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 9 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 Administrative Assistant
Liisa started at CCCS in 2011 and helps take care of Admissions, Marketing, Communications, Accounts Receivable and all the day-to-day operations of the school ‘behind the scenes’. “The culture here at CCCS is very kind, supportive, and inclusive. We’re always looking at ways to make things better and, as an independent school, we have the freedom to be creative in how we manage the details. We also laugh a lot and celebrate everyone’s efforts and strengths. It’s a great community to be a part of as a staff member, student or parent.”
Kathleen Cook — Administrative Assistant
Kathleen is part of the office team, helping Liisa out with all things day-to-day, and takes care of Student Records.
Cindy Hayley — Director of Finance
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.
Kindergarten — Micaela Winter
I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at CCCS! I have been teaching for 9 years and have done a variety of jobs including teaching at a Montessori school in Prince George, working at the CCCS Junior Kindergarten school, teaching Primary French, Faith and 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 nature in a positive setting, the more they will learn to respect nature and foster environmental awareness. The Kindergarten program nurtures and supports the development of children’s social and emotional growth as well as instills a love of learning.
Kindergarten — Jean Hollingworth
Kindergarten really is the best grade! Each day holds awe and wonder about the surrounding world. I am so lucky to witness special discoveries from our little learners every day. I started teaching at Cathedral School in 2005 as the grade 4 teacher and then moved on to manage the Junior Kindergarten. I am ecstatic to be in the happiest grade on earth: Kindergarten! I believe that creative learning is key to my program. In our classroom, we try to be creative in all that we do and use nature as our motivation. Come and learn with us!
Grade 1 Teacher
Hello! I am thrilled to be teaching grade one this year at Christ Church Cathedral School. I have been a teacher for over twenty years. Prior to teaching Kindergarten here at CCCS, I spent twelve years teaching in an international school in Dubai. My husband and I moved to Victoria to be closer to our three adult children. Being nature enthusiasts we are loving living here on Vancouver Island. Grade one is an exciting time in a child’s learning experience as they expand upon the foundational skills developed in Kindergarten. I am lucky to be able to continue learning and growing with the students from my Kindergarten class last year.
Profile coming soon.
Grade 3 Teacher
I am thrilled to continue being part of the Christ Church Cathedral School community teaching Grade 3. I worked for many years as an opera and concert soloist (mezzo-soprano), overlapping my singing for the past ten years with various supporting roles at 3 different Independent schools, one in England, and two here in Victoria. I attended an Anglican cathedral school from age 10-18 and was also associated with the Winchester Cathedral community in the UK for many years, before moving to Canada in 2001 with my husband and two children. I hold a degree in Theology from Exeter University and a B.Ed from UVic. I look forward to another year of sharing my love of books, music, and nature with my students.
Since joining the community of Christ Church Cathedral 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.
Tobi Blue & Kristin Meissner
Tobi Blue: Working with kids is my favourite thing to do! I love watching our students participate in their own growth and development; learning through inquiry and experience is very exciting to me. I have had the pleasure of working at Cathedral School for almost 20 years and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. I had the privilege of teaching grade 1 for 18 years and currently I teach grade 5, yet I often have the opportunity of working in many classes with our talented and experienced team of teachers. Over the last 12 years I have worked tirelessly as the Assistant Head of the school as well. It is a very busy job working essentially two different jobs in one, however, I love the activity, the challenge and the ability to work with every student and family in our community. Over the years that I have worked at our school, I have witnessed and been a part of many changes in our school, but one main theme remains constant: our students are our number one focus and our community feels like an extension of family. That is why I love our school so much!
Kristin Meissner: “15 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 (Language Arts and Socials 6, Science/Tech/Careers 6–7, Tech 8)
Kirsten Salmon has been with CCCS for many years teaching in middle school and is excited to take on the role of grade 6 homeroom teacher this year in a brand new classroom in the learning pavilion. She continues to lead our community club in many creative fundraisers and events, helping to support those in need in our community.
Grade 7 Homeroom + French grade 1 – 8
After graduating from the University of Victoria in 2015, I was hired on as the french teacher at CCCS. I loved my time here so much but felt a strong pull towards seeing more of the world. So, I decided to leave my position to travel the world in June of 2019. The rest is history because we all know what happened in March of 2020… Needless to say I am back in the job that I adore, working with kids and colleagues that inspire and teach me. I come from a background of french immersion and know how valuable a second language can be. I am passionate about helping students realize their true potential both in French class and in life. I love my position teaching across so many grades because I get to collaborate and connect with so many teachers, EA’s and children.
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.
Math 6 – 8, Science 8
Lara Salchert is a compassionate teacher, professional engineer, and retired Canadian Naval Officer. She brings practical experience, engaging real-world examples and learning opportunities to the classroom. Since joining the team in 2015, Lara has enjoyed teaching middle school math and science. She is really looking forward to another great year at CCCS.
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/
Learning Support Teacher (grades 6 – 8), Technology (grades 4 – 8), Health & Career Education (grades 6 – 8)
Kathy Erickson & Ryan Oliver
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.
Ryan Oliver is a Juno-nominated saxophonist and educator who has performed and taught around the world. He has appeared as a clinician and adjudicator for numerous music festivals including the West Coast Jazz Festival and the BC Music Educators Association. Ryan is delighted to be a faculty member at CCCS and to have the opportunity to encourage his students to have fun making music.
Sari Alesh, Katrina Britton, Valerie Crosbie, Patricio Espinoza, Leone Leighton, Aisha Mullen, Allie Szwender, Alex White & Trevor Zonneveld
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 be part of 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/ Social Studies 6
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. 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.
Learning & Curriculum Support
After graduating from UVic in 2005, I moved overseas and taught in Scotland and then in Germany. When I returned to Canada 11 years later, I was lucky enough to join the Christ Church Cathedral School community. I first started as a classroom teacher, but soon moved into Learning Support. I love the opportunity to work one-on-one, or in small groups, with children to support their learning in creative and purposeful ways. More recently, I also took on the role of Learning and Curriculum Support where I work alongside my colleagues to support them in finding meaningful ways to inspire our students as they deliver our curriculum. I feel so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. Besides travelling, my other passion is improvised theatre, both performing and teaching.
Religious Education / Faith Development
Ms. Kate Newman
Kate Newman has been teaching faith and arts to children for 20 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 a Masters of Theological Studies. Kate’s son Moses graduated from CCCS last year.
Coordinator 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 – Haley Lamont, Krystal Priestley, Patricio Espinoza, Kevin Berna, Sari Alesh, Sarah Bjelde, and other school staff as needed
Junior Kindergarten – Gordon Head at St. Dunstan
1806 San Juan Ave.
Victoria, BC, Canada