I am well on my way to finishing my Education Assistant certificate, and I am excited to continue my studies this fall. Working with children and youth has always been a passion. I am eager to learn and explore at Kimberley Independent School this year! Things I enjoy outside of work: travelling, snowboarding, yoga, craft-making, drawing, and cooking.
Angela feels very fortunate to be a part of the Kimberley Independent School team working as an education assistant. She is very passionate about her job and looks forward to going to work every day. She believes in listening to the kids she work with and allowing them to teach her what it is they need to be successful in their individualized programs. She feels her job is to be part of a team that works strategically to give KIS students a positive school experience, as well as assisting kids with special needs to work within their capacity to achieve their specific goals. Angela is living and working in a community that she is passionate about and she feels very grateful to be part of the future of KIS.
Further back in history, Jasmin assisted with Outdoor education trips (sea kayaking, hiking and canoeing) for high school students in and around Vancouver and with NOLS. Her philosophy and view on teaching and assisting with learning is evolving with her experiences and as she observes herself learning as a student. Basically she believes learning/teaching is directed by the student: their interests and what motivates them and their abilities, then try to build on what they already know and are successful at. Jasmin believes a sense of play and being engaged is very important too, especially in the early years. Currently, Jasmin is studying to get her Behavior Intervention Certificate and working part time in BI and tutoring.
After spending more than 30 years away Kiki has heeded the call and returned to life in Kimberley. Growing up here taught her a love for the outdoors and adventure. The return to Kootenay life included a 4 year stop in Canmore Alberta where she worked as an EA at Canadian Rockies Public Schools. Prior to this Kiki was a critical care nurse in the US for 18 years. She embraced beach life in Honolulu Hawaii for 4 years and Encinitas California for 16 years. She has travelled all over North America racing in triathlon, ultra running and mountain biking events. She met her husband this way in Leadville Colorado. The last few summers have seen her racing burros across the mining districts of Colorado in Colorado's summer heritage sport. When she isn't outside playing Kiki loves to cook, garden, read, write, sew and is currently learning guitar. You'll probably see her on the trails of town with her husky Cowboy. Kiki is very excited to join the team at KIS.
Early Childhood Educator
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!