Education Team


Simone Littledale is a teacher and interdisciplinary artist. Her varied work history Simone Littledaleincludes working as a copywriter for nonprofits, a production potter, and an educational falconer. A native speaker of Spanish, she has also worked as a community arts facilitator with Amazonian Indigenous communities through Fundación Calanoa. Simone holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Spanish, and has published poetry in both languages. She also holds an Education diploma from the University of Victoria. A grateful guest on W̱SÁNEĆ territory for over ten years, Simone is also an avid citizen scientist, weaver, forager, film photographer, indoor gardener, and dispenser of unsolicited bird facts.

Volunteer Teachers

Dr. Janelle Jenstad, parent and EES Board Member, volunteers regularly in the learning centre. She is on faculty at the University of Victoria, where she teaches English literature, professional communication, and digital humanities. At VISII, she offers seminars on language arts and history.

Helmut Hissen, parent, volunteers regularly in the learning centre. He founded Zeebar Technology Services and creates STEAM kits for learning. At VISII, he offers seminars on technology topics and maintains the printers, projectors, and Linux laptops.

Community Experts

VISII learners also have regular access to community experts (virtually or in-person as safety requires). The inquiry model of learning encourages learners to connect with and contribute to their community. Learning happens everywhere!