E l e m e n t a r y   S c h o o l 

Welcome to Kindergarten! I’m Mrs. Heather Gagnier and I’m very happy to be working with our wonderful kindergarteners. Kindergarten is a big step for kids. It is their first introduction to formal education, and because of this, I want to make first impressions be positive and lasting. In our kindergarten

  • every child is honoured for their individuality and the unique gifts they bring to the classroom
  • attention is given to use of the most "brain friendly" practises. Learning styles are considered, healthy habits are encouraged, and a lot of movement and music is used for teaching and fun.
  • emotional/social development is valued as much as academic accomplishments
  • creativity and imagination is fostered through art, story and play exercises
  • numbers and math sense is developed through hands-on activities

It is important to me that each child leaves my class knowing that they are valued and loved

  • gifted with abilities that make them unique and special
  • equipped with skills to resolve conflict
  • prepared with foundational skills for grade 1
  • loved by God who has a special plan for their lives

If you have questions please contact me at

Our DLS Kindergarten is presently full for September 2018 and we are no longer accepting applications. We will begin accepting applications for Kindergarten 2019 in the fall of 2018.

Our Kindergarten is a full day program.
To visit our kindergarten and tour our school, please call and book an appointment with Director of Operations Gaileen Woytko.

Grade 1
Welcome to Grade 1! I am Mrs. Bobie Rowse and I am so excited to be teaching Grade 1! My email address is

Grade 2
Welcome to Grade 2! I am Mrs. Nadica Paunovski and I love being a teacher! My email is 

Grade 3
Hello, my name is Ms. Cassandra Duke and teach Grade 3. With your support at home, I believe we can make this year a memorable and fulfilling one for each student. I’m looking forward to meeting you as we chat about the progress of your child throughout the year. My email contact is

Grade 4
Welcome to Grade 4! My name is Mrs. Laura Lui and I am the grade 4 teacher at DLS. I am very excited and looking forward to a great adventure in learning together! If you have any questions or concerns I can be contacted by phone, 604 434-5844 ext 55 or by email, Also please check out the class website for monthly newsletters, class schedule, and other important announcements at

Grade 5 
Welcome to Mr. Arthur Barrett's classroom! I have been a teacher in many parts of Canada and have been in BC for about 30 years. About 22 of those years have been here at Deer Lake in Grade 5. Some of my interests include reading, photography, learning to snowboard, and working with young people. I have two sons, one living in Victoria, and one here in Vancouver.

My goal for my students is that they become everything they can be. We will be spending some of our time this year learning how to become more self-directed and self-motivated. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of your child’s education this year! For monthly newsletters, class schedule and other important announcements please visit or email me at

PE K-4 and Music 4 and 5
Welcome to PE and Music! My name is Mr. Byron Emmons and I love teaching my favourite subjects, PE and Music. My email is

Music K-3
My name is Debbie Silva and I love teaching music to students of every age, but it especially fun to enjoy music with K-3! Contact me at

Grade 6
Welcome to Mrs. Rachel Rusk's class! I am the Grade 6 homeroom teacher. I am looking forward to getting to know each of my students and their parents. Please feel free to communicate with me about any questions or concerns you might have. My email contact is 

Grade 7
Welcome to Grade 7. My name is Mrs. Katelyn Scarlett, I am the Grade 7 homeroom teacher, and I also teach Math to Gr. 8. I'm really looking forward to all the fun and exciting adventures that we'll experience together this year!! The best way to contact me is by email, , and please feel free to do so at any time!

H i g h   S c h o o l

Mrs. Debbie Silva: Gr. 11/12 Choir
Ms. Joanna Alexis: French 5, 8-10
Mr. Byron Emmons: Grade 9 homeroom; Band 8 & 9; Bible 8 & 9
Mr. Esmon Emmons: PE 8; Bible 11; Carpentry 11/12; Applied Design 8
Ms. Annina Englebrecht: Grade 8 homeroom, Humanities 8/9, Art 11/12
Mr. Moses Haynes: Chaplain
Mrs. Dawn Jakovac: High School Vice Principal; Academic Advisor; Socials 11; History 12; Planning 10, Communications 11/12
Mrs. Loretta Knopp: English 10-12; Bible 12; Foods & Nutrition 11 
Mrs. Annabelle Laroco: A&W Math 10/11
Mr. Lester Lorenson: Grade 9 homeroom; STEM 8 & 9; Physics 11/12
Mrs. Molly Ryden: Math 10-12; PE 9 &10; PE Leadership 11
Ms. Kayla Whitworth: Science 10, Biology 11 & 12, Chemistry 11