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Selma Smith
Director of Instruction

Selma has taught at the elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary level both locally and internationally.  She has worked as an elementary school Vice Principal and District Principal prior to joining Surrey School District. Selma currently serves as a Director of Instruction in our district's Continuous Learning Department.  Currently, Selma is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy through the University of Kansas.

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Colin Reid
District Principal

Colin has worked as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and secondary-level as well as in several district-level positions. Throughout his career, he has remained dedicated to supporting an inclusive education system and ensuring the success of all learners. Colin is currently working as a District Principal of Surrey's Student Support Department. 

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Ann Turner
EA Instructor

Ann is a retired educator who has worked as a classroom teacher, LST and Inclusive Education Teacher (K-7).  As an administrator Ann has held a variety of positions at both the elementary and district level.   

Ann holds firm to upholding best practice in a strength-based learning environment in support of all students with exceptionalities.  


  • Bachelor of Education - Elementary/Music Education
  • Masters of Education - Curriculum & Assessment Studies
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Teresa Starr
EA Instructor, Practicum Supervisor

Teresa has worked in the Surrey School District as a teacher and administrator for 25 years. She has a B.Ed and M.Ed in Leadership and Administration. Having previously worked for the Langley School District as an Educational Assistant, Teresa has a keen interest and dedication to supporting students with diverse needs and exceptionalities. 


Deborah Thorvaldson
EA Instructor, Practicum Supervisor


  • Retired Principal from the Surrey School District


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelors of Education, Elementary
  • Masters of Education, Curriculum

Marco Espinoza
EA Instructor, Practicum Supervisor

Espinoza has taught at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels. He has been an instructor and researcher at SFU's Faculty of Education. He has served as principal of an independent school and program director of a business college. In addition, Espinoza has been involved in District Review Committee and District Administration Screening Committee for the Burnaby School District.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications
  • Master of Education, Education Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Education & Curriculum

Elnaz Araghi
EA Instructor, Practicum Supervisor


  • Former College Instructor
  • Former Learning Design Consultant
  • Former Secondary School Teacher


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Education, Curriculum Studies

Preetinder Narang
ABA Instructor

Preetinder is a faculty member in Surrey Community College's ABA Support Worker Certificate program and teaches ABA 1010: "Paraprofessionals Working in Schools".

She has over 13 years of experience providing behavioural and consultative services to children and youth with autism and developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings.

Preetinder is a District Behaviour Specialist in Surrey School District, with a focus on ABA and Autism, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). 

She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Psychology and Education, Early Learning cohort, at the University of Toronto (OISE) and holds the appointment of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Inclusive Education, at the University of British Columbia. 

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Kathryn Theroux
ABA Instructor 

Kathryn Theroux, MS, BCBA, is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Long Island University. Kathryn provides behaviour consultation to school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families and supervises graduate students pursuing national certification. 

Kathryn began implementing behavioural intervention at the New England Center for Children in 2002, acting as a preference assessment coordinator, case manager, and curriculum supervisor on the Staff Intensive Unit, a residential ABA program for children with ASD and severe behaviour disorders. She then worked as a private behaviour consultant and registered clinical counsellor at ABLE Developmental Clinic in Surrey and West Vancouver.  At present, she co-owns and co-directs the East Van Behavior Analysis team of behaviour consultants in Vancouver and SOAR Inclusive Preschool at the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub (PAFN) in Richmond. 

Kathryn is a frequent speaker at community organizations for families and professionals who diagnose, teach, and care for individuals with ASD. She has taught in the ABA Support Worker program at Surrey Community College since 2009. Her course, Foundations of Autism: Educational Considerations I, focuses on the provision of inclusive education to learners on the Autism Spectrum.

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Julee Bassetto
ABA Instructor

Julee Bassetto, M.Ed., BCBA is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst with a Master of Education in Developmental Disabilities and a Concentration in Autism. She designs comprehensive Applied Behaviour Analytic (ABA) programs for students diagnosed with autism in the home, school and community settings. Julee has worked with students ranging from 21 months to 27 years old in all areas of the Autism Spectrum.

In addition to providing behaviour analytic services to people diagnosed with autism, Julee has also been teaching the Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis course at Surrey College since 2014. The course goes into detail about the theory of ABA and is designed to teach people how to be qualified support workers for students with autism within the Surrey School District.


Christine Eadon
ABA Instructor

Christine Eadon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Christine designs comprehensive applied behaviour analytic or ABA programs for individuals diagnosed with autism in the home, school and community settings. Programs focus on academic, communication, self-management, social and leisure skills.   Christine works with student's aged 2 – 27 years old. Christine also works as a Junior Behaviour Consultant supporting adults and youth living in an ABA Teaching Home in the lower Mainland.

Christine has been teaching Applications of ABA in a Classroom at Surrey College since 2015. 


Theresa Jouan
ABA Instructor

Theresa Jouan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with a Master's of Science degree and is the course instructor for the Foundations of Autism: Ethical Considerations course.  Over the course of the last 17 years, Theresa has worked in private and public schools, as various members of home-based ABA programs, in an ABA teaching home and at Surrey College for the past 7 years. Theresa finds it rewarding to participate in student progress throughout the term, as the class delves a little into current literature and grapples with the myriad of challenging situations that ABA-SW's encounter in their workplaces.  Get ready to be an active participant in this final class of the course!


Julie Youngston
Hairdressing Instructor 

Julie has been the Hairdressing Program Instructor at Surrey Community College since 2008.  She has work in the cosmetology Industry for many years as a home-based owner and a salon hair stylist,

Julie is a qualified instructor with a Certificate of Hair Design from the Cosmetology Industry Association of British Columbia. (Beauty Council) and has her Provincial Instructors Diploma. Julie is continues to attend classes throughout the year to give her students the most up to date skills and technique.

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Mark West
BSW Instructor 

Mark is the Manager of Service Operations with Surrey Schools. Before that he worked as the Assistant Manager and custodian in the district since 2009.  Mark started as an instructor with Surrey Community College in 2020 when the Building Service Worker Certificate program started.

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