Principal - Mimi Richardson
I was born and raised the youngest of seven children in Toronto Ontario. Most time apart from school was spent at Lake Simcoe where we all enjoyed a lot of outdoor pursuits. I graduated from University of Western Ontario with a BA and from University of Toronto in 1978 with a B Ed. I came to Vancouver Island in the spring of 1981 and was offered a teaching position at Assumption School for the fall. I have enjoyed a number of different roles at the school and loved raising my own kids here on the west coast.
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.
K - 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.
1 - 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.
2 - Gemma Neath
I graduated from VIU in 2000 with a B.Ed and a B.A. in History and Anthropology. 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 at Assumption. I started teaching Grade 3/4 at in 2006 and then moved to teaching Grade 2 in 2010. I enjoy teaching at Assumption and helping the students achieve their academic goals and grow in their Catholic Faith.
3 - Lisa Berg
I graduated from the University of Victoria in with my Bachelor of Education and previous to that a Bachelor of Arts with a history major. I am currently working on my Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Being an educator is my passion and my husband and I feel fortunate to be able to work and live in such a beautiful community.
4/5 - Carol Wyatt
I completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2002 and a Masters in Integrated Arts and Education in 2010 from Athabasca University. Being a Catholic teacher is a vocation. I especially like the curiosity and original ideas of my students. I teach them to always be merciful, caring and persistent, and never take one's hope away. Give freely of yourself and pray daily to know God's will for your life. I play piano, love fly-fishing, travelling with my husband, and visiting our grandchildren.
5/6 - 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.
7 - 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.
8 - 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.
9 - Rachelle Warman
I have a colourful background of teaching experience in Powell River, Japan, and Calgary; from Grade 4 through Grade 11 teaching English, Social Studies, Religious Education and Physical Education. I am driven by passion and curiosity, and I am working towards completing a Masters Degree in Catholic Educational Leadership from St. Mark’s Catholic College at UBC. Be your best-self, the self that God intended you to be.
PE - Dean Thorsell
I graduated from VIU with a BA with specializations in PE and Math and a Bachelor of Education. I love teaching Physical Education and I also coach Track and Field and Soccer in the community and am the Head Coach of the U16/U17 Rep Soccer Team. Giving back to the community is a passion of mine because I have had great coaches when I was growing up and I want kids today to be able to have a great experience as well.
SpEd- 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.
TA - Toni English
TA - Cathy Giguere
TA - Heather MacLeod
TA - Heather McCullough