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.
Adam graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Geography and Liberal Studies. During his university career he played volleyball for four years and got to travel to many places around the world. He moved to Fort St John 6 years ago to complete his teaching certification through Simon Fraser University. Adam Grew up on Vancouver Island and really enjoys many outdoor activities from golf to hiking. Fort St John has been very good to Adam as he met his beautiful wife here and they recently celebrated the birth of their first child.
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.
Emily is pleased to be returning to the Energetic Learning Campus in the Great White North. She has lived in Fort St. John since 2011 and has thoroughly enjoyed working at the ELC and Dr. Kearney Middle School as a Teacher-on-Call and Temporary English, Learning Assistance and Leadership Teacher. Emily grew up in the Lower Mainland in a place called Steveston. She loves both city life and island life as she has studied at both the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, graduating from UBC in 2011 with a Degree in Education. Emily enjoys the outdoors, traveling, long distance running, dabbling with the arts and spending time with her family. Emily is looking forward to being part of the project based learning team at the ELC as the Primary English Teacher and is hopeful to start a Triathlon Club!
Ashley was born and raised in Fort St. John. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2006 with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduation she immediately returned to Fort St. John to begin her career as a Socials teacher at North Peace Secondary. The following year she started the school’s first Spanish program, which quickly grew to become her full time job. Ashley is married to her high school sweetheart of 15 years and has two young children, Jack and Natalie. She spends most of her time with family and enjoys traveling, gardening, yoga and running. She recently completed her second half-marathon in Vancouver. Ashley is very excited to begin a new chapter of her career at the ELC as the Learning Assistant/Aboriginal Transitions 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.
Sheldon descends from the East where the people are friendly and the fish is plenty. If you listen carefully you might hear a slight Cape Breton accent. Sheldon loves all sports and played soccer, volleyball and ran cross-country in college. He still tries to play hockey and golf but loves to camp with family and friends. After graduating from NSTC and St. FX in Nova Scotia, he moved to FSJ in 1990 and has spent his educational career in SD 60. Sheldon taught in many areas at NPSS for 2 years and at Dr. Kearney for 13 years – which included PE. SS. Eng, Capp, Leadership, Behaviour Support and as a Counseller. After completing his Masters Degree at UNBC, he worked as a Vice Principal at Robert Ogilvie and Principal at Taylor Elementary. Sheldon is now a VP at NPSS and is the Administrator in Charge of Energetic Learning Campus.
Sheldon married a local girl in 1998 and since then has become a FSJ lifer. Sheldon has been a coach in FSJ for the past 20 years. He has coached volleyball, track & field, golf, soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, x-country running and badminton in schools and the community. He loves to dance as you may have witnessed at a CDC Talent Show. He is also proud to say he is the only 2 time “Brooks Cup” croquet champion. ELC is in the good hands of Coach Steele who will guide, counsel and even dance your students through the wickets of education!
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.