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LaSalle College Vancouver | High School

Our Staff

Inspiring Excellence in Education

Our staff-building principals are based on strength, knowledge and ensuring student success.

From our experienced team of counsellors and university preparation department to the in-class educators offering a variety of hands-on, student-based, inquiry learning experiences, you can expect to get the best educational platform.

We are here to aid students in their educational journey. From your first interview through to graduation, you will have a personal counsellor to ensure your success in any path you choose.

Message from the Principal


Paul Cohee, High School Principal

Welcome to LaSalle College Vancouver High School! LCV High School is uniquely positioned to offer a world-class Canadian education within a state-of-the-art award-winning design college. Our faculty are driven by the curiosity of our students, and will challenge each learner to think deeply, broadly, and creatively throughout every course. Content rich and inquiry-based instruction will be shaped by the intentional integration of Mathematics, Science and Technology between courses and grade levels. In addition to students earning their British Columbia Dogwood Diploma, many will be invited to explore extraordinary college pathway courses that will serve as dual credit for high school graduation and LaSalle College Vancouver courses.

Our commitment to exploring student potential extends well beyond the classroom, where BC Teachers, college advisors and staff will nurture, guide, and challenge students along their individual journey. While each student is unique, they are not alone and will benefit from extensive collaborative opportunities throughout the college as they build their personal, academic and career portfolios.

Meet our Teachers


 

Andy Tseng
High School Teacher, Mathematics & Science

Educational Philosophy

Mr. Tseng values every student’s uniqueness and believes that inspiring their imagination is just as important as leading them towards academic success. He strongly believes in helping students unlock their creativity and innovation, strengthening their mindset on the importance of education. He is known as a compassionate, enthusiastic, and diligent educator, whose lessons are fun and engaging. Mr. Tseng values responsible and respectful behaviour from students, which truly enhances their experiences together inside and outside of the classroom and propels their journey towards a meaningful and joyful life. Mr. Tseng is a life-long mentor who will be there to support the students in their journey.

About

Mr. Tseng was born in Taiwan and moved to Vancouver in 1994 when he was nine years old. He completed his education in Vancouver with a Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and his BC Teaching Certification from UBC in 2007. Mr. Tseng enjoys teaching a variety of subjects, although his favorites are Pre-Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and other general sciences. He has thoroughly enjoyed his 12+ years in education as a tutor and teacher and is thrilled to be joining LCV High School to help make great things happen.


Tracy

Tracy Qazilbash
High School Teacher

Educational Philosophy

Ms Qazilbash is a passionate advocate of experiential, life-long learning.  She believes there is a lesson that can be learned in every experience and event.  She is dedicated to motivating her students to be critical thinkers and thoughtful global citizens. Students in Ms Qazilbash’s classes are consistently challenged to know the “why” in what they are seeking to accomplish.  Identifying this crucial link helps students realize the interconnected relationship between time and space, recognizing that we can’t afford to waste either of these commodities.  Ms. Qazilbash places great emphasis on social justice.  She strives to help her students see the necessity of living in a world where everyone is valued irrespective of their differences.  She necessitates her students to recognize both privilege and disenfranchisement, and challenges students to explore solutions. In her Social Studies classes, Ms Q designs her assignments and projects in a manner that will foster creativity and lead her students to think outside the box.  Ms. Qazilbash encourages her students to not be afraid of having the hard conversations and asking questions that will help them grow and make their communities a better place to live.
 

About

Ms. Qazilbash is happy to call beautiful British Columbia home.  She has lived here most of her life with the exception of a memorable four years spent in Montreal.  She holds a Bachelor of Education with an emphasis on Secondary Social Sciences from McGill University.  Ms Qazilbash began her teaching career working with indigenous youth.  She then spent many years working in the private sector engaging in the delivery of adult education.  After starting a family, she realized her passion to educate young people to become responsible and active global citizens.  She has been teaching social studies  at the high school level for the past five years.  Ms Qazilbash is a wife and proud mom of two daughters and one godson.  In her spare time, Tracy enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.  

 

HS Teacher

Leif Zapf-Gilje
High School Teacher

Educational Philosophy

Mr. Zapf-Gilje believes in empowering students to become life-long learners who are constantly striving to enhance their awareness and understanding of the world they live in, and subsequently to act as good global citizens. In his classroom, students are encouraged to take the driver’s seat in their own studies using an inquiry-based approach.  Each student is recognized as a unique individual with a unique background, strengths, and areas of potential growth. Material is tailored to the students’ knowledge bases, backgrounds, needs and interests, and a variety of modes of communication are used for instruction and encouraged in student work. The ultimate goal is for students to foster a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom and carries them forward in their individual lives.

About

Mr. Zapf-Gilje is born and raised in Vancouver, BC, but has also spent time living in Norway, France, Brazil and China. He has earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, a Master's degree in Journalism, as well as a teaching degree, all from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Mr Zapf-Gilje is an award-winning journalist and has written for magazines, newspapers, radio, and television, covering a variety of topics including politics, social issues, environmental problems, scientific breakthroughs and sports. He is very excited to be joining the strong educational team at LaSalle College Vancouver High School.

 

Nikki Renshaw

Nikki Renshaw
High School Teacher

Educational Philosophy

Ms. Renshaw teaches in an interactive and collaborative style, where she works closely with each student to optimize their personal learning methodologies. Some students work better visually, while others are aural learners. Ms. Renshaw helps all students develop the style that will enable them to comprehend and absorb the topics covered in her class.  Her use of class critiques and interactive lessons enable the students to improve their work in a collaborative environment, where they freely discuss ideas, problems and the solutions. Group work and collaborations for solo projects help to foster valuable team building and presentation skills. Ms. Renshaw uses a wide range of multi-media resources, encouraging students to experiment with textiles to get a clearer understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of specific fabrics and also explore their applications. 

About

Ms.Renshaw started her career in textiles while obtaining her degree at Central St. Martins School of Art in London. For the past 25 years, Ms. Renshaw has focused on textiles through her Interior Design career. She also worked as the Creative Director at St. Geneve Fine Linens, a position she held for eight years. Ms. Renshaw’s expertise of textiles grew with annual trips to Germany and Italy, attending the largest textiles fair in the world and visiting fabric mills to design her own unique fabrics. Ms. Renshaw has taught textiles at several higher education facilities and is thrilled to be supporting LaSalle College Vancouver High School students explore this intriguing industry.