Adult Upgrading

Adult Basic Education

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Salmon Arm and Revelstoke Upgrading Instructors

Tracy Riley

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor & Coordinator
Office: Salmon Arm Building 148
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8235
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Bachelor of Arts, Trinity Western University
Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University
TESOL, Vancouver Community College
Master of Arts, UBC

Sarra Dupuis

Adult Upgrading
Office: Revelstoke Building 102
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-837-4235 ext. 6516
AACP instructor Sarra Dupuis

In 2005, I moved to Revelstoke, BC, after graduating from university and started out my teaching career. I soon discovered that I really enjoyed working with adult learners and began working at Okanagan College in 2006. I have been instructing math courses in the AACP program since 2010.
I strive to create a learning environment where students feel comfortable to voice their opinions and ideas. Helping learners attain their personal and professional goals is the ultimate reward for me. Other than my love for math and baking, I enjoy rollerblading, skiing and playing soccer with my two boys.

B.Ed, Education, University of Ottawa
B.Sc, University of Ottawa

Allison Inkpen

Adult Upgrading
Office: Salmon Arm Building 149
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8233
Inkpen, Allison

Within my Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre, I studied a rich variety of literature, theatre, and writing in both Canada and England. Whether on the stage, in a classroom, or working within the community, exploring writing in creative ways continues to be a focus in my own learning and teaching experiences.  From Newfoundland all the way to British Columbia, I’ve taught students at a variety of secondary and post-secondary levels.  I have also worked with educators and students in leadership and collaborative roles for Literacy Education. When not in the classroom, you can follow my tracks up the subalpine trail or find me skittering along the Pacific and Atlantic shorelines.

M.Ed., Education IT, Integrating Technology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
B.Ed., Education, Intermediate/Secondary, Memorial University of Newfoundland
B.A., English, Theatre Specialization, History Minor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Amanda Krebs

Adult Upgrading
Office: Salmon Arm Building 146
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8224
AACP instructor Amanda Krebs

I joined Okanagan College at the Salmon Arm campus in 2013. I teach upgrading math and science courses to prepare students for further study. I have international teaching experience; two years in Japan and one year in England. I am also currently a trustee for School District No. 83. When not teaching, I can be found gardening, walking my dog, or traveling.

MMT (Master of Mathematics for Teachers), University of Waterloo
BEd, Secondary focus, UBC
BSc, Major Math, minor Biology, UBC

Roy Lechner

Adult Upgrading
Office: Lab Building 234A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5455
AACP instructor Roy Lechner

I am an uninvited white settler who lives and works in both Syilx and Secwepemc traditional, never-ceded territories. This is a realization that is still dawning on me. I'm grateful to have been able to live much of my life in these valleys and for opportunities to learn more about the cultures of the First Peoples to live here. I have worked as a teacher in Botswana and in Japan, and has spent time in Germany, the Philippines, and India. I've had the privilege of teaching and learning from immigrants to Canada from many places on this globe.

Teacher's Certificate program, University of Victoria
B.Sc, Mathematics, University of Victoria
BA, Germanic Studies, University of Victoria

Aaron Orlando

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Revelstoke Building 102
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-837-4235 ext. 6516
AACP instructor Aaron Orlando

I am the instructor for AACP English, Adult Literacy and the ESL Settlement Program instructor at Okanagan College's Revelstoke Centre. I have worked as a professional journalist and editor in the Kootenay and Columbia regions for the past 14 years. I am currently the editor of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine and its sister publication I have received awards for investigative journalism and historical writing and my freelance work has been published in a variety of outlets.

Karen Sansom

Adult Upgrading
Office: Salmon Arm Building 150
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8213

My journey to teaching mathematics in the department of Adult Upgrading didn’t follow a straight line.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, I worked and travelled and then returned to school with the plans of becoming a primary school teacher.   I loved studying at the University of Victoria and living on Vancouver Island, but the need to find full-time work brought me back to my home town of Salmon Arm and I’ve been in the Shuswap ever since.  I began work at Okanagan College in 1995 – taking a job as an administrative clerk  - and finally found my way back to teaching in 2001.   Recognizing I needed to learn more about the world of teaching adults, I returned to the University of Calgary to complete a Masters in Education (Adult and Community Education).  After six years as Associate Dean in the Arts & Foundational Programs portfolio, I’ve recently returned to the classroom and am thrilled to be back working on a daily basis with students. 

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