Tutors

Brynn Fader

Tutoring Manager & Sr. Academic Planner

Brynn is a language enthusiast and has been studying languages since September 2010. As a published writer in both French and English, Brynn has focused her academic career on the romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish as well as English) ranging from their application in the classroom to their phonetic individualities.

Tutors

Alyssa Wood

Assistant Tutoring Manager & Academic Planner

Alyssa is a well-educated individual in both the classroom and related work experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History, is a licensed Primary Care Paramedic, completed a diploma in Emergency Health Science and is a certified First Aid Instructor.

Tutors

Shane Fifield

English Tutor

Shane has over a decade of teaching experience, working with a diverse range of students in a variety of academic settings. He spent five years honing his skills in classrooms containing 35 middle school aged boys, which had the added side-benefit of inoculating him against all flus and colds – he hasn’t been sick since!

Tutors

Michelle Levit

Language Tutor

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in French from UBC and is currently enrolled in a Masters program in French literature at UBC. Concurrent with her full time graduate studies, she has been instructing French 101 and 102 at UBC. She has a love of pedagogy and hopes to make teaching part of her future.

Tutors

Anton Birioukov

English Tutor

Anton is a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Alongside his teaching at KEY he is currently in the process of publishing his dissertation into a book.

Tutors

Kiera Brant-Birioukov

English Tutor

Kiera is a PhD Student in Education at the University of British Columbia. She received her Masters of Arts in Education and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa.

Tutors

Malcolm Wilkins

Public Speaking & Debate Coach/Subject Tutor

Malcolm is a writer, a journalist and a language enthusiast. He recently completed his Bachelors of Arts from UBC with a concentration in English and History. Having dabbled in the fields of not only English and History, but also Political Science, English, and Fundamental Economics.

Tutors

David Sasse

Math/Science Tutor

David is an M.Sc student at the University of British Columbia researching processes that take place as diamonds are transported to the surface of the earth. I have received numerous scholarships due to high academic performance during my undergrad and graduated with distinction.

Tutors

Denise Tom

English/SSAT Tutor

Denise is an experienced and passionate English instructor. Her ability to connect with her students allows her to create a classroom environment that optimizes learning. She has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds, including adults and children that are new to Canada.

Tutors

Anne Wright

English Tutor

A former writer, editor, and desktop publisher for businesses and environmental engineers, Anne switched careers after moving to Vancouver, and turned her love of words into teaching.

Tutors

Kathy Ide

Subject Tutor

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of British Columbia Certificate in Education, University of British Columbia Kathy has 23 years’ experience teaching at the pre-school, elementary, and middle school levels.

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Nick Bartlett

English & French Tutor/Creative Writing Instructor

Nick is an enthusiastic tutor who is always eager to help his students succeed. He attends UBC as an MA candidate, specializing in French Literature and Language.

Tutors

Wanda LaClaire

Science Tutor

Wanda is an experienced non-traditional education professional. While working at the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, she designed and implemented hands-on workshops, demos, classroom programs, small stage demo shows, as well as large theatre productions to educate all ages in a fun and engaging manner. She created programming that met B.C.

Tutors

Alex Tseng

English, Math, & French Tutor

Alex is a recent graduate of UCLA. He is highly educated with a BA in Linguistics and French with a specialization in computing. He has native proficiency in English and advanced proficiency in French. He also has a working proficiency in Mandarin.

Tutors

Toni Deline

Chess Tutor & Chess Team Coach

Toni has played chess for nearly 50 years. In 1975, at the age of 16, he was Guinness Book of Records World Marathon Chess Champion and champion of his Ontario city. He was President of the B.C. Chess Federation from 1998 to 2000 and captain of the Vancouver Chess Team 2007-10.

Tutors

Trish Irvin

Creative Writing Instructor/English Tutor

Coming from a family of writers, Trish decided early on in life that she wanted to pursue a career in journalism. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree from Ryerson University, Trish embarked on a very successful career that took her across Canada.

