Staff Bios

My name is Tim Harris and I’m the new Principal of Haahuupayak Elementary School. I am from the Stz’uminus First Nations in the Ladysmith area. I have been in education in many capacities for the last 15 years. I was a classroom teacher at the grade 6-7 level for many years before being a principal. I have been a principal for over 6 years at the Elementary and middle school levels. I am very honour to be working for the Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples. I take great pride in knowing that parents are trusting Haahuupayak Elementary School with their child’s education. We will continue to raise that learning bar for each child in our school. Please feel free to stop in to see me if you have any questions or concerns.

My name is Brenda Sayers and I am the Financial Administrator.  I am responsible for the day to day financial health of the school. I moved home in 1996 after retiring from my business in Vancouver and was very fortunate to get a job with haahuupayak.  I immensely enjoy working for the children and people of the community. I especially love the pride instilled in our children through the song, dance and language taught here. It is an honor to be part of such important work for our future generations and leaders.

Hello wonderful families!  I am Ms. (Carly) Denning, and I carlyam the Kindergarten teacher at haahuupayak School.  This is my second year teaching Kindergarten at our amazing school.  Previously, I was the Preschool and Kindergarten in the community of Kyuquot.  I have lived in Port Alberni since 2011, but Kyuquot will always be my other home.  I am very excited for another fabulous year!  Chuu

My name is Leslleslieie Tandrup.  It is an honour and a privilege for me to teach Grade One at haahuupayak.  This is my thirteenth year at this school.  I taught in Thailand for three years.  I was a recreation teacher, special education support and substitute teacher in Edmonton before I moved to the west coast in 2000.  I am a mother and a grandmother.  I am very active.  I enjoy dancing, gardening, cooking, camping, hiking, skiing, surfing and traveling.

Hello!  My name is Katie Anderson and I am the grade two teacher at katiehaahuupayak Elementary School.  This is my second year teaching grade two at Haahuupayak.  Some highlights of my time here have been learning the Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture and meeting the many smiling faces of our students.  I love being part of the Haahuupayak family and look forward to many more years here!

helenHi, my name is Helen Lucas. This is my 3rd year teaching at Haahuupayak. I am from the Tseshaht band. My parents are Richard and Faith Watts. My grandparents are Tony Marshall, and the late Evelyn Marshall, Jack Watts and Lillian Gus. I have 2 sons at Haahuupayak and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. And I am a proud former student of the school. I am looking forward to a great year of teaching, learning and growth! Chuu.


Welcome back, everyone! My name is Ms. Kaitlyn and I’m the grade 4/5 teacher at haahuupayak School. I started teaching here back in kaitlynJanuary and before that I was teaching in Ahousaht for a year and a half. I was born and raised in Port Alberni and I’m very excited to be teaching here at home. I’m very recently married and very excited to be starting a new school year with such fabulous students. Stop by my classroom anytime!

I am happy to bserenae teaching the grade 5/6 class at haahuupayak again and this will be my third year teaching at our school. I grew up in Port Alberni and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from VIU. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and travelling. I feel very fortunate to be teaching here and I love taking part in cultural activities and learning language. This is going to be a great year!   Ms.Serena

Welcome to a new school yenancyar at haahuupayak school.  My name is Ms. Nancy Logan and I am the grade 7 teacher. This is my fourth year at haahuupayak and it is a privilege and an honour to teach and learn in this incredible community. I am a member of the Ditidaht First Nation and my mother is Geraldine Tom and my grandparents are Francis Edgar and the late Joe Edgar.  I am a parent of two children ages 16 and 20, and I have over fifteen years of experience working with children and youth in schools.  I also have seven years of experience as an Executive for the Parents Advisory Council at Bamfield Community School and have worked as a youth worker prior to completing my Bachelor of Education degree.  I look forward to another exciting year at haahuupayak! Respectfully, Ms. Nancy Logan.

Hello, my name is Erernienie Netzer.  I am the Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher, and education assistant at haahuupayak elementary school.  When I’m not teaching or looking after the after school sports programs I am working with teachers and staff to support students. I also coach the school teams in a variety of sports.  This is my seventh year at haahuupayak.  I was born and raised here in the Alberni valley.  I’m married and have two children.  I have many ties to the community through a lifetime of athletics and work.  My hobbies now include golf, fishing, hiking, and camping.  I’m excited for another great year working with a good team and very thankful for the opportunity to help grow good people.

Hello my name is lenaLena Ross; my traditional name is nasqaadam a Gitsksaan name which ties me to my mother, Millie Watts’s roots. I am also Tseshaht through my father, late Teddy Watts. I am married to Darrell Ross and have 3 children, who I am pleased to say attended haahuupayak school. Further, 4 of my grandchildren have also attended haahuupayak; 2 completed their elementary education here and 2 just started the kindergarten program this year. It is an honor to teach the intermediate classes at haahuupayak and have done so, on and off, since 1998. It is a meaningful way that I can give back to the community what has been taught to me. I truly believe in what George Clutesi said, “Every adult, man or woman, is responsible for every child, to see that each child learns all that should be known in order to live a good life.”

Hello my name is Trevor Little. trevorI am one of the nuuchahnulth studies teachers here at the school. I come from the cisaaath and aahuusath first nations with many more roots along the coast. My nuuchahnulth name is naaiit and I attended Haahuupayak school since I was 4 years old. My children have gone through and are currently attending Haahuupayak school. Starting with my grandmothers teaching in the very department I am in today and having a mother, father and extended family that were committed to Haahuupayak made it easy to make this present day commitment to this school.

My name is Kathleen Bodaly. I am the kathleenLibrarian and Literacy Support teacher here at haahuupayak. My grandmother is the late Bernice Johnny and my grandfather is the late Clarence Bodaly. I am from the snuneymuxw band in Nanaimo. I like spending time outdoors exploring the beautiful West Coast, reading, listening to music, and anything to do with animals. I am so happy to be back this year and to grow and learn with our students!

Cherie Thomas, Education Assistant in the grade 2 classroom

Hi my name is Cherie Thomas, from Tseshaht first nation, here in Port Alberni. It has been an honour working as an educational assistant for almost 9 years now here at Haahuupayak School. My goal is to help students meet their full potential.

Joely Selva, Education Assistant in the 5/6 classroom

My name is Joely Selva and this is my third year working at haahuupayak. I am an education assistant and I work in the 5/6 classroom. I love learning the nuuchahnulth culture and language with all of the kids.

Shane Meyer, Education Assistant in the 4/5 classroom

Hello! My name is Shane Meyer, I work as an education assistant at haahuupayak school. I primarily work in the 4/5 classroom and supervise lunch and recess. I have lived in Port Alberni my entire life, and also work as a support worker for youth within the community. I am very thankful to work here, the community is wonderful.

Chelsea Jarvis, Education Assistant in the grade 1 classroom

Hi! My name is Chelsea Jarvis and this is my second year at haahuupayak school. I have three children ages 15, 8 and 1. I have lived in Port Alberni for three years now. My hometown is Powell River and my husband’s is Port Alberni. I love living here and I especially love working at haahuupayak school. I am excited for this year to come.

Alisha Rogers, Education Assistant in the Kindergarten classroom

My name is Alisha Rogers. I was born and raised in Powell River, B.C on the sunshine coast. I have lived in Port Alberni for 8 years and very much love this community and everything it has to offer. This is my 7th year at Haahuupayak, and my second year working in the Kindergarten class room. I am very excited for the new school year.