Staff & Faculty

Mike Slinger – Head of School
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Mike joins the team at Coast Mountain Academy as Head of School with a wealth of experience from his 17 years as an educator. Before joining CMA, Mike was an administrator in the Coquitlam School District where he worked at both the middle and high school level. Mike completed his undergraduate studies and teacher certification at Simon Fraser University, and then went on to complete his Masters Degree at the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership. He has a passion for teaching and learning, and enjoys working closely with the students, staff and parents at Coast Mountain Academy.
Over the years Mike has been very involved as a coach and administrator for various swim clubs, and has also coached his daughters’ soccer teams in Port Moody. He loves to stay active and enjoys the opportunity to get outside with his wife and daughters when possible. He can be found hiking, running, swimming, golfing and skiing along with the occasional pick up game of basketball.


Kathryn Ovenell-Carter
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Originally from Bowen Island, Kathryn (aka Ms. O-C) is thrilled to be back in Howe Sound. Upon graduation, she taught middle school in Klemtu, a remote First Nations community in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Kathryn completed her degrees in science (molecular biology and biochemistry) and education at Simon Fraser University, and finished her teaching practice placements in Vancouver. She has several years running hands-on science camps and classroom workshops for youth in small communities in BC, Nunavut, and northern Ontario. Kathryn enjoys spending time outside – especially on horseback or in the water, but when indoors she loves to read and is an avid baker and knitter.

Brett Logan
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Mr. Logan was born and raised in North Vancouver to a family that enjoys skiing, board games, education, politics, camping and road trips. These experiences at an early age influenced Brett towards a lifelong pursuit of outdoor adventure, stimulating discussion, and, ultimately, his career as an educator. He holds a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from The University of British Columbia (BHK), a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), in addition to Canoe & Kayak Instructing & Trip Leading designations. Most recently, he completed his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University (BEd) with a focus in Physical and Outdoor Education. Prior to completing this program at SFU, Brett taught for 2 years in the South Korean public school system, and for a year at an Academy in Quebec City that focused on bilingualism and motor skill development.
In a deliberate effort to increase his understanding of global connectedness, Brett has traveled extensively through Central and South America, Asia, and Australasia, experiencing many dynamic shades of life along the way. His educational aspirations are to create an increased sense of unity between Outdoor Education, Physical Education, creative writing and the sciences, and to inspire his students to see themselves as beings connected with not only their natural surroundings, but with the far reaches of the globe as well. He is very excited about the future that awaits the students of CMA and is ecstatic to be a part of it. One spring day, he hopes, it will be the students of Coast Mountain holding the championship banner for BC High School Mountain Biking.

Jennifer Ingram
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Ms. Ingram is an important part of our innovative and enthusiastic faculty team at CMA. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and worked for several years as a structural field engineer. Following her passion for education, she journeyed overseas to New Zealand to earn a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She began her career abroad at John McGlashan College in Dunedin, New Zealand, and embraced the opportunity to teach a variety of curriculums including International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Mathematics.
She strives to help students find beauty in mathematics by creating and exploring the relationships of mathematical structures. She is focused on integrating mathematics with the arts and sciences in order to help students understand and value mathematics in everyday life.

Her past experience has given her the opportunity to become a leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and she is looking forward to continuing her involvement at CMA. She feels this award motivates students make the most of all opportunities and challenges them to become active members of the community.She has an attraction to the outdoors and lives a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

A certified yoga instructor, lifelong skier and avid mountain biker, Jennifer hopes to inspire students to try new activities, follow their dreams and set manageable goals to reach their potential through perseverance and hard work.

Alysa Patching
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Ms. Patching came to CMA from the Coquitlam School District where she has been teaching at the middle school level for over a decade. Alysa adores teaching at the middle level because she believes it is such a special and crucial time of childhood and brain development. She treasures her relationship and role as teacher in the lives of her students.
Since graduating from UBC with her BEd Alysa has had a keen interest in progressive educational strategies. She has been involved with organizing professional development at school and in 2012 she received her Master’s in Educational Practice through SFU. Before she decided to go into the field of teaching, Alysa’s first career was in Outdoor Education and Recreation. Her worlds of outdoor adventure and teaching have now collided at CMA and she could not be more thrilled.

