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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

Miss Bernadette Yuson graduated from the University of Victoria with a
Bachelor of Arts (History major, English minor) and a Bachelor of
Education (PDPP). After graduation, she began her teaching career in
the United Kingdom, teaching Key Stage 3 English and History, as well
as GCSE English language and English literature. After four years in
England, she returned to Canada in 2019, working as the International
Education Assistant at St. Andrew’s Regional High School in Victoria,
just prior to joining St. John Paul II Academy.

Passionate about her faith, Miss Yuson had been an altar server, a
Children’s Liturgy instructor, and a Sacramental Preparation teacher
in her home parish in Victoria. She is excited to start sharing her
faith with others, and helping to create a Christ-centred community at
St. John Paul II Academy when she starts this September.

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.


Mr. Mark Wilkie


– 13 years teaching experience at Little Flower Academy
– Bachelor of Science from UBC
– Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mark’s College

Mr. Wilkie is a Gr 8-12 Science & Math teacher who has a passion for revealing the wonders of the natural world to his students and enjoys finding creative ways to incorporate the Catholic intellectual tradition into the science curriculum. Mr. Wilkie has spent the last 13 years teaching both the junior and a senior sciences at Little Flower Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry major) from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mark’s College.
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Ms. Janet Clarke

Education Assistant

– Extensive experience working as an EA

Ms. Clarke has been an Education Assistant for over five years working within the Catholic school system here in the Archdiocese having worked at St. Joseph the Worker and St. Andrew elementary schools. She has her early childhood education certificates in basic program, infant and toddler as well as special needs children. She has a partial degree in child and youth care. She has also taken the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (Orton Gillingham) training for multi-sensory math tutor course. She has worked as well as a private tutor for over 10 years assisting children in their Math and reading and writing.

Ms. Colleen Girvin

Education Assistant

– Public and Catholic schools EA experience

Colleen completed the Educational Assistant program through the Richmond School District in 2017. She was a member of Canadian Martyrs parish in Richmond. Prior to taking her role at the Academy, she worked for the Richmond School District in both elementary and secondary schools. She started at Saint John Paul II Academy in September of 2019. Her decision to move into the Catholic school system here in the Archdiocese was because of her faith. Saint John Paul II is very dear to her and she was able to attend one of the first World Youth Days as a teenager. It was held in Saint John Paul II’s native country, Poland. Her family, faith and working with children are most important and inspiring to her. She is currently a member of Good Shepherd parish in South Surrey, and a proud mother of 7 children. She is thrilled to be part of the thriving and growing Saint John Paul II community.

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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