Teachers & Staff
The Whole School offers instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 7 assessment levels. All our teachers are certified by the British Columbia College of Teachers and follow the BC Ministry of Education’s curriculum guidelines. Currently on staff are two teachers, Nicole Burns and Eli Geddis; Rose Hodwitz, educational assistant; Anniah Lang, Principal & teacher; and Joselin Corrigan, school coordinator.
Anniah Lang received her Bachelor of Science in 2004 and her Bachelor of Education in 2008. She is currently working on her MEd from UBCO. Originally from Lillouet, Anniah grew up in a home schooling environment until Grade 6 when she transferred to Waldorf Education. Growing up on a homestead embedded Anniah’s teaching in the outdoors with a focus on the natural world, natural consequences, and experiential learning. In addition to her focus on the importance of developing independent learning skills and emotional intelligence, her love of biology, science and math has been a huge asset to our school. Anniah began at The Whole School in 2010 and became our Principal in 2013. Anniah has deepened our program’s attachment-focused approach through the use of The Circle of Courage. Her ongoing training and upgrading in this modality has made her a leader in this technique of teaching and working with children.
Nicole Burns completed her teaching degree from University of British Columbia in 2003. She completed a previous degree in Natural Resource Sciences and worked as a wildlife biologist before becoming an educator. She also worked in a one room schoolhouse in Gold Bridge, BC for a number of years before she and her family moved to the Slocan Valley to homestead on an off-grid property. Nicole believes that our best learning happens when we feel safe and valued by the important people around us and that honouring and nurturing positive relationships is the foundation for fostering attitudes of respect, curiosity, wonder, and excitement about things in the world around us. Nicole is excited to be joining the Whole School staff and to be working in a school where families, students and staff come together to learn in a safe, comfortable and respectful environment that is close to home! Nicole is our newest staff member.
Eli Geddis completed his Bachelor of Art in English Literature in 2009 and received his BC Teacher Certificate from University of Victoria in 2011. He has over ten years experience working with young people in a variety of settings including 4 Cats Arts Studio in Nelson and Blue Lake Forest Education Society teaching artistic and outdoor programs. Eli’s accomplishments include being an award-winning writer (Kootenay Literary Competition 2014), a regular performer in the Capitol Theatre’s Christmas Pantomime, and a long distance runner completing three marathons and an ultra-marathon. Whether it’s teaching wilderness survival and youth leadership in the Purcells, secondary English in school, splatter painting, or art history, Eli brings unique experience and energy to The Whole School. He has been teaching at The Whole School since 2015.
Rose Hodwitz is a registered Teacher as well as the Education Assistant at The Whole School. In addition to the invaluable work she does in our classroom, Rose works as an early childhood educator, a potter through her company Pirate Rose Pottery, an egg farmer with Pirate Rose Poultry, and a builder, mechanic, tinkerer extraordinaire! She has worked with children for over 20 years in schools, daycares and one-on-one helping students with special needs. She has been working at The Whole School since 2014.
Joselin Corrigan is The Whole School’s School Coordinator. Joselin has her M.A. in Dispute Resolution from UVic and a background in community development. As one of the first faces parents see at the school, Joselin feels it is important that families are comfortable to approach her with any questions or concerns. Part of her job is to correspond with and answer questions from current and prospective families. Joselin is a people person and welcomes interested parents to come into the school, see the space and meet with her to find out more about the school program. September is particularly fun as Joselin meets the students and their families as they register their children for the year. Joselin began working at The Whole School in 2014.