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CAREERS at Mulgrave

At Mulgrave, you are empowered to be your best. Being around smart, engaged, and talented individuals makes each day exciting and fulfilling. Thanks to the school's generous investment of time and resources, we are able to excel as professionals and deliver on our mission to inspire excellence in education and life.

View our current job postings and find out why you'll love working at Mulgrave.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE WORKING AT MULGRAVE

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED
TO PURSUE YOUR
PASSIONS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Jack McKillop

"Every day, I am challenged, engaged, and inspired by my students. Whether discussing the interpretive nature of knowledge in a Theory of Knowledge class, demonstrating how to pitch a tent in the backcountry, or watching a soccer team celebrate a last-minute goal, the reward of my job lies in seeing students grow and develop into passionate learners, ready to positively influence their world."

YOU FEEL A TRUE SENSE OF FRIENDSHIP;
DIVERSITY AND
INCLUSIVITY ARE CELEBRATED

Jeff Darcy

"I love my job at Mulgrave on so many levels. The view is stunning. The facilities are state of the art. These make teaching gratitude and appreciation so much easier. The school is rich with resources and technology, giving our students myriad opportunities to express themselves creatively and explore their passions. The Mulgrave staff are brilliant, inspiring, and fun. I feel motivated to collaborate with my colleagues on all sorts of initiatives, teachings, and trips. The school encourages us to get involved with all aspects of the community, not only our assigned jobs. We have many opportunities to share our passions with our students. The students in turn are curious, intellectual, and hard-working."

YOU APPRECIATE THE BENEFITS, INCLUDING A TUITION DISCOUNT FOR CHILDREN AND RRSP CONTRIBUTIONS

KAREM PLANAS

"A 60% tuition discount for staff children makes it possible for me to work where my children spend their day, get to meet their friends, and not miss a play, game, or presentation. Equally as important is having the opportunity to work and contribute towards the growth of something worthwhile: education. The free chair massages and healthy snacks, as well as the complimentary covered parking are great to have, too!"

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YOU GET TO TRAVEL AND BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS WHILE FINDING WAYS TO PUT CONCEPTS INTO CONTEXT

Hazel Chee

"One of the things I appreciate most about working at Mulgrave are the many opportunities to develop professionally and personally. The travel opportunities are also amazing.

I greatly appreciated the opportunity to participate in GEO trips like the one I took to the Dominican Republic with the G9 and 10s. These trips give us an opportunity to put concepts in context and be of service to others. This year, I also got to visit Toronto to connect with Mulgrave alumni. It was great to see former students and remind them they are a valued part of the Mulgrave family."

YOU HAVE THE TRUST OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND IT MOTIVATES US TO TRY NEW THINGS

Kent Jamieson

"One of the perks of my job is the ability to be creative and innovative in the classroom. I feel that I have the trust from our administration to try new things, whether it be incorporating new educational technologies and/or implementing new educational practices (e.g. flex seating, concept-based learning, flipping the classroom, etc.)

Among the things I appreciate the most about Mulgrave is the inspiring professionalism and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff. I am in constant awe of my colleagues' passions and investment in our students. The various activities and events that they support, create, and/or enhance as a result of their participation never ceases to amaze."

YOU ARE GREETED EVERY MORNING BY WARM HELLOS AND HAPPY SMILES FROM STUDENTS AND STAFF

Melissa Moore

"It is rare that you walk into a work environment everyday and you are met by smiles on students and colleagues' faces and the sound of excitement in their voices as they say 'Good Morning!' to you."

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Your colleagues will inspire you

Antony Wilson
MYP English Teacher, Head of Student Life, Global Education & Outreach Coordinator

As a teacher, how do you keep students engaged?
Anthony Wilson profile

We talk a lot these days about encouraging young people to find their passion, but I think what’s more important is personal and creative engagement. The world needs young people to make, act, do, come alive. Perhaps this sounds like semantics, but passion needs wings; we are asking students the wrong question. I have always felt uncomfortable when asked ‘What's your passion?’, because it shouldn’t be all about the self, about ‘my’ passion, but rather about understanding what life is asking of me. As David Brooks said in his recent Op-Ed, the more important question is ‘How can I match my intrinsic talents with one of the world's deep needs?’ I believe the ideal place for youth to ‘come alive’ and find those deep needs is outside the classroom in student leadership, voice, and creativity, action and service (CAS).

