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New Directions English Language School - Funded By Government


New Directions Staff


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



Corinne Dyck - Teacher

Corinne has been teaching at New Directions since 2001. She has taught ELSA Level 1 to Level 3 as well as an interactive conversation class and is currently teaching a LINC 4 class. Prior experience includes teaching the elementary grades in public schools. She has a B.Ed degree from UBC, a TESL Certificate from TWU and a B.C. College of Teachers Professional Certificate. Corinne enjoys meeting people from around the world and helping newcomers acquire English skills so they feel comfortable in their new community.



Maureen Richardson - Teacher

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 taught LINC levels one through five in her years at New Directions. Maureen is currently teaching a LINC 4/5 class at the Aldergrove New Directions location in which she strives to bring the highest quality our LINC program can deliver to this growing community. She enjoys working with newcomers to help them become more confident and independent in the community.



Janice Campbell - Teacher

to be continued...



Cristina Evanow - Teacher

Cristina has taught at New Directions since 2013. Originally from Ontario, she has a B. A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario. Cristina travelled extensively in Europe and elsewhere before moving to BC. Cristina completed a TESL Certificate at Ridge Meadows College and also holds a TESL Canada Level One Certificate. Cristina has experience working with homestay students from different countries and is happy in her current position. Cristina enjoys helping newcomers with all aspects of their English language learning.



Melissa Serena - Teacher

Melissa lived in Japan for over 10 years where she 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 and also spent many years teaching Business English to corporate clients. Melissa loves teaching because she likes working with people and learning about different cultures!



Jette Herscovitch (Retired, Continues to participate as remote on call teacher)

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 at New Directions since 2013 and is currently teaching in the Linc-Literacy program.



Harvinder Dhariwal - Teacher

Harvinder completed her education in the UK and immigrated to BC in 1996. After completing her TESL and BC Career Development Certificates she joined the New Directions family in 2014. She has also taught LINC for the Peoples Law School and Parenting after Separation for the Boys and Girls Club of BC. Harvinder also completed the English for the Workplace and Job Club Leadership Training.



Anita Friesen - Teacher

Anita graduated with a B.A. in English from Trinity Western University in Langley. She went on to obtain her TESL Certificate from Vancouver Community College. She has taught different levels of ESL over the years, but has found her passion in working with the lower levels. Anita has been teaching LINC Pre-Lit - 2 classes since joining the New Directions team in 2016. She loves being creative in helping newcomers build confidence, form friendships and interact in the community as they acquire basic English skills.



Patti Hastie - Teacher

Patti pursued teaching English as a Second Language, because she has always been interested in the stories of new comers to Canada. Further to her BA in Speech Pathology, she completed her TESOL certification in 2015 from the University of the Fraser Valley. She began working with New Directions in November of that year. While finishing her certification, she volunteered at English Studies for Life in Canada for 3 years. Interaction with her students is the highlight of her day.



Rebecca Hopp - Teacher

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.



Ellen Chacon - Teacher

Ellen graduated with a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. After 25 years doing marriage counselling, she switched her focus and obtained her TESL 2 certificate from Douglas College. Ellen pursued teaching English as a Second Language because of her interest in other cultures and how people adapt . Her father is Guatemalan and the family immigrated to Canada from Chile many years ago. Ellen has been teaching at New Directions since 2018, mainly LINC 4.



Kendra Reger - Teacher

Kendra has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Certificate in TESL, both from the University of British Columbia. She’s been teaching with New Directions since 2018, and is currently teaching the LINC 5 morning class and the LINC 5/6 evening class. She really enjoys getting to know her students and is enthusiastic about helping them meet their goals.



Pamela Dima-ala - Teacher

Pamela Dima-ala has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for more than 10 years. She taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to university students in China for 6 years. In New Zealand, she taught general and academic English to International students who intended to study in New Zealand universities. She also taught English for Special Purposes (ESP) for a year to Japanese Engineers who were working in Vietnam and ESL to primary and secondary students for 4 years. She completed her Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) degree at Trinity Western University. Her extensive experience teaching English to international students motivates her to continue teaching minds, touching hearts and transforming lives through meaningful interaction using English.



Valerie Job - Teacher

Val has been teaching in a classroom setting and tutoring students one-on-one in the English language for over ten years. For the past 24 years, there has always been an international student living in her home, which has had a big influence on her change of careers. After finishing an education and working in fashion design and house decorating, she eventually switched her focus and received her TESOL certificate at TWU. Since joining New Directions two years ago, she has focused primarily on the Pre-lit and LINC 1 levels, and obtained a Certificate in ESL for Adult Literacy Learners. She loves getting to know about all the diverse cultures that have settled in the Langley area and yearns to help them fit into their new country.



