CAST

MIKE GUZZI - CEO/DIGITAL ARTS

Mike has 15 years teaching Media Courses such as Design, Video, Audio, Print, Radio, Photography, and Film. Also teaching Journalism and Underwater Ecology. Mr. Guzzi was an Adult Trainer for 12 years and spent 20 years in radio and television in western Canada as a Reporter, Assignment Editor, and News Director. He also spent some time in Rock ‘n Roll with two years in entertainment management. Michael is also a PADI Divemaster.  In non-arts work Michael was a Crime Stoppers Coordinator, the Vice President of Crime Stoppers International, a community volunteer in a variety of organizations since age 14 and currently is on the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Team. Mike has numerous awards for volunteerism, media production, news gathering, the Attorney General’s Award for Service and 1994 Kelowna Fred Macklin Male Citizen of the Year Award.

CADENCE TRITES - PRINCIPAL

Cadence started painting, sculpting, drawing, and crafting at a very young age. She won the only visual arts bursary at OKM upon graduation and went on to study drawing and art history in university. Cadence graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and from UVic with a BEd Distinction prior to teaching visual arts courses to students from three to eighteen years old. She is currently working on her Master Degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Cadence previously held the positions of Art Adventures and Preschool Arts Coordinator/Teacher at the Kelowna Art Gallery from 2001-2006 and Head of the Visual Art Department at the Glenfir School from 2001-2003 prior to joining the Vedanta Academy/Studio 9 team in 2004. She continues to do acrylic painting, sketching, and crafts in her leisure time.

JESSICA IVANY-  KINDERGARTEN / GRADE 1 

Full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas for the K – 1 classrooms,  Jessica is famous for costumes and coloured hair for every possible occasion of the year from the usual like St Patrick’s Day to the Cat in the Hat’s birthday. Active, creative artsy learning is her trademark. She studied and graduated at UBCO with a bachelors degree in education prerequisites in science. Hobbies and interest include Horseback riding, cooking and nature (anything outdoors).

MARSHA IVANY-  GRADE 2 / 3

Marsha is a veteran teacher with experience in grades K-7 as well as teaching for 5 years in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has a Bachelor of Education (UBC), a Diploma in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Education (SFU) specializing in Children’s Literature. Marsha loves the career that chose her and looks forward to each day with passion and excitement. She believes children need to be acknowledged for whom they are. For them to grow academically and socially, they should be recognized for their positive efforts. Her classroom focus is on making Global connections through technology, building a successful collaborative environment and using authentic learning activities that will help children reach their ultimate potential.

ROXANN BOCKING - GRADE 4 

Ms B grew up in Kelowna and graduated from KSS.  As a child, she loved to be the “teacher” when playing.  Ms B has a Bachelor of Education (Simon Fraser University) with minors in Learning Disabilities, Psychology, History, and Environmental Education.  Ms B is a certified Orton Gillingham tutor.  Ms. B recently completed a Certificate in Inclusive Education at UBCO.  She loves learning about learning and likes to keep up with current research to have the most positive educational impact possible on her students.  Ms B is always looking for ways to make projects/activities/learning more enjoyable for each unique student, with the hope that they will become life long learners.  Her class has fun raising kokanee and making a classroom quilt each year.  In her spare time, she enjoys her Book Club, walking, bike riding, skiing, bridge, and time spent with family.

KURT SLAUSON – GRADE 6-7, MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH & ENGLISH, AND CULINARY ARTS

Kurt has a varied background of experience and education, first going to university and then deciding to become as Chef at Seattle Arts Insitute. After working in high-end restaurants he moved to this area because the family did and worked in horticulture for 10myears. He returned to university at UBCO deciding to get his teaching degree. He has studied the diversified learner and worked with the new B.C. curriculum during teacher education and in practicums. He likes to make learning interesting and hands on. Kurt  definitely adds to the special fabric that is Studio9.

LAURA DUNWOODY –  SECONDARY SCHOOL MATH, SCIENCE & FRENCH

Laura has been working at Studio9 since 2008 in the math and science department. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Honours Physics and Math from UBC, graduating near the top of her class in both Physics and Math. During the year Laura enjoys examining rocks on Mt. Boucherie, dissecting flowers and frogs, playing with dry ice, analyzing the motion of go-karts, graphing beautiful drawings with mathematical functions, and dressing like a mad scientist at every opportunity. Laura is renown for her awesome Halloween costume designs, she also enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, playing board games, knitting, and sewing costumes in her spare time.

HEATHER CROWN - MIDDLE / SECONDARY HUMANITIES

This will be Heather’s 5th season with Studio9.  She has settled into the role of middle and high school humanities teacher.  Her background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a minor in psychology) and a Bachelor of Education.  Her experiences in the arts community make her a perfect fit for Studio9.  Heather enjoys the technical side of many things, including theatre.  When not working, she enjoys yoga, poetry, and painting.      

LUCY HAZELWOOD - DRAMA AND SENIOR DANCE 

Lucy She obtained numerous scholarships for internationally acclaimed dance institutions including The Laben Centre, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, as well as Birds College, where she would go on to receive her BA (HONS) Degree in Dance & Performing Arts London, England. Lucy went on to perform on television in the Top of the Pops Christmas Special (2004).  She was then successful in her audition for the Jean Ann Ryan Production Company of Florida and while with the company, Lucy performed at the South Florida Carbonell Awards. She started Luki Dance Studios in 2011 with the view to creating a working professional company in the Okanagan.  She has taught a variety of youth in many different settings and projects with a special view of meeting the learner needs of each student.

