Upcoming Events

Building Relationships: Moving Forward Together

October 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sparking Inspiration: Early Learning Pro-D Opportunity

October 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tech for Learning Summit

November 23 @ 8:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm

About Us

The Learning Team is comprised of 5 District administrators who serve and support all learners in School District 61.

We want to empower educators to create equitable classrooms that provide students with learning experiences that meet their needs and allow them to graduate with hope and purpose.

We aim to build connections for support and to share and celebrate great teaching and learning as one learning community across School District 61.

The Learning Team wishes to recognize and acknowledge the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, on whose traditional territories, we live, we learn, and we do our work.

SD61 Learning Team

(L to R) Dave Shortreed, Jon Hamlin, Carey Nickerson, Louise Sheffer, James Hansen


This Learning Hub website aims to be a central support tool for our teacher learners, as the one stop shop for links, resources, and contacts.

As individuals on the team, please see our contacts below. You can e-mail all of us at LearningTeam@sd61.bc.ca and/or  follow us on Twitter @sd61learn and use the #sd61learn when you engage in meaningful online discussions around teaching and learning.

The Learning Team

louise shefferLouise ShefferDistrict Principal, Director of Learning
James HansenJames HansenDistrict Principal, Leadership and Learning
Carey NickersonCarey NickersonDistrict Vice-Principal, Learning Team
Jon HamlinJon HamlinDistrict Vice-Principal, Learning Team
profile copy 2Dave ShortreedDistrict Vice-Principal, Learning Team

We are pleased to announce the hiring of three District Technology for Learning teachers who have joined our Learning Team for this year. They will be working with the Learning Team to support the educators in our schools, specifically in the area of technology for learning. This support includes TEC packages, educator laptops, GSuite, student iPads and Chromebooks, CSL and FreshGrade.  

Looking for Tech for Learning Support? Contact the team at TechForLearning@sd61.bc.ca

(L to R) Josh Barks, Christian MacInnis, Rohan Gowda

The Technology for Learning Team

Josh BarksDistrict Technology for Learning Teacher
Rohan GowdaDistrict Technology for Learning Teacheremail@rohanvgowda
Christian MacinnisDistrict Technology for Learning Teacher

Josh Barks has taught at both middle and secondary levels over the past nine years.  For two years, Josh supported a grade 7-12 school in Hawaii with their transition to learning with iPads and GSuite.  Josh is excited to bring his ideas and vision for technology integration to the Learning Team and is looking forward to supporting teachers across our district. Outside of school, Josh is a sports enthusiast, loves being outdoors and dabbles in woodworking.

Rohan Gowda has a passion for using educational technology to create an inclusive learning environment in all classrooms. He has integrated GSuite, FreshGrade, Chromebooks and iPads into his practice to help meet the individual and diverse needs of his students at the grade 4/5 level. Rohan has spent the majority of his life on the west coast and thoroughly enjoys the ocean and outdoors.

Christian MacInnis recently spent four years at a middle school on Bowen Island where he supported teachers as they integrated new ways of teaching and learning using GSuite.  He has also spent a number of years teaching a myriad of high school subjects in England and China. He is passionate about technology’s potential to improve both educational access and outcomes for all learners, teaching digital citizenship, and enhancing workflows. Christian has just returned to Canada after a year-long cycle tour around the world.