Getting to Know the PAVE Teachers

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Heather Dunsworth

par Nicole French-Gillies, vendredi, 31 août 2018, 08:51


My name is Heather Dunsworth and I have been teaching at PAVE since 2013.

I teach a variety of subjects that include high school Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, and

a few option courses.I also teach Grade 5 Language Arts and Science.

PAVE is a great place to teach and learn in a flexible way! I love being able to work one-on-one

with my students through phone calls, online meetings, and library visits.I also love our monthly

get-togethers where we get to have fun and build our community at PAVE!

 To learn more about me, please check out the following video: 

Please contact me anytime! I would love to hear from you!

Heather Dunsworth

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Bradi Baker-Bowen

par Nicole French-Gillies, mercredi, 24 juin 2020, 12:54

Bradi Baker-Bowen

I have been teaching in alternative school environments since 2006 and love it!  

It has been so much fun getting to know PAVE/PWEC students over the years.

Our school is a place that students move at their own pace, in their own space.  

It allows for tons of creativity and independence! 

I hope that you enjoy this freedom but are also willing to reach out for help when needed.

Let’s connect!  Looking forward to the coming year.



My kids- Trigg, Nevis & Heath! Moving on to their next grade levels. 

ski fam

Skiing at Nitehawk! I also love cross country skiing at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Center! 


Hiking in Tumbler Ridge!  I have also been lucky enough to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. 

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Nick Benoit

par Nicole French-Gillies, vendredi, 26 février 2021, 11:14




Hi there! My name is Nick Benoit and I teach Senior High English, Social Studies, CALM, and some of the options courses as well. This is my seventh year teching online 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 cat Fudge, who serves as a stark reminder as to why it's been over 30 years since I last had a cat..

This 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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PAVE Teacher

par Kate Thon, mercredi, 28 avril 2021, 12:58

Hello!  My name is Kate Thon, and I am so happy to be one of your teachers.  

I have taught many things and many grade levels over the years (French at every grade from 4  to 12!) and can honestly say I’ve loved every subject and every grade level. I just love getting to know people and working with them to achieve their goals. How about you, what are your favourite courses?  

Some of the less traditional courses I teach, which are both fun and practical, include Harmony with Horses (yes, WITH horses), focusing on communication and relationship-building skills.  If you love animals and can see yourself in a career helping people, talk to me about our Animal Assisted Wellness courses to see if they might be a good fit for you.  

I have quite a menagerie of odd and unusual farm animals at Haywire Ranch, where I live. Their quirky personalities provide many humorous stories, and I can’t wait to share them.  

I look forward to getting to know you, learning what you are passionate about and having a great year working together!