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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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