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Nick Benoit

by Nicole Gillies - Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 3:35 PM




Hi there! My name is Nick Benoit and I teach Senior High English, CALM, some elementary courses, and some of the options courses as well. This is my fourth year with PAVE and I can honestly say that it is the best job I’ve ever had*. I live in Grande Prairie with my wife Beth, our daughter Ruby, and our dog London (whose sole purpose seems to be to disprove the belief that poodles are smart).

PAVE is a great place to work, but it is also a great place to be a student. We are very fortunate in that we are able to be more flexible than a traditional school, and for many of our students this is exactly what is needed.

Finally, I’d like to end with a bit of advice. It is important to try your best, but don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from them. With the right amount of rigor, it is possible to fail forward!


*(A tie actually, I used to deliver pizza in a small town and that’s tough to beat!).

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Nicole French-Gillies

by Nicole Gillies - Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:20 AM


My name is Nicole French-Gillies and I have been teaching with Peace Wapiti School Division for over 10 years now.  I have a lovely husband Kevin, two daughters, Victoria (20) and Sarah (18), and one very cute puppy named Abbie.

I believe in PAVE and all we stand for: flexibility, individualism, family and integrity. If you are a current student, I am so pleased to have you as part of our PAVE family.  If you are a prospective student, please explore our school and let me know if you have any questions:


Victoria and Nicole before going on stage in a community play 


Sarah and Nicole on holidays


Sweet puppy Abbie