New Director of Studies at VanWest Kelowna

Happy Summer Solstice!

It’s been a busy spring at VanWest College with much time spent preparing for this summer’s teen & youth programs in Kelowna and Vancouver.  Often with spring comes change, and today I’m pleased to announce we have a new Director of Studies at VanWest Kelowna.

Jennifer Peachey has 20+ years teaching experience both as an English teacher and ballet teacher.  She is well-travelled and previously taught English in Vietnam in addition to owning and managing her own dance schools in Canada.  Jennifer has been teaching at VanWest Kelowna since 2006 and is thrilled to now lead this campus as the new Director of Studies.

I had a chance to interview Jen by email and here is what she had to say:

What are you looking forward to the most about your new position? I’m really looking forward to building a great team in Kelowna. I think good teachers are the key to happy students. As we grow I want to keep the enthusiasm and love of teaching alive and thriving. Every teacher has something special and unique to offer the students and I want to capitalize on that.

What is your favourite thing to do in Kelowna? Kelowna has a lot to offer in every season  but I have to say I like the summer! I love to go for walks in the early morning or late evening when the days are hot and sunny. I also love to sit under a shady tree and read.

How do you see the school growing and changing in the next 5 years? My vision for this campus would be continuing to see our student numbers grow while keeping our classes relatively small. Right now we have a real ‘family’ feel to our campus because the foreign community is not that big in Kelowna.  We are also looking forward to getting the internship program up and running in the near future.

What is one thing you would like students and agents to know most about VanWest Kelowna? I would like them to know that Kelowna is not a big city and that is what makes studying here unique. When you come to VanWest Kelowna you become part of our family and you get to enjoy our friendly community. We like to do field expeditions as often as possible so that students interact with the community; we feel that this is a vital part of their experience here. From making pottery with a real potter to playing soccer with other locals, students immerse themselves in our beautiful city and in Canadian life.

Jennifer and the team at VanWest Kelowna look forward to meeting you soon!  For inquiries about studying at VanWest Kelowna, please contact us!

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