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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson, M.Ed., Director of International Education

Jennifer loves all Northern Lights College campuses and is proud to be part of the team of caring individuals who support the international students. She is originally from the province of Ontario where she worked as an International Liaison Consultant as well as Employment Consultant for Sault College. She is passionate about global education and community newcomer support initiatives. She studied French at the University of Montreal, completed TEFL certification at Vancouver Community College, and a Master of Education program the University of British Columbia. She has taught English in Ecuador, France and Canada and has enjoyed living in many countries around the world including Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.
You will find Jennifer hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, camping, bike riding - any adventurous outdoor activity - in her free time. Let’s explore the beautiful province of British Columbia together!

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Pamela den OudenPamela den Ouden, Coordinator (BA (Eng.), MA, TESL Certificate)

Pamela has worked at Northern Lights College since 1993 on the Fort St. John Campus. Besides teaching English as a Second Language, she has taught Women’s Studies and many English writing and literature courses in the university transfer program.

Pamela has an Interdisciplinary (English and History) Master’s degree from the University of Northern British Columbia and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys reading and is very interested in astronomy. On clear nights, she heads out with binoculars and telescope to view the wonders of the northern sky.

“I make my classes interactive, so students can experience the language in as many ways as possible. Having fun is also an important part of learning.”

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Michael Temple Michael Temple, Instructor (M.Ed., BA (Hons), TESL Certificate)

Michael has been teaching EFL/ESL since 1991. He taught for eight years in Taiwan before returning to his hometown of Fort St. John to continue his career in the International Education Department of Northern Lights College.

Michael speaks Mandarin Chinese, and enjoys learning about other languages and cultures. He also likes to promote humour in his classes when possible.

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Cleo Baker, Program and Student Support Clerk

Cleo has been with the College since 2007 in a variety of positions on the Fort St. John Campus. She enjoys working with the international students to promote student engagement activities, and outside of the college is an avid horse enthusiast. Prior to working at the College, Cleo has worked in many different occupations - on ranches, in Western stores, in her own business, and many more. She enjoys the students very much.

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Kazuko Maxwell, Program and Student Support Clerk

Kazuko grew up in Japan and first came to Northern Lights College as an ESL student in 2002. She moved to Fort St. John in 2006 and completed the Applied Business Technology program at NLC, with an Administrative Assistant Certificate and a Financial Assistant Certificate. She has been working at NLC since 2008, first in the Human Development, Education, and Care Department.

In 2013 she moved to the International Education department. Kazuko enjoys traveling abroad to experience other cultures and their foods.

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Josie Jiang, Coordinator of International EducationJosie (Mengmeng) Jiang, MEd., MA, Coordinator of International Education

Josie was born and grew up in a beautiful coastal city in the southeast part of China—Xiamen. She moved to the Peace Region from Victoria and joined Northern Lights College in April 2016. She loves Northern Lights College and enjoys her job very much. She likes travelling around the world and has an “international” heart towards the people she meet and the experiences she has in different cultures. She achieved her first Master’s degree in Education, specified in ESL Teaching from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and did her second Master’s in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. She has taught Chinese Mandarin and English in China, Australia and Canada and has worked with international students from all over the world.

After she moved to Canada, she became passionate about all outdoor sports, such as skiing, hiking and bike riding, even though she is not good at any of them! Being outside is her favourite thing to do in her free time.
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Yuka Yamada, BBA, BA, International Student Advisor

Yuka joined this wonderful team of International Education in July 2016. She grew up in Kanagawa, Japan and completed her first Bachelor’s degree in Arts, English and Communications at Kanda University of International Studies. During her studies in Japan, she was selected to study in Canada as an exchange student for a year. She fell in love with the beauty of nature and kindness of its people, soon she decided to move back to Sault Ste. Marie, ON and completed Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been working with international students and colleagues from all over the world and involved with organizing multicultural events as a part of post-secondary institutions, businesses and local non-for-profit organizations.
She loves to learn about different cultures, and hopes to visit as many countries as possible. Feel free to drop by her office to share your culture and suggest any workshops/events you’d like to see on campus!

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Evelyn Hutchings, Program Support Clerk 

Born on the east coast of Canada, Evelyn moved to England for many years and travelled extensively throughout Europe. Her main love in life is her family, travelling abroad and quiet times while camping and exploring beautiful northern BC.
Evelyn has been with Northern Lights College since 2014. She started in the Workforce Training Department where she worked as a clerk and assisted the Instructors to ensure all courses ran smoothly and on time. Now working in the International Department as the Program Support Clerk, she assists both her co-workers and international students with all their needs at the college. Evelyn is a great team player and keeps everything in check for everyone!

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