Mike Chrzanecki - OLC Teacher

Mike has been teaching for the Open Learning Centre at New Directions since August of 2019. He took his TESOL course in 2019 as well, and has wholeheartedly been enjoying teaching here. At the Open Learning Centre Mike teaches our stage two students at CLB levels 5-8. He hopes to continue helping newcomers in Canada with their English for many years to come.



Rose Puszka - Teacher

She was born and educated in the UK. She immigrated to B.C. with her family and their cat and dog in 2006. She teaches morning and afternoon LINC 1/2 classes. She really enjoys being a teacher at New Directions because she meets many, many interesting people. She loves helping students to learn English and she really likes hearing students laughing and singing in her class. She especially likes learning from the New Directions students a she likes to learn about their cultures, families, traditions and skills. During our time of teaching online Rose has been very creative in her teaching techniques for keeping her students interested and safe.



Zeigfried Dima-Ala - OLC Teacher

Zeigfried is a University of Cambridge – England certified teacher of English Language to adults with 10 years international teaching experience. Before coming to Canada, he was a teacher of ESL for 6 years in a university in China and 4 years in Vietnam teaching Vietnamese children and adults. He loves teaching English not only because he is able to help second language learners improve their English skills but also for the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.



Gurpreet Dua - Teacher

Everyone calls her Ruby. She has a PhD (English) from a prestigious university in India. She earned a PGCTE (Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching English) and is also TESOL Canada certified.Ruby has presented her research papers in universities in Dubai and Canada on Communication skills. She has a rich experience of around 20 years of teaching ESL in India. She is enjoying every bit of her experience teaching English to ESL learners at New Directions. Ruby believes: "A successful teacher should enjoy people, show enthusiasm and excitement in the classroom, and be positive...".



Shari Balharry - Senior Client Services Coordinator

Shari has lived in Langley since she was 3 years old. She has previously worked for Court Services and after having her two daughters she began doing after-school pick up for a local Taekwondo school. Shari started with new Directions in 2008 and is currently the Client Service Coordinator which includes looking after all administrative duties. When she is not at work she is assisting as an Assistant Coach in softball or going for walks with her dog.



Moo do Paw Sha - Program Assistant

Everyone knows her as Lalu. She moved to Canada from a refugee camp in Thailand in 2007. In 2018, she became a Canadian citizen. Currently, she is working at New Directions as a Program Assistant and a Wait-list Coordinator. Lalu helps students with registrations and places them in their classes. She loves working with people because, as she was a refugee herself, it is a wonderful feeling to help others who are new to the community and especially welcome other refugees.



Graciela Sobrado - OLC Project Assistant

Graciela holds a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico. She was working for prestigious corporations in Mexico before coming to Canada. Presently, she is a Project Assistant at the OLC office where she is applying the Kaizen System through out the organization. Graciela enjoys a team-work environment, sharing tasks and assignments in a highly efficient manner. She continually strives to improve her own skills while delivering customer satisfaction to our students.



Jing - Program Assistant

Jing grew up in a small town in South-East China and moved to Canada with her family in 2014. She started to work at New Directions in January 2019 as our Program Assistant. Jing is helping clients with class registrations, as well as doing a general office work. As a newcomer, she really enjoys life here and is willing to help other newcomers to settle and learn about culture.



Margaret Ann - Community Events Coordinator

Margaret graduated as an adult student from the University of Fraser Valley with a Bachelor degree in Sociology and History. Subsequently, she completed a TESL Certificate program which gave her the opportunity to work as an ESL Tutor for adults. Having grown up in an immigrant family and speaking German as her first language, Margaret enjoys working with Newcomers to Canada and can easily relate to them and understand the challenges facing families as they come to a new culture and learn a new language. As the New Directions Community Events Coordinator, her goal is to reveal the many diverse aspects of our local community to the students by inviting guest speakers to the school and planning a variety of field trips.



Hafida Ghafrani - Assistant Financial Manager

Hafida

Hafida was a Public Purchaser in Morocco. She was a student in New Directions, and later she was hired as a Childcare Coordinator. Currently, she is the assistant Financial Manager, and she is committed to working hard to meet New Directions expectations. Hafida is an accounting student, and being promoted to her current position is a great opportunity to upgrade her skills and to make a significant contribution to The New Directions team.



Farah Sulaimanbek

Growing up in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, Farah acquired a bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from the University of Baghdad. Then, while gaining much experience in Dentistry, she proceeded to practice as a Dental Surgeon for over 20 years. In November 2013, after working both in Iraq and Oman as a dentist, Farah moved to Canada where she studied at VCC and obtained a Dental Assistant Diploma. More recently, she has obtained her PBLA and CLB Bootcamp certificates. Farah has volunteered at different organizations that help Newcomers in all aspects of life to assist them in the process of integration and settlement in their new community. As a volunteer, she joined New Directions School at the beginning of 2019, helping the Arabic-speaking students in their English studies. At the end of 2019, Farah joined New Directions School as the Child Care Coordinator. She loves her work at New Directions because she gets to meet people from different countrie