“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock
EBS is served by a dedicated and caring group of education professionals:
Roberta MacDonald – Principal
Roberta has a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Victoria, a Diploma in Elementary Education from McGill University, and a M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus on autism and developmental disabilities from UBC. She is trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour support. Roberta has been an educator for 25 years and has worked in elementary, middle and high school, independent and public school, community education, and university environments. She has taught in classrooms from Montessori preschool to grade 9, brought STEM outreach programs to Vancouver Island Youth as Director of Science Venture at UVic, and developed life-long learning programs for the Sooke Region as Community School Coordinator at Edward Milne Community School. During her career, Roberta has successfully partnered with organizations and individuals in the community to enhance learning opportunities for her students. In 2014, she was honoured as Community Living Victoria’s Educator of the Year for her outstanding work supporting children with special needs.
Roberta has been part of the EBS team since 2009. She is passionate about science, math, music, art, and all things geeky, and loves to share this with her students. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography, and playing African music with her band Chikoro Marimba at various events around Victoria.
Camille McFarlane – Vice Principal | Teacher, Garry Oak (6/7/8)
Camille completed a B.A. in Canadian Studies and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary and her Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is enrolled in the Special Education Teacher Specialty (SETS) Post Degree Diploma through Vancouver Island University. In her B.Ed., M. Ed. Tech. and now SETS program she focused on how technology can best meet all students’ needs in the classroom. Camille previously taught in Calgary at a middle school and also at Calgary’s on-line high school. As well, she was a Team Leader and Social Studies Curriculum Leader. A few years ago she moved to Vancouver Island, where she enjoys spending time exploring the many beautiful beaches and parks with her family. She also enjoys running, writing, digital photography and yoga.
Rachel Bales – Vice-Principal | Teacher, Arbutus (K/1)
Rachel was born in Victoria. Growing up, she lived in Rimouski, QC and Halifax, NS, but spent most of her time here on the island. Rachel completed her Bachelor of Education degree with a focus on Elementary Education at the University of Victoria. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Specialization Certificate in Special Education program through the University of Victoria. She has been part of the vibrant learning community at Elizabeth Buckley School since 2013. Outside of the classroom, Rachel loves camping, reading, cycling, and spending time with family.
Ann Lockley – Office Manager
Ann comes to us with a diverse background in corporate communications, marketing, travel writing and photography for a wide variety of magazines, and was even the “Dear Abby” of the dog world for many years. Her most significant life moment was teaching photography in a remote location in the Navajo Nation to a group of youth at risk who went from never holding a camera in their entire lives to hosting their own art show in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Laura Busby – Administrative Assistant
Laura comes to EBS with ten years of festival and event planning experience with the Victoria Jazz Society and is a lover of all styles of music. She plays competitive women’s fastball and enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with her family in nature.
Heather Sasaki – Teacher, Maple (2/3)
Heather completed her B.Ed. at the University of Regina and a Certificate of French as a Second Language at Laval University. She taught K-7 Core French before moving to Japan to teach various elementary grades at Fukuoka International School. In addition to teaching, she has worked in the area of school accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. After 18 years in Japan, she moved her family back to Canada to live in beautiful Victoria. Heather has traveled extensively throughout Asia and loves exploring other cultures and cuisines. She also enjoys camping, reading, walking her dog and spending time with her family.
Trevor Gilbertson – Teacher, Cedar (4/5)
Trevor has been teaching for the past 8 years and especially loves being able to integrate the outdoors as a learning environment. He has taken specialty classes in crisis management as well as adapted learning and management methods. He also tutors middle and high school math and science on the side.
Physical well-being is a big part of his life and he hopes to help others to enjoy it as well. He rides mountain bikes, enduro, cyclocross, and road. Running has always been a staple for Trevor and he enjoys running ultra-marathons to challenge himself. The rest of his spare time is filled with creating delicious foods and reading good (and guilty pleasure: science fiction) books.
Rhea Reimer – Teacher, Garry Oak (6, 7, 8)
Rhea is a University of Victoria graduate from the Bachelor of Education program. She has also completed an Arts and Science Diploma at Camosun College in 2011, with a focus in creative writing. In 2010, she completed an International Outdoor Certificate at the University of Trinity St. David’s in Wales, U.K. She is from Victoria and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, hiking, and camping. She is also interested in the benefits of inquiry based learning and considers herself creative, as well as passionate, about furthering her growth as a teacher.
Renata Shaw – Education Assistant
Renata has over 15 years’ experience working and volunteering with adults and children with special needs, and has been an Education Assistant at Elizabeth Buckley School since September of 2000. Her background includes a Community Support Worker/Teaching Assistant Diploma, as well as many courses in Psychology, Social Work, and American Sign Language. In her spare time she is a singer-songwriter and loves to rehearse with her band and spend time with her family.
Julia Baranek – Education Assistant
Julia completed her Community Education Assistant certificate last year. After some further education she worked as a Behavioral Interventionist. Her passion is making inclusion happen for everybody.
Erica Anne LeBrun – Education Assistant
Erica is from Montreal, where she attended Concordia University. Erica moved to British Columbia three years ago to pursue mountain guide training in the Rockies. Her love of the ocean and kayaking brought her to Victoria where she now works as Educational Assistant. This is Erica’s first year at Elizabeth Buckley.
Elyse Longair – Education Assistant
Elyse completed her BFA with a double major in painting and art history from the University of Victoria. Over the past ten years, she has enjoyed working with people with special needs in a variety of roles. Her foundation always remains the same: “Every child needs at least one person who is crazy about them” – Urie Bronfenbrenner. When not painting in her studio, Elyse plays on two teams (soccer and bastetball) and also enjoys gardening at her community garden.
Anna Schellenberg – Education Assistant
Anna grew up in Victoria and loves Vancouver Island. She has a diploma in Community, Family and Child Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care. She also holds an Early Childhood Educator Assistant certificate. When Anna is not assisting students in the classroom or making them laugh on the playground, she likes to spend time with her family, her cat, and a cup of tea. She also really enjoys making crafts and will spend hours browsing in Michael’s craft store.