At the Salt Spring Centre School we encourage excellence in academic and social achievement hiring only British Columbia certified teachers with a wealth of public and independent school experience.



Carol started teaching at the Centre School while finishing her Masters degree in Educational Leadership. The peaceful environment and caring community within the school were so appealing to Carol that she decided not to pursue a teaching position elsewhere. One of Carol’s favorite moments in teaching is when students begin to connect learning to real life situations. Humour, energy, and a positive attitude help facilitate life-long learning in the classroom.

  •  B.Th., (Theology) Master’s College, 1981
  • B.A., (Canadian Studies) Mount Saint Vincent University,1991
  • B.Ed.,(Elementary) Mount Saint Vincent University, 1997
  • M.E.d., (Educational Leadership) St. Francis Xavier University, 2010

Fun fact: Carol likes to sing opera in class to get her students’ attention.


bake sale 001Kate has been a teacher at the Centre School since 2005. She loves teaching because of its ever-changing nature and endless possibilities. Connecting and developing meaningful relationships with the students is one of Kate’s strengths. She models enthusiasm and passion through her dedication to the school community, and she is always ready to jump in and help wherever necessary.

  • B.A. University of Victoria, Linguistics, 2000
  •   B. Ed. University of Victoria, Elementary Focus, 2003

Fun fact: Kate can be found entertaining her students by wiggling her ears.

Sarah Currie

002Sarah moved to Salt Spring Island in 2014 with her husband Jason and son Emmett. She is an experienced teacher, working in Independent schools in British Columbia and Egypt. She has taught in both French and English and she is currently teaching grade 1-2 here at the Centre School as well as teaching French to all grades. Sarah is a passionate learner and she says: `My goal is to strengthen my own teaching abilities while providing a stimulating environment for learners.”

  • B.Education, University Of Victoria, 2007

Fun Fact: Sarah likes to invent disco moves in her spare time.

Zara King

Zara moved to Salt Spring in 2016, though she stills holds her home in Victoria, BC very close. She enjoys camping, spending time with her family and friends, and puppies! This is her first year teaching as she is a recent graduate from UVIC’s education program. She is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher who is committed to the success of each of her students. She shares, “I became a teacher to influence young lives, make a difference no matter how small, and share my love for learning.” Zara is very excited to join the Centre School staff.

  • Bachelor of Education, University Of Victoria, 2016

Fun Fact: She has been dancing since she was 3 years old.

Mariko Ihara

Mariko is thrilled to have moved from her home town of Victoria  to join the teaching team at Salt Spring Centre School, as teacher of the Quail class. Prior to becoming a certified school teacher, she has been a professional dancer, musician, facilitator and teaching artist for toddlers, youth and adults, and a student of life.  In her spare time she may be found in the forest, the garden, the ocean, on her bike, practicing music, yoga, dance, animated in creativity, play and fruitful labour.  She is a social and environmental justice advocate who is passionate about low impact living, intercultural and inter generational exchange, and land-based living traditions. Mariko comes from a line of elementary teachers, both on the Japanese and Irish sides of her family, and is committed to bringing her whole self to the learning environment of school, with readiness to invite her students to do the same. She is excited to share her love of life and learning with such an incredible school team, community, and land base.

  • Bachelor of Education, Vancouver Is. University, Nanaimo, BC, 2015
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Modern Dance, University of Utah, 2000

Fun Fact: Mariko is a certified lifeguard and first-aid attendant, trained to be calm in crisis, so never fear!



Shauna has lived on Salt Spring for 25 years, and she has enjoyed being a SSCS parent for the past 14 years. All three of her children have thrived at the Centre School. Shauna was Chair of the Salt Spring Centre School Board for 9 years, before taking on the role of Office Administrator.  She brings strong organizational and communication skills to the office role, but if you ask the students what she does, they will say that she is the keeper of the bandaids.