Teacher team

Alicia SteylenSydney Campus-Instructor

Welcome to ICEAP!

I studied at Cape Breton University, during which time I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During my final year of study, I completed my training for teaching English as a second language. I have been an instructor at ICEAP since January, 2010.

In my classroom, you will experience a relaxed atmosphere with a strong focus on learning.Students are encouraged to participate and share their opinions while studying all the skills necessary to succeed. I feel privileged to have helped students grow to become confident English speakers.

I will continue to do the same for future students. I look forward to meeting you here at ICEAP!

Darrin McPheeSydney Campus-Instructor

Welcome to ICEAP.

I hold a B.A. in English.

By promoting an open, positive, high - energy learning environment, I believe students can feel comfortable and appreciated as they pursue their language studies. I invite all students to stop by my classroom, there's always time for a chat and a coffee.

So, welcome to Cape Breton, I hope to see you soon.

Gordon PoderSydney Campus-Instructor

I am a retired teacher from the Nova Scotia school system. I have taught many years at all levels. My experience in English second language education has been with ICEAP, for almost 5 years. I have TESL certification and training.

I enjoy teaching. Hope to see you soon!

Jonathan MacInnesSydney Campus-Instructor

I was born in Victoria, British Columbia and grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia before attending St. Francis Xavier University. I have enjoyed my time with ICEAP, as it has afforded me with ample opportunity to assist students in practicing and improving their skills in an interesting environment.

I look forward to meeting the many students who will be joining us at ICEAP.

Jule Ann HardySydney Campus-Instructor

I have been working at ICEAP since 2011 when I started as a substitute instructor.

Since then, I have taught Advanced EAP (Level 5 and 6). I have a BA in English with minors in Drama and Psychology from St. Thomas University and a BEd from the University of New Brunswick.

In class, I encourage my students with a friendly environment to learn new strategies, ask questions, and work harder to achieve their goals.

Kelly KirkSydney Campus-Instructor

I've been teaching at ICEAP since 2012.

I graduated from CBU with a three year BA. After graduating, I transferred to Dalhousie University to upgrade my degree to an Honours Degree. From there, I went to the University of Maine at Fort Kent for my B.Ed. I received my Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto.

I'm an Intermediate to Advanced EAP teacher (Level 4 to the Bridge). When it comes to teaching, I think students learn best when they are given opportunities and have a friendly work environment.

Mark CampbellSydney Campus-Instructor

I am from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. I graduated from Glace Bay High and then went on to CBU where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree. After two years of work and travel, I enrolled in the University of Maine at Fort Kent where I received my Bachelor of Education. I've been teaching within the ESL community for over four years now and enjoy every minute of it.

Good Luck to all ICEAP students of the past, present and future!

Stephanie EdwardsSydney Campus-Instructor

I am originally from England. I came to Canada with my family in 2010, and have been working for ICEAP since September 2011.

I graduated from university in 1998 and have worked in various schools since then. In 2001 I moved to America and worked in two elementary schools teaching grade 2. When I returned to England in 2003, I continued to work as an Elementary school teacher, with a main focus on Foundation Stage students (4 & 5 year olds). I was also Foundation Stage leader, a Senior Leader and an associate member of the board of governors for the school, helping to shape and move the school forward.

Throughout my career, I have loved watching the students grow in confidence and develop into independent thinkers and learners, and I can't wait to help you achieve the same!

Steve MacNeilSydney Campus-Instructor

I teach the science bridging program at ICEAP. I was born and raised in Glace Bay and continue to live and raise my family here. I always look forward to meeting new students and helping them adjust to our Canadian culture. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my son and two young daughters as well as watching and playing any kind of sporting activity.

Word of advice: Always practice reading and vocabulary. You will see how it can influence other facets of learning the English language.

Tony HajjarSydney Campus-Instructor

Ever since my teaching career began in 1993, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work. It all started with adult literacy and language-teaching in Ottawa with the Basic Education for Skills Training program, sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour. After that I studied the Cambridge CTEFLA, and in 1996 went to Korea for a year to teach ESL. When I returned to Ottawa, I taught at La Cité collégiale, and CEGEP in Quebec for four years teaching EAP, communications, business English and ESL. Then I went to Japan for an eight-year adventure, teaching and managing a corporate language training business. I've continued to study and to work within the language-teaching field.

I started with ICEAP in 2010. Meeting students is very rewarding for me, and to witness the success of our students at ICEAP is even more rewarding.

Jennifer Bussey - PrincipalSydney Campus-Administration

All of our students and instructors would like to call me "Big Boss" or "Canadian Mom".

I started my career in the education industry back in 1996. My career was brought into a wider scope of ESL/ EAP teaching in 2000. I found my new hobby by teaching ESL programs to new immigrant adult learners, getting them to familiarize with Canadian culture. I have an immense passion in my career path, always trying hard by providing our students with a better environment. As both an instructor and a leader in education, I devoted all to my career. I'm now a Canadian Mom to all of our students, I would like you all to become members of our big family. My office door is open to every one of you. If you walk by, you're welcome to make a stop.

My time after work is spent with my family and children. Hiking, camping, travelling around, and trying to explore the best possibilities our Cape Breton Island has to offer.

Kerrianne MacKenzie - Chief Operations OfficerSydney Campus-Administration

At ICEAP, we plan our days around ensuring that each ICEAP student's language goals are met. Our innovative curriculum, responsive teaching styles, and engaging cultural connections are designed to help students build their skills while gaining valuable international education experience.

As a business professional, I respect ICEAP's reputation for creativity and excellence. Throughout my career, both as owner of a public relations company and during my time with ICEAP, I have come to value the contributions of many talented professionals who work diligently to develop opportunities and provide a high quality service. The ICEAP team is on track to be an industry leader, and I am honoured to be able to play a part in that success.