Penny joins the James Cameron Family this year as Principal. She is devoted to providing an optimal working and learning environment for both staff and students. She is an enthusiastic advocate with interminable passion for those who are marginalized in our society, especially children who struggle to learn due to dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Her formal teaching education and professional development is heavily infused with extensive research and expertise for effectively teaching to diversity.
After graduating Simon Fraser University in 2001, Penny continued on to get her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership through Trinity Western University while teaching in Maple Ridge. She is now completing her “Master of Arts in Special Education” at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis is on Assessing Teachers’ Knowledge and Confidence of Spelling Instruction.
Penny is recognized for her deep understanding and proficiency of solid language and math learning. She writes and speaks widely on dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and has led in-service Professional Development initiatives, provided regional, provincial and international workshops on dyslexia, and presented workshops for parents. When not presenting at conferences or studying for her Masters, Penny enjoys spending time with her family.
Instrumental to the foundation of James Cameron School, she has also completed the Orton-Gillingham tutoring course.
Adriana has been the JCS Office Administrator since 2015. Prior to joining the JCS team, she worked in the office at an independent secondary school. Her work experience is varied and includes working for a brokerage firm, managing a retail store, and working at a college in Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Adriana is thrilled to be part of the James Cameron School community.
Helen is one of James Cameron School’s two founders, and after holding the position of Principal for more than two decades, she was also the Director of Therapeutic Tutoring. Helen is a founding member and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT Orton-Gillingham), and has served on their Training and Certification Committee. Helen was also on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association, BC Branch and before that on the Board of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. In 2005 both Helen and Irene were awarded the Kline Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Dyslexia. Helen was a finalist, along with Irene Storteboom, for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in 2008.
Irene is one of James Cameron School’s founders. In the past she has been Vice-Principal and Principal of the school. Irene also worked at the school as Office Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, where her studies focused on Learning Disabilities. Irene is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT Orton-Gillingham). She has served for many years on the Boards of the CATT and the BC Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She remains active in CATT as a member of the Training and Certification Committee. In 2000 both Irene and Helen MacDonald were awarded the Kline Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Dyslexia. Irene was a finalist, along with Helen, for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in 2008.