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Meet Our Educators

Nurturing Guides for Tomorrow's World: Meet the Teachers Who Inspire Growth, Creativity, and

Global Understanding

2b. Essential Agreements

Students, parents, teachers, the head of school, and the board share responsibility for creating a positive learning environment.

 

Commitment to academic and personal excellence is fundamental to your child’s success. To that end we expect that students will:

  • strive to attend school each day on time, ready to learn in body and mind

  • commit in class to participating in positive ways under the guidance of their teacher

  • ask questions and show an active interest in learning

  • complete assigned work and seek help when needed

  • read for pleasure and practice on a regular basis

  • share their learning experiences with their fellow students and parents

 

Our community is also important. We expect that Booker students will:

  • respect the dignity and privacy of all members of their community

  • respect the opinions of others and participate in positive dialogue to resolve problems

  • show pride in The Booker School including wearing the uniform each day and remember when they are off-campus and in uniform that their behaviour reflects on the school

  • treat our surroundings respectfully, including our classrooms, resources and facilities

  • refrain from inappropriate language and extreme rough play, and refrain from any activity which may be considered harassment

  • refrain from actions that may negatively impact our physical communal spaces, such as chewing gum, littering, and graffiti

 

Safety of all students is a concern to all of us. Booker students are expected to:

  • follow all instructions and expectations given by teachers

  • understand our emergency procedures, which will be taught by the teachers

  • avoid harmful and dangerous activity and not damage school property

  • stick to assigned areas and never leave the school grounds without permission

  • associate only with adults who are known to them, or who are with an adult known to them

  • follow school policies regarding technical devices including cell phones, cameras, ipads, computers etc.

  • speak to parents or teachers if any bullying occurs; as bullying contradicts our Guiding Statements

  • follow the expectations on our Behaviour Policy to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all

 

Parents play an important role at the Booker School. We expect that parents will:

  • support and model the Guiding Statements of the school, its values and policies, in their actions

  • embrace the Educational Program

  • model good citizenship by respecting the dignity and privacy of all members of the community

  • communicate directly with teachers if concerns arise

  • communicate directly with the Head of School to discuss school issues when appropriate

  • support their child’s learning by ensuring that they are healthy, at school on time; immediately informing staff if they will be absent or late when possible

  • attend Parent/Teacher meetings, school functions and activities to support student learning

  • not tolerate any form of physical, emotional, social or academic bullying from anyone and report any such occurrences to the Head of School

  • support the school community through action including assistance with transportation and involvement with fundraising and committee work

 

The teachers and staff of The Booker School are leaders entrusted by the parents and the community with the responsibility of developing their children socially and academically. To this end teachers and staff are expected to:

  • support the Guiding Statements of the school and its policies, and to model the IB Learner Profile attributes and attitudes

  • be passionate about their teaching so that the students become passionate about their learning

  • attend to the safety and privacy of each member of the community and support and encourage students through any academic or social hurdles that may arise  

  • respect students and parents as unique and capable individuals

  • communicate the activities and expectations of the school to both students and parents in a timely and clear manner

  • not tolerate any form of physical, emotional, social or academic bullying from anyone and report any such occurances to the Head of School

  • strive to identify the best way each student learns and try, to the best of their ability, to help each student rise to their optimal self  

  • maintain an ongoing desire for life-long learning, reflection, and growth in their teaching

  • strengthen community bonds by participating in extracurricular activities and on school committees

A commitment to support the Guiding Statements and Essential Agreements of The Booker School

I, as Parent or Guardian of the applicant, agree and undertake to support the values, policies and Mission Statement of the The Booker School Society ("School") and the values of the International Baccalaureate Programme.

I acknowledge and agree that The Booker School will require my child to embrace the Learner Profile attributes, The Booker School program, and Behaviour Policy. Following school policy and procedures, the school may, at its discretion, require a student or the child’s family to withdraw from the school. In this event, a refund for remaining tuition costs shall be considered upon request.

I acknowledge that Student Achievement Plans (SAPs) and support will be put into place for students identified with academic needs that fall outside the purview of our program. Parents will be notified in writing of concerns and brought in to collaborate on goal-setting. In the event a determination is made that a child requires additional professional support outside the expertise of school staff, these costs will be borne wholly by the parents.

We accept and understand the values and expectations of The Booker School.  We understand that a student’s or family’s disregard of the expectations of the school may be deemed sufficient cause for dismissal. In the event of a poor fit between student or family and school being determined through a review process. Dismissal is at the sole discretion of the Head of the School and Board of Directors.

We agree that our child may participate in all school activities, including athletics, and any school-sponsored trip away from the campus as well as the use of photography or video for publicity purposes unless the school receives written notice to the contrary.

Teaching Staff

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Mr. James Weekes

Head of School

I grew up in Plymouth, in the south west of England, and at a very early age developed a love for the environment and science. After studying at the University of Plymouth for a BSc in Science and the Media, I had the opportunity to move to Germany where I started working in my first IB school. 

After a decade of working in international schools, I came to The Booker School in 2017 to lead a team of enthusiastic and caring educators with a shared mission and vision. My dream is to further develop this school as a place where students can embrace the joy of learning, be recognised and respected as individuals, and become motivated to reach their highest potential.

James holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Science And The Media from the University of Plymouth, UK, a PGCE from Canterbury Christchurch University, UK, a Certificate of Education in Leadership from The College of Teachers, UK, and an MA in International Education from the University of Bath, UK. James is part of the IBEN (International Baccalaureate Educators Network), and is a qualified Workshop Leader, Site Visitor and Consultant. He also holds a Level 2 IB Educators Certificate.

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Ms. Temma Frecker

Pedagogical Leadership Team & Middle School Homeroom Teacher

Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching winner 2018

Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, I’ve come to call the Annapolis Valley home since 2010. While traveling around the world working on community development projects (Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, Japan, and Northern Quebec), I realized that my true passion was teaching. My goal as a teacher is to foster caring and goodness in people so they can be true to themselves and their passions and be empowered to contribute in their own way to a better world.

Temma holds a B.A. Honours in Double Advanced Major in International Development Studies and Spanish from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie, a B.Ed. from St. Thomas University, and French Immersion Program (Perfectionnement) from Université Ste-Anne (Valedictorian).

“What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”

- Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education & Social Change

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Ms. Jamie O'Hanlon

I grew up in Dartmouth, and after graduating high school I obtained a B.A. in History at St. Francis Xavier University. After taking some time to travel and work abroad, I completed my B.Ed. at Crandall University. I then became an early years PYP educator at an IB continuum school in Ontario, and I loved every minute of it. I'm excited to continue this experience at The Booker School.

 

I believe that play is children's work, and there can be no more authentic inquiry experience than the natural exploration that play provides. As an early years edu​​cator, my mission is to provide authentic learning experiences that allow children to express themselves, explore their world, and consider their role in its future.

Jamie holds a B.A. in History from St. Francis Xavier University and a B.Ed. from Crandall University.

Curriculum Coordinator & Admin Assistant

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Mr. Mark Mayer

Pedagogical Leadership Team & Middle School Homeroom Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

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Ms. Katherine Dickie

Bio Coming Soon

Grade 4-5
Homeroom Teacher

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Ms. Jill Wrightson

Bio Coming Soon

Grade 2-3
Homeroom Teacher

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Liz Pollock

Early Years
Homeroom Teacher

I have been lucky enough to call Hamilton, Ontario my home the past 30 years, but as of summer 2021 I will be calling Kentville, Nova Scotia my new home. I have had the privilege of working in education for over 12 years in various roles and settings from daycare to the FDK program and everything in between. I am an avid believer in play based learning. My passion for teaching becomes stronger each time I am able to help students find joy in learning through an interest-based program. I look forward to growing my pedagogical knowledge as I begin this new chapter in my life at The Booker School. 
 

Educational background: Diploma from Mohawk College in Early Childhood Education, A Bachelor's Degree in Youth and Childhood Studies from Laurier University and a Masters of Science with a focus on Child Education.

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Gemma Burns

Early Years
Assistant

Bio Coming Soon

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Sara D'Arcy

Elementary
Homeroom Teacher

I have been lucky enough to call Hamilton, Ontario my home the past 30 years, but as of summer 2021 I will be calling Kentville, Nova Scotia my new home. I have had the privilege of working in education for over 12 years in various roles and settings from daycare to the FDK program and everything in between. I am an avid believer in play based learning. My passion for teaching becomes stronger each time I am able to help students find joy in learning through an interest-based program. I look forward to growing my pedagogical knowledge as I begin this new chapter in my life at The Booker School. 
 

Educational background: Diploma from Mohawk College in Early Childhood Education, A Bachelor's Degree in Youth and Childhood Studies from Laurier University and a Masters of Science with a focus on Child Education.

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Dani Beaudoin

French &
PE Specialist

I grew up in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, where I developed a love for the outdoors, especially the ocean. I completed a B.A in Psychology with a double minor in Child & Youth studies and Sociology at Mount Saint Vincent University. My love of teaching was fostered through my past outdoor education experiences in which I had the opportunity to instill an appreciation and love of nature with underprivileged youth across the country. I completed my Bachelor of Education at Acadia University, where I had my first opportunity to work with the Booker School community and have stayed on full time since in the mixed specialist role. 

 

I hope to instill a passion and appreciation for different cultures, languages and experiences. I believe exposing students to a variety of opportunities through sport, outdoor education and the arts can lead to building self confident, adaptive and creative youth. I aim to bring my Indigenous knowledge, passion for the outdoors, and French specialty to the community.

Career Opportunities

We are always looking for passionate, qualified educators to add to our list for future opportunities. Send us a cover letter and resume below.

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Specialists

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Colleen Gerrits, Visual Arts 

Colleen is an artist from Greenwich, and has been teaching art to students aged 4 and up for over 12 years. 

She enjoys using a variety of mediums to keep things fresh and exciting for her students. Mediums include painting, sketching, printing, collage, clay sculpting, wet and needle felting, mixed media, and more. Colleen aims to introduce students to a wide range of art, beginning with a step-by-step approach and then allowing her students to branch off to explore endless artistic creations.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Education

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