Marilyn Hahn has been teaching since 1993 and came back to teaching at TLA after 5 years of being away from students (read: wandering in a desert wasteland). She married a BC “boy” in 2011 and moved here from Calgary, Alberta!
Now that the new house has been repainted to her liking and the garden in the back has survived the slugs, the rains of winter, and the heat of summer, she’s ready for another year of Blended classes. Marilyn brings to TLA a love of writing and creative/critical thinking, as well as a passion for helping kids learn. She has been a teacher, conference speaker, author, curriculum designer, workshop leader, writing coach, and therapist, and well – let’s just say she’s a rock that gathers no moss.
Libby Voth lives in Abbotsford with her husband and two children.
Originally from the UK, Libby earned her BA from the University of Stirling. Several years later, she took the teacher education course at SFU part time while working as an EA with special needs students. She taught for 6 years in an independent Christian school in Abbotsford before joining the TLA team in 2017. She is passionate about connecting with students and is excited to be part of facilitating their learning and growth.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, taking photographs, and drinking chai.
Mylene enjoys working at TLA and is proud of her students learning new things in her Blended Visual Art classes. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from UBC and possesses education from Langara College in Graphic Design. As a working artist, she also enjoys being a member of Art Focus Artists’ Association (AFAA) in Port Coquitlam. She’s displayed her art work in group art shows with AFAA for several years in their fall and spring shows. Mylene served as Secretary on their Executive Committee but is now in charge of designing and creating the society’s new website and print ads for their art shows.
Mylene also enjoys providing art lessons to students out of her home studio and provides after school art programs to elementary to middle school students in the Tri-Cities area through a leading art centre in Coquitlam. She lives in Coquitlam with her husband and son.
When Mylene is not working, she enjoys volunteering at her son’s school by hosting art parties as a fundraiser, attending mass at church, reading, exercising, and spending time with family.
Shelley has always loved anything active and athletics related. She has years of experience playing
a wide variety of sports and volunteering as a coach for various teams and sports camps. She is
excited to be able to share this passion with the students of TLA in the blended PHE program.
Shelley lives in Langley with her husband Paul. She feels blessed to spend the majority of her week at
home managing her active household of five sons and one daughter. She also loves to volunteer for
activities at her church.
Home & Blended Teacher
Home & Blended Teacherajones@schoolathome.ca
Amy Jones lives in Cloverdale with her husband, Marty, and her 3 children, Judah, Myah and Joshua. She and her husband are also foster parents.
Amy graduated from university with her Bachelor of Education in 1998 and specializes in teaching French as a second language. She is currently part of the K-9 Home Program serving families in the Lower Mainland.
Amy loves spending time with her children, going to sporting events, visiting family and friends and working on the odd DIY project. She is very thankful to be a part of the TLA team.
Home & Online Teacher
Home & Online Teacherjrene@schoolathome.ca
Jaime is a veteran homeschool mom of three beautiful children – Lily, Gabriel, and John – who brings a love of home education to her role as DL teacher.
Having received a Bachelor’s degree in history and music from Trinity Western University, Jaime returned to school later in life to enhance her education skills by attaining a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.
Jaime loves exploring the innovative educational opportunities that are enabled by blending online learning with homeschooling. In addition to a love of learning, she enjoys reading, music performance, directing her church choir, and the art of homemaking.
Home & Blended Teacher
Home & Blended Teachercmcgrath@schoolathome.ca
Chris has worked with TLA before in 2003-2005 as a DL teacher before moving to Kelowna where he continued his work in Distance Learning, classroom teaching, curriculum development, career planning for high school students, and even dabbled in administration work and was excited to return to the DL environment.
Before working at TLA, Chris taught grades six and seven before moving into teaching a variety of humanities courses in high school. Chris enjoys working with the TLA program, and assisting families as they meet the challenge of educating their children by blending the British Columbia’s curriculum into their home environment and online education.
Chris lives in Kelowna with his wife Karen. They have 4 grown children.
Blended & Learning Assistance Teacher
Blended & Learning Assistance Teacherjwestereng@schoolathome.ca
Joyce Froese is a high school Math and Science teacher. She has considerable experience teaching Math and Science at all levels, as well as teaching students with various challenges.
She enjoys exploring, creating, growing and learning.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
Tech Team Lead
Tech Team Leadehewlett@schoolathome.ca
It was the joy of helping other students in his computer class in high school that convinced Edward that he might enjoy teaching – enjoying computers was a given.
Edward obtained his BA in History and his BEd in SS-History from UBC, spent time in Japan and New York, then returned to the Lower Mainland with his family.
In his first year at TLA, Edward served as the school’s English and Social Studies Specialist, Grad Coordinator, and Tech Guy. As TLA has grown and others have stepped in to take over some of those roles, Edward has been blessed with the opportunity to focus once again on one of his first loves: helping others utilize computers!
Rita has been a part of the TLA community for over a decade as a homeschooling parent. For the past seventeen years, she has dedicated her life to educating students, from her own three children as well as other children, in a variety of settings. In addition to homeschooling, she worked as an Education Assistant in the Catholic school system and as a volunteer catechist at her parish. Her own passion for learning fueled her desire in nurturing and teaching her own children, with the goal of imparting a life-long love of learning and with the idea that learning can take place anywhere.
Prior to having children, Rita taught university-level students as a Teaching Fellow while pursuing her graduate studies in Economics in the United States. She was excited to come back to TLA, this time as a Blended Teacher, entering a new chapter in her life.
