Mr. Stuart Hall — Head of School
“This is a great school. The teachers are top notch and know how to make learning relevant for each and every child, the students are respectful and eager to engage in real learning, and the parents and parish complete the picture by making this a whole community.”
Mr. Hall has worked in both the public and the independent school systems. He served Queen Margaret’s School for a dozen years, with almost a decade as their Junior School Principal.
With a very successful first 8 years at Christ Church Cathedral School under his belt, Mr. Hall is looking forward to taking Cathedral School into its third decade.
Liisa Salo — Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Liisa started at CCCS in 2011 and takes care of Admissions, Marketing, Communications (including the weekly newsletter), Accounts Receivable and all the day to day operations of the school.
Hayley Schmuck — Administrative Assistant (Monday – Wednesday)
Bio coming soon.
Caitlin Wynne — Manager
Caitlin has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past ten years. She firmly believes building meaningful connections through positive communication is essential to the growth and development of happy, healthy children. Caitlin is passionate about supporting the children she works with, the JK Educators, and her community. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter at different neighbourhood parks.
Claire Eide — Early Childhood Educator / ITE – Upstairs Team Lead
Claire has been working as an Early Childhood Educator for the last ten years. She has worked with many children aged one to five and their families. Claire believes strongly that children learn and grow through play and she is passionate about helping children develop positive self-esteem. Claire loves the way young children think and enjoys how they view the world.
Sean Solberg — Early Childhood Educator Assistant
Sean has been working with children and families in one form or another for over fifteen years. He has supported and worked with infants all the way up to teenagers. Sean enjoys doing art, music, movement and anything creative with children. Sean has won awards for his dedication and community service for children and their families. Sean enjoys spending time with his two children.
Norma Garcia — Early Childhood Educator Assistant
Norma is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She started as a special education assistant at the JK and now is one of our full time team members. Norma teaches the children Spanish lessons every Wednesday. Norma enjoys playing and being outdoors with the children. She lives in James Bay with her husband and son.
Cindy Potts — Early Childhood Educator – Downstairs Team Lead
Cindy has been working with the JK children for the last four years since finishing her practicum in the summer of 2014. She has always had a passion for working with children , helping them to learn and grow. In her free time she enjoys being outside, walking the beach, hiking and camping with her family.
Roger Aubin — Early Childhood Educator Assistant
Roger has a bachelor of education and has taught both children and adults. His love for children became clear when he volunteered at the JK when his daughter enrolled; luckily for everyone, shortly after that a position came up. “I am extremely excited to work with a team that truly loves their jobs and the students. This is a very special place and I am honoured to be asked to be a part of it. I am truly grateful.” Besides daycare, Roger tutors math to elementary and high school students and is a certified sailing instructor.
Elena Green — Early Childhood Educator
Born and raised in Europe, Elena has traveled and learned to appreciate the diversity and richness of a multicultural society and the children’s early learning experiences. She values collaboration, team work, and continuous learning. Elena believes that early childhood education has a profound impact on every person’s life and learning. Elena’s daughter attened the JK eleven years ago and she is thrilled that she gets to come back and be one of the educators.
“I am so thrilled to return ‘home’ to the Main Campus as the new Kindergarten teacher! After a few years of managing the Junior Kindergarten, spending time overseas in New Zealand, and being a stay at home mother to two little boys, I am ready to jump into Kindergarten and experience all that it has to offer.”
Grade 1 Teacher
After teaching at a Montessori school in Prince George and having a variety of teaching positions at CCCS; including Primary French and Faith teacher, I am thrilled to have settled into teaching Grade 1. I enjoy being active and being outside. As a teacher I believe that it is my responsibility to infuse outdoor and indoor teaching methods so that students will be able to make connections to the natural world around them. In addition, I believe that the more opportunities students have to experience the natural world in a positive setting, the more they will learn to respect nature and foster environmental awareness.
Profile coming soon.
Grade 3 Teacher
Profile coming soon.
Since joining the community of Christ Church Cathderal School in 2011, Heather Branscombe has enjoyed teaching many grades including primary French. Currently the grade 4 teacher, Heather incorporates a hands on approach to learning in a classroom that is both engaging and supportive. As facilitator of the Green Team (a middle school club), Heather is able to share her love of the environment with the school community.
Grade 4 (Wednesdays) + Learning Support
Bio coming soon.
Tobi Blue & Kristin Meissner
Tobi Blue profile coming soon . . .
Kristin Meissner: “12 years and counting! I count myself to be very blessed to work at such a gem of a school — the staff, students and parent community are the heart of what makes CCCS so special. One of my highlights every year is the much anticipated bike trip. I look forward to keeping this tradition rolling in grade 5!”
Grade 6 Homeroom (Science 6 & 8 / Math 6,7,8)
Ms. Salchert is a compassionate teacher, dedicated community volunteer, professional engineer and retired Canadian Naval Officer. She brings practical experience and engaging real-world examples and learning opportunities to the classroom. She is excited to enter her third year as part of the CCCS Middle School teaching team.
