Sept 2015 003This September The Whole School welcomes two new full time teachers – Roxanne Mackay, a teacher with training in permaculture, natural building and visual arts, and Eli Geddis, experienced in teaching outdoor and artistic programs, including drama, writing and wilderness survival.  These two new teachers join Anniah Lang, The Whole School Principal, Rose Hodwitz, also a certified teacher and Educational Assistant, and Josée Corrigan, the school Coordinator.  As a result, The Whole School offers a fulltime Kindergarten program.

“We’re thrilled to have such an incredible team this year,” says Tara Harvey, chair of the board. “We’ve created a classroom experience with lots of support that links outdoor education with our in-class learning.”

Roxanne Mackay has been an educator since 2009 and is passionate about rural, multi-age classroom education.  Her knowledge of attachment theory and The Circle of Courage are a huge asset to The Whole School.  Roxanne believes in the importance of relevant, hands-on learning experiences for children in schools – from making a community garden to building a cob bench.  Her hope is to integrate physical, experiential learning into The Whole School program.

Eli Geddis has over a decade of experience teaching students in diverse settings, including school as well as through outdoor youth programs, sharing wilderness survival skills and fostering leadership.  Eli has been avidly involved in wider community endeavours through the Capitol Theatre, 4Cats Arts Studio, and writing for the Nelson Star and House and Home Magazine.

Anniah Lang continues to bring her expertise to The Whole School as Principal using the Circle of Courage model – a positive youth development model based on the universal principle that to be emotionally healthy all youth need a sense of generosity, independence, belonging and mastery.

“The Whole School combines attachment theory and the Circle of Courage with multi-age, small classroom sizes to support each student to excel at their own pace, and we have never turned a family away for lack of funds,” said Anniah Lang.

The Whole School has a vision of sharing the Circle of Courage philosophy with other related child and youth groups in our community.

The school strives to create a nurturing and safe environment to enable learning and has chosen to ban all WiFi and cordless phone signals at the school.

For more information contact the school at or call (250) 226-7737.