Our Team

Meet the
Xspace Team

The success of Xspace is dependent on an excellent team. From searching out the highest quality courses to our personalized facilitation style to offering flexible study options, everything we do is about delivering the best educational experience possible for our students.

Leadership Team

Brian Naka

Brian Naka – Principal, EBUS Academy

Brian is currently the Principal of EBUS Academy in SD91 (Nechako Lakes). EBUS Academy is the oldest and one of the largest distributed learning schools in British Columbia, with over 1000 grade K-12 and adult learners from around the province.

Rob Schoen – Vice President, GlobalEd

Rob is currently the Vice President of GlobalEd, a business company of SD73 in Kamloops. GlobalEd is the only authorized credit course provider in British Columbia for students residing overseas.

Rob Schoen
Rob Schoen

Rob Schoen – Vice President, GlobalEd

Rob is currently the Vice President of GlobalEd, a business company of SD73 in Kamloops. GlobalEd is the only authorized credit course provider in British Columbia for students residing overseas.

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker – Principal, Virtual High School

Stephen Baker is the founder and principal of Virtual High School in Bayfield, Ontario. VHS is the oldest online school in Ontario, and has gained numerous awards over the year for their courses. It offers Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits to thousands of students around the world each year.

Dean Coder, Honorary Director

Dean has devoted much of his career to developing, teaching, and leading “distant learning” and online education. He has done innovative work with rural schools in BC to refine models of distance education delivery, and has spent held numerous leadership positions including Principal of Kamloops Open Online Learning School, Vice President of GlobalEd, and Director of International in SD73. Dean has also been involved in projects including leading the Provincial Education Portal called LearnNow BC, as well as the International Online Learning initiative. Dean is an invaluable part of the Xspace team, as he advises on Xspace’s programs based on his wealth of experience in the online education industry. Dean is currently the Director of Instruction in SD27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin).

Dean Coder
Dean Coder

Dean Coder, Honorary Director

Dean has devoted much of his career to developing, teaching, and leading “distant learning” and online education. He has done innovative work with rural schools in BC to refine models of distance education delivery, and has spent held numerous leadership positions including Principal of Kamloops Open Online Learning School, Vice President of GlobalEd, and Director of International in SD73. Dean has also been involved in projects including leading the Provincial Education Portal called LearnNow BC, as well as the International Online Learning initiative. Dean is an invaluable part of the Xspace team, as he advises on Xspace’s programs based on his wealth of experience in the online education industry. Dean is currently the Director of Instruction in SD27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin).

May Ma

May Ma – Co-founder & Dean

May has had broad experience working with international students. Having completed her post-secondary studies in both Beijing and the U.S., and having been an international student herself, May has a strong understanding of cross-cultural trends in education. May’s goal is to work together with the Xspace team to connect Canadian and Chinese education systems through the Xspace platform, and to provide a highly collaborative and engaging way of learning for the new generation of learners.

Hedy Li – Co-founder & Program Director

Hedy has worked with high school ELL students for over 9 years both in BC offshore schools in China, and in public and private schools in Canada. She has an MEd in TESL from UBC and is a certified teacher in BC and Ontario. Hedy is passionate about second language acquisition and is constantly searching for ways to implement the most current pedagogical learning strategies into Xspace’s instructional model. Hedy currently focuses on the overall design of the Xspace instructional model and the implementation of Xspace programs in Vancouver and China.

Hedy Li
Hedy Li

Hedy Li – Co-founder & Program Director

Hedy has worked with high school ELL students for over 9 years both in BC offshore schools in China, and in public and private schools in Canada. She has an MEd in TESL from UBC and is a certified teacher in BC and Ontario. Hedy is passionate about second language acquisition and is constantly searching for ways to implement the most current pedagogical learning strategies into Xspace’s instructional model. Hedy currently focuses on the overall design of the Xspace instructional model and the implementation of Xspace programs in Vancouver and China.

Samantha Chan

Samantha Chan – Student Services Coordinator

Samantha has worked for over 8 years in the international educational consulting field. With a BEd from Simon Fraser University and a post-graduate teaching diploma from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Samantha has worked as a teacher, former school counsellor and advisor for high school students in both in Canada and Asia. Samantha focuses on counseling Xspace students on academic and personal matters, helping them to understand the Canadian secondary and post-secondary educational system.

Academic Team

Karen Chu

Karen Chu – Academic Coordinator

Karen is a certified teacher in BC and Ontario, and has taught in Canadian international schools in Seoul and Beijing. She has an MEd in TESL from UBC and is currently residing in Ontario. With over 8 years of experience working with ELL students both inside and outside the classroom, Karen enjoys helping students navigate through the complexities of language learning and digital literacy.

Instructors & Facilitators

Thomas Hynes
Thomas Hynes

Education: BSc in Math & Science, University College Dublin

Teaching Specialization: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Rina Chua
Rina Chua

Education: PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies

Sean Mackinlay
Sean Mackinlay

Education: BA in History, Thompson Rivers University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies

Jonathan Chen
Jonathan Chen

Education: BSc in Applied Mathematics & BA in Political Science, University of California San Diego

Teaching Specialization: Math, Physics, Chemistry, ELL, English

Hayden Johnston
Hayden Johnston

Education: MA in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies

Emily Poulton
Emily Poulton

Education: MEd, Curtin University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, Chemistry

Michael Troyer
Michael Troyer

Education: BA in Philosophy, Simon Fraser University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies

Samantha Paasche
Samantha Paasche

Education: MA in TESOL, Trinity Western University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Economics, Social Studies

Sara Campitelli
Sara Campitelli

Education: BSc in Neuroscience, University of Toronto

Teaching Specialization: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Laura Avery
Laura Avery

Education: BA in English Literature, University of British Columbia

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies

Briana Courtemanche
Briana Courtemanche

Education: BA and BEd in History/Drama, Queen’s University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies, Economics

Katie Stevenson
Katie Stevenson

Education: BEd in Social Studies, University of Alberta

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Social Studies