Georges P. Vanier welcomes three new teachers

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Georges P. Vanier has three new teachers for the 2016/17 school year.
Each has been interviewed for a miniature profile about them. Here are their profiles.



Parker Bonnah teaches science for Grades 7-10, as well as Grade 11 Chemistry.
Prior to arriving at Georges P. Vanier, Bonnah taught English, Math and Science in Kuwait for three years. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
Bonnah was born in Cochrane, Ontario. His Grade 11/12 Biology teacher influenced him to become a teacher.
Bonnah enjoys listening to the students’ stories and ideas, and they can make him laugh. He looks forward to helping with GPV’s extracurricular activities.



Chris Burgess teaches high school English at GPV. He’s very interested in the subjects he teaches. He also enjoys telling stories, from movies to books to videogames.
Originally from Whitby, Ontario, Burgess completed a Bachelor of Education at Trent University.
He taught for four years in northern Saskatchewan and one year in Morley, near Calgary.
Burgess is happy to be teaching at GPV, and is looking forward to participating in community events.



Edson Johnson teaches music and Social Studies for Grades 7 and 8.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, he completed a Bachelor of Music at Capilano College in Vancouver, B.C., as well as a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia.
Georges P. Vanier is his second posting. Edson taught music in Nass Valley, located in northwestern British Columbia, for five years.
Music has been part of his life for as long as he can remember. He wants to give students the same appreciation for music that he has; something they can take with them into the rest of their lives.
Edson will hold guitar lessons after school on Tuesdays.
Academic Awards Ceremony
Georges P. Vanier held a breakfast and academic awards ceremony on Sept. 1. A story about that event is found on Page 1 of this week’s Express.
School athletics also get under way this month. Principal Bob Owens and other staff have been holding tryouts for volleyball.
Once the teams are finalized, look for team photos in a future edition of the Express.

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