Little Mountain Learning Academy Team

  • Ryan
    Ryan Tierney CEO | 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 Han Operations Manager

    Kay majored in English Literature in Seoul and had dynamic experiences living and working in New York. Kay’s natural affection toward people lead her to build up her career with a fun-loving teaching approach for a variety of student age groups. Many years of relationships with parents and students supported Kay to start Little Mountain Homeschool in Seoul in partnership with LMLA in Vancouver.

    Since LMLA’s foundation in 2004 Kay has been in charge of guiding LMLA summer campers from Korea and managing them through every summer for over a decade. Kay had precious experiences sharing in children’s learning and communicating with parents. She has fantastic memories with children and building long term trusting relationships with their parents.

    As an Operations Manager at Little Mountain Learning Academy Kay has been pursuing working toward making LMLA an ever more affectionate and friendly place for all- LMLA students, parents and teachers.

  • Kang Bi Admissions Director

    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 Admissions Director, Kang is dedicated to giving warm and professional counselling services to all of our students and their parents – helping them to achieve their goals.

  • Gareth Randall Academic Director | Teacher

    “I am passionate about enabling children to become the best they can be. I believe that my role is to enable students to become independent, informed and able to share their knowledge and ideas with the world.”

    • • BA in History
    • • Teaching experience
      • · Taught in London for over 5 years
      • · Experienced in teaching children who have English as an additional language
  • Sandra Tsang Teacher

    “I believe that language and culture are strongly connected. The best part about teaching is sparking curiosity in students and helping them achieve their personal goals.”

    • • Graduated from University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology
    • • Teaching experiences
      • · Experienced in teaching and facilitating conversational English with International students
  • Emmanuel Thillaiampalam Teacher

    “I believe that learning is an endless pursuit, taking individuals on intersecting and diverging routes. As a teacher, I relish the opportunity to facilitate the development of innovative ideas to modern concerns.”

    • • Graduated from University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English Literature
    • • Teaching experiences
      • · Experienced in working with teenagers and adults with learning and developmental disabilities
      • · Taught ESL in Japan to elementary, middle and high school students
  • Jolly Lei Administrative Assistant

    Jolly Lei, graduated from Trinity Western University with a B.A. in Leadership. She has also completed a Diploma in Business English in Mainland China. Studying abroad enables Jolly to understand the difficulties and struggles that students encounter while they are learning English and adapting to the local culture. Jolly is passionate about helping students at Little Mountain Learning Academy to learn English efficiently by sharing her productive learning background and experience.