Meet Our Teachers

The Lord has truly blessed us with an amazing group of people around the Province to work with our school. All of our staff are strong, active Evangelical Christians with a passion for education outside of the box.

We have two classifications for our staff, Individualized and Online. The Individualized teachers are those who work directly with our parents and children to supervise and facilitate the BC Educational Program within the context of the families homeschooling program. The Online Teachers (though they will have Individualized responsibilities with students that are Integrated) work directly on a lesson by lesson basis with the students as they accomplish the online curriculum. Learn more about them by reading below!

Steve Bastian

My name is Steve Bastian and I was born in Alberta and grew up on a small family farm. I was homeschooled from grade 7-12 and when I graduated, there were only 250 registered homeschoolers in the entire province of Alberta.. I then, went on to get my B.A. in Psychology and my B.Ed. from The Kings University College in Edmonton. After graduation I took a position of half normal classroom teaching and half special needs teacher/administration at a private Christian school before coming to HCOS. I am passionate about families and students having a say in their education and building the tools they need most in life. I am constantly reminded of things I learned being homeschooled that I wouldn‘t have learned being in the public system.

The most fun aspect of the teaching world is seeing students have the "light" come on when grasping a new concept. It is very rewarding to see both parents and students so excited when growth happens.

My passion is working with special needs students and finding "out of the box" ways to support their individual and unique learning methods.

Kari Bell

I am really thankful for the opportunity to teach with Heritage Christian Online School. It's amazing the way the Lord puts things together! I'm also excited to get to know and build relationships with my new students and their families. I was born and raised in Saskatchewan. I graduated in 1992 with a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan where I minored in Science and Social studies. I married my high school sweetheart; David, and we have five wonderful children. Our daughter is in third year (at Liberty University in Virginia) and our four sons (all home schoolers) live with us in Victoria. We lived in Calgary for 15 years where we were active in our local Church, school, hockey, skiing and other outdoor activities. We've had many adventures including living in Tampa, Florida for a year and with my husband's work we moved to beautiful Victoria. We've plugged into our new Church and are so thankful for the home schooling friends and families we've met already and can't wait to meet yours.

Cam Brown

Predominately raised in Vancouver, I moved to Victoria ten years ago. After graduating from a Christian school I proceeded on a course of becoming a failed rock star and then entered the financial sector. Over time a general belief that I should return to school (as directed by the Lord, as all things are!) I entered postsecondary education in 2000, receiving a degree (with distinction for those who care!) in History in 2003 followed by my teaching certification in 2004. I am married and have three children.

Matthew Duggan

Since graduating from The King's University College in Edmonton in 2001 I have taught in a variety of positions in Edmonton Christian Schools as well as at Powell River Christian School. I have also served for four years as principal of PRCS until I decided to go back into teaching part-time. I am excited to join up with HCOS for a number of reasons. I have a variety of educational passions that go beyond the traditional classroom. Myself and a business partner have developed "SurvivEd": a hands-on survival course that integrates a wide range of curricular outcomes with survival training on-site at my family farm. Also, on my farm I grow organic meat chickens, produce organic eggs, raise dairy/meat goats, and produce blueberries and long english cucumbers. As a farmer/teacher, I seek opportunities to integrate education with farming practices that support and promote a God-honouring response to His command to be stewards of creation. Their are great opportunities for young people to learn the value of growing food in the natural way that God intended as well as to develop the vast array of skills and practices that are needed to run a multi-faceted farm.

