About Us - Our Staff

International Education Office

Welcome to the New Westminster School District Education Program. We are a multilingual, experienced team located on-site in New Westminster Secondary School. We are here to assist you! Each one of us has lived outside of Canada and understands the joys and challenges students encounter in a new environment. Students are welcome to drop by even just to say hello. Our door is always open. Together we say, “Welcome to New Westminster!”

International Education Program Office Members

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Karen Klein

Director

Karen has worked in international education her entire career and is passionate about public education, language learning and global citizenship. She grew up in New Westminster and spent 10 years learning at McBride Elementary and New Westminster Secondary. She attended UBC, lived and worked abroad, has travelled extensively throughout 6 of 7 continents and returned to her Alma Mater in 2011 to lead the International Program.

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Trevor Gee

Assistant General Manager

Trevor lived in Japan for seven years where he worked as a high school English teacher in Aichi Prefecture. Trevor can assist students in Japanese and is the lead team member for helping our Japanese students, visiting Japan to meet with parents and to attend marketing events. Besides Japan, Trevor visits other countries such as Vietnam, China and Mexico. Trevor grew up in Saskatchewan but has called British Columbia home since 1998.

Sara Dick

Homestay Manager – After Hours Emergency 604-356-4980

Sara Dick is the Homestay Manager for long and short-term programs. Sara’s has first-hand experience in international education.  At age 15, she lived with host families while attending high school in Japan. Upon return to Canada she completed a degree in Pacific and Asian Studies from the University of Victoria. Sara has seen and lived the rewards and challenges of living in another culture and can relate to students wanting to make the best memories possible here in New Westminster.

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Yiwen Zhang

Finance and Student Support Manager

Yiwen grew up in China and studied in Beijing and Vancouver. Once an international student himself, he understands the joys and challenges that students face in a new environment. He earned his CMA/MBA at the Sauder School of Business, is a professional accountant, and has made Greater Vancouver his home since 2002. Yiwen welcomes all students to New Westminster and is available to answer any concerns from Mandarin and Cantonese students and parents.

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Naomi Park

Secretary – Interpreter

Naomi has worked for both public and independent school systems. She’s had an exciting career working with international students. She was born and raised in Korea but has lived in Canada for the last 25 years. In her spare time, Naomi loves to cook, travel, and ride her bike with family and friends. She highly encourages international students to be involved in community activities and volunteer work. Come and say hi! She would love to get to know you.

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

Return From Spring Break Covid Safety Guidelines

Superintendent Hachilaf has issued a letter to parents and students outlining the school district guidelines based on information from the Provincial Health Officer for return to class after spring break. Please click on "read more" to view the message. more

Parent Teacher Interviews Thursday March 31st

Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, March 31st. Students are encouraged to be part of the conference. Registration meeting times will begin on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM and close on Friday, March 11th at 12:00 PM at https://nwss.schoolappointments.com/admin/. Click more to be able to go to the link. more

Spring Break Day Trip

On March 16th we will be visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola. We will have lunch at the top of the mountain and enjoy tubing before going down to see Shannon Falls. For more information check your Teams messages or chat with us in the international office. more

Online Application Status

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Our online application is currently unavailable. You may apply using the PDF paper application form.

Please contact iepsd40.bc.ca if you have any questions.