ISABC Pro-D Day 2014, St George’s School


Tricia Grzybowski

Stratford Hall
My name is Tricia Grzybowski. I grew up on a farm near Borden, Saskatchewan where I learned the value of hard work and to love and appreciate the beauty of nature. I attended the University of Saskatchewan, where I completed my B.ED in elementary education. I have taught Preschool-Grade 5 in independent schools in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver as well as lived in Italy and Taiwan. Some of my passions include drama, music, reading and writing. I have ran my own piano instruction business, taught drama classes at a studio, acted as a musical director, directed elementary musicals, as well written and submitted a novel for publishing consideration. My husband and I relocated from San Francisco to Vancouver in 2004 when I started teaching at Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge where I was introduced to the International Baccalaureate program. During my five years there, I had two boys and decided to move close to home. I currently teach Kindergarten at Stratford Hall where I have continued to grow through my experience with IB program. When I am not making lunches or driving to hockey practice, I enjoy playing with my boys, reading, painting, baking and Zumba. I love to make learning fun and aspire to have a positive impact in children’s lives. Nicole Ottahal has been teaching the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) for 10 years, 8 years at Stratford Hall. I have taught Kindergarten for 8 years and grade 1 for 2 years. I have lived and worked in Japan for 4 years on and off and love travelling and being immersed in different cultures and cooking. I am very passionate about early literacy and completed a M.Ed. in early literacy at UBC in 2009. Some of my passions include SEL, brain-based education, and multi-modal learning. I have a 2 year old son and a Swedish husband (: and live in New Westminster. I am so happy to share resources with everyone and spread the word of SEL.