Alison Ellis

Hi! I live in North Saanich (Greater Victoria) with my husband Ryan and our three boys, Jeremy (5), Nathan (2), and baby Jaikin. After completing my Education degree at UVic, I taught as the French Specialist at Duncan Christian School. After our first child was born, I took some time off to enjoy motherhood and then was given the exciting opportunity of working for Heritage Christian Online School. The families I have worked with have been such an amazing inspiration to me and it is with great joy that I am now starting down the path of homeschooling my own children.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Trish Ensing

Hello! My name is Trish Ensing and I am excited to be part of the Heritage Christian Online School family. My husband Duane and I have been blessed with 4 wonderful children: Jamesa, Liam, Dominique and Evan, and we live in Victoria. Prior to having children, I taught grade 5 and primary music in Nanaimo. Being able to stay home with my children during their preschool years has been a gift, and it is a privilege to continue to do so while resuming my teaching career with Heritage Christian. I look forward to getting to know and work with families, as together we strive to fulfil God's calling to disciple our children. My prayer for us all this year can be found in Ephesians 3:14-21. May God bless you richly this year!

Rachael Freed

Hello! My name is Rachael Freed and I am a new addition to the team at HCOS. I am recent graduate from Vancouver Island University where I completed my Bachelor of Education degree. I was homeschooled from kindergarten through grade twelve and am myself an HCOS graduate. I am thrilled to be re-entering the wonderful world of homeschooling, and am eager to begin working alongside homeschooling families. I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6: 5-9

Brad Gibson

Hello everyone. I have been a teacher in Christian education for ten years in Campbell River. Previously I worked in animation as a storyboard artist. I look forward to what I will learn from my own children as well as the families I will work with.

Rachael Halliday

I'm an island girl, born and raised in Victoria. I've been married for 15 years and have three young children. After graduating from UVic, I taught part-time at a private Christian school until joining HCOS. I'm excited for the opportunity God has given me to learn and grow in this new environment.

Gordon Holden

Living in the Comox Valley, my wife and I raised two wonderful daughters. Five years ago I moved from the classroom to a DL program. The satisfaction of honing my technology skills were negated however by the loss of that vital teacher-student relationship. Incorporating virtual worlds into my teaching practice was the solution. HCOS administration, envisioning the possibilities, hired me to help develop an alternative program that supports a more creative, individualized learning community utilizing 21st century technologies. The best part? Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ of course. Thanks HCOS.

Kristine Isfeld

I am very excited to be joining HCOS and the Special Education team! I have been working with children in a variety of educational and recreational roles since I was 14. More specifically, I have been teaching for the past 9 years in a variety of locations and roles from: grade 2/3 math, to 6-9 cooking and sewing, to grade 9 English. My latest passion has been the world of Learning Assistance and Special Education. I gained much of my knowledge through my role as Learning Support Teacher for four years at Comox Valley Christian School and a variety of courses such as (most recently): Severe Behaviour, FASD, Autism Community Training: Social Skills Meets Response to Intervention, Working with Educational Assistants and Paraprofessionals, and my Level B Psycho-educational Assessments Certification. I believe that God has given every child many gifts and talents and those can be used to strengthen a student's weaknesses. I am excited about the possibilities of home schooling for exceptional students as their schedule and programs can be flexible and fit the needs of the student specifically. I spend my days with my loving husband and our beautiful baby girl. I enjoy anything to do with the theatre (I love being on stage!), with my passion being dance and my latest obsessions: participating in local musical theatre productions, and pilates. As a family, we like to: attend our Sunday church service (where I belt my heart out during worship or am busy teaching kids church), bike and hike, travel, and spend time with family and our church family. I am feeling very blessed for this opportunity and look forward to the steep learning curve ahead that is home schooling!

Rick Janzen

Hi, my name is Rick Janzen and I am happy to be a part of the Heritage Christian Online School team. My claim to fame is that Janet Rainbow and I have known each other for about seventeen years. We first met when I got my teaching job at Campbell River Christian School. After ten years there I went on to serve as principal at Comox Valley Christian School for five years. I love working and playing in the outdoors and helping kids make the connection between what they experience and how God provides. I live in Black Creek on Vancouver Island with my wife, Judy and our kids Jesse and Erin.