When she’s not busy with all her commitments, Rita enjoys the outdoors with her husband and children, kayaking, hiking, and camping.
Rebekah MacEwan lives in Surrey, BC with her husband Jonathan and children Robbie and Annie. She brings a variety of experience acting and directing in local plays and musicals, along with extensive RCM singing and piano training. Rebekah has also led worship teams for many years, and plays the occasional jazz gig. She is thrilled to guide student actors into the rewarding and empowering world of theatre arts.
With family, Maui is her happy place – but she is planning a long-awaited trip to NYC someday. Rare down-times find her with coffee in hand on a hunt for bargains.
Christina was born in Victoria, BC and has lived with her husband and two children in the Metro Vancouver area for over 20 years. She enjoys gardening and taking long walks. At church she has been a bible study teacher, a member of the choir, and a craft leader for the Sunday morning children’s program.
Christina graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelors of Science and taught with the Surrey School District for over 10 years. After that, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom for 8 years before joining TLA in 2013. In her classroom, one can expect to participate in hands-on activities, games, project-based learning, presentations, and discussions.
Suzanne was a high school Social Studies teacher in Richmond before homeschooling her two girls, Mary and Abigail from K-12. She is passionate about Canadian history and encouraging teens to be proud, responsible Canadians. Suzanne has a BA in History from TWU, and studied for a term at Oxford. She is excited to be sharing her love of history and investing in the lives of our TLA teens.
Always on a hunt for great historical moments, Suzanne has spent 24 years dragging her husband Jason around the globe. When trips are not in the cards, they hop in their kayaks in Point Roberts and go for a spin.
Deanna Van Dyke
Deanna Van Dyke
Deanna earned a Science degree with a major in Math. Since then, she has enjoyed passing along her love for math to her students. She has been teaching Math and other subjects for over 8 years, and continues to enjoy the challenges it brings. Her goal is to work with students in collaboration with their parents as they tackle the later years of high school mathematics.
In her spare time, she is an avid volleyball and tennis player, and enjoys reading a good book, although spare time is not easy to come by with four children in her home. She thoroughly enjoys the time she gets to spend with them every day.
Blended & Online Teacher
Blended & Online Teacherjboessenkool@schoolathome.ca
Jennifer Boessenkool is a high school Math and Science teacher living in Port Moody, BC. She has recently taught in the Calgary School Board in math and science, in addition to being a “city champion” basketball coach.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Derek, and her children Alexienna – born in Sept. 2008, and Levi – born Oct. 2011. She enjoys going for walks with her dog Nash, swimming, hiking, and reading.
Jenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She also spent time living and teaching in the UK.
Online & Blended Teacher
Online & Blended Teacherbbauman@schoolathome.ca
Ben has taught students of all ages from children to adults both in Canada and overseas. While now an adult himself, Ben prefers to remain a big kid at heart and can be found occasionally reading Star Wars comics at his local library.
In addition to his B.C. teaching certification, Ben has various other credentials including a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. However, his favorite one is being a husband and dad to his awesome family.
Charis Hammermeister was homeschooled all through her grade school years, which instilled in her a desire to help other families along their homeschooling journey. Joining the TLA team in 2019 as a Blended teacher allowed her to combine this desire with her love of classroom teaching. She is passionate about educating through inquiry and investigation and about tailoring her instruction to meet the individual needs of each child. Her hope is that each of her students will leave her classroom having developed a lifelong love of learning.
Driven by her passion for mentorship and discipleship, Charis is active in her local church through counselling and women’s Bible studies.
Most of Charis’s free time is spent teaching, coaching, training in, and competing in taekwondo. Her other interests include reading, creative writing, music, visual art, and 20th century Russian history.
Charis holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Maranatha Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Theology-Biblical Counselling from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Maureen worked in the Catholic school system for two years before starting her own family. Since then, life has been an exciting and rewarding adventure of learning along with her nine children whom she has home-schooled “since the beginning”. Learning is an adventure that begins with birth and never ends!
Maureen was a member of the TLA community as a parent for many years before joining the K-9 Staff as a Home Teacher in 2013. She feels privileged to assist other families in their own homeschooling journey while still homeschooling her youngest child.
Maureen lives in Burnaby where she is a member of St. Michael’s parish. She finds her Catholic faith central to all aspects of her life. In her spare time Maureen is an avid gardener, loves music, playing board games, sewing, and spending time with her husband and their children.
AmandaEve holds Bachelor degrees in Music and Biblical Scholarship from Rocky Mountain College (Calgary), a Masters of Applied Linguistics from Charles Darwin University (Darwin AUS) and became a BC certified teacher in 2018.
She has taught at Long & McQuade (Abbotsford), Harmony Music School (Calgary), Encore Music Studio (Calgary), Providence College (Otterburne MB), Rocky Mountain College (Calgary), Ziegfeld School of Dance (Winnipeg), Doreen Bissett School of Dance (Winnipeg) and also worked as a Teaching Assistant at CanIL @ Trinity Western University (Langley). She has extensive experience with children’s programming in church and camp settings.
Musically, she has enjoyed performing with various choral and instrumental ensembles across Canada and the USA. She has also been involved in choral composition, arranging, and directing in various contexts.
Her approach to education is to learn through play, topics of interest, exploring the world, and for each child to grow based on their level of ability. She believes strongly in the flexibility home education offers to families and is honoured to be part of helping other families achieve their goals.
She is navigating the diversity of LSS from both sides of the coin because autism is also part of her daily family life.