My name is Brenda Sayers and I am the Financial Administrator. I am responsible for the day to day financial health of the school. I moved home in 1996 after retiring from my business in Vancouver and was very fortunate to get a job with haahuupayak. I immensely enjoy working for the children and people of the community. I especially love the pride instilled in our children through the song, dance and language taught here. It is an honor to be part of such important work for our future generations and leaders.
Hello wonderful families! I am Ms. (Carly) Denning, and I am the Kindergarten teacher at haahuupayak School. This is my third year teaching Kindergarten at our amazing school. Previously, I was the Preschool and Kindergarten in the community of Kyuquot. I have lived in Port Alberni since 2011, but Kyuquot will always be my other home. I am very excited for another fabulous year! Chuu
My name is Leslie Tandrup. It is an honour and a privilege for me to teach Grade One at haahuupayak. This is my fourteenth year at this school. I taught in Thailand for three years. I was a recreation teacher, special education support and substitute teacher in Edmonton before I moved to the west coast in 2000. I am a mother and a grandmother. I am very active. I enjoy dancing, gardening, cooking, camping, hiking, skiing, surfing and traveling.
Hello! My name is Katie Anderson and I am the grade two teacher at haahuupayak Elementary School. This is my third year teaching grade two at Haahuupayak. Some highlights of my time here have been learning the Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture and meeting the many smiling faces of our students. I love being part of the Haahuupayak family and look forward to many more years here!
Aaron Keitlah, Grade 3 Teacher
Welcome back, everyone! My name is Ms. Kaitlyn and I’m the grade 4 teacher at haahuupayak School. I started teaching here last January and before that I was teaching in Ahousaht for a year and a half. I was born and raised in Port Alberni and I’m very excited to be teaching here at home. I’m very recently married and very excited to be starting a new school year with such fabulous students. Stop by my classroom anytime!
I am happy to be teaching the grade 5 class at haahuupayak again and this will be my fourth year teaching at our school. I grew up in Port Alberni and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from VIU. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and travelling. I feel very fortunate to be teaching here and I love taking part in cultural activities and learning language. This is going to be a great year! Ms.Serena
My name is Kathleen Bodaly. This is my third year and I am the grade 6 teacher here at haahuupayak. I am looking forward to having a new classroom in the portables with the wonderful students I have gotten to know over the years. My grandmother is the late Bernice Johnny and my grandfather is the late Clarence Bodaly. I am from the snuneymuxw band in Nanaimo. I like spending time outdoors exploring the beautiful West Coast, reading, listening to music, and anything to do with animals. I am so happy to be back this year and to grow and learn with our students!
Welcome to a new school year at haahuupayak school. My name is Ms. Nancy Logan and I am the grade 7 teacher. This is my fifth year at haahuupayak and it is a privilege and an honour to teach and learn in this incredible community. I am a member of the Ditidaht First Nation and my mother is Geraldine Tom and my grandparents are Francis Edgar and the late Joe Edgar. I am a parent of two children ages 16 and 20, and I have over fifteen years of experience working with children and youth in schools. I also have seven years of experience as an Executive for the Parents Advisory Council at Bamfield Community School and have worked as a youth worker prior to completing my Bachelor of Education degree. I look forward to another exciting year at haahuupayak! Respectfully, Ms. Nancy Logan.
Hello, my name is Ernie Netzer. I am the Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher, and education assistant at haahuupayak elementary school. When I’m not teaching or looking after the after school sports programs I am working with teachers and staff to support students. I also coach the school teams in a variety of sports. This is my eighth year at haahuupayak. I was born and raised here in the Alberni valley. I’m married and have two children. I have many ties to the community through a lifetime of athletics and work. My hobbies now include golf, fishing, hiking, and camping. I’m excited for another great year working with a good team and very thankful for the opportunity to help grow good people.
Hello my name is Lena Ross; my traditional name is nasqaadam a Gitsksaan name which ties me to my mother, Millie Watts’s roots. I am also Tseshaht through my father, late Teddy Watts. I am married to Darrell Ross and have 3 children, who I am pleased to say attended haahuupayak school. Further, 4 of my grandchildren have also attended haahuupayak; 2 completed their elementary education here and 2 just started the grade 1 program this year. It is an honor to teach the intermediate classes at haahuupayak and have done so, on and off, since 1998. It is a meaningful way that I can give back to the community what has been taught to me. I truly believe in what George Clutesi said, “Every adult, man or woman, is responsible for every child, to see that each child learns all that should be known in order to live a good life.”
Hello my name is Trevor Little. I am one of the nuuchahnulth studies teachers here at the school. I come from the cisaaath and aahuusath first nations with many more roots along the coast. My nuuchahnulth name is naaiit and I attended Haahuupayak school since I was 4 years old. My children have gone through and are currently attending Haahuupayak school. Starting with my grandmothers teaching in the very department I am in today and having a mother, father and extended family that were committed to Haahuupayak made it easy to make this present day commitment to this school.
Cherie Thomas, Education Assistant
Hi my name is Cherie Thomas, from Tseshaht first nation, here in Port Alberni. It has been an honour working as an educational assistant for almost 10 years now here at Haahuupayak School. My goal is to help students meet their full potential.
Joely Selva, Education Assistant
My name is Joely Selva and this is my fourth year working at haahuupayak. I am an education assistant and I work along side Helen Townsend in the literacy area of the school. I love learning the nuuchahnulth culture and language with all of the kids.
Alisha Rogers, Education Assistant
My name is Alisha Rogers. I was born and raised in Powell River, B.C on the sunshine coast. I have lived in Port Alberni for 9 years and very much love this community and everything it has to offer. This is my 8th year at Haahuupayak. I am very excited for the new school year.
Chelsea Jarvis, Education Assistant
Hi! My name is Chelsea Jarvis and this is my third year at haahuupayak school. I have three children ages 15, 8 and 1. I have lived in Port Alberni for four years now. My hometown is Powell River and my husband’s is Port Alberni. I love living here and I especially love working at haahuupayak school. I am excited for this year to come.
Stephanie Barkley, CYC worker
Mary Barney, Education Assistant
Alison Young, Education Assistant
Kassie Atfield, Education Assistant
John Jones, Education Assistant
Kelly Ringham, Educational Assistant
Tonielle Bradbury, Educational Assistant
Cynthia Sieber, Educational Assistant