Calvin Johnston

I was born in Kamloops, but our family moved to Japan when I was two. Other than a year in Calgary when I was in grade seven, I lived in Japan until I was eighteen, when I returned to B.C. to attend Trinity Western University in Langley. After meeting my future wife, Lis (also an HCOS teacher), and obtaining my B.A. in psychology, I started my career working with marginalized teens in a treatment centre in Burnaby. I completed another major in English and became a teacher in 1996, the same year our daughter was born and we moved to Japan for three years. While there, I taught in a private Japanese girls' high school during the week and performed weddings (a long story) on weekends, and Lis gave birth to our son. We returned to Langley and I took a job in the public system and we built a house. I don't think anyone was as surprised as we were when we found ourselves in Japan a few months later. I returned to both of my former jobs, but soon began work in the Christian school that I had graduated from. Seven years later, we returned to Canada so I could complete my masters in educational leadership, and realized a long-time dream of moving to Victoria. I am an avid fisher and writer. Lis and I are confident of God's leading in bringing us to HCOS and I am excited to see what lies ahead.

Lis Johnston

Hi everyone, I am looking forward to working with you at Heritage Christian Online School. My name is Lis , pronounced like "lease". I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Trinity Western University and a BED from University of British Columbia. I live in Victoria with my husband, Calvin, and my two children, Danae and Makenan. We just moved here two years ago. Prior to that we had the privilege of living in Japan for ten years. Both my husband and I worked at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ - an accredited Christian international school that supported over three hundred home schooled children). My last assignment in Japan was teaching kindergarten, but I taught four years at the primary level and one year at the intermediate level while there. I also taught ESL to high school and kindergarten students in the Japanese private school system. In B.C., I have two years of experience teaching a variety of subjects at the elementary level (primarily third grade) in the Langley school district. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, I worked as a Teacher Assistant in a classroom for children with special needs.

My husband grew up in Japan (as a missionary kid) and graduated from CAJ and both of our children grew up attending there as well. Over the last two years, I have been working as both a Teacher On Call and a Special Education Assistant On Call at various private schools. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going for walks, reading, singing on our church worship team, and card making. I look forward to seeing how God does His work at HCOS and it is my prayer that God will use me to make a positive contribution.

Carolyn Jones

Hello! My name is Carolyn Jones and I have been very blessed in working with HCOS. I live on Vancouver Island with my husband, our son and our daughter and we love living near the ocean. As a family we are involved in a variety of sports including hockey, lacrosse, swimming, and running. We have a large dog that needs to be walked everyday as well! I enjoy playing the piano, photography and being Mom. I look forward to meeting you and being a support for you in the important role of educating your child(ren). God Bless!

Sandy Lockhart

Hello. My name is Sandy Lockhart. I live in Victoria, BC with my husband Tim and our four children. I am blessed to be a part of an online school and a community of educators that promote academic excellence, trust parents to hear clearly from Holy Spirit, value the development of the whole person and grant freedom to disciple our children's hearts through identifying their gifting and callings. What an honour to be trusted by our Heavenly Father to raise up our children in the way they should go and to live in a nation that allows us the freedom to do so. I rest in the promise, "All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace." Isaiah 54:13

Deidre Lay

I was born and raised in Victoria, BC and taught primary grades for many years with the Toronto District School Board before moving back to Vancouver Island two years ago with my husband and three young children, Evelyn, Samuel and Rose. I am now homeschooling my oldest child and look forward to the homeschooling journey with our other children. I enjoy running, biking, camping with my family and tickling the sillies out of my children.



April McLeod

Many years ago, I began a journey with my daughters into the world of home-schooling. There are several things in my life I have done that I would not trade anything for the richness of the experience. One of them is the time I had with my daughters while home-schooling them for many years. When that the time came to a close, I realized my passion in life was to continue to teach, so I went back to university. Now, 5 years later, I have the amazing privilege to come back into the world that was home to me for many years. I feel so truly blessed to be able to support home-schooling families to reach their goals. I made a comment to a family in my first few weeks as an HCOS teacher, that while I was a newbie, I felt like an oldie in more ways than one. I am starting a new career in the 2nd half of my life, but I am where I have felt more at home than at any other time in my journey. I am so excited to be a part of students' and families' lives, to bring encouragement, and to celebrate the joy of learning.

