Welcome to Southridge!
Darcie Sagert

Join us in welcoming some of our newest Southridge faculty and staff members. We asked them to tell us a bit about themselves, what they enjoy doing in their spare time, and what they're looking forward to about being a part of the Southridge community. If you see them around campus, be sure to say hello! 


Tiffany Chen
Kindergarten Teacher

I have been an educator for the past 5 years in all sorts of settings - in a classroom, aquarium, library, historical museum, and watershed society. When I'm not teaching students about the world around them, I enjoy hiking or going to the beach with my dog, Kona. 
I also love to bake chocolate chip cookies and eat them while I watch movies or read a good book. 
I'm super excited to be joining the Southridge community!


Braeden Pistawka - Senior Math Teacher
Senior Math Teacher

I have been teaching at Aberdeen Hall in Kelowna for the past 5 years. I have taken on the roles of math/science teacher, homeroom teacher, coach, and over the last 2 years adopted the role of Middle School Vice-Principal. My fiancé recently graduated from medical school and began her residency in Vancouver this summer. We are both very excited to explore a new city while staying close to our roots and family.

I enjoy golfing in the spring, water skiing and cycling in the summer, skiing down the slopes of Big White in the fall/winter. Sports have always been a huge component of my life as well. I grew up playing Junior hockey along with competitive soccer and golf - the aspect of the team in sports has always meant a lot to me.

I am very excited to get to know the people who make up the Southridge community. I look forward to meeting the staff, students, and parents that I have heard so many amazing things about.


Joanie Shipman
Senior School Receptionist

I’m Joanie, the new receptionist at the Senior School!

My family has lived in the Morgan Heights area for seven years and we love it!  Our household includes my husband, my 12 year old daughter, our chocolate Lab, and our 1 year old Hamster!

We enjoy family ventures to Crescent Beach, and traveling (at least in the good old days!!!).

I’m looking forward to joining the Southridge team - can’t wait to meet you!