Meet the fantastic team at Newbridge Academy

Michael Powell

Principal

BSc, BEd, MA

Mr Powell is an experienced educator and leader with over 25 years of teaching mathematics, science, and computer science in both public and independent schools in Canada and overseas. Mr Powell believes in harnessing discipline, effort, and personal growth to natural curiosity and the joy of learning.

Sabina Pasini

Classroom Teacher

BA, BEd, ECE

A graduate of the University of Windsor, Sabina followed her dream of being a teacher to Birmingham, England, gaining experience working with children of all ages and ethnicity. Her experience has led her to have excellent teaching skills, patience, and creativity. Sabina is so passionate about teaching that in her spare time, she enjoys tutoring children to help them achieve their potential.

Carrie Li

Mandarin & Art Teacher

Bachelor's Degree from SFU, Courses taken at Emily Carr University

Carrie has years experience teaching Fine Arts, Mandarin and Chinese culture to young children at international schools in China. She is passionate about teaching, and enjoys working with students from multiple backgrounds. Carrie is very enthusiastic, outgoing and creative. She always brings new ideas, inspiration, and energy to her classes.

Karen Ringness

Classroom Teacher

Bachelor of Education (UBC)

Mrs. Ringness holds a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Early Years Education and a minor in Psychology, and a TESOL Certificate. Her varied background includes administration, classroom teaching, and one-on-one tutoring. She is an accomplished educator with vast and culturally diverse professional experience.

Joshua Davenport

Classroom Teacher

BA, BEd, CELTA

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history, a Bachelor of Education degree, and a CELTA Certificate. He has extensive experience teaching EAL in South Korea, and spent the past two years teaching first grade in Shanghai, China.

Tingting Li

Administrative Assistant

Tingting has 8 years of teaching experience as a head teacher in a prominent elementary school in China. She attained a bachelor's degree in education, an ECE early childhood educator certificate in Canada, and a positive discipline instructor certificate in USA.  She also has experience leading parenting education classes in the community, which have been well received.

George Harjani

Public Speaking

Leaders of Tomorrow

George is a leadership expert, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Leaders of Tomorrow - a proven successful leadership and public speaking program. He has earned the honour of Distinguished Toastmaster, from Toastmasters International, the organization's highest award. 

https://youtu.be/l9BCoZvwTFg

Debra Swain

Teaching Consultant

Bachelor's Degree in Education from SFU

Debra comes to Newbridge Academy with a wealth of teaching experience. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, she taught high school Social Studies for 28 years in Surrey School District. 

– Our Board Members –

Jason Wang

Kung Fu Master

Jason was invited to perform in hundreds of shows in both Canada and China also, in venues such as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, UBC, and SFU. Jason hopes to share more with both the Chinese and Canadian peoples, the beauty and knowledge of Chinese culture through the means of Martial Arts.

http://kungfudr.com/

Brooke Yantzi

Dance & Yoga

For over 15 years, Brooke has trained instructors of all ages, connected with youth in indigenous communities, and worked with educators in the school system to bring movement into the classroom. 

www.dancingwlife.com

Ying Liu

President

Ying is the President of Chinese Village Club and the founder of Newbridge Academy. She is a passionate educator, who has dedicated herself to contribute to the community and promote a creative education mindset. Ying is responsible for keeping the vision and developing the direction of Newbridge Academy.

Debra Swain

Director

Debra taught high school Social Studies for 28 years in Surrey School District. Debra believes deeply in the power of education to enrich and empower students’ lives and is excited about sharing her expertise with the Newbridge Academy staff and students.  

Karen Huang

Director

Karen has been working in cultural and media industry for years. She studied media at the Concordia University, and worked in the local Chinese media. Since 2011, she began to dedicate herself in the career of community development. As the co-founder of CVC and Director of Newbridge Academy, she believes that both Eastern and Western cultures and education are the wealth of human civilization.

Sophie Jin

Director

Sophie has been teaching English in universities for 16 years in China, and working as an education consultant after she immigrated to Canada. Sophie is an expert educational planner and a gentle educator. She knows well about education system in North America, and understands students’ needs.

Moti Bali

Director

Moti Bali was a High School Governer in Uganda. Moti is an active community builder, a true believer in multi-culturism.
Moti is one of the founding Directors of CVC Newbridge Academy Society.  

Nataša Sirotić

Director

Dr. Sirotić is an experienced educator in both public and independent schools where she has taught mathematics from Kindergarten to Calculus. Dr. Sirotić is also active in the fields of mathematics education research and teacher education.

Newbridge Academy

Suite 251, 1959 152 St.

Surrey, BC V4A 9E3

Phone: 778-291-0110

Phone: 604-560-6366

Email: info@newbridge-academy.ca

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