Our Team

We are a group of four educators working in both public and independent schools throughout the Greater Vancouver area. Currently, we are in the midst of our Master’s of Education, in Education for Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia. Together, we were tasked to use social innovation tools to tackle the climate emergency in the City of Vancouver.

Jasmine Hare
Jasmine grew up in Mi’kma‘ki/Nova Scotia and now teaches on Musqueam land in Vancouver. She has her dream job teaching K-7 leadership, outdoor and environmental education, service learning and citizenship. When she’s not teaching, she is probably baking, hiking, or belting out musical theatre tunes in her kitchen.


Katelyn Jmaeff

Katelyn is an educator and community builder. She is a classroom teacher at Pear Tree Elementary who is passionate about empowering youth to become engaged citizens and change makers through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and design thinking and social innovation. She currently lives, works, and plays on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples: Squamish, Musqueam, Stolo and Tsleiwatuth Nations.

Kathryn Payne
Kathryn is a high school culinary arts teacher in Mission, humbly on Coast Salish, Sto:lo, Kwantlen, Leq’a: mel, and Stz’uminus land. She loves teaching everything that is involved with eating and cooking: science, economics, culture, math, art and agriculture. The climate crisis emerged as the most important thing for students to learn about when they learned about food. Kathryn parents 4 eclectic children and loves roller skating, swimming and growing food.


Derek Van Deursen
Derek is an educator, musician and advocate for an equitable and sustainable future based out of the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples: Squamish, Musqueam, Stolo and Tsleiwatuth Nations. He has been passionate about climate justice and making connections between causes and effects through his teaching and through playing in a touring band for over a decade.