Our Wondercamps Team
These amazing teachers and staff care deeply about every child that spends the summer with us. Get to know our Wondercamps instructors.
Wondercamps ManagerKate is our Spark, Wondercamps and Enrichment Programs Manager. She has worked at Renaissance Academy of Learning for almost 10 years and she’s grown so much (with us) over the years. Her educational background is in psychology and counselling, which means she’ll be happy to talk to anyone about the importance of fostering good mental health in childhood.In her free time she enjoys being part of both a book club and a supper club as the great bookworm that she is (talk to her about any book, she’s probably read it already).
“I look forward to the many laughs and memories she will make with our students this year. Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle – Plato“
Wondercamps Performance Arts Instructor
Ross has been with us since 2005. He is also a full time Supervisor of Community Living with SHARE Family and Community Services in Coquitlam (since 2008). Before that, he managed a full time Theatre company for adults with special needs in Vancouver, as well as working in Municipal Recreation. He has a Bachelor of Social Sciences with the University of Ottawa. Also an Advanced Level Instructor certification with Crisis Prevention Institute and Management Certification with Justice Institute of BC. PEERs Counselling Diploma.
“I believe Drama is a great foundation to empower children to feel confident in front of a group – an attribute that they can use in all aspects of life. The foundation of all my classes in capturing the boundless creativity of our students.”
Accolades and awards
- 8 year standing member with City of Coquitlam Universal Accessibility Committee, Scrabble Champion
Wondercamps Art teacher
With over 10 years in teaching, Aliya is also a free lance wedding photographer for 6 years and photography instructor for 4 years in Toronto. She moved to BC in 2019 and has reignited her passion for working with children. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University.
She’s a passionate, energetic, individualized approach. She loves relating to the kids in terms of their likes and interests and we feel so fortunate to have her in our team. Summer is for sure much more fun with her around!
Wondercamps Dance Instructor (The Arts Conservatory)
Celina has over 24 years of experience as a dancer with training in all genres including jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre and tap. She graduated from Langley Fine Arts School as a dance major, 2011 and completed the Kill The Lights Company Pre-Professional training program. Celina provides a vast knowledge of different techniques and skill sets and is well equipped to provide high quality training to her students in many different genres of dance. You can also catch Celina as a principal dancer in the film Puppystar Christmas that was released on Netflix.
Wondercamps Art Instructor (The Arts Conservatory)
Jessica is an artist as well as an educator, which means she is able to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of art-making and the theoretical components of effective communication and teaching practices. A firm believer that visual arts play a vital role in the development of certain skills such as critical thinking, empathy and social growth, Jessica strives to create a safe space that fosters individual and collaborative creativity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education (University of New South Wales/UBC) and has a Diploma of Fine Arts (TAFE) and a TESOL Diploma (LCC Languages College).
- 2nd place in the Midsummer Arts Dream 2018 Exhibition for Drawing & Painting Category
- Third Place Finalist in the Waters Art Contest, Grey Cube Gallery 2010
- Winner of the Hazelhurst Gallery Sydney, Art on Paper Award 2006
- Winner of the Student Emergence Prize at Kudos Gallery, Paddington NSW, 2005
- Runner up in the Emerging Artist Award at AD Gallery UNSW Art & Design, 2004
STEM InstructorPatrick is the lead STEM teacher for summer camps and will lead lessons of coding, graphic design and robotics. He also teaches general computer skills important for all branches of science.Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, he has attended the University of British Columbia and St. Francis Xavier University. His passions include enjoying the outdoors, with activities such as mountain biking and trail running.
Shakila has worked as a Child –Minder since 2014 to march 2020 in the Richmond Multicultural Community Services and as a Childcare manager at Bright House After School Care ( Garden City School) for 4 years and also as a volunteer in communities and schools. She loves working with children and focuses on collaboration to create a learning and fun environment.
This is Katrina’s third year with Wondercamps and she is looking forward to another summer of planning fun and exciting activities for this year’s Wondercampers. In 2021, she will be leading the Clay Creations Mini camp for Little Wonders, and assisting with the Printmaking Mini camp for Little Wonders and the Fire and Fantasy camp for Junior Wonders.
“When you walk through our doors you can tell immediately that we are passionate advocates of the arts. There are few companies more worthy of a Business Excellence and Leadership award than this one. I love it here. And you and your children and grandchildren would too.”
Jennifer den Hartogh, Applied Arts and Science Instructor