Travis Busschaert
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Mr. Busschaert is not only an accomplished teacher, but a talented woodworker. Mr. B (as he is fondly referred to around campus) has a BSc. in Biology from Wilfred Laurier University, a BEd from the University of Western University, as well as a certificate in Fine Woodworking from Selkirk College in Nelson.
Travis is fascinated by the current and historical connections between scientific advancement and the resulting effects on cultures and society at large. Technological advance occurs at ever-greater rates and demands a generation of scientifically literate youth. Travis uses enthusiasm and awe to engage and inspire his students to recognize the wonders of science and the natural world. He also challenges them to consider the potential impacts or consequences that science and technology can have on the environment both locally and globally. He strives to evoke a sense of stewardship in his students as they begin to grasp many of the potential positive impacts they and their peers can be a part of.

A self-described lifelong learner, Travis is a firm believer in interest driven learning and continues to pursue new avenues of learning that he continues to share with CMA students and staff.

Evan Sharp
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Mr. Sharp is a professional educator who moved to Squamish in 2013 to follow a passion for innovative education and adventure sports. Mr. Sharp’s driving belief is that cross-curricular experiential learning yields the most enduring understandings in students.
Mr. Sharp holds a BA and MA in Classics from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University respectively, a BEd from the University of Toronto (History & Philosophy), and has been leading and educating young people in and out of the classroom for over 10 years. Since 2015 he has been a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, and is a founding leader of the BC Google Educator Group; a professional development network for Google Educators. Evan is fluent in the French language, a student of several others, and delights in cross-language puns.

When left to his own devices, Mr. Sharp is a web developer, a National Ringette League official, a formerly sponsored 24 hour solo mountain bike racer, and a timid but fanatical ice climber.

Kathleen Stanford
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A native-Ontarian, Ms. Stanford now calls Whistler home. Ms. Stanford initially moved west to enjoy a winter in the mountains, but stayed for the incredible year-round activities the area offers.
Ms. Stanford holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa. Studying languages has provided her with countless opportunities for personal growth and career options. Ms. Stanford has lived in France and Costa Rica, and believes that language learning not only provides a fascinating glimpse into other cultures, but also deepens our understanding of self. Ms. Stanford has also worked as an educator in outdoor education in BC and Ontario, and loves connecting students with their natural environment while challenging them physically and personally.

She enjoys keeping up to date with global politics and is passionate about social justice on both a global and local level. Ms. Stanford is your ‘go to person’ on campus for a great debate and conversation on hot topics of the day.

Laura Alonzo
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Laura’s roots extend from a small town in Ontario where she developed a strong connection to the natural environment. In an effort to share such “fresh air” experiences with others, Laura has worked for a variety of outdoor education organizations that have taken her along the coast of Alaska, to islands in B.C. and down remote rivers in northern Quebec.

Academically, Laura has attained a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (BA) and a Bachelor of Education with a minor in environmental education from Simon Fraser University (BEd). Laura holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), has completed a french immersion program in Québec and has taught in the South Korean public school system for two years. This past summer, Laura worked with the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii to help develop a set of BC curriculum-based field trips for grades K-12.

Laura’s philosophy of education is grounded in her belief that all people should be empowered to realize their personal strengths and to understand how these strengths can contribute to being an active, engaged and inspired citizen. Change is constant, how can we positively influence change on a personal level and contribute to local and global communities? Laura believes that play and place-based learning offer an ideal environment in which to empower learners of all ages to realize this potential.

Associate Staff

Tracy Keeling – Director of Admissions
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Tracy loves to share her passion for innovative education and CMA. If you live in the Sea to Sky corridor you have likely met her at any number of community events ‘talking up’ CMA, our philosophy and amazing team. Tracy comes to CMA with over 10 years of administrative and communications experience at Simon Fraser University, and most recently Quest University Canada. She is passionate about challenging the status quo, education, and loves working with young people. In her free time Tracy is often found with her daughters swimming, hiking, or sharing a plate of fries.

Heather Dunham – Business Manager
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Heather is an integral part of the team at CMA, and is one of the first people most visitors meet on campus. She is quick to welcome visitors, and makes it a priority to support our students (even when there is a giant stack of papers on her desk). Her compassion and care for our community is clear! Heather’s experience in successfully managing complex organizations has brought a professional and well-reasoned approach to the coordination of the business affairs at CMA. She also happens to have impeccable taste and is a great resource for advice on just about any purchase!