Meet the fantastic team at Newbridge Academy


Stephen A. Olah



Mr. Olah has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration (University of Victoria) and a Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University. He has been an educator for more than 25 years, with the last 20 years being in administration.  He has taught in BC, been a principal of a top 10 independent school in BC, opened up the first BC Offshore school in Northwest China and was Principal/Head of School in China, including Peking University Experimental School. 

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Sabina Pasini

Grade K/1 Teacher


A graduate of the University of Windsor, Sabina followed her dream of being a teacher to Birmingham, England, gaining experience working with children of all ages and ethnicity. Her experience has led her to have excellent teaching skills, patience, and creativity. Sabina is so passionate about teaching that in her spare time, she enjoys tutoring children to help them achieve their potential.

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Joshua Davenport

Grade 1/2 Teacher


Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history, a Bachelor of Education degree, and a CELTA Certificate. He has extensive experience teaching EAL in South Korea, and spent the past two years teaching first grade in Shanghai, China.


Karen Ringness

Grade 3/4Teacher

Bachelor of Education (UBC)

Mrs. Ringness holds a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Early Years Education and a minor in Psychology, and a TESOL Certificate. Her varied background includes administration, classroom teaching, and one-on-one tutoring. She is an accomplished educator with vast and culturally diverse professional experience.


Carrie Li

Mandarin & Art Teacher

BA SFU  / Emily Carr University

Carrie has years experience teaching Fine Arts, Mandarin and Chinese culture to young children at international schools in China. She is passionate about teaching, and enjoys working with students from multiple backgrounds. Carrie is very enthusiastic, outgoing and creative. She always brings new ideas, inspiration, and energy to her classes.


Anita Hao

Mandarin Teacher

BA, MEd. Courses taken at Stanford University

Mrs. Hao holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education. She is highly energetic and student-oriented teacher presenting over 17 years of experience in both China and the US. Mrs. Hao participated in the compilation of New Britain Consolidated School District Mandarin Teaching Curriculum and Connecticut Foreign Languages Teaching Curriculum. 


Cathy Huges

Grade 5-7 Teacher


Ms. Hughes holds a BA with extended minors in History and Geography (UFV), and a BA in Curriculum Development (SFU). Her 35+ years as an educator includes special needs assistance, high school and elementary classroom teaching, tutoring, and department head. Mrs. Hughes has lived and taught in Japan, Egypt, and China.


George Harjani

Public Speaking

Leaders of Tomorrow

George is a leadership expert, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Leaders of Tomorrow - a proven successful leadership and public speaking program. He has earned the honour of Distinguished Toastmaster, from Toastmasters International, the organization's highest award.


Guro Oneal Mendoza

Martial Arts

Newbridge Academy is the first school in Canada offering Arnis! Punong Guro Oneal  Mendoza is a 5th Dan Blackbelt, a National Sport Arnis Champion, and former Canadian Kickboxing welterweight Champion. He is the President of Sport Arnis British Columbia, the head coach and owner of The Mendoza Boxing Club and Training and goal is to have the national sport of the Philippines(Sport Arnis) become recognized in Canada, with the hopes one day for Sport Arnis to become an Official Olympic sport.

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Board Members

Karen Huang


Karen has been working in cultural and media industry for years. She studied media at the Concordia University, and worked in the local Chinese media. Since 2011, she began to dedicate herself in the career of community development. As the co-founder of CVC and Director of Newbridge Academy, she believes that both Eastern and Western cultures and education are the wealth of human civilization.

Sophie Jin


Sophie has been teaching English in universities for 16 years in China, and working as an education consultant after she immigrated to Canada. Sophie is an expert educational planner and a gentle educator. She knows well about education system in North America, and understands students’ needs.

Ying Liu


Ying is the President of Chinese Village Club and the founder of Newbridge Academy. She is a passionate educator, who has dedicated herself to contribute to the community and promote a creative education mindset. Ying is responsible for keeping the vision and developing the direction of Newbridge Academy.

Debra Swain


Debra taught high school Social Studies for 28 years in Surrey School District. Debra believes deeply in the power of education to enrich and empower students’ lives and is excited about sharing her expertise with the Newbridge Academy staff and students.  

Moti Bali


Moti Bali was a High School Governer in Uganda. Moti is an active community builder, a true believer in multi-culturism.
Moti is one of the founding Directors of CVC Newbridge Academy Society.  


Raj Rajgopal



Raj Rajgopal is a long time White Rock resident and manager of the Rotary Club. He is involved in many community activities.