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.

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.

Stephen Baker
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.

Alex Liang

Alex Liang, Founder

Alex has over 12 years of work experience in the international education field in Canada at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. He has held various positions from international student counsellor, international education marketing manager to international program Vancouver campus founder of School Districts 73 and 91 in BC. Alex deeply believes that all ELL students deserve to take center stage in their international education, and know that real ELL student-centered learning can only be made possible through the use of technology.

Hedy Li – Co-founder & Program Director

Hedy has worked with high school ELL students for over 10 years both in BC offshore schools in China, and in public and private schools in Canada. She has an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia 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 overseas.

Hedy Li – Co-founder & Program Director

Hedy has worked with high school ELL students for over 10 years both in BC offshore schools in China, and in public and private schools in Canada. She has an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia 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 overseas.

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 M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia, and has over 10 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, and currently focuses on curriculum development and facilitator support at Xspace.

Lucas Zhang – Guidance Counsellor & Student Program Lead

Lucas has more than 5 years of experience in the field of K-12 student development and engagement. He obtained his B.A. in Social Science and M.Ed. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. Lucas’ interests lie in how social justice dialogue is forged in the intersection of language, race, ethnicity and nationality.  He has created a plethora of community engaged learning and cross-cultural exchange opportunities for students in collaborations with various local and international organizations. Lucas currently focuses on student success support and the development of Xspace mini campuses in Vancouver and overseas.

Lucas Zhang
Lucas Zhang

Lucas Zhang – Guidance Counsellor & Student Program Lead

Lucas has more than 5 years of experience in the field of K-12 student development and engagement. He obtained his B.A. in Social Science and M.Ed. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. Lucas’ interests lie in how social justice dialogue is forged in the intersection of language, race, ethnicity and nationality.  He has created a plethora of community engaged learning and cross-cultural exchange opportunities for students in collaborations with various local and international organizations. Lucas currently focuses on student success support and the development of Xspace mini campuses in Vancouver and overseas.

Special Acknowledgements

We would like to give a special thank you to these individuals for their continued support in shaping Xspace into what it is today!

Dean Coder
Dean Coder

Director of Instruction, SD27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Rob Schoen
Rob Schoen

Former Assistant Superintendent, SD73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

Samantha Chan
Samantha Chan

Marketing Assistant / Counsellor

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

Samantha Paasche
Samantha Paasche

Education: MA in TESOL, Trinity Western University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, Economics, Social Studies

Ahmed Abdelrahim
Ahmed Abdelrahim

Education: BEd in STEM, Western University

Teaching Specialization: Math, Physics, Chemistry

Katy Churcher
Katy Churcher

Education: BFA, Simon Fraser University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English

Mahmoud Sharkawi
Mahmoud Sharkawi

Education: PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics, Western University

Teaching Specialization: Math, Physics

Kamlah Milad
Kamlah Milad

Education: MEd, Northeastern State University

Teaching Specialization: English

Magali Santana

Education: MMSt, University of Toronto

Teaching Specialization: Physics, Math

Kevin Cha
Kevin Cha

Education: BEd in Business Education, University of British Columbia

Teaching Specialization: Economics, English, ELL

Sara Staton
Sara Stanton

Education: BEd in English Education, University of British Columbia

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English

Roba Sharkas
Ruba Sharkas

Education: BA in Mass Communication, U.A.E. University

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English

Suzy Lim
Suzy Lim

Education: MSc in Physical Chemistry, University of Waterloo

Teaching Specialization: Physics, Math, Chemistry

Laura Chan
Laura Chan

Education: BEd in English, University of British Columbia

Teaching Specialization: ELL, English, History