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!
Grade 4 Teacher
I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I attended Queen's University to obtain my teaching degree. I worked internationally in Kuwait as a Grade 3 teacher for two years. I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to teach Grade 2 at an international school for two more years. I am currently working towards completing my Masters Degree through Queen's University.
In my spare time, I enjoy being active. I play soccer and Gaelic football competitively. I also enjoy travelling to new countries and immersing myself in new cultural experiences.
I am looking forward to working with and learning from the dynamic and inspirational teaching community at Southridge School. I am also looking forward to meeting and building connections with students and parents in the community.
Brea Gieschen (Class of 2015)
Kindergarten Associate Teacher
I've always had a love for education. It was my Grade 6 teacher, Ms. Watson (here at Southridge), that encouraged me to work with the younger students in the Junior School, and that experience was the beginning of my path in education. The light and love that kids put off in the classroom is such a motivator. It’s what motivated me to want to pursue a career in primary years education.
When I saw the opportunity at Southridge last year, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to grow my teaching skills in a supportive and caring environment, one that I trusted as a Southridge lifer myself.
I enjoy dancing, watching reality TV, and cuddling with my three pet bunnies (two of whom are new babies in the Gieschen household).
I am a hardy product of the Canadian prairies but have spent most of my professional life in NE Asia, working in and directing ESL, humanitarian assistance, and poverty alleviation projects. Based in Beijing for 16 years, my husband and I raised our three children immersed in a Chinese community while they attended an international IB school.
Six years ago my husband and I moved to Saskatoon, where I was first hired to recruit graduate students from China and Vietnam to USASK, and in more recent years was instrumental in managing the Student Recruitment team at the University of Saskatchewan. This summer we moved to the Lower Mainland for me to become part of the Southridge community.
I draw energy from walking, hiking, playing Scrabble and other word games, cooking (especially Thai and Vietnamese cuisines) with my husband and/or adult children, and hosting friends on the patio!
I am looking forward to working with the diverse Southridge community and connecting with prospective families about educational opportunities for their children!