Principal - JVHumphries & Jewett Elementary

Before becoming a teacher and principal, I travelled as much as possible and lived in Japan, Quebec City and San Francisco.  I had a restaurant, worked with differently-abled adults, taught Anglophone Culture, and lived in a remote boat access cabin with my children on the central coast of BC, among other adventures. 

I have taught grades 2-12 as well as having the roles of case manager, learning support teacher, and Aboriginal Education Program teacher. I became the Vice-Principal at JVH in Kaslo in 2014.  I became the Principal at Redfish School September 2018.  In September of 2020, I returned to my community to become Principal at JVH and Jewett Schools.  I am passionate about supporting our schools in providing inclusive, differentiated, collaborative and empowering educational experiences for all learners. 

I have lived in the Kootenays since 1995, having raised two children here.  Anything that gets me out into our exquisite environment I love, from sailing and kayaking to backpacking, running, back-country skiing and gardening. 

These days I am delving into research on how trauma affects our learners and exploring Diversity and Equity and what we can do in our schools to make all members feel honoured, safe and heard.   

In July 2020 I completed a yearlong UBC course Transformative Educational Leadership with professors Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert in innovative system transformation.

I am fortunate to work and learn at JVH and Jewett Schools, on Indigenous Territory, in a supportive, creative, and involved community.

My formal education:

BA University of Victoria: Anthropology

BEd University of British Columbia: Elementary Focus

MEd University of Calgary: Inclusive and Interdisciplinary Leadership