Our Staff

ELC staff are committed to building a positive school culture leading to a positive learning atmosphere to benefit all students’ academic needs.  The ELC program is designed for all types of learners.  Our high expectations for student achievement set the foundation of a rigorous academic program.  We also value the collaborative culture created here at our campus, where facilitating the accomplishments of our student body is our top priority.  Dedicated and responsive staff promote a culture where ‘fitting in’ means caring about your work and treating others with respect.  We believe excellence in education includes excellence as a human being – we value our close-knit community and its contribution to student success.  

Mailing address:

Energetic Learning Campus
9708-93 Avenue
Fort St. John, BC  V1J 6J8

Phone: 250-263-9855
Fax: 250-263-9826

Lori Coulter – Vice Principal lcoulter@prn.bc.ca

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 30! 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 levels.

Phil Hiscock – Teacher  phiscock@prn.bc.ca

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 part of the project-based learning team, teaching Math and Science. He is also in charge of the Hockey Program at the Energetic Learning Campus.  Look for Phil to bring the pain and challenge you physically and mentally at the ELC.

Jerrick Salinas – Teacher  jsalinas@prn.bc.ca

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 teaches Socials Studies and PE.

Mike Fowler – Teacher  mfowler@prn.bc.ca

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 three daughters. 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 teach a foreign language class: mathematics. Mike is continually focused on 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 – Learning Assistant Teacher/ELL  wgiesbrecht@prn.bc.ca

Wendy 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 Trinity Western University. When at home, Wendy experiments with a little chicken farm and 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 alagace@prn.bc.ca

Andre 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 teaching Math, Science and Outdoor Ed. Aside from teaching Andre 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 aforbes@prn.bc.ca

East coast born and raised, Alex is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Growing up in a small town, Alex stayed after high school to pursue his post-secondary studies at St. Francis Xavier
University where he graduated with a Kinesiology and Psychology Degree in 2018, and just
recently his Bachelor of Education in 2020. Alex enjoys everything outdoors and loves setting
up his hammock for the night. With his early passion for the outdoors, Alex decided to move to Campbellsville, Kentucky in the summer of 2016 where he worked as a camp counsellor for the Tim Horton’s Foundation Camps. With such a rewarding experience working with kids, Alex spent the next 3 summers working for the Foundation, serving as a camp counsellor, and recently, the rock-climbing/zip-lining instructor. Thrill-seeking and energetic himself, Alex loves teaching Social Studies, English, and Digital Photography at the ELC.

Michayla Hochstein – Teacher  mhochstein@prn.bc.ca

Crystal Anielewicz – Behaviour Support Teacher/Counsellor/Indigenous Transition Coach canielewicz@prn.bc.ca

Carmen Dennis – Indigenous Youth Care Worker                                                      cdennis@prn.bc.ca

Carmen is Eskētemc, with two lovely little ones who are soon to be 4 and 1. She originally lived in Alkali Lake and moved to complete high school at PGSS in Prince George. She was a theatre kid who loved the arts and bringing in the laughs. Carmen then moved to Kelowna, saw the need for Indigenous support, and got her Care Aide Certificate and her Social Service Worker Diploma. Since then, Carmen has been able to combine her education and bring hands-on learning from Elders to Youth. She loves to hike, watch comedies, and work on strengthening her roots in Culture.

Melanie Foster – Administrative Assistant  mfoster@prn.bc.ca

Mel is happy every day she gets to walk through the doors into the ELC. She loves her students and is proud of the amazing group she works with. Mel likes to think she is the students’ personal concierge – all 210 of them- and is happiest when she can be sharing a pencil, eraser or a chat. It is her personal mission to ensure no student is hungry, and she is driven to ensure the snack bowl is always full.  Mel is also inclined to feel there is a distinct need for the students to be well versed in all areas of music, especially the throwback kind, and enjoys doing her part in this education by playing music for the students as they start and end their school day.