Adult Upgrading

Adult Basic Education

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Vernon Upgrading Instructors

Natasha Befus

Upgrading - Chair
Office: Main Building D324
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2259
AACP instructor Natasha Befus

I joined Okanagan College at the Salmon Arm campus is 2009 as a part-time instructor teaching Math courses. In 2011, I become a full-time instructor and in 2013, I transferred to the Vernon campus, where I taught Math, Physics and Biology courses. Currently, I'm working as Chair of the AACP department and teach Chemistry and Math.

M.Sc, Biochemistry, Loma Linda University
B.Ed, Secondary Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
B.Sc, Science, La Sierra University

Simone Palmer

Adult Upgrading - Coordinator
Office: Main Building C317
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2221
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I began my educational career as a first year university student at the then brand new Salmon Arm campus. After many years in school and various jobs as a treeplanter, a technical writer, a museum interpreter, and a high school teacher, I landed my dream job: teaching English in the AACP program. When not in the classroom, I can found be found enjoying the great outdoors with my family.

PDP (Post Professional Diploma) in Secondary Education, University of Victoria
BA with Distinction, Women's Studies, University of Victoria

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

Teresa Kiel

Adult Upgrading
Office: Main Building D317
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445
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Chandra McCann

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Main Building C303
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2311
McCann, Chandra

I became a volunteer literacy tutor at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in 2007. In 2008, I began working as the VLT Program Assistant, and as a support person for students with disabilities. I have been teaching Fundamental English and working as the VLT Program Instructor since 2013, and teaching Fundamental Math since 2018. 

B.Ed, French, University of Toronto
BA, French, University of Toronto
Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate, Okanagan College

Joey-Lynn Musselman

Adult Upgrading
Office: Main Building C334
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 2210
AACP instructor Joey-Lynn Musselman

I am an Instructor in the AACP Department (Mathematics) at the Vernon campus. I have significant international experience having spent over twelve years teaching in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong before returning to Canada to make the Okanagan my home. I have a passion for endurance sports and when I'm not at the college, I can usually be found swimming, biking, running, skiing or enjoying the outdoors. I love teaching, coaching, learning, travelling and reading.

M.Ed, Education, The University of Western Australia
B.Sc, Math, Western University

Patricia Schellenberg

Adult Upgrading
Office: Main Building D336
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2281
AACP instructor Patricia Schellenberg

B.Sc, Biochemistry, University of Victoria

Craig Smith

Adult Upgrading
Office: Main Building C325
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2225
AACP instructor Craig Smith

Christopher Torrie

Adult Upgrading
Office: Main Building D356
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2258
AACP instructor Chris Torrie

Born and (mostly) raised in Vernon. I am an Okanagan College alumnus from the late 80's early 90's. I am very happy to have recently returned to the college as an instructor in the AACP teaching Math and Sciences. If not spending time with my family (4 girls, wife included) I am out running, mountain biking or taking in any of the many things offered throughout our area and community. I consider myself very lucky to live and work in such an amazing place.

MET, Education Technology,University of British Columbia
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia
B.Sc, Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University