Our LMLA Teachers

  • Jacqueline Stewart
    Jacqueline Stewart Academic Director | Teacher

    Jacqueline Stewart graduated from McGill University with a B.Ed in Secondary English and Moral Education. Jacqueline is a Quebec and B.C. Certified teacher with eight years of high school teaching experience. She is also an International Baccalaureate certified teacher in Technology and English.

    Jacqueline has given English Workshops to out of province teachers for the International Baccalaureate Organization and has also worked as a keynote speaker at workshops to share good teaching strategies and to inspire fellow professionals. As a senior English Language Arts teacher, Jacqueline created lesson plans, enrichment, and assessment and evaluation methods at the school, board, provincial and world levels.

    She has single handedly built and designed courses offered at the high school level such as I.B. Technology and Drama, Public Speaking and Debate. Jacqueline has always played a leading role in curriculum design, tutoring and educational success plans as she believes that schools must move beyond memorization and recall teaching and techniques and create courses with learning objectives that allow students to realize their full potential. Jacqueline has a strong belief in holistic education and aims at creating a safe learning environment that allows each student to work on their individual successes and become lifelong learners.

  • Vika
    Vika Frary Teacher

    Vika spent her childhood in tropical Fiji and not-so-tropical Scotland, and also lived in England and Japan before immigrating to Canada. Her experiences living overseas and learning other languages gives her insight into the cultural and linguistic realities faced by her students.

    After graduating from the University of York in the UK, she spent 14 years in the Tokyo area teaching all ages from toddlers to seniors. Vika is a big believer in active learning, and she strives to create an atmosphere full of energy and positivity in her classroom. She specializes in teaching beginners and younger students, where her bubbly personality is especially effective.

  • Crystal
    Crystal Nykilchuk Teacher

    Crystal has been an English as an Additional Language (EAL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) educator for over 20 years. She has taught children, youth and adults in Greece, Vancouver, Coquitlam and Calgary. Most recently she was working in Kelowna at the college and university EAP level.  She also taught new teachers in the TESL program at Okanagan College and worked as a test rater for CELPIP and IELTS.  She has a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

    Crystal is passionate about language learning and how to best help students succeed in their endeavours.  She is very interested in applying principles of critical thinking, digital literacy, and sociolinguistics to her classes. She looks forward to working with, and learning from, each and every one of you.

  • ilya
    Ilya Meerovich Teacher

    Ilya Meerovich grew up in the multicultural hub of Greater Vancouver and began learning languages early on. Driven by a keen interest in language, Ilya attended UBC where he earned a B.A. in Linguistics.

    After 5 years teaching adults and children in ESL programs around Vancouver and in China, Ilya has come to realize the importance of holistic education as well as its value in supporting students to become confident, thoughtful language learners and users.

    Drawing on his studies in linguistics, Ilya encourages students to internalize and personalize language, and promotes conversation as an invaluable tool for exploring the world.

  • Sandra
    Sandra Tsang Teacher

    Sandra Tsang was born and raised in Canada. Her interest in human behaviour led her to the University of British Columbia, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology. Having studied human behaviour and interaction, she understands the important role language plays in understanding a new social and cultural environment. Sandra has dedicatedly volunteered her time to teach new learners of English due to her firm belief that language and culture are strongly connected.

    Sandra has worked with many students in the past, including those with diverse abilities and needs. She also has experience in teaching and facilitating conversational English with International students. For Sandra, the best part about teaching is sparking curiosity in students and helping them achieve their personal goals.

  • Fiona
    Fiona Henderson Teacher

    Fiona grew up in multicultural Vancouver with world-traveling, ESL-teaching parents. Her early taste of other cultures and languages instilled in her the values of beauty in diversity and curiosity about the world. She has lived on 5 continents and visited 15 countries. She has taught English in Brazil, China, and Korea.

    Fiona has many creative interests and has studied contemporary dance, art, and creative writing. She has a Master’s in Education with a focus on Multicultural Studies and Literacy Studies. She has always been passionate about the connection between creativity and learning. She continuously seeks to learn more about alternative models of education, including interdisciplinary studies. She implements critical and reflective thinking tasks into the young learner’s classes and aims to harness their boundless creative energy into engaging and productive learning experiences.

    Fiona taught TESOL to adult ESL students for 6 years in downtown Vancouver before moving to LMLA in 2013. In 2015 she gave birth to a beautiful, healthy son and is now excited to return to LMLA as the program coordinator and teacher for the Butterfly (Early Literacy), Hare (Academic Enrichment), and Fish (ESL) streams.

  • tawnie
    Tawnie Chambers Teacher

    Tawnie was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and has always had a passion for language. She graduated from UBC with a B.A. in English with a language specialization. She has also studied four additional languages, including Old English and Latin, both of which enrich one’s understanding of Modern English. As someone who loves to study new languages, she understands what it’s like to be a language learner from a beginner to an advanced level, and she hopes to inspire others to love and enjoy the process as well.

  • Our Staff

  • Ryan
    Ryan Tierney Managing Director | Owner

    Ryan Tierney has been an international educator for over 20 years. He has taught in a variety of environments from teaching children through adults. He has taught management and leadership to corporate executives and worked as a software trainer in Silicon Valley.

    Ryan is an Erickson certified coach and is passionate about supporting a coaching culture in children’s education. Ryan is deeply appreciative of all the amazing staff and teachers that bring innovative and motivational lessons to students attending Little Mountain.

    Ryan has a B.A. from UBC, a TESOL teaching certificate and two post-graduate diplomas in Information Technology and Asian Studies. Ryan also has an MBA.

    He is a passionate sailor. In 2016 he crewed in two international yacht races winning the Swiftsure and placing 3rd in the Vancouver Island 360 (a 2 week sailing race around the entirety of Vancouver Island).

  • Kyounghye
    Kyoung Hye Han Korean Counsellor

    Kyounghye majored in English Literature at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea.  With a natural born affection toward people, she fell in love with tutoring children in English. For many years she had wonderful relationship with parents in Korea while tutoring their children. While her tutoring career was building, she felt that she needed to gain a broader experience. With this in mind she left Seoul for the Big Apple. Studying and working in New York, she thought about professional career she loves to do and decided to come to Korea and opened Little Mountain Homeschool in partnership with LMLA here in Vancouver.

    This partnership saw Kyounghye bring students to Vancouver each summer to attend the LMLA summer camps. Since LMLA’s foundation in 2004 she had been in charge of guiding summer campers from Korea and managing them in the UBC dormitory throughout the 4 weeks of summer camps. For over a decade, Kyounghye had many precious experiences sharing in fantastic memories with children and building up amazing trust with their parents.

    Since moving to Vancouver, she has been having her third premium time as a counsellor in Little Mountain Learning Academy. She loves meeting parents and kids up close and personal and feels so natural in her role and thoroughly enjoys her job. She also feels very affectionate to give people help from her experiences.

    You can experience her warmth and see her big smile at Little Mountain.

  • Kang Bi
    Kang Bi Chinese & Korean Counsellor

    Kang graduated from Beijing JiaoTong University with a Master’s in Logistics management, department of economics and a certificate in teaching Chinese as a second language from Beijing Language and Culture University.

    Kang spent 4 years teaching Chinese in the department of Chinese studies, Kangwon National University, South Korea before moving to Vancouver with her husband, who is a PH.D student in UBC, and her two daughters.

    As Little Mountain Learning Academy’s Chinese and Korean counsellor, Kang is dedicated to giving warm and professional counselling services to all of our Chinese and Korean students and their parents.