Message from Teacher and Parents
My name is Dan Hirn and I have been a teacher for a British Columbia School District for 3 years. I completed my B.Sc degree at Simon Fraser University and received my B.Ed degree from the University of British Columbia.
As a teacher at PRESL, I have been able to work with many international students, helping them build their English language skills and showing them many of the amazing places that Vancouver and B.C. have to offer.
Each summer, I look forward to meeting all of the new students, and watching them make progress throughout their time here in Canada. I have gained many great memories during my time with PRESL and I¡¯m excited to be a part of the PRESL team again this summer.
My name is Louesa Byrne and I am teacher for a British Columbia School District. In this, my fourth year of teaching in Richmond, I've had the pleasure of working with a variety of students, teaching Kindergarten and ESL. This will be my second summer working with PRESL and I cannot wait to meet all of the visiting students and teachers.
I grew up on Vancouver Island but have been living in Vancouver for the past ten years. I completed both my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia.
Vancouver is a fantastic city full of amazing scenery, great outdoor activities and diverse cultural festivities and one of the things I like best about teaching at PRESL is having the opportunity to share my city with the visiting students and teachers. Exploring the city and participating in so many fun activities gives PRESL students great opportunities to develop their English skills as well as create the memories of a lifetime.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
First I¡¯d like to thank you, Mr. Zhao, Mr Veer, all the teachers of Presl and home stay Gloria.Although we have only spent few days in Vancouver, we are really impressed by this programme.. We understand all the teachers spend a lot of efforts on selecting the homestay and arranging the every event for students. My daugher Jessie enjoys this programme very much,and this programme will be a part of her personal experience.
To furthur improve this programme, I have a suggestion. It will be better to involve 5-10 native English speaking students in class that will push Chinese stundents speaking more English and bringing the western culture for them to learn. The students are more willing to communicate with kids rather than adults .
Again I appreciate of all of your efforts for this programme and wish to see you again in Shanghai.
Chinese parents£ºRonald Qi and Vivien Gao
My name is Fred Weil.
I am a teacher for a British Columbia School District. where I teach intermediate students in grades six and seven. During my professional studies I earned a B.A. in History degree from Yale University, a B.Ed. degree from the University of British Columbia, and a M. Ed degree from the university of British Columbia in the area of Language and Literacy.
I have been teaching now for over 15 years, but I still learning new teaching strategies and better ways to help my students. Currently my interests in education include using new technology, inquiry based learning in Science and Social Studies, and healthy living. I am very involved in coaching team sports, especially volleyball and basketball.
I have been taught ESL in the PRESL program for ten years. I find it very rewarding and exciting to meet people from different countries. My wife is from Japan and we spent two years living in Kyoto with our sons. Travel to new countries and meeting people from different cultures can give a person insight and wisdom and the understanding that while people have many differences the important things that we value are fundamentally the same!
I look forward to meeting you this summer!
Dear Mr.Henders/Mr. Zhao,
I am Jason's (MA/ZhuShengZi) mother, Mary.Jason arrived at Shanghai safely yesterday late afternoon.
Here I would like to say " Many thanks for your hard working in the past days !". One word can not be enough to express my appreciation!
I think that Jason learnt in PRESL not only for English but also for team spirit, your dedication for your career, and how to treat the difficulties,etc.. He got a lot of confidence from you, PRESL, team and his homestay family.
PRESL is a successful project. I believe that you will run PRESL better and better in the future.
Give our best regards to you and all the teachers in PRESL£¡Thanks & Best Regards£¡
Chinese parents£ºMary Ma
My name is Fiacre Byrne and I am a teacher with the Surrey School District. I immigrated to Canada from Ireland five years ago and love living inVancouver where I can do plenty of hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.
I completed both my Bachelor of Arts and Higher Diploma in Education at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. I have taught ESL in both Ireland and Canada and am looking forward to working at PRESL and sharing my experience both, as a teacher and as an immigrant to Vancouver, with the students.
I am excited to see the students develop their English, experience the wonders of British Columbia and become familiar with Canadian culture as we engage in a variety of excursions around the lower mainland of BC.
I'm looking forward to your arrival and the start of a great summer adventure!
my name is Kevin Henders and I am a teacher for the British Columbia School District. I earned my B.A.degree from the University of British Columbia and I received my B.Ed degree from Simon Fraser University. I have been teaching in Richmond for the past 10 years and I have been working at PRESL for the past seven summers.
Working at PRESL is very rewarding as we see the students make huge strides in their English every summer. Students are introduced to a new culture and gain confidence in their English skills, as well as through the variety of activities through which we engage the students.
I have made many strong friendships through the PRESL program. Our partnership strengthens the ties between China and Canada, and continues to promote progression of English skills.
I look forward to meeting you this Summer!
My name is Brenda Lopez and I would like to welcome all of you to our new program. I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor¡¯s Degree of Education in 2007 and a Bachelor¡¯s Degree of Science in 2006. Currently, I am a practicing teacher with the Delta School District. I have experience teaching Spanish, Science, Mathematics, and Business Education. I am also involved in the athletic development of our student body. I have been coaching volleyball and basketball for the past three years.
Aside from having experience in the public education system, I have also worked with other institutions that service youth in a variety of ways. At World Vision Academic School, I taught ESL and other school subjects. During the summer programs, I was also responsible of taking school groups on sightseeing trips in our beautiful province of British Columbia. At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver, a non-profit organization that provides a safe and fun place for kids to spend time after school, I worked as a program leader. My responsibilities included planning and directing recreational activities, as well as taking groups on local trips.
My name is Megan Foulds. I have been a teacher for a British Columbia School District for seven years. I teach Secondary Resource and ESL. My favourite part of being a teacher is being able to watch my students progress, gain confidence, and build on their skills.
I was born in British Columbia and lived in a small town called Salmon Arm for most of my life. When I was nine my family moved to Papua, Indonesia for 3 years, and I have also lived in Yokohama, Japan. I love traveling, new experiences, new friends, and adventure. I have seen many of the world¡¯s most famous cities and Vancouver is my favourite, so I look forward to sharing it with you!