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Our Faculty

Mr. Michel DesLauriers


– 30+ years in Catholic education in the Archdiocese
– Former principal St. Thomas More Collegiate and VP Vancouver College
– BA, MA.

Mrs. Charmaine Jansen

Humanities; French; Campus Minister

– 13+ years experience in Catholic education
– Taught at Little Flower Academy and St. Francis de Sales Elementary
– BA (English, Business), B. Ed., MA (Religious Education)

Mrs. Jansen, a proud Catholic educator, is passionate about the role she plays in her students’ faith development and intellectual curiosity. Beginning her teaching career at St. Francis de Sales elementary school, Mrs. Jansen then moved to teaching at Little Flower Academy for the past 10 years.

Mrs. Jansen graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts (English major and Business Minor) and Bachelor of Education (Learning Disabilities minor). She also received her graduate degree from St. Mark’s College with a Master’s of Religious Education.

She and her husband (also a high school teacher) are avid outdoors people who have a love for hiking trails with their Labradoodle. An active member of her parish community at Christ the Redeemer parish, Mrs. Jansen is a lector and has been involved in teaching and sponsoring RCIA groups, as well as organizing Children’s liturgy and altar server education at St. Helen’s parish.


Mrs. Aleli Perez

Learning Resource Teacher

– 13+ years experience in Catholic education
– Taught at St. Patrick’s Secondary
– BA (English, Education Psychology)

Mrs. Perez graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2004 with a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and a minor in Educational Psychology. Prior to taking her role at St. John Paul II Academy, she worked at St. Patrick Regional Secondary School as a Learning Resource and Life Skills teacher. She is excited to welcome the first inaugural Grade 8 class of St. John Paul II Academy and create a faith-filled community of learners.


Mr. Tony Walters

Math / Science; Athletic Director; Career Life Education

– 21+ years experience in Catholic education
– Taught at Cloverdale Catholic Elementary
– MA (Educational Leadership)

Mr. Walters has been an educator for 21 years, 19 of those years were at Cloverdale Catholic. He has always enjoyed the challenge and adventure of teaching. A Masters in Educational Leadership from Trinity Western in 2011 provided him with fresh perspective, and BC’s new curriculum offers exciting opportunities. Mr. Walters looks forward to helping create a Catholic culture at St. John Paul II Academy, a place where the Catholic Intellectual Tradition meets the New Evangelization.

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Ms. Bernadette Yuson

Social Studies, History, Literature, Religion, Drama

– 5+ years experience in education
– Taught in the UK and at St. Andrew’s Regional High School in Victoria
– BA (History, English), B. Ed

Mr. Kevin Beliveau has been teaching in both archdiocesan and congregational schools in the Vancouver archdiocese for over twenty-six years beginning at Holy Cross Regional High School in 1993 followed by Archbishop Carney in Port Coquitlam, thirteen years at Vancouver College, and more recently at Saint John Brebeuf Regional in Abbotsford.  His classroom experiences and assignments have been in English, Social Studies/History, Religion, Literature, and Drama/Acting from gr 8-12.  His work outside of the classroom has included co-directing over a dozen high school drama productions; leading senior high school students to conduct service working northern Mexico for thirteen summers as well as New Orleans and Peru; director of Campus Ministry including retreat programs, liturgical preparation, and outreach work; and department chair for Religion and English.  Although he grew up in northern British Columbia and attended the University of Victoria after high school, Mr. Beliveau graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts (History and English) followed by a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Curriculum in 1993.  In 2001 he completed his Masters in Arts (History) at UBC.  In addition, he taught various History courses at both Corpus Christi College at UBC and St. Mark’s College.  Needless to say, he is passionate about his faith, excited to join the John Paul II community, and hopeful that the new year will continue to be a time of blessings for families, students, and staff.

After nearly twenty years living in Vancouver, Mr. Beliveau moved to White Rock in 2018 and has been a parishioner at the old Star of the Sea Church where he has been a lector for the past year.  When he is not in the classroom Mr. Beliveau loves traveling both within Canada and overseas, spending time with his family both near and far including his two nieces who attend Star of the Sea Elementary; B.C. history; and hiking the mountains around the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Interior of BC.


Mrs. Cindy Akyuz

Science, Mathematics

– 14+ years experience as an engineer in the aerospace industry
– Began teaching in 2010
– P. Eng, B. Eng (Aerospace), MBA, B. Ed

Mrs. Akyuz is a gr 8-12 Science and Mathematics teacher and a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace, Masters in Business Administration in Finance, and Bachelor of Education in High School Mathematics and Physics. Mrs. Akyuz worked for more than 14 years as an engineer and in various management roles for the Aerospace and Simulation industry, to develop flight and airplane maintenance training systems that are used by the Department of Defense Organizations in Canada and abroad as well as various airlines and airplane manufacturers. She switched to a teaching career in 2010 and volunteered for the Catholic Church youth education activities in USA and locally here at our Star of the Sea Parish.

Mrs. Akyuz and her husband have four daughters. The Akyuz family resided in Germany, USA, and Ontario before choosing BC as their home. Mrs. Akyuz played varsity basketball at Carleton University as a point guard and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle.

She is excited to start teaching at St. John Paul II Academy this fall and share her love of all things mathematics and science with a focus on how these important topics are used in various industries every day!


Mrs. Susan Kelly


– Lifelong advocate for Catholic education
– 10+ years experience as an administrative assistant at St. Thomas More Collegiate.

Susan Kelly joined St. John Paul II Academy in August of 2018 as school secretary. She comes from 10 years as Administrative Assistant at St. Thomas More Collegiate and hopes to bring her experience and passion for Catholic Education by supporting the staff and students at St. John Paul II Academy. She is looking forward to the exciting vision and journey of our new Catholic high school in South Surrey.

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