Whole School 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, Rose Hodwitz (Principal) and Nicole Burns; Ben Kogan, learning support; and Josee Corrigan, operation manager.


Rose Hodwitz is a BC certified teacher and the principal 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 since 1998 in schools, daycares and one-on-one helping students with special needs.  She has been working at The Whole School since 2014.Rose

Nicole Burns has been a BC certified teacher since 2002 with a background in natural resources sciences.  She has been a climbing coach, a wildlife and forestry technician and the teacher at Gold Bridge Community School in Gold Bridge, BC  – a one room, multi-age K-7 program.  Nicole welcomes students, parents and community members into the classroom to form strong long-term relationships and a family-like dynamic where students can learn in a safe, comfortable and respectful environment.  She creates learning experiences that reflect students’ interests and passions.  Teaching in a remote, rural, one-room school taught her the importance of being creative, engaging, flexible, and resourceful.  As The Whole School’s Outdoor Leadership Program teacher, Nicole will bring her own passion for the natural environment and active lifestyle into her lessons when she takes the students out into our beautiful mountain community.

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Ben Kogan is the Whole School’s learning support.  He has done educational support in the Whole School classroom since 2014.  Ben’s background is with special needs students in schools, youth in youth centres, and youth in outdoor programs.  Ben’s work as a facilitator and guide in Israel involved taking young folks into the wild to hike and engage in survival skill building.  He also has experience teaching handcrafting  according to the Waldorf philosophy.


Josee Corrigan is The Whole School’s Operations Manager.  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.