Our Staff

Lori Coulter – Vice Principal

Lori is from a small town in Central Alberta – Rimbey. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta with a major in PE and a minor in Business. She completed her Masters in Leadership from Gonzaga University. Lori only planned to stay in FSJ for two years but has been here for 28! She has taught at Dr. Kearney, NPSS and was vice-principal at Charlie Lake Elementary. Lori loves spending time with her family, husband Trevor and two kids, Tori and Tyler. She is a die-hard Calgary Flames fan and enjoys golfing in the summer. Lori has spent many years coaching volleyball and basketball at the school and club level.

Phil Hiscock – Teacher


Phil is an Islander at heart, being born and raised on Vancouver Island.  Phil loves hockey, motocross, rugby, snowboarding, surfing, football, reading, working out and being outside.  He played Rugby at his high school, Dover Bay and junior hockey in the BCHL for Nanaimo and Powell River.  He has a Masters in Education and a degree in Human Kinetics.  Phil is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and runs Best Performance Sports Training.  Best Performance works with local hockey players and other athletes, to help maximize their performance in their sport.  Phil is the head strength coach for the Fort St. John Chapter of Pacific Sports BC Sports School.  Phil will be part of the project based learning team, teaching Math and Science.  He is also in charge of the Hockey Academy at the Energetic Learning Campus.  Look for Phil to bring the pain, and challenge you at the ELC both physically and mentally.

Elizebeth Bekkers – Teacher


Elizebeth hails all the way from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Mathematics. She continued her studies at Acadia University earning her Bachelor of Education. Shortly after graduating Elizebeth was excited to accept an opportunity to teach Science 10 at the ELC. Elizebeth enjoys playing music, hiking, working with animals, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Living and teaching in Fort St. John is a welcomed adventure for this East Coast girl.

Jerrick Salinas – Teacher


Jerrick Salinas was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada at the early age of four.  He attended Dr. Kearney and graduated from North Peace Secondary School. Jerrick’s passions are hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.  He is a loyal Vancouver Canuck fan who loves to play hockey, basketball, badminton, volleyball, softball, martial arts, and dodge ball. Jerrick is a coach of the NPSS Senior Girls Volleyball team, and teaches Socials Studies and PE.

Mike Fowler – Teacher

Mike is a prairie boy, who spent the majority of his growing up years in Saskatoon.  Mike loves travelling, reading, working out, and doing anything active. He also loves to spend time with his wife, Chantelle, and his two (soon to be three!) daughters,Anna and Avery. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, and recently completed a Master’s degree in Organization Leadership from Royal Roads University. He became a teacher because he believes that education is a cornerstone of any healthy democracy, and that the more we learn about something, the more we want to learn about it. With this in mind, Mike is excited to be a part of the team that is introducing Genius Hour for the first time at the ELC. He is also excited to teach a foreign language class: mathematics. Mike is continually focused with optimizing his performance in all areas of his life (father, husband, friend, teacher, and coach), and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Wendy Giesbrecht – Teacher

Wendy likes her job 🙂  She likes to connect with students over anything academic and give a little push where motivation is lacking.  Wendy also likes to run outdoors when the weather is nice, and races marathons once a year in the spring. She has a teacher husband and two daughters who are working on their post-secondary education at Trinitey Western University.  When at home, Wendy experiments with a little chicken farm, likes planting and growing things, especially trees, but also veggies, flowers and cereal grains. In the winter she carves out ski trails in the back 40, bakes, and looks for Hallmark movies on satellite TV.

Andre Lagace – Teacher

André grew up in Kingston, Ontario . He attended the University of Guelph where he obtained an Honors Degree in Human Kinetics.  After a couple of years of working he decided to become a teacher.  He attended the University of Windsor to obtain his Bachelor of Education.   In 2008 he began his teaching career in the small town of Dease Lake B.C.  He spent 8 years in Dease Lake and moved to Fort St. John in 2017 to join the ELC team as Math, Science and Outdoor Ed teacher.  Aside from Teaching André has a wife and two young daughters.  In his spare time he likes to keep active playing hockey, basketball, golf and just about any other sport.  He also enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Alex Forbes – Teacher

Crystal Anielwicz – LAT/Student Support

Melanie Foster – Secretary

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