Allison Miles

What a blessing and privilege it is to support you with your home schooling. I adore being a part of a dynamic team of DL teachers, using the best technology to provide a solid foundation of Christian values and education. I look forward to working with you and your family as God leads us throughout the school year.

If someone would have told me that I would be an online school teacher when I was in university I would never have dreamed it possible. And yet, here I am, not only helping you but also my own children. God has such an eloquent plan for us all.

One of the best parts about my job is that I am able to enjoy the flexibility of working and teaching from home while being a SAHM to my two children. I live on Vancouver Island, with my husband Stephen, son Andrew , daughter Olivia and grandmother Grace. I enjoy photography, reading, boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, papercrafts and gardening.

Nola Morgan

It is an absolute privilege to be teaching for HCOS again this year. In the 5 years that I have been teaching for this school, God has been developing in me a growing passion for home education-- my own kids and I are having a great time learning together at home, although most days I'm sure I'm learning more than they are!

My husband, our two primary-aged children and I make our home on Vancouver Island where we enjoy a full life of hiking, swimming, riding, running, climbing, laughing, camping, playing, and loving God!

James Nelson

Hi everyone,
As a short introduction, I try to love Jesus, my beautiful wife, Lydia, and our 3 kids. Some days, I do ok at that.

I am a big reader, which led me to earn a degree in English Literature, and am a big fan of working with teenagers and encouraging them to love Jesus, which led me to earn a teaching degree. I really enjoy trying to live life to the fullest, as Jesus said that was what He came to offer us (John 10:10), and that journey has led me to work as a teacher, an urban missionary, a photographer, kayak guide, and serve as a husband and father. Some of my fondest memories include my wife and kids, conversations with friends who I am blessed to walk through life with, making tea on a mountain top, or roughing it on the mission field in Tijuana or Haiti.

I try to live a simple life, and love Jesus, which is easier to write than to live. I am still working on that. Teaching with HCOS is a gift, and I am enjoying that journey, and the great staff and students I get to rub shoulders with. Thank you for helping make my job what it is!

Angela Paine

From One Island to Another, I moved to Parksville on Vancouver Island from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After receiving my Education degree with a major in Sociology, I spent some years as Director for two different private Kindergarten Centers. Following my cross-Canada move, I taught on-call for a few years while focusing on my husband’s new career and my two young children. Soon, the opportunity came to teach Core French to grades 5-12 students at a Christian School. Although it was an incredibly rewarding experience, since coming to work with the staff and families at HCOS I feel as if I have found my “teacher home”.

In my personal time, I enjoy hiking, caving, reading, and trying to catch a few dates with my husband once in a while. My passion has always been to inspire children to use their individual gifts and styles to learn. Working with HCOS gives me the opportunity to support families with their individual gifts and styles while allowing them to express their faith-driven learning.

Lonnie Penner

I have been an island girl for four years and love living in Black Creek. Brian and I chose to home school our boys so we could have more family time together. He works away two weeks of each month and if there is local work Brian takes the trailer and we visit him with our mobile school! We have three sons and were blessed this spring with a daughter. Our home is full of laughter and tears, LEGO and now pink dresses; it could always be cleaner but we are too busy embracing the everyday moments of family life! This will be my second year working with the wonderful staff and families of Heritage Christian Online School. I look forward to supporting and serving my homeschooled families, and contributing to the richness of their family life.