Grade 7 Homeroom (Science 7, Language Arts 6 & 7)
Bio coming soon.
After a very rewarding 12 year teaching career in Vancouver working with middle school and intermediate aged students in the classroom, as well as teaching French as a Second Language and Physical Education, I joined the CCCS team to instruct a grade 2/3 class.
Since 2001, I have taught grades 5, 6, and 7 and am currently working with the grade 8s. My philosophy of education is a simple one; I believe that all children can and do learn if they feel connected to their learning community, especially their teachers. My job is to make meaningful connections with all students, help them to get organized, and most importantly, encourage the students to be the best they can be!
CCCS is a small school that provides a nurturing environment for all students; the staff knows the students and the students know the staff. I am proud to be a member of this learning community.
After several years of teaching art at our Junior Kindergarten and a couple of years of teaching Primary and Intermediate art here at the Main Campus, Sandi Henrich has now taken on the role of art teacher for all grades K – 8 and brings her passion for the arts to our students. You’ll find galleries of student artwork on her blog “Art Class”: http://sandihenrich.weebly.com/
Josie Gair was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She attended French Immersion Kindergarten through Grade 12, which included an exchange to Dieppe, France. She moved to Victoria to study Elementary Education at the University of Victoria in 2010. Josie completed one of her practicums in rural Thailand teaching refugees, and her second in Montreal teaching Francophone students. This is Josie’s second year at CCCS and first year teaching to all grades. Josie loves socializing with friends, eating, travelling the world, scuba diving, playing soccer, exploring Vancouver Island, and spending time at her family cabin.
Learning Support Teacher (grades 6 – 8), Technology (grades 4 – 8), Health & Career Education (grades 6 – 8)
Kathy Stacey & David Enns
Kathy has been the primary music specialist at CCCS since 2008 and also the Choir Director for the Primary choirs. In addition to her music degree, Kathy studied cello and piano at the Royal College of Music in London, England.
Kathy has always been passionate about teaching music to children, owning her own full-service children’s music school in Nanaimo for fifteen years. There she was the assistant principal cellist in the Vancouver Island Symphony orchestra for nine years and the Education Consultant for the Symphony for 5 years, compiling the educational materials for the Children’s Education Concert Series.
David takes on the exhilarating challenge of teaching band to our middle school students. Their level of enthusiasm is clear evidence of the impact he has on their growing appreciation, talent and skills. David is an active performer on the local music scene on both piano and trombone and in a variety of musical genres.
Vicki Bashista, Valerie Crosbie, Patricio Molina Espinoza, Cody Fitzsimmons, Dawn Harris, & Leone Leighton.
Our Educational Assistants are essential to the success of our programs. They work throughout the school and playground to ensure that all students can reach their full potential.
Learning Support Teacher & Special Education Coordinator
I am truly excited to join the team at Christ Church Cathedral School. I bring a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to working as part of our school team; contributing meaningfully to the positive development of children. After a successful and enjoyable career in the public system on Vancouver Island, I bring 27 years of experience as a special education resource teacher, learning support teacher, classroom teacher (Kindergarten to grade 8), and school leader (Vice-Principal and Elementary Principal) to support, teach and learn alongside all the students, staff and families at CCCS. When I am not teaching, I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, travelling, cooking and just hanging around with my family and friends . . . oh and of course my dog!
Physical Education Specialist/ Learning Support
James has lived in Victoria his whole life and attended Oak Bay High School. He then went on to the University of Victoria, where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education degree. James played for UVic’s varsity soccer team for five years, which ended with the team winning a national championship. Over the last two years he has been working at Glenlyon Norfolk Junior school as an educational assistant. He has a passion for sports and physical activity, which is evident through his years of playing and coaching soccer, basketball, track and field, and baseball. When James isn’t involved with playing or coaching sports he can be found walking the beaches and many trails with his wife Mikaila and dog Giggs. He is also an advocate of outdoor activities, and takes every opportunity to go camping, skiing, and fishing.
Religious Education / Faith Development
Ms Kate Newman
Kate Newman has been teaching faith and arts to children for 16 years. She is the principal developer for the Anglican Church of Canada’s Sunday School curriculum, Compendium of the Church Mice. Kate was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral. She has a Masters of Education and will have completed a Masters of Theological Studies by the summer. She is also a mother of a student at CCCS.
Co-ordinator of the Out of School Care Program, called Lux Mundi, which means Light of the World – Todd Fitzsimmons
Todd has worked at Cathedral School since 1994.
He runs the Out-of-School Care Program, which keeps him busy all the year round. He loves sports and keeping active and enjoys teaching children about how sports and fitness are important in all our lives. Working with children keeps him young at heart as he has been doing it for 19 years.
“My biggest joy is watching the students at Cathedral School grow up and accomplish new things. If you can’t find me at School, I’m usually playing some kind of sports or limping around.”
Assistants – Cody Fitzsimmons, Patricio Espinoza, Vicki Bashista and other school staff as needed