Our Instructors

LDAV's talented, certified instructors work one-on-one with children in after-school and in-school programs.

Jennifer Bourlet

Jennifer has over 10 years of experience working with children and has been working at LDAV as a tutor for the past 6 years. She holds a B.A. in Geography from UBC. Jennifer enjoys building a bond with her students and increasing their confidence so they can feel successful in school.

Daniela Gimenez

Daniela is a certified BC teacher who currently teaches Grade 5 at a local elementary school. She is a recent graduate of UBC’s Master’s of Education in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities. Daniela is a passionate advocate for the students she teaches, creatively tailoring programming to tackle student need.

Kayla Hamer-Jackson

Kayla is new to the LDAV team. She received a B.A. from Simon Fraser University in 2016 with a major in psychology and a minor in human development and counselling. She has recently returned to SFU to complete the Professional Development Program to become an elementary school teacher. Kayla has worked in the community supporting individuals with diverse needs and most recently worked as an Education Assistant. Kayla is excited to join the LDAV team and hopes to help make a positive impact in the learning of those students she has the opportunity to work with.

Scott Lowry

Scott has been working with people with Learning Disabilities since beginning his training at Douglas College in 1996. He has worked in residential and recreational settings, and currently with the Vancouver School Board in a secondary school. He began tutoring with LDAV in 2013. He believes in challenging students to reach their full potential in order to maximize their future career choices.

Claire Matthews

Claire Matthews joined the LDAV in March 2018 and comes with ten years of writing and editing experience. Claire completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC in 2016, where she was a Teacher’s Assistant for four years. Claire specializes in Reading and Writing goals for elementary and high school clients.

Chloe Noel 

With many years’ experience working with children, Chloe genuinely enjoys creating fun and engaging programs for youth of all ages. Chloe has facilitated programs for youth, adults and people with exceptionalities and she is enthusiastic to pursue remedial teaching at the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver.

Chloe has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology from Queen’s University as well as a Certificate in Business and a Certificate in International Studies. Chloe is currently completing her Bachelors in Education at UBC to become an Elementary French Immersion Teacher

Chloe feels most fulfilled when exploring the North Shore mountains or swimming in the sea. When she isn’t out connecting with nature, Chloe loves getting making jewellery and getting crafty! 

Leeanne Paz

Leeanne has been an instructor with LDAV for the past 6 years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and has had more than 15 years of experience in education and remedial instruction. An avid reader of children’s literature, she works hard to help students gain a love for reading.

Larry Peterson

With a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Larry Peterson’s professional career was in government and consulting, although much of his work was developing and managing people. Along the way, he had several “teaching” jobs: Technology professor at a college; certified flight instructor; search-and-rescue-pilot instructor; driving instructor; and an English Conversation Circle leader.

He’s officially “retired”; enjoys playing saxophone and ballroom dancing, but LDAV lured him back into service where he completed the Orton Gillingham Associate level training. He loves working with his students, watching their excitement and new-found confidence as they acquire new skills and learning.

Kriss Quan

Kriss is an Orton Gillingham tutor with over 28 years of experience.  She has worked at James Cameron School and Kenneth Gordon School as well as private tutoring.  She enjoys one-on-one tutoring sessions where she gets to see her students gain confidence as they succeed.

Sabrina Riccardi

Sabrina is currently working as a Special Education Assistant at Saint Patrick’s Regional Secondary, and has completed her diploma in Special Education. She is currently working toward completing her degree and becoming an elementary school teacher. She loves to support all students with various needs, and help them succeed. With an extensive background in special education, Sabrina is excited to work at the LDAV.

Cynthia Sham

Cynthia is a BC-certified elementary school teacher who is passionate about English and Social Studies subjects. She has taught in Taiwan working with English Language Learners of all ages and at alternative schools for students with learning disabilities.

Maureen Supeene

Maureen comes from a business background where developing and building personal relationships was key. Part of her positions also included training and mentoring individuals. As well as business, Maureen does one on one work with individuals as a Personal Intuitive Guide. She connects with people and assists them to work through issues and connect more deeply with themselves. She loves tutoring children in reading, writing and arithmetic. It gives her a lot of joy to assist them and watch them grow.

Naslishah Thony

Naslishah Thony is a brand new Orton Gillingham tutor who has recently joined the LDAV team. Previously, she has worked at Vancity Credit Union as a Health and Wellness Specialist designing and delivering health and wellness programs, events and activities for the employees and their families. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UBC and a Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma from Langara College. She is also a Virtues Project Facilitator who believes that we can change the world by using the language of virtues with our children, families, friends, and community. She loves working with children and is passionate about helping them achieve their highest potential.