Are there any words of wisdom you live by?

There is a quote from the old Marxist Antonio Gramsci which says, “Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will.” You could say this is my mantra. I always try to engage the world within this balanced critical dialectic: never accept things as given, question everything, but, at the same time, always believe in good possibilities and have faith in the human spirit to find better paths beyond the limits of the possible. You could say this really is my idea of “balance” from the IB learner profile!

What does being a lifelong learner mean to you?

“For me, embracing the concept of being a lifelong learner means having a mindset that always questions, tries new things, connects, reflects and empathizes with others. My ‘early adopter’ approach to new social media and educational technology or #edtech over the last 5 years epitomizes this learning process for me.”

Colin Van de Reep
Senior Music Teacher, Weekend Kitchen Warrior and Sought-After Freelance Musician

Why is music an essential part of a great education?

Colin Van De Reep profileAs one of the main pillars in every culture, music is a constant stimulant to our youth. We use music so often, and for so many things, that it would be near impossible to live a day without hearing it in some form. Because music is such an important staple of our everyday lives, we need to provide students the opportunity to continue in the tradition of music-making and music appreciation.

What does being a lifelong learner mean to you?

As a teacher at Mulgrave, I have a unique learning opportunity. Our inquisitive and naturally curious students offer teachers at the school a window into new lines of thinking, fresh perspectives and unexplored questions. By listening to students, I not only find ways to advance their knowledge, but also grow and learn myself. Here, learning becomes a natural by-product of how we approach day-to-day interactions.

Claude Leduc

Head of Athletics & Physical Education, Salsa Dancer, Athlete and Team Sport Aficionado

Coach Leduc on unstructured play...
Claude Leduc profile

As an educator and coach, I see the significant contributions that both formal sports (e.g., adult-led youth leagues) and informal sports (e.g. pick-up games) have on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of young adults. Unfortunately, it seems to me that the value of the former has risen far above that of the latter as students are shuttled from school and league practices and games, to one-on-one training and skill development lessons, leaving little to no time for going out to a nearby court for some unstructured games.
Although the reasons for the lopsided trend elude me, I have not lost sight of the specific benefits associated with informal play and look for opportunities to bring that into my teaching and coaching.
Chief among these benefits is the development of the interpersonal skills resulting from having to agree on rules, compromise, collaborate with strangers, and resolve disputes in a productive manner; all of which are natural by-products of informal play. Characterised by the fact that the playing is organised, managed and led by the players themselves, I, as an example, carve out time to develop opportunities for students to organise games where they determine the rules and teams.
Although the tenets are very similar (i.e., play hard, play fair, have fun and display good sportsmanship) students have noticed that the soft skills stretched in one type of game versus another vary greatly, and they can appreciate the value of the skills learnt through both. Thus, as a parent and/or coach, it is important for us to remind them to try to find a balanced approach that makes time for both. - CL

Alex McIntyre
IB History and Humanities Teacher, museum junkie and aficionado of all things archaic.

What is excellence to you?

Alex McIntyre profileI believe excellence is as much a state of mind as it is an actual achievement. Excellence is defined as being outstanding in quality. Quality, not quantity is what truly matters. You can know a myriad of facts, but if you’re unable to articulate the why and the how of those facts, then you’re not really excelling. When excellence is attained, it’s attained through hard work, trial and error and above all else, passion.


What does being a lifelong learner mean to you?

“The teachers who made an impact on me and whose influence continues to resonate are the ones who did not give the stock answers. It was so much more inspiring when we searched for the answers together. Teaching is a constant process of learning, and being with these students allows me to learn something new each day.”


Kyle Prior
DP Math Teacher & Curie Head of House

How do you use technology in your classroom?
Kyle Prior profile

My goal is to use technology to expand my students’ world. I redefine tasks in order to maximize the opportunities for my students to ‘own the learning’. For example, replacing a pencil with a computer means I am just swapping tools. But to truly make the task meaningful or transformative, we need to redefine the task by using the technology in such a way that it allows the student to ‘own the learning’. In my Math class, for example, students use tutorial software to create math skills videos that can be published on YouTube and be used by a global audience to enhance both the student and the audience’s learning.

What is your favourite quote?