Tutors

Robin Rivers

Creative Writing Instructor

Robin has spent more than two decades as an award-winning journalist and author—having worked for newspaper, magazines, radio and digital media across North America.

Tutors

Brian MacDonald

Through nine years of diverse teaching experience, Brian’s passion for education has been the core constant. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelors of Education, TESL certification, and Diploma in ESL Instruction from the University of British Columbia.

Leadership

Ben Batt

Managing Director

Ben upholds the KEY vision.

Leadership

Bryan R. Ide

Education Director

Bryan transforms the KEY vision into student success.

 

Leadership

Bernard Batt

Finance Director

Bernard safeguards the financial wellbeing of KEY.

 

Leadership

John Larsen

Operations Manager

John ensures everyone at KEY is involved in creating and following through on the KEY experience.

 

Leadership

Brynn Fader

Tutor Manager and Academic Planner

Brynn is a master of recognizing your child’s learning style and building custom programs to compliment it. It comes naturally, as deciphering different languages is her forte, studying languages since September 2010.

Leadership

Shereen Garstin

ECE Program Manager

Shereen understands how crucial early education is to creating success in life. She has dedicated her life to Early Childhood Education and started working with young children when she was 17 years old!

Leadership

Michael Lee

Business Development Manager

Michael makes sure you get the most out of your KEY experience.  He was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada at age 11. He graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Having worked in a child psychology lab in UBC for some years, Michael is equipped with a good understanding of developmental and behavioural psychology.

Leadership

Robin Rivers

Branding & Marketing Manager

Robin brings more than twenty years of experience as an internationally award-winning journalist, digital media development specialist, and marketing manager to her position at KEY. She has launched companies, repositioned media properties, conceived and designed regional and national projects for a wide range of Canadian and U.S.

Admission Guidance

Bryan R. Ide

Education Director

Bryan believes in the transformational power of education and is passionate about helping students and families make the right educational choices. He graduated from St. George’s School and holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University.

Admission Guidance

Diana Chang

Admissions Strategist

For Diana, education played a key role as she grew up. After graduating from Shawnigan Lake School, Queen’s University became her home away from home where she enjoyed playing on the varsity squash team and volunteering at a local prison.

Admission Guidance

Sophie Ji

Admissions Support Manager

Sophie has varied experience in both administration and education, and is a new immigrant herself, having lived in Vancouver for only two years.

Admission Guidance

Robin Rivers

University Admissions Essay Coach

Robin has spent more than two decades as an award-winning journalist, writing coach and content manager—having worked for newspaper, magazines, radio and digital media across North America.

Admission Guidance

Moon Wang

University Admissions Advisory Specialist

Moon's passion in contributing to education was inspired during her time at Lester B. Pearson United World College, in Victoria, where she formed her values and beliefs. Moon believes truly in the United World College mission: Make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Admission Guidance

Eva Zheng

Admissions Support Specialist

After graduating from Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, Eva decided to study abroad to experience the western education system. After two years study in Australia, Eva earned her Master degree with 4.0 GPA and was awarded Dean’s Honour List in 2015.

KEY ECE

Shereen Garstin

ECE Program Manager

Shereen has dedicated her life to Early Childhood Education and started working with young children when she was 17 years old! Since the time she graduated from her Early Childhood Education and Infant/Toddler training at Douglas College, she has accumulated more than 20 years of experience working in different early years settings.

KEY ECE

Maryam Akhavan-Rezaie

Early Childhood Educator

As an immigrant, Maryam has always been passionate about helping immigrant families and their children adapt to their new living environment; Maryam believes that one way to achieve this goal is to create a learning environment, for children, where they are encouraged to find their potentials and feel motivated to work hard in order to succeed.

KEY ECE

Sladja Folprecht

Early Childhood Educator

Sladja holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy and has over 20 years’ experience working with children in preschool and school settings. She has created and facilitated workshops and was the Parent leader at Crofton House where her daughter is a student.

