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.
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia
B.Sc, Psychology, University of Northern British Columbia
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.
B.Sc (Hons), Biology, University of Waterloo
B.Ed, Biology Chemistry Outdoor and Experiential Education, Queen's University
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).
BEd, Secondary Teacher Education Program, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, International Relations, Okanagan University College
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.
B.Ed, English, University of Saskatchewan
I am passionate about adult literacy and feel so fortunate to have a career that I love. I was born and raised in the Okanagan and now get to build a career and and raise my family here in Penticton. When I am not teaching I am spending time with my husband and two little boys. We love everything that the Okanagan has to offer.
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, History, University of British Columbia Okanagan
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.
B.Ed, University of Regina