"This is water" - David Foster Wallace

This quote and its message captures the essence of the value behind the IB inquiry-based pedagogy. In my class, success is not defined by knowing a formula, but from understanding the answer and its application in the ‘real world’. Awareness requires continuously stoking inborn curiosity and promoting critical thinking.


Kathryn Clark
Vice Principal, DP & Student Data Achievement Coordinator, Seasoned Hockey Player and Knitting Black Belt
Kathryn Clark profile

A COUPLE OF THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MS. CLARK

#1 - She plays hockey in a co-ed league

Ask Mrs. Clark about her childhood and she shares that she spent most of her free time enjoying the outdoors and playing sports. These loves carried through into adulthood and, after arriving in Canada, they inspired Kathryn to learn to skate and play hockey. Starting at the young age of 38, she quickly became known as a fierce player earning her spots on both a women's and co-ed team in North Vancouver. Looking for Kathryn on a Friday night? You will find her with one of her teams playing right 'D' or right wing at an ice rink nearby.

#2 - Snowboarding is at the top of her list

Fun-loving, adventurous and outdoorsy are just a few of the many words you could use to describe Mrs. Clark. We asked her what was the most fun she has had this year, and she shared that snowboarding on a powder day at Whistler with Mike (her husband) and friends was at the top her list. Ever the sports enthusiast, Kathryn has been snowboarding for the past 20 years.

Ali McTavish
MYP Science Teacher & Outdoor Education Coordinator

What does being a lifelong learner mean to you?

Ali McTavish profile

Being a life-long learner means continuing to explore my passions and being excited to try new things. I certainly want to continue grow as a teacher. I would like to go back to school to earn a Master’s in a multidisciplinary subject so that I can discover even more ways to engage my students. I also intend to continue my involvement with the outdoor education community, taking risks and plotting my next adventure.“


James Gardiner & Gerry Thomson

Junior School PE Teachers, Coaches, Family Men, and One of Mulgrave's Most Charming Dynamic Duos

James Gardiner & Gerry Thomson profile

Like peanut butter and jelly, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, or coffee and sugar, all powerhouse duos have one thing in common - they are at their best together. And so is the case for Mulgrave's own superstar pair Mr. Thomson and Mr. Gardiner, the school’s teamwork MVPs.


Each a teaching rock star in his own right, it is their combined passion and their engaging teaching style that have catapulted them from great to Mulgrave’s proverbial Hall of Fame. Gerry and James set clear expectations of themselves and their students and although they may not see eye to eye on everything – Gerry would argue that the biggest sports scandal of the past decade was Tiger Woods, whereas James would list Lance Armstrong and FIFA’s corruption charges – both agree on the important stuff. “My dad would always say ‘Don’t just show up, play.’ and I apply this to everything I do. James’s approach to teaching and life is very similar so, our shared philosophy not only contributes to teamwork while in school, but also to a great friendship,” asserted Mr. Thomson.

This level of investment in everything they do has endeared them to students and earned them great respect, along with a strong following. Their teams are known for having dozens of students, nearly all the boys or girls in a class.
We asked members of the Mulgrave community to share what makes Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Thomson an outstanding team - their passion and their commitment to student development and growth were consistently mentioned. According to James, they would not be able to do it any other way. “No matter what you are doing, strong commitment is essential to success. We are committed to the students and their growth in much the same way we are to that of our own children. That commitment inspires trust and respect in students and prompts them to treat each other like family.”


SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITY & SUPPORT PURSUING
MULTIPLE PASSIONS

Natassja By profileNatassja By grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, with an innate desire to sing and dance. Her mom was a piano teacher, and music of all kinds could be heard in the house: jazz, classical, country, rock, folk...she was surrounded by music! Much of her childhood was spent on stage singing solo and in choirs, performing in musicals, and playing tenor saxophone in concert and jazz bands. She moved to North Vancouver in 2004, to study vocal jazz at Capilano University. She has a BEd and BMus in Jazz studies. Natassja sings as an alto with Vancouver's Phoenix Chamber Choir. (Phoenix just released a CD this weekend, and has their next concert on Dec. 4th- see phoenixchoir.ca for more info!). Natassja is on the Phoenix Choir board, and on the organizing committee for Inspirare Choral Workshop. In her free time, Natassja can be found hiking and camping in the backcountry. She also loves to travel, read, and play Scrabble. Get to know Natassja here.

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