Our International Education Team

Jeff Davis, Director
Dr. Jeff Davis
Director

Jeff provides leadership for the Greater Victoria School District in the area of international education. He is proud to lead an exemplary team of international education professionals based at Uplands Campus.

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Jeff provides leadership for the Greater Victoria School District in the area of international education. He is proud to lead an exemplary team of international education professionals based at Uplands Campus. Jeff is also pleased to support intercultural learning and outbound study opportunities for all students in the school district.

Jeff started his career in public education as a high school teacher in the Metro Vancouver area in 2001 and also taught at the Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, Nagasaki University, and Sasebo South High School in Japan. He has been an administrator with the Greater Victoria School District’s International Program since 2007.

Jeff completed his PhD at the University of Victoria in Educational Leadership and currently serves as the President of the Canadian Association of Public Schools International.

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Mr. Robert Tucker, Direct Administrator
Mr. Robert Tucker
District Administrator

Rob has over 25 years of experience in B.C.s public education system as a teacher, Principal and International Education Administrator.

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Rob has over 25 years of experience in B.C.s public education system as a teacher, Principal and International Education Administrator. In addition to overseeing many District-level ISP programs (e.g., Student Support, Academic Transition Program, Camp Victoria, Short Term Programs) Rob is responsible for marketing, recruiting and supporting students and their families from across Europe. Rob joined the Greater Victoria School District in August 2015.

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Ms. Pilar Divoky, Senior Manager
Ms. Pilar Divoky
Senior Manager

Pilar has over 20 years’ experience in international education. Presently Pilar oversees various projects for the International Program with a broad responsibility for marketing, recruiting and supporting students from North, Central and South America.

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Pilar has over 20 years’ experience in international education. Presently Pilar oversees various projects for the International Program with a broad responsibility for marketing, recruiting and supporting students from North, Central and South America.

Pilar brings a wealth of cultural insight and understanding of Latin regions as a result of her Colombian heritage and education in international marketing.

Pilar is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Dr. Mary (Zihan) Shi, Senior Manager
Dr. Mary (Zihan) Shi
Senior Manager

Mary has over 20 years’ experience in education with a PhD degree in Language and Literacy from the University of Victoria.

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Mary has over 20 years’ experience in education with a PhD degree in Language and Literacy from the University of Victoria. Mary’s responsibilities include marketing and recruitment in China, working with overseas partners for student admission, supporting students, schools, and natural parents, as well as ensuring international students’ success.

Mary is fluent in both Mandarin and English.

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mMr. Reid Litster, Senior Manager
Mr. Reid Litster
Senior Manager

Reid has over a decade of experience with educational organizations in B. C.,  Alberta and Taiwan, India, and Tanzania.   In his role as a Senior Manager, Reid supports international students with their transition to life in Victoria.

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Reid has over a decade of experience with educational organizations in B. C.,  Alberta and Taiwan, India, and Tanzania.   In his role as a Senior Manager, Reid supports international students with their transition to life in Victoria. Reid also administers the Global and Intercultural Skills Program (GISP) and the Outbound Student Mobility Program. These programs support intercultural learning for all students in the Greater Victoria School District 61.

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Tymon Hsieh
Mr. Tymon Hsieh
Homestay Manager

Tymon oversees the direction of the Homestay Department and team. He works closely with the homestay coordinators, host families, agents and natural parents to ensure all involved are supported.

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Tymon oversees the direction of the Homestay Department and team. He works closely with the homestay coordinators, host families, agents and natural parents to ensure all involved are supported. Tymon has been involved in international education for 10 years and has lived in Brazil, Israel and Japan. He joined the Greater Victoria School District in January 2015.

Tymon is fluent in both English and Japanese.                            

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Ms. Cythera Carlson, Coordinator
Ms. Cythera Carlson
Coordinator

Cythera oversees the admissions department for The Victoria International Student Programs.  Cythera is also responsible for Group Quotes and marketing inquiries. She grew up with her family hosting international students from China, South East Asia and Europe.

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Cythera oversees the admissions department for The Victoria International Student Programs.  Cythera is also responsible for Group Quotes and marketing inquiries. She grew up with her family hosting international students from China, South East Asia and Europe. Cythera has a French degree from the University of Victoria and a Human Resources certificate.

Cythera has worked for the program since 2006.

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