Kevin Lipsett

Upgrading - Coordinator
Office: Sunoka Building 005
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3231
AACP instructor Kevin Lipsett

I am a Math and Science instructor in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation (Adult Upgrading) department of Okanagan College. I began teaching in 2007 after completing my Bachelors of Education. I taught Chemistry, math and biology in the public school system until I joined OC in 2012. In addition to my teaching role, I am a member of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee and Coordinator for the Penticton Campus.
Outside OC, I enjoy various physical and outdoor activities, especially if it includes my family. Among my favorites are hiking, climbing and camping. Beekeeping was a recent addition to my hobbies, starting off with a single hive that has multiplied to five, though I do plan to downsize to three.

 

Credentials:
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia
B.Sc, Psychology, University of Northern British Columbia

Dan Chetner

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Sunoka Building 002
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3211
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Diane Henderson

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Sunoka Building C13
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3320
Upgrading Instructor Diane Henderson

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Bio 011 & 012 at the Penticton campus since 2007. Prior to this, I was a full time parent for a number of years and taught in Kuujjuaraapik, Quebec and Lytton First Nation.

Credentials:
B.Sc (Hons), Biology, University of Waterloo
B.Ed, Biology Chemistry Outdoor and Experiential Education, Queen's University

Naomi Kleinschmidt

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Centre of Excellence 230
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3319
AACP instructor Naomi Kleinschmidt

I joined Okanagan College at the Penticton campus in 2017. I am an instructor with the AACP program, teaching English 60, Provincial English 12, and Social Studies 11. When not teaching, I practice and perform with Banat al Raks, a professional belly dance troupe based in Kelowna, and participate in activities with two local Medieval Recreation groups (the SCA and Adrian Empire).

Credentials:
BEd, Secondary Teacher Education Program, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, International Relations, Okanagan University College

Janet Mantyka

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Centre of Excellence 230
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3249
AACP instructor Janet Mantyka

Hi, my name is Janet Mantyka, and I teach in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation Department at the Penticton Campus at Okanagan College. I have had the opportunity to work with many, many students on reading, writing, and basic math skills over the many years I have taught.
My life was changed dramatically when I entered the Bachelor of Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1980’s; that is where I fell in love with teaching.
People often ask what I love about teaching. My answer: “When working with adult students on their academic goals, I am inspired everyday by their courage and strength.” Returning to school as an adult is not easy. Teaching is deeply fulfilling as well as exciting as I witness students transform their lives through education.
During my free time I enjoy riding my bike, taking spin classes, reading, gardening, cooking, swimming, and spending time with my husband, children and my grandchildren.

 

Credentials:
B.Ed, English, University of Saskatchewan

Brianne Niznikowski

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Ashnola Building 114
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3331
AACP instructor Brianne Niznikowski

I began my career with Okanagan College's Adult Upgrading department in 2015. I teach English literacy and numeracy and also facilitate the Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Program. What I love the most about teaching adult literacy is connecting with students and helping them transform their lives. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with friends and family enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer.

 

Credentials:
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, History, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Michael Rutten

Adult Academic Career Preparation
Office: Sunoka Building 001
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3245
AACP instructor Mike Rutten

I started teaching at Okanagan college in 2010 at the Kelowna campus. I currently teach at the Penticton campus in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation program, teaching Math and Physics. I started my career teaching in the public-school system in Regina in 1994 and also taught in Victoria.
When not teaching I like to spend time with my family: skiing, hiking, vacationing. I also enjoy working out, reading, relaxing, and watching a good movie or documentary.
 

Credentials:
B.Ed, University of Regina