The BCSSTA is comprised of teachers who volunteer their time for the PSA. Read below to find out who we are and why we decided to get involved!
Dale Martelli – President of the BCSSTA Dale currently is teaching History 12, Philosophy 12, and Classical Studies 8 thru 10 (as part of the Flex Humanities District Program) at Vancouver Technical Secondary. Dale became involved with the PSA simply because he wanted to help fellow Social Studies teachers. He is most passionate about History, Philosophy and cycling.
Greg Neumann – 1st Vice-President Greg is currently the department head of Social Studies at Byrne Creek Secondary School in Burnaby. He began his involvement with the BCSSTA as its newsletter editor. After enjoying helping organize the 2010 conference, Greg decided to dedicate some of his professional time to developing a strong executive to represent all BC’s Social Studies teachers. Outside of work, he is kept busy by his two beautiful daughters and keeps active running marathons.
Wayne Axford – Past President of the BCSSTA. Wayne has been a long time member of the executive serving in a variety of capacities since the last century. Interesting enough his curriculum passion is history. He spent his entire teaching career in Burnaby where he served as a Social Studies Department Head at a number of schools. He has been mostly retired for the last 5 years but has been known to have been lured back into the classroom as a TTOC when an interesting Social Studies assignment appears. The Labour History Curriculum project has drawn Wayne into providing curriculum resource materials and workshops; he is currently the Education Consultant for the project which supported by the BC Labour Heritage Centre. Retirement has bestowed the blessing of having time to travel and broaden his understanding of the world in which we live; at your own peril ask him about his latest travel adventures.
Christine Paget – Treasurer & Communications Coordinator Christine teaches IB History 11/12 and Social Studies 10/11 at West Vancouver Secondary School. She is also currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Oxford. Christine became involved with the BCSSTA in order to collaborate with other Social Studies teachers from around the province and to promote and support their efforts.
Chris Moon – Secretary Chris grew up in the Kootenays, in South Eastern BC. He graduated from UVic in 2001 with a BA in Sociology and Political Science. Chris switched careers from Public Administration to teaching after he taught ESL in Taipei Taiwan. He graduated from the UBC Teacher Education Program in 2008. Chris currently teaches Socials 8, 10 and Economics 12 at Vancouver Technical Secondary.
Derek Smith – IT Coordinator Derek teaches History 12, Social Studies 11, ESL Social Studies 10/11, and Social Studies 12 (BAA) at Mt. Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna. He is involved with the Central Okanagan Social Studies LSA and joined the BCSSTA in 2011 to help represent the interior and support professional development opportunities for all social studies teachers. Derek hopes to encourage resource sharing and collaboration around the province.
Ryan Holly – Member at Large Ryan is teaching Social Studies in school district #23, the Central Okanagan. Ryan says ” I decided to get involved with the BCSSTA because I wanted to help represent the Central Okanagan on the Executive, and I wanted to collaborate with other teachers of the subject I am so passionate about.” He loves all history, but finds 19th and 20th century history particularly fascinating.
Stephan Biela – Member at Large Stephan is Social Studies department head at GW Graham Secondary School in Chilliwack. He joined the BCSSTA executive to become more involved with provincial issues facing the profession. His primary goal as a teacher is to help students understand and appreciate the broad story-lines in Social Studies and History. When he’s not in the classroom, Stephan can be found wandering his off-grid homestead in muddy jeans and rubber boots.
Jason Hudson – Member at Large Jason is currently the Social Studies Department Head at Mount Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna where he teaches Geography 12, Holocaust 12, Social Justice 12, and Social Studies 11. Jason joined the BCSSTA in 2015 to facilitate the expansion of professional development opportunities for teachers in the Central Okanagan. It is his goal to create a strong, integrated, professional community to support Social Studies teachers in BC.
Glen Thielmann – Member at Large Glen teaches Social Studies, Geography, and some home-grown courses at D.P. Todd Secondary in Prince George, the most interesting of which was probably a fantasy-themed Humanities course called Middle Earth 12. His preferred areas of focus are local history and geography, the immigration experience, and story-telling. He also does professional development work out of the local union office, including the coordination of a large annual conference, and helped launch an educational consortium known as the Pacific Slope. Having developed and shared curriculum for many years, Glen joined the BCSSTA to connect up with the work of others. After 20 years he feels he’s finally getting a grip on the teaching thing.
Liam Patterson-Gram – Member at Large & Newsletter Editor – Liam was first introduced to the BCSSTA through his SFU PDP practicum placement with Dale Martelli in 2018. As a new teacher Liam bounces around the VSB, but is currently teaching grade 6/7 at ¿uuqinak’uuh (Grandview) Elementary. In the BCSSTA executive Liam is thrilled to be able to work alongside, learn from, and give back to the BCSSTA community. thing.
Lindsay Hutchison – Member at Large – Lindsay is the Social Studies Department Leader at Tamanawis Secondary in Surrey where she currently teaches 20th Century World History, Genocide Studies and Social Studies 10. Having attended and benefited from numerous BCSSTA offerings over the years, Lindsay decided it was time to give back and help facilitate these amazing experiences for other Social Studies teachers. Lindsay is passionate about educational travel and making history relevant for her students.