Steve Smith

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 255
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4655
Ugrading - Steve Smith

The mind is not a bucket to be filled; it is fuel to be ignited -- Plutarch.

MA, Trinity Western University
B.Ed, Education, University of Toronto
BA, Sociology, University of Guelph

Barbara Bailey

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 275
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4878
AACP instructor Barbara Bailey

I have been with Okanagan College for 22 years, teaching English, Math, and First Nations Studies in the AACP program. I am also a member of Westbank First Nation, and I have held several positions with indigenous institutions.

MA, English, UBC
B.Ed Honours, Simon Fraser University

Arthur Bakx

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 234A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4927
AACP instructor Arthur Balcx

I joined OC's Adult Academic & Career Preparation department at KLO in 2012. Instructing courses in Chemistry, Biology and Math, I find most reward in engaging students in meaningful learning and helping them reach their goals. My academic interests include ecology, wildlife tracking, and nature-connected cultures. I am passionate about taking people - students, my children, or anybody else - outside and into the field, facilitating connection with the natural world.

M.Ed, Delft UT Netherlands
M.Sc, Chemical Engineering, Delft UT Netherlands

Heather Crowe

Adult Upgrading
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4489
AACP instructor Heather Crowe

I have been teaching for 15 years in the field of Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and ESL. My research in my masters in Education was to understand how teachers belief systems effect instructional choices they make and how leaders can help change teacher's belief systems that are impinging on student's ability to reach their full learning potentials.

M.Ed, Education, University of Calgary
B.Ed, Education, University of Alberta
B.Sc, University of Victoria

Rene Dahms

Adult Upgrading
Office: Business Building 216B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4244
AACP instructor Rene Dahms

I joined Okanagan College in 2004 as an Adult Literacy Instructor and worked initially at the Salmon Arm Campus. I was a founding member of The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) in 2009. I’m a people person so my favourite part of being an Instructor is the connection with my students. The things I love most in my life are my family, my chocolate Lab, Bear, travel, reading and the “pinch-me-I-live-here” moments of residing and working in Kelowna.

B.Ed, Emergent Literacy/Primary Program, University of British Columbia
BA, English and History, Simon Fraser University

Jessica Morcom

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 285
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4460
AACP instructor Jessica Morcom

I have been an instructor the college in AACP (adult education) since 2003. I teach Biology, Chemistry and intermediate math. My main motivator in my work is to see students reach their goals. This may be high school graduation or fulfilling the requirements for post secondary programs. It may take lots of stops and starts but eventually you can get there.

MEd, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BEd, Education, University of Regina

Sherry Otruba

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 234A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4450
AACP instructor Sherry Otruba

I have been a member of the department at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College since 2017. I teach biology, chemistry and math courses to adult students who are upgrading their high school level courses. I have developed an online version of our Chemistry 011 course and am very interested in the intersection of technology and education. Currently I am incorporating screencasting and project based learning into my science courses in order to further engage my students.

MS, Science Education, Montana State Universtiy
BEd, Intermediate/Senior Science and Math, University of Toronto
BSc, Human Biology, University of Toronto

Andrew Pulvermacher

Adult Upgrading
Office: Centre For Learning 103C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4506
AACP instructor Andrew Pulvermacher

A once twenty-something-year-old, I never imagined that reading used-bookstore classics and writing in scrappy notebooks would lead me to adult upgrading and on to an undergraduate, post-graduate, and now master’s (in progress). Yet here I am, looking back on an unlikely journey, feeling like I just pulled off a great heist, waiting to get busted. Going back to school didn’t just transform my academic life, it made me a better human and offered a new future. My studies have led me on many travels, and I've since been to almost two dozen countries across the world. My research interests include adult education theory; educational reform; political philosophy; power, authority, and autonomy; social justice; and critical inquiry education.

So why do I teach? Well, my job is to learn from others as they talk about great books, crack jokes, circle around the life-topic of the day, and solve the world’s math problems. What’s not to like?

MA, Education, University of British Columbia (In progress)
B.Ed, Secondary Education, University of New Brunswick
BA, English and History, University of Calgary

Sofia Sookochoff

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 273
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4572
AACP instructor Sofia Sookochoff

I joined Okanagan College at the Kelowna campus in 2008. I teach Math 011, Math 012 and Computer Studies. My professional development interests include using technology-based teaching methods and resources to enhance learning, and researching the different introductory math skills students will require in their future programs. When not teaching, I enjoy skiing and biking with my family, and practicing yoga.

B.Ed, Secondary Mathematics and Science, University of British Columbia Okanagan
B.Sc, Mathematics, University of Northern British Columbia

Bob Vinek

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 272B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4511
AACP instructor Bob Vinek

I earned my Engineering Degree at UBC Vancouver in 1987 and worked as an Engineer for 5 years before changing to teaching. I took my teacher training at UVIC and got my BC Teaching Certificate in 1995. I've been with Okanagan College since 2008, teaching Math & Physics in the Adult Academic & Career Preparation (AACP) Department and I love working with our Adult Students. In my off-time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, listening to comedy podcasts, watching British crime dramas, and camping.

BAS, Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
BC Teaching Certificate, University of Victoria

Richard Volk

Adult Upgrading
Office: Business Building 211
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4353
AACP instructor Richard Volk

MA, English, University of British Columbia
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia
BA, English, Okanagan University College


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