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  • Tam Matthews

    Head of School
    Tam Matthews was appointed Head of School of West Point Grey Academy in August 2013. He was previously Head of Ashbury College, an IB World School in Ottawa, from 2001 to 2013. While at Ashbury, Tam introduced a new Leadership Team management structure; expanded the boarding program, with students from over 30 countries; and led the school through two strategic planning processes and three major capital expansions, including a master campus plan renewal project.

    At WPGA, Tam actively supports the school’s vision to be leaders in future-focused learning, with a focus on empowering entrepreneurial thinkers who are adaptive, altruistic and globally-inspired. His collaborative, inclusive style of leadership models the school’s mission and reflects his commitment to learning innovation, student and staff wellness, teacher professional advancement, a robust school community and best practices in governance. In 2014, Tam led a strategic planning process, building on the school’s exceptional reputation and culture to advance its many opportunities for innovation and partnership.

    A graduate of independent schools, Tam studied at the University of Nice after graduating from Trinity College (University of Toronto). Following five years in international banking, he began his teaching career at Upper Canada College, as a history teacher and then as Associate Director of Guidance. In 1989, he became Director of Admissions at Lakefield College School, where he and his wife, Jan, were houseparents for the school’s first girls residence. In 1996, he was appointed Head of Albert College, where he opened the school's Junior School.

    Dedicated to furthering the growth of independent schools at large, Tam has served on numerous educational and community boards. He is a past Chair of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and is currently Vice Chair of the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC). He is also a past Board Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

    A former member of three Canadian Olympic sailing teams (1980, 1984, 1996), Tam enjoys keeping active and plays tennis, skis and cycles whenever he can. He and Jan have two children, Geoff and Alison, who both reside in Vancouver.
  • Ciara Corcoran

    Head of Junior School 
    Prior to joining WPGA in 1996, Ciara taught in Hong Kong at the Canadian International School and in the West Vancouver public school system. She holds bachelor's degrees in history and primary education and has a Master of Educational Administration with a research component on assessment practices. Ciara is actively involved in curriculum development for junior kindergarten, primary and intermediate grades, and created the English, CARE (character education) and learning support programs. A member of the ISABC Pro-D Advisory Committee and CAIS National Forum Advisory Committee, she provides leadership in Foundations Skills Assessments (FSA) marking for ISABC, developed the Newly Qualified Teachers Program for ISABC, and creates provincial exemplars for the Ministry of Education. Ciara and her husband, Andrew, have a son, Ben ’21.
  • Stephen Anthony

    Head of Senior School
    A founding faculty member since the school's inception in 1996, Stephen has dedicated his progressive, creative and entrepreneurial spirit to the remarkable growth of West Point Grey Academy. In overseeing student, faculty and program development, he also serves on the Leadership Team and Board of Directors to develop and implement the school’s strategic initiatives. A graduate of Queen’s University, he holds bachelor's degrees in arts and education and a Master of Education in administration. After teaching internationally at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Stephen returned to Canada to "put down roots on our beautiful WPGA campus."

    Stephen believes deeply in the potential of young people and in actively building their leadership capacity. An authentic connector, he works to forge strong relationships among students, teachers and parents to develop a sense of collaboration, ownership and pride in all areas of school life. “Ours is an inspiring, supportive and student-centred school. We have created a warm and joyful community unlike any other.”

    An experiential educator, Stephen is always keen to be teaching math, coaching athletics, empowering young leaders or helping guide a backcountry or international adventure with students. His wife, Charlotte, also teaches at the school, and they have three active Grey WolvesMiles ’18, Charlie ’20 and Sam ’23.
    • Tam Matthews, Head of School

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  • Five Questions with Tam Matthews

    Our Head of School, Tam Matthews, answers five questions often asked of him, including what makes an ideal WPGA student, what factors contribute to a student's success in school, what we look for in a teacher, what makes him an exceptional leader, and the benefits of staying in one school from JK to grade 12.
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