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
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
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
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
I have been an instructor at Okanagan College since 2019. Before that, I worked in various school districts in the Okanagan and in Saanich. My teaching focus is Math and Science in the Adult Upgrading program. I truly enjoy building relationships with my students and watching their confidence grow.
Other than teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I especially like to be active, including going to CrossFit and running.
Credentials: BSc, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UVic
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.