Staff and Faculty
Head Teacher and Diploma Programme Coordinator
Spencer Todd has enjoyed the challenge of making class content relevant to the lives of his students since 1998 when he first became a Humanities teacher. Initially, he started as an English teacher in the public system in Victoria where he stayed for several years before moving back to his hometown of Vancouver. Soon thereafter, he became involved with working with international students in a number of different roles to help them prepare for success in the British Columbia high school system and beyond. He especially relishes the challenge of aiding international students in their senior English classes and on their Provincial exams. Spencer has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Post Degree Professional Program in Education from the University of Victoria, as well as a Post Degree Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about history, listening to music, following the Miami Dolphins, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters.
Ryan Cook received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and has spent over 6 years living and teaching abroad. He taught for two years in South Korea and four years in China. Ryan is most interested in Social Studies, but teaches a wide variety of subjects including Physical Education, Information Technology, and Drama. Ryan is a big sports fan and grew up playing baseball and ice hockey. He is an avid snowboarder, guitar player, and enjoys travelling. Ryan has visited over 20 countries all over the world.
Math SL Diploma Programme Teacher
Javier Garcia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has many years of teaching experience with university level courses such as Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probabilities and Statistics. He has also taught Mathematics and Physics at secondary schools in Cuba, Bolivia and Canada. Mr. Garcia received his bachelor’s degree and completed a Master’s degree from the Havana Pedagogical University Enrique Jose Varona, and he completed his certification as a British Columbia certified teacher at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Garcia is a fan of all sports and plays volleyball, tennis and chess in his spare time. He has also enjoyed coaching and personal training in the past. He enjoys music, salsa dancing, getting involved in community activities, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenny Guan received her Bachelor of Science (major in Biology) and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She had taught various subjects at a secondary level, including Math and Science, in British Columbia. She enjoys working with students from a variety of backgrounds. Jenny highly values the cultural diversity in Vancouver and she is thrilled to join the Alexander Academy community. She believes in the importance of acknowledging each student’s individual needs and unique learning styles. When not teaching, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga and playing badminton.
Creativity, Activity and Service Coordinator
Clifford Hildebrand is a teacher with a wealth of experience. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, he moved to Taiwan where he spent 15 years teaching English and experiencing a new culture. While in Taiwan, Cliff earned a Master’s degree in Education, focusing on Curriculum and Instructional Development. He taught at a variety of institutes including high schools and a university, where he was the course coordinator for the third year writing course for the English department. Cliff then returned to Canada where he has been teaching in a private international high school for the last three years. During his time in Canada he has taught a variety of subjects including Physical Education, Geography, Civic Studies, Social Studies, Math, English, and English for Academic Purposes and more. Cliff enjoys many things including sports, music, and reading. What he loves the most, however, is helping students understand new things. He hopes he can be a help to you while you are at Alexander Academy.
English Language Literature HL and Theory of Knowledge Diploma Programme Teacher
Ben Kwan has been with Alexander Academy for over three years and has enjoyed every moment of it! He loves being part of such an energetic community and is excited to see how Alexander will grow in the future. Ben Kwan holds a Bachelor’s of Arts majoring in English and a Bachelor’s of Education from SFU. He also holds a Master’s of Education from SFU in Curriculum and Instruction. He has a lifelong love for language and literature and speaks English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. Despite having traveled all over North America and Asia, he has called Vancouver home for all of his life. Ben enjoys books, movies, music, travel, cooking and spending time with his wife, Cici.
Daniel received his first Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics and Statistics) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After teaching secondary schools in Hong Kong for ten years, he moved to Vancouver Canada to continue his teaching career. Daniel obtained his second degree in Computer Science and his third degree in Education from UBC, and his TESOL Diploma from VCC. Mr. Lai has more than eight years local teaching experience in senior Mathematics, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and general Science. He is excited to join the Alexander Academy to help students to develop their full potentials and brighten their future. Mr. Lai enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, photography, and spending time with his family.
History HL Diploma Programme Teacher
Jonathan Ramsay is excited to join the team at Alexander Academy to help his students expand their confidence and skills in the English language. After growing up in Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan attended the University of Victoria and attained his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and English. Bitten by the travel bug, he moved to Asia and discovered a love of China. He spent over ten years getting to know the people and culture. During that time, he taught English as a Foreign Language, primarily to Chinese and Korean students, in both China and in Vancouver. In 2015 he completed his Bachelor of Education at Simon Fraser University and embarked on a new chapter in his teaching career. When he’s not teaching he enjoys reading, biking, cooking, photography, and a good cup of tea with his wife Vivian.
French Ab Initio Diploma Programme Teacher
Melissa Yee teaches Intermediate and Advanced ELL at Alexander Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education in TESL from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has taught English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language and English Language Arts in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Montreal. Ms. Yee enjoys learning, and she dedicates most of her spare time to martial arts and language learning. She is thrilled to be gaining an enriched experience teaching and learning at Alexander Academy.
Cheryl Grenick began working with children at the age of 16 with a recreational program in her neighborhood in Winnipeg. She pursued a Bachelor of Education in Elementary with minors in both Special Education and Psychology. Upon moving to Vancouver, she began working in the world of ESL. She has been involved in many areas from teaching English, to administration, program development and marketing. The marketing arena allowed Cheryl to travel extensively around the world promoting education in Canada. She was very fortunate to have visited Germany, Turkey, Taiwan, China, and Mexico. Over the years, she has made many international friends. She is passionate about education and loves the energy at the Academy.