Kimberley Ondrik, BEd ’88

Educator, Kimberley Ondrik is a Vernon-based public school teacher who has spent her career building a supportive and caring classroom environment inclusive of all learners.

Ondrik earned a Bachelor of Special Education from UBC in 1988. While working at Brentwood Park Elementary in Burnaby, BC, Ondrik piloted the full inclusion of students with special needs into her classroom. She later became a district resource teacher and worked alongside the director of special education, teachers and parents to develop a system of best practices to meet student needs.

Ondrik designed and taught courses at Kwantlen University College and Douglas College examining the emerging challenges of increasingly diverse classrooms, and teaching budding educators and educational assistants on how to best meet them. Most recently she co-authored chapters in two books on inclusive education, participated in education think tanks with UBC Okanagan and is a member of the BC Ministry of Education’s Innovation Partnership Development Team. Ondrik helped establish two innovative public school programs and one independent school with curricula designed by teachers and the students themselves. She is co-founder and teacher at the Vernon Community School in the Vernon School District while writing her master’s thesis on “lived curriculum” at UBC Okanagan.