Principal - Lisa Berg
I've been teaching for 11 years and feel very excited to be continuing this fall as principal of Assumption School. I recently completed my Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Alberta. Prior to that, I did my Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Victoria. Being a educator is my passion and I'm looking forward to being able to have an influence on the learning of all students in our school. My husband and I feel very fortunate to be able to work and live in such a beautiful community.
Secretary - Claudia Cappiello
I was born and raised in Northern Italy where I completed a five year program in Bookkeeping and Simple Accounting. I am also fluent in three languages - Italian, German, and English. I moved to Powell River in 1987, and I have been the school secretary since 2005. My priority is always to look after the children and put their needs first. I believe that our school is the perfect place to help each child grow in their own unique and special way in a happy and safe environment.
Primary - Angela De Vita
I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and have completed an Early Years Education Diploma. Having a specialization in the early years has helped me grow in understanding of development in the early years of a child’s life and how to nurture young minds. In my classroom I attempt to foster a loving, caring relationship with all of my students as well as a strong start to literacy, numeracy and social skills to last a lifetime.
Primary - Kelly Neri
I have been teaching for over 30 years, most of these at Assumption School. While teaching most of the Primary Grades, I know this age group very well. I love watching the little ones delight in their learning to read and write. I try to make learning fun and my classroom is a calm, welcoming place to be.
Primary - Gemma Neath
I graduated from VIU in 2000. I am proud to say I attended Assumption school as a student from preschool to Grade 7 and then was given the wonderful opportunity to teach here. I enjoy teaching at Assumption and helping the students achieve their academic goals and grow in their Catholic Faith.
Primary & PE - Andrea Massullo
I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Elementary Education. I attended Assumption School as a student from Kindergarten to grade 7, and have taught at the school since 2007. I strive to maintain a loving and respectful classroom atmosphere, where all students feel welcome and accepted.
Intermediate - Carol Wyatt
This is my 16th year teaching at Assumption. I completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2002 and a Masters in Integrated Arts and Education from Athabasca University in 2010. Being a Catholic teacher is a vocation and I have been blessed by God to have this experience. To explore the curiosity and original ideas of these young students is a gift. Our time together is one where we learn about grace, caring, and persistence. I have always taught children through Saint Therese of Lisieux to do the smallest thing with the greatest love and through Mother Teresa to never take one's hope away. My advice to others, "Give freely of yourself and pray daily for God's will to be a source of purpose your life."
Intermediate - Claude LaFrance
I graduated from the Seminary of Christ the King where I received my BA, while searching out the path God had for me as I pursued the vocation to the Holy Priesthood. This path then eventually led me to contemplate the Monastic life and then, finally, to marriage, fatherhood and to becoming a teacher in our Catholic schools. I have been a teacher since 1999. I have taught in a variety of schools in the Lower Mainland, but have ended up here at Assumption, where I have been teaching since 2007.
Middle School - Mark Watson
I spent my first 9 years teaching High School Math at a Band school, Xit’olacw, in Mount Currie before coming to Assumption School in 1991. At Assumption, I have been teaching Grade 7, along with Grade 8 & 9 Science, Math and electives. I have been in charge of the school IT department for many years and have been a part of our growth to over well over 40 computers and many iPads throughout the school.
Intermediate, Senior PE - Brendan Maguire
I hail from the wonderful province of Newfoundland where I earned my B.A. and B. Ed. Degrees at Memorial University. I have been a teacher at Assumption since 1997 and have had the privilege of teaching most every subject and elective in Grades 7-9. I also love getting involved with extra-curricular activities, as learning outside the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded education. I take pride in knowing that Assumption has high academic and social standards and feel very fortunate that I can speak openly with the students about our Catholic faith and morality.
SpEd, 8/9 English - Katelyn Potesta
I am thrilled to be coordinating all Special Education programs, as well as teaching Learning Assistance here at Assumption. I graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Education with specialization in Special Education. Our SpEd Department strives to build on our students’ strengths and interests while targeting their specific needs by offering individualized programs designed with our students in mind.
Educational Assistant, After School Care - Toni English
I was born and raised in Powell River. My husband Dean and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two lovely children. Prior to working at Assumption, I owned a family daycare for over 20 years. Six years ago, I earned my educational assistant's diploma and since then I have been working at Assumption School. I am passionate about helping students succeed.
Educational Assistant - Heather MacLeod
I was born and raised in Powell River, baptized and confirmed at Church of the Assumption, I moved away from Powell River at the age of 21 with my young family. I began my career 26 years ago as an Education Assistant, Foster Parent and Respite provider. I'm loving my career choice and also working with adults with special needs after school hours, I'm back home doing what I love and helping my parents and sisters. I'm also enjoying being involved with the music program both with the school and Sunday morning Mass.