LYNN DESCHNER WIGNALL - DANCE

Lynn has been involved in dance in the Okanagan for thirty four years. She has directed over 68 dance shows since starting her teaching career in 1981. For 27 years she was head instructor and owner of Deschner’s Danceforce in Kelowna where she taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop. She studied through the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association for twelve years and spent seven summers in Los Angeles where she continued her training. She formed a dance group in Kelowna called the Class Act Dancers who performed throughout the Okanagan and as far away as Expo in Australia. She has performed in a number of musicals and has also choreographed productions such as Guys and Dolls, Westside Story, Grease, Carol King Tapestry, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Alice In Wonderland and The Happy elf. Lynn enjoys her career and says it has been a great experience working with so many talented and devoted people.

TARA DOW - VISUAL ART and TA

Tara attended university for her art degree spending much of her time in visual arts both in the 2D and 3D areas.  She has also spent a lot of time in the theatre stage world taking on a number of roles and jobs. Tara's love for the arts and to be creative, makes this role at Studio9 exciting for her. Also trained as a CEA, Tara is well grounded in understanding student needs and learning styles. Her blend of talent and experience also make her a great fit which it comes to that time of year where all of the arts are put together to produce a stage show.

SANDI MOTTLE - BAND/MUSIC

Sandi has had a long music career performing locally in a number of bands while her father owned and operated Paramount Music as well as fronted a big band. She has also performed in venues from here to Los Angeles and most recently brought her Bet Midler stage show to Puerta Viarta Mexico. She has a love of choir and harmonies as well as the pop, rock and showband sounds. Sandi has had her own voice coaching business in Kelowna for more years than she wants tom count.

 

Teanna Elliott - Educational Assistant

Teanna has been working as a Education Assistant for the past 13 years. She graduated from Okanagan College and received her Human Service Worker Diploma. This year she joins Jen and Patricia in the office during the morning. She enjoys musical theatre, singing and performing on stage, and helping Miss Jamie with silly pranks around the school.

She is a superstar. 

JAMIE BARKER - EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT

Jamie is one of our Education Assistants here at Studio 9 and also our "School Prankster Extraordinaire".  Jamie graduated from the Certified Education Assistant program in June 2015 and has been working with students here at Studio 9 for four years.  Before coming to Studio 9, Jamie had experience working as a Behavioural Interventionist here in Kelowna. In her spare time Jamie enjoys hiking, playing soccer and traveling. 

LILY BROGAN – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT

Lily is one of our Education Assistants here at Studio 9. Lily graduated from the Human Service Work program in June 2017 at Okanagan College. Lily is a family-first gal, who is originally from Osoyoos B.C. Growing up, Lily travelled and lived with her Mother and little sister in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Lily hasn’t been everywhere, but its on her list. Aside from loving being at Studio 9 during the week, Lily spends her free time enjoying hiking, cooking, yoga and learning new things. 

SHAWNA GREAVETTE– EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT

Shawna can be found working one-on-one with students from kindergarten up to grade eight. She graduated with distinction from the Human Service Work program at Okanagan College in June 2017. Supporting students with their social, behavioural, and academic goals in a fun and creative setting is something Shawna is passionate about. Outside of the classroom, Shawna enjoys yoga, dancing, reading, and writing.

PATRICIA ROCKWELL - OFFICE MANAGER/MARKETING 

Patricia fell in love with the arts as a very small child. After many years of practicing her love of the visual arts, through painting and drawing classes, she was able to work as a paid artist.  She then turned her talents to the theatre where she has spent countless hours honing her skills in set painting, prop and set building, stage managing & lighting. Patricia also created a successful business teaching art to students during the afternoons and weekends. Having trained at Okanagan College for Web Design, she fell in love with the graphic design elements of the web and began a move into that area of art. 

In her free time she enjoys painting, mixed media, walking, baking.

PAMELA BAI - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Pamela holds a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration and Finance. Prior to joining Studio9 she has several years experiences in Finance through her career in banking. Pamela’s other roles include Assistant Sales Manager with Sony of Canada; Insight Sales Representative with Telecommunication Company and also volunteer work with food banks in Vernon, BC. Pamela speaks fluent Mandarin and English. 

Pamela's hobbies includes singing, dancing, painting and cooking.

DAMON GUZZI - IT DEPARTMENT

Damon has worked with computers for most of his life so far in both Apple and Windows PC design and support. He has been with Studio9 for 6 years and has installed networks, desktops, laptops, wireless systems and even phone and telecommunication lines throughout the building. He knows every dark corner of the building from the upstairs to the crawl space. Damon’s free time is spent in music, serious video games and flying model helicopters.

Al STEEVES – MAINTENANCE & JANITORIAL

Maintenance and Janitorial – Al comes from 20 years in area hotel custodial work as well as his own glass cleaning business. In his former life in the Army, he was a Physical Education instructor. He has been a valued member of our team for 4 years and has probably repainted, repaired and of course cleaned every square inch of our facility. Al is also the person who builds the coffin for the Halloween haunted house or the chance wheel for the Grad fundraiser. He spends a lot of his free time in his woodwork shop at home making almost anything. If we need a set piece or a picture frame, we call Al.

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