KEY ECE

Kathy Ide

Early Childhood Educator

Kathy has 23 years’ experience teaching at the pre-school, elementary, and middle school levels. As a former owner of her own Vancouver-based preschool, Kathy has extensive experience creating and designing curriculum focused on the specific needs of English Second Language (ESL) students.

KEY ECE

Rose Jannati

Early Childhood Educator

Rose is an experienced educator working with children up to age 6. She has been teaching since 2012 with experiences in teaching children in different subject such as math, reading, and writing. She approaches her job with patience and understanding, and a philosophy mixing Montessori and Reggio Emilia.

KEY ECE

Anita MacGregor

Early Childhood Educator

Anita is one of KEY’S early childhood education specialists. Anita was a senior supervisor for an award winning childcare facility. She operated preschool, Junior Kindergarten and out of school care, caring for over 100 students. Anita has a natural eye for enteral design and classroom functionality.

KEY ECE

Kelli-Ann Oakey

Early Childhood Educator

Kelli-Ann has been teaching since 2010 and has a variety of experience including preschool, Montessori, infant/toddler care, management and leadership roles in group childcare settings. Kelli excels at pinpointing and retraining behavioural challenges and developing an integrated curriculum.

Client Support

Bing Sun

Client Support Specialist

Customer service has shaped Bing into an organized and detail-oriented person who always endeavours to provide clients the best possible solution.. She came to Canada as an international student grade 11 and is a bilingual graduate of UBC Sauder School of Business, specializing in Finance & OPLG.

Client Support

Tracy Tian

Client Support Specialist

Having graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Tracy believes that healthy relationships play a vital role in Educational Administration and supporting individual’s development and success.

Advisory Board

Peter Lee

Gallant Investments

Peter Lee is a Hong Kong based investor in various sectors including technology, oil and gas, mineral extraction, and real estate developments. He previously served as principal of a Vancouver-based firm assisting numerous entrepreneurs in small to medium-sized businesses raising capital, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.

Advisory Board

Denis O'Brien

Chairman, Digicel Group

Denis O'Brien is one of Ireland's leading entrepreneurs with investments across several sectors including international telecoms, radio, media, property, aircraft leasing, golf and online recruitment.

Advisory Board

Jared Carney

Founder and CEO, Lightdale LLC

Jared Carney is the founder and CEO of Lightdale LLC and Senior Advisor to the Milken Institute. As the former Chief Strategy Officer at Milken Institute, he was instrumental in increasing the Milken Institute's programmatic and revenue growth to become a preeminent financial thinktank.

Advisory Board

Albert Ip

Former Managing Director, Citigroup

Albert Ip has 33 years experience in international banking at First National Bank of Chicago, Wells Fargo Bank, Merill Lynch and Citigroup, where he was Managing Director. He sits on the boards of various academic institutions, including the Alumni Board of Governers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Advisory Board

Simon Jameson

Director of Brand Strategy, Hutchison Whampoa International

Simon Jameson is the Director of Brand Strategy for Hutchison Whampoa International. He is one of the UK's leading brand and consumer experts. His previous roles include chief advisor of marketing and strategy at The Times (London), the Guardian, and The Sun - the UK's best-selling newspaper.

Advisory Board

Ajmal Khan

Chairman and CEO, Verus International Group

Ajmal Khan is the founder and president of the Verus Group of Companies and is a Global Advisor to Citigroup. At Verus Capital, Ajmal has acquired and resold over $2 billion in real estate properties, becoming the largest syndicator of properties in Canada.

Advisory Board

Eva Lee Kwok

Chair and CEO, Amara Holdings Inc.

Eva Lee Kwok is chair and CEO of Amara Holdings Inc., a Vancouver based private corporation with interests focused in real estate investment, land developments and strategic partnerships. She also currently sits as a director at Husky Energy Inc., Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd., and the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation.