Staff

Principal

Mr. Chris van der Pauw graduated from SFU with a B.Ed. and a B.A. with an English Major and Humanities Minor. His teaching career started at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School and through his 6 years he taught English 8 to 12 and Christian Ed 8 to 12. In 2012, he received his Masters Degree in Administration and Leadership from Gonzaga University and he took a teaching position of Grade 6 at St. James and St. Ann’s Elementary in Abbotsford. In 2015 he became Vice Principal at St. James and St. Ann’s Elementary. In 2016 he became the Kindergarten to 7 Computer Teacher and in 2017 he was appointed Acting Principal of St. James and St. Ann’s. He is in his first year as Principal at St. Jude School.

Mr. Chris van der Pauw is passionate about student engagement and learning. Over the years, he has been involved in coaching basketball, running a chess club, organizing ski trips and kayaking trips for students, sponsoring a robotics club, and helping with sports such as soccer and track and field. He believes that providing students with educational experiences outside the classroom is as important as providing children with a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, and Christian Education. He is excited to be a part of the St. Jude School community and looks forward to working with teachers, students, and parents.

Kindergarten and French Teacher
Kindergarten and French Teacher

Mrs. Angela Chao graduated from UBC with a BA in English Literature before moving to Japan for 2 years where she taught English in a few junior high schools. Living in Japan was an amazing cultural experience and taught her many valuable life lessons such as patience and understanding. After returning from Japan, she returned to UBC to obtain her B Ed. In 2001, she began teaching at St Jude School in Gr 7 for a few years before moving to Gr 6. She has also taught Gr 5 and is currently teaching Kindergarten with Mrs Wong and teaches Kindergarten to Gr. 7 French. As a lover of languages, the next languages Angela would like to learn are Filipino and Italian.

Kindergarten Teacher
Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Sue Ann Wong has worked in our CISVA system for over 20 years in the Intermediate and Primary classrooms as well as in the Resource Centre. She has been at St. Jude School for 10 years as one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Wong received her Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. She loves traveling, reading, skiing and playing volleyball.

Grade 1 Teacher
Grade 1 Teacher

Miss Sheehan comes to us all the way from County Cork in Ireland. She has recently relocated to Vancouver on a two year visa in search of adventure and a new experience. Miss Sheehan has taught at St. Joseph’s Primary school in County Cork for the past 5 years, recently having been appointed as an Assistant Principal. She has experience mostly with Grade 4 and 5 having taught Grade 4 for the past 3 years. Miss Sheehan is a music lover and you will find her singing wherever she goes. She is passionate about animals, especially dogs! Miss Sheehan is very proud of her Irish culture and looks forward to sharing some culture and history with the students at St. Jude School. Likewise she looks forward to learning about the different cultures that make up the community here at St. Jude School.

Grade 2 Teacher
Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Collins has been a teacher for the past 20 years. A graduate of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser, she began her academic career right here at St. Jude School a very long time ago! She has taught a variety of grades, but greatly enjoys helping students in Grade 2 prepare their First Confessions and their First Holy Communions. She has three beautiful children, a dog and a cat and is passionate about sharing her love of God and learning with her students.

Grade 3 Teacher
Grade 3 Teacher

Miss Smillie is so happy to be entering her third year at St. Jude School. She is the oldest of a large Catholic family and has attended Catholic schools all her life. She grew up in Helena, Montana and graduated high school with honors from Andrew School. She then went on to receive her B.A. from Carroll College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Prior to teaching at St. Jude School, Miss Smillie has taught in schools all over! She has elementary experience from schools in Utah, Montana, and downtown Vancouver. She looks back fondly on her time spent teaching English in a school in China. Miss Smillie is extremely passionate about the Arts and enjoys co-leading the Patriots Drama Club. When she isn’t at school, catch this teacher on the ice–where she curls in a local curling league!

Grade 4
Grade 4

Mr. Godenir was born in southwest Saskatchewan and grew up on a mixed farm, which had primarily wheat and cattle. He went to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he received an Advanced BA in History and a Bachelor of Education. After working as an Educational Assistant in rural Saskatchewan, Mr. Godenir traveled to Maryland, USA where he received his primary elementary certificate for Montessori education. He worked for three years in Northern Virginia and Connecticut before moving to British Columbia, where he continued to work as a Montessori educator for over 10 years. He has been a Grades K-7 Teacher-on-Call for three years with the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese and is excited to be working with the students, staff and families of St. Jude’s School.

Grade 5 Teacher
Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Cowper received her Bachelor of Education last May from Trinity Western University. She is very happy to have her first teaching position at St. Jude’s. Beforehand, while completing her Bachelor in Catholic Studies and History, she taught piano and worked as a teaching assistant at a private English language learners’ summer school. She has also received her diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Mrs. Cowper is passionate about seeking after the true, the good, and the beautiful, and aims to focus her teaching on these transcendentals. In her free time, Mrs. Cowper enjoys the outdoors, classical music, thinking about philosophy & theology, dancing, cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her family.

Grade 6 Teacher
Grade 6 Teacher

Ms. Corea is one of the veteran teachers on staff, having over 18 years of experience. She is committed to facilitating a learning environment that emphasizes a love for learning in a Christ centered setting.

From a young age Ms.Corea knew that she wanted to become a teacher because she enjoyed serving others. She has a love for teaching Language Arts, Science, and Art Education. Her true passion is in the arts and she takes every opportunity to embed the arts into her teaching; she is enjoys finding ways of making the classroom lessons stimulating and exciting.

Over the years, Ms. Corea has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with her dedicated co-workers and assisting the administration to drive school initiatives.

Grade 7 Teacher
Grade 7 Teacher

Mr. Mow is currently in his 1st year of teaching Gr. 7 at St. Jude School, after spending 9 years as the Gr. 4 teacher and another 1 1/2 years as the Gr. 6 teacher, with Religion and Math being his favorite subjects to teach; as well, he enjoys being a part of the school’s extra-curricular activities, especially in sports. In addition to a Bachelor of Education degree, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Mow was pursuing a career in youth counselling, having had previous volunteering experiences with one-to-one mentoring troubled youths and tutoring inside the youth prison. Mr. Mow enjoys sports (he is a die hard fan of the Vancouver Canucks, with a stellar collection of the team’s jerseys); also, he enjoys eating sushi, spontaneously singing random songs and quiet evenings of reading (as of Oct. 2018, he is working [slowly] on Confessions by St. Augustine).

Music Teacher
Music Teacher

Miss Scheerer is excited to be the new music teacher at St. Jude’s. She is a recent graduate from UBC with her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance. Her passion for music began in her junior high band program. From grade 8 onwards, she was determined to become a professional bassoonist! She worked hard and sacrificed. She travelled to perform in festivals, to study, to learn, and to grow. Miss Scheerer discovered that our world desperately needs beauty as beauty is a pathway to the divine. As Miss Scheerer continued to grow she came to realize that she could share her talents in music by teaching children. Miss Scheered discovered that there was so much joy in teaching music to children.

Miss Scheerer often refers to Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Physical Education Teacher
Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Campanile (Mr. C) has been teaching for 15 years. He taught grade 5 for 1 year at St. Patrick’s Elementary, 4 years at St. James and St. Ann’s Elementary as a PE teacher and he is in his 10th year at St. Jude School teaching Physical Education. Mr. C studied at SFU and received his BA with a major in History and a minor in Theatre Technology. He is married and has an 11 year old son.

Secretary
Secretary

Ms. Irene Goh is in her second year at St. Jude School. Previous to taking the Secretary position at St. Jude School, Ms. Goh worked for Desjardins Insurance. Her background with Desjardins Insurance is an asset to the school. Ms. Goh brings to our school a positive and upbeat spirit. She is known for her welcoming personality and her infectious smile. Ms. Goh’s children attend Corpus Christi Elementary, where she also serves on their Parish Education Committee as Secretary. During winter, you might see Ms. Goh snowboarding on the slopes of our local mountains.

Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper

Mrs. Aurora Gumban is new to St. Jude School having started in August 2018. She is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel. She has experience as a bookkeeper and she brings this experience to our school community. Mrs. Gumban is passionate about her faith having participated in a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Mrs. Young has been with St. Jude School since 2012 teaching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She has received her training for this program by attending the numerous prescribed workshops. She is passionate and enthusiastic about the program.

Learning Resources Coordinator
Learning Resources Coordinator

Mrs. Chee is the Learning Resource Teacher. After graduating with an Education degree, she began her teaching career at St. Jude’s School as the Grade 3 teacher. She has since floated back and forth as the Grade 3 teacher and the Learning Resource Teacher. She enjoys seeing children express their love for learning and encourages children to always see different possibilities when looking for an answer or solution.

One of her favourite quotes: Tell me and I will forget . . . Show me and I will remember . . . Involve me and I will learn . . .~ Ancient Proverb

At St. Jude School we work hard to support our students with special needs. Our talented group of Educational Assistants are dedicated individuals who work alongside teachers to deliver the educational programs to students. Our Educational Assistants have a range of experience and expertise that they are able to utilize in ensuring student success.