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New Directions Staff

Our Staff

Qualified teachers deliver professional language training supported by teaching assistants and staff. 

Staff provides a safe and inclusive learning environment and ensures that every student attains their academic and personal goals for their community and labour market integration.

Yvonne Hopp - President / CEO

Yvonne has always been dedicated to helping Langley become an inclusive community. At age 16, she worked with representatives of the community to establish a Youth Centre in Langley, transforming a barn into a safe community centre. The barn eventually became Langley Community Services, providing Services to youth, seniors, and newcomers to Canada. Yvonne has continued to contribute to the community, working without remuneration as President of two non-profit Societies in Langley and Aldergrove. In 1989, Yvonne established New Directions to continue her vision, maintaining a focus on disadvantaged client groups. Over 24 years, her leadership established programs such as Essential Skills in the Workplace, Women’s Bridging, YES for Youth, LINC and ELSA for Newcomers to Canada, and Parole 2000. The success of New Directions is directly related to the building of teams who share Yvonne’s commitment to ethics, innovation and accountability.

Emily Norman

Emily graduated with a BGS Degree (Minor in Sociology) as well as obtaining TESL certification. Emily is originally from the United States, but has lived in Canada for over 10 years. Emily has 4 years of ESL classroom experience and has worked with students from Pre-Literacy up to Level 5. She has a great rapport with her students and absolutely loves working with and learning about cultures from all over the world. Outside of teaching Emily enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maureen Richardson

Maureen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, as well as obtaining her TESL 2 certificate from the University of the Fraser Valley. She has experience working with children and youth teaching ESL courses. She currently teaches Level 1/2 and Level 2/3 at New Directions. She enjoys giving back and working with newcomers in the community!

Corinne Dyck

Corinne has enjoyed teaching at New Directions since 2001. She has taught ELSA Level 1 to Level 3 and an interactive conversation class. Prior experience includes teaching the elementary grades in public schools. She has a B.Ed. degree from UBC and a TESL certificate from TWU. She has a B.C. College of Teachers Professional Certificate and is a current member of the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education.

Colleen Frick

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Colleen has a Bachelor of English (UBC), a Diploma in Radio Broadcast Journalism (BCIT), and a TESOL Diploma (VCC). She had a long public relations and training career at Canada Post Corporation before joining New Directions in early 2014. In the past, Colleen taught ESL to teens and adults in Brazil and tutored business English to newcomers. She balances her time at New Directions between teaching LINC and carrying out coordination duties for the school. Colleen says she is as much a student as a teacher in a LINC classroom! "I learn so much from my students each and every day!"

Rebecca Hopp

Rebecca is a Teaching and Program Assistant at New Directions. She actively engages the students one on one by offering insight and encouraging participation. Rebecca has helped teach the Pre-Literacy class and finds it both challenging and enjoyable. She also takes pride in assisting with the maintenance of the school.

Shari Balharry

Shari has been with New Directions since September 2008. She works in the administration office taking care of all administrative duties. Shari is also the Childcare Coordinator and is responsible for arranging childcare for students who may require it, in order for them to attend classes at New Directions

Jette Herscovitch

Jette is a newcomer to Canada herself, which gives her an advantage when relating to new immigrants. She has a B.A. in English from Denmark, a BC Teaching Certificate from UBC and a TESOL Certificate from TWU. Jette's passion is teaching the lower levels and establishing a connection with the students, which facilitates learning. She has taught with New Directions since 2013 and is currently teaching Linc-Literacy.

Melissa Serena

Melissa lived in Japan for over 10 years and began teaching EFL at a young age. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with a split major in English and Anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Melissa also recently completed her M.A. TESOL at Trinity Western University. She has experience working with all ages but spent many years teaching Business English to corporate clients. Melissa loves teaching because she likes working with people and learning about different cultures!