Claire Pollok

I am richly blessed to serve within a community of believers, striving through God’s grace, to raise up a new generation of Christian disciples. I believe parents are given the awe-inspiring privilege to share their life in Christ with their children. Parents are ultimately commissioned and gifted to “train up” their children in the way they should go. My vision is for each child to discover and develop his or her gifts in service and relation to Christ. After eleven years of homeschooling my children and six years of supporting homeschool families and teachers I am a firm believer that ones purpose and calling in Christ brings true peace, happiness, and fulfillment.

Janet Rainbow

Erika Rauguth-Treleaven

Chris Robinson

Elina Russell

I really cannot express how incredibly privileged I am to work with Heritage as a support teacher, (especially since I am able to work with my wonderful husband, Elliott Russell.) I am passionate about working with homeschool families and really enjoy all of the HCOS staff! I feel so blessed to have position with a primary goal of discipling this generation to promote the kingdom of God.

I grew up on a farm in Alberta, where I was homeschooled with a large family, from kindergarten until high school graduation — this led to my desire to work with homeschool families as a teacher. After graduating from the University of Alberta and teaching for a year in the Edmonton Public School system. In 2010 Elliott and I moved to Vancouver Island and began working with HCOS. My interests include my family--husband & daughter, outdoor activity, art, my dog, and my job. :-)

Elliott Russell

It is a great honour to be apart of Heritage Christian Online School and participate in their vision. Nothing is more important or pressing then the Gospel of Christ, for which we are obligated and privileged to proclaim. My formal education was at the University of Alberta, where I obtain a B.Ed with a Special Education minor. Prior to my HCOS employment, I primarily worked in crisis counseling and corrections. My personal interests are: Theology, My wife and child, Psychology, Art and long walks on the beach.


Beverly Scholman

I'm so grateful to see the goodness of the Lord in the DL program at Heritage Online School. I've come to HCOS with a desire to use my education background to be a help to the homeschool community. In addition to kids, I'm interested in cooking, gardening and being outdoors.

Chantal Stewart

Born and raised in Alberta, my family and I moved to the 'Jewel of the Island' in 2007. My husband, Wesley and I have two daughters, Samantha (6) and Rachel (5). I have been at home for the last 7 years with our two daughters and Wesley is an electrical contractor. My eldest daughter, Samantha completed kindergarten in Public school in June 2013 and the Lord brought our family to home schooling for next year. I will home school both girls in kindergarten and grade one. I am extremely excited for this next adventure and look forward to assisting and supporting other home school families on this journey! I offer a variety of skills and experience in my teaching career and my role as a mother that I feel will enhance and enrich my abilities as a teacher!

Nicole Terpstra

Hi! I have been working for HCOS since 2005. It has been a wonderful journey of learning. When I started with HCOS I was a new parent (one year old at the time) and have learned much as a parent and as a teacher through this journey. I now have a second child who is constantly reminding me that no two children are created the same. HCOS is an amazing community to be involved with. I have the pleasure of working in my hometown, Campbell River, with homeschool families who have become great friends, am able to work at home, and have the privilege of working with fabulous teachers all over the province. I am blessed to be part of this community.

Carmen Timmermans

I'm excited to be working as an individual teacher for friends and family here on Vancouver Island, as an advocate for gifted students and as the Administrator of the Learning Services program. My background as an educator started in Ontario with an Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Niagara University, although my first teaching job was in BC as a Montessori kindergarten directress (s-t-r-e-t-c-h). In my twenties I travelled to a number of international schools - in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean - teaching PreK to grade 12. I eventually came back to BC to complete a Masters in Leadership from Trinity Western. For the past several years my work has been more administrative, mainly as a Project Manager for a local non-profit Farm and therapeutic community.

I'm happy to be back in the world of education with fellow Life-Learners. I've always felt more was learned out of school than in it and feel in good company here. I have 5 nieces and nephews, some of whom I have the privilege of living with. I believe many things, but the top two that come to mind right now are that canoeing is the perfect way to spend a morning and that God is good - all the time.

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