MEI Schools Staff

Head of Schools

V. Manuel

Mr. Vijay Manuel

Vijay Manuel joined the MEI Team as the Head of Schools in 2016. Vijay is responsible for leading all aspects of the organization including the learning experience from pre-kindergarten to graduation. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked 20 years in public schools.
E-Mail: Office of Head of Schools


M. Thiessen

Mr. Mark Thiessen

Secondary School
Mr. Thiessen is new to MEI after 21 years of teaching and leadership experience in School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin), most recently serving as Superintendent of Schools for the past four years. He and his wife, Tracey, have four children, three of whom attend MEI.

H. Smith

Ms. Heather Smith

Middle School
Ms. Smith has been at MEI for 24 years as a Secondary Teacher, Vice-principal and Principal. Her Masters degrees are in Educational Leadership/Technology and Counseling. She also completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

S. Burkinshaw

Mr. Shawn Burkinshaw

Elementary School
Mr. Burkinshaw is in his 21st year at MEI Elementary. Having started as a grade 2 teacher for six years, he has also taught grade 5 and PE. Mr. Burkinshaw is married with 2 daughters, one has already graduated from MEI and the other currently in grade 12 at MEI Secondary.


R. Thiessen

Mr. Rick Thiessen

Mr. Thiessen is an MEI grad of 1980 and started working at MEI Secondary in 1994. He began his teaching career in the Mission district but soon returned to his alma mater. Mr. Thiessen is married with 3 children and has 5 grandchildren, the oldest of which has started at MEI Elementary.

S. LaForest

Mr. Sean LaForest

Mr. LaForest has been a Middle School teacher at MEI for 6 years. In 2015, he received his Masters degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. LaForest is married with 3 children and also has a chocolate lab.

G. Wardle

Mr. Grant Wardle

Mr. Wardle has been in the teaching profession for 27 years, 18 of those as a vice principal at MEI. He has taught in the education faculty at SFU and in Taiwan at Morrison Academy. Mr. Wardle and his wife of 32 years have a son living in Sweden and a daughter heading for bible school in Spain.


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L. Bergen

Ms. L. Bergen

Accounts Receivable

D. Engler

Mrs. D. Engler

Alumni Relations

B. Gascon

Mrs. B. Gascon

Adv. Manager

R. Havinga

Mr. R. Havinga

IT Manager

T. Lewis

Mr. T. Lewis

IT Support

Mrs. A. Masse

Mrs. A. Masse

Bookings Coordinator

L. Pauls

Mrs. L. Pauls

Executive Assistant

M. Rivera-Cruz

Mrs. Rivera-Cruz

Payroll & A/P

M. Wieler

Mrs. M. Wieler

Finance Manager

L. Wind

Mrs. L. Wind

Human Resources Manager

International Program

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B. Hansum

Ms. B. Hansum

Program Coordinator

K. Lynn

Mr. K. Lynn

International Manager

C. Zhao

Mr. C. Zhao

Assistant Coordinator

M. Cruikshanks

Mrs. M. Cruikshanks

Homestay Coordinator

Facilities, Grounds & Transportation Department

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B. Cooper

Mr. B. Cooper


J. Del Cid

Mr. J. Del Cid


A. Escoto

Mr. A. Escoto


R. Falk

Mr. R. Falk

Bus Driver

A. Froese

Mrs. A. Froese


L. Green

Mrs. L. Green

Bus Driver

V. Kemsley

Mr. V. Kemsley

Bus Driver

Mr. S. Maddigan

Mr. S. Maddigan


R. Martinez

Mr. R. Martinez


F. Olson

Mr. F. Olson

Bus Driver

Ms. D. Pike

Ms. D. Pike


Mr. J. Schmidt

Mr. J. Schmidt


R. Schmidt

Mrs. R. Schmidt


B. Spaulding

Mr. B. Spaulding


R. Tepper

Mr. R. Tepper

Bus Driver

G. Wilton

Mr. G. Wilton

Facilities Manager

S. Yankov

Mr. S. Yankov