Meet the team behind the International Program

We are a proud and passionate team that take our job very seriously. We strive to provide the best service possible to ensure our students are both safe and comfortable.

Larry Jepsen

Larry Jepsen

Assistant Superintendent and Director of International Programs

Larry has been an educator in the Mission Public School district since 1985. He began teaching in Mission in 1985, and has served as a Principal and Vice Principal at both the Elementary and Secondary school level, as well as Director of Instruction before accepting his current position as Assistant Superintendent. In addition to overseeing the International Program, Larry is the district’s recruiter for Europe and Hong Kong and enjoys the opportunity to meet with students, parents and agents both home and abroad. He is proud of his outstanding staff who work so diligently to ensure that our international students have a fulfilling and rewarding educational experience.

Holly Mayo

Holly Mayo

International Program Director

Holly began her career with the Mission Public School district in 1990, and has been managing our International Programs since the year 2010. ‎She is responsible for global marketing and recruiting, as well as relationship management with our international partners, students and families. Previous roles also included student academic advising and staff development programming. Holly is committed to providing quality experiences for young global citizens who travel far from home for the wonderful opportunity of living and studying in our world class education system. She strongly believes that Mission provides the most personalized and nurturing environment possible, as we support our international students‎ in achieving their academic and personal goals.

Sherry Li

Sherry Li

International Support Teacher

Sherry is the International Support and ELL teacher at Mission Senior Secondary, and a very welcome addition to our international team. She has been a teacher since 2009 and has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. She completed her undergraduate degree, education degree and is currently working on her master’s degree in education at the University of British Columbia. Before joining our team, Sherry had taught in international schools in Shanghai and public schools in British Columbia. She enjoys teaching and learning from international students from around the world who bring diversity and rich cultural knowledge to the school community.

Terri Szlovicsak

Terri Szlovicsak

Homestay Coordinator

Terri has worked in the Mission Public School district since 2005, as an Educational Assistant and Homestay Coordinator. Terri has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, with a child welfare specialization. As a Homestay Coordinator, she is the main support for our international students and host families, and is available to them 24/7. Terri also organizes monthly meetings with the students and coordinates activities and field trips. Her passion and dedication to our students is often recognized as a strong point of our program by our educational partners.

Yvonne Turner

Yvonne Turner

Administrative Assistant

Yvonne has worked in the Mission Public School district since 1997 and we were lucky enough to have her join our team in 2011. She is our administrative assistant extraordinaire! Yvonne is the unsung hero of our program and handles everything from the first inquiry to departure, and everything in between. She keeps us all on our toes, everything running smoothly and is always one step ahead of us. Our tech savvy side kick not only does all the data entry for students, registration, agents, finance and school information, but also plans our events and keeps our website up to date. We are very grateful to have her as our always cheery team member.

Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter

Homestay Assistant

Kim is the newest addition to our International Team and a very welcome team member! Kim has worked in the Mission Public School District since 2013 and joined our team in July 2016. Kim has enthusiastically jumped in to provide Homestay administrative support and much more! As the Homestay Assistant, Kim wears many hats, and does it with competency and passion. We are very fortunate to have Kim on our team. She does not think twice about going the extra mile for our students, anytime. From comforting an upset student, emergency moves, driving students home or planning events, Kim does it all with compassion and kindness. She generously helps us, to continue providing the unsurpassed personal care our program is known for. Always kind, caring and organized, Kim is a valued support to staff, students, agents and host families.

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall

International Counsellor

Catherine Hall has joined the International support team as School Counsellor at Mission Secondary. She enjoys meeting and supporting International students from all over the world. Catherine completed her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Psychology at University of the Fraser Valley before going on to complete her Bachelor of Education in Humanities and Social Justice at UBC. Catherine began her educational career as an English teacher and taught in schools and multiple learning centers, including Sylvan, in Metro Vancouver. In her drive to be a lifelong learner, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at UBC. After completing her clinical training at the New Westminster Counselling Center, she continued as an elementary and secondary counsellor in the Surrey School District for 10 years before returning to her roots in Mission. She brings extensive knowledge of the BC Graduation program and the type of student that BC’s top universities are looking for. Having a fulfilling secondary experience, well rounded educational plan, and smooth transition to further education is important. She is looking forward to helping students reach their full potential.