Jake Humphries — Interim Head of School
Mr. Humphries comes from a family of educators. His grandfather started his career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on the Saskatchewan prairie in 1912. His father was the principal of a small K-12 school on the Kootenay Lake for 30 years. Jake taught and worked as an administrator in both public and independent schools in BC for 39 years before retiring briefly. He returns to the world of education as the Interim Head of School at Christ Church Cathedral School. Having worked in several regions of BC, Jake has a wide experience in educational settings. Generally, he says he endorses the "smaller is better" approach to elementary schooling. Jake's spouse, Dr. Joan Humphries is a professor in the UVic Nursing program. His three adult children are all trained musicians and all have performed in the Cathedral.
"Christ Church Cathedral School offers its students a unique opportunity to study and learn in a supportive and inspiring environment. The feeling of community in the school is abundantly obvious in every teaching space and in every extra-curricular activity. The connection to the Cathedral is an essential element in a student's experience and the quality of teaching is excellent. Lucky are the students who are privileged to attend Christ Church Cathedral School."
Tobi Blue — Assistant Head of School
Working with kids is Tobi's favourite thing to do! She has a deep appreciation for watching students actively engage in their own growth and development, finding excitement in learning through inquiry and hands-on experiences. Tobi has been a part of the Cathedral School community for more than 20 years and loves teaching in the classroom. As she steps into a full-time role as Assistant Head of School, she will continue to seize those opportunities to collaborate with a talented and experienced team of teachers in various classes.
The Assistant Head of School role is a demanding position but Tobi embraces the challenge, and opportunity to work closely with every student, family, and teacher in the school community. Throughout her tenure at the school, Tobi has witnessed and actively been a part of numerous changes. However, one constant theme remains - the unwavering focus on the students as the top priority and a strong sense of community that feels like an extension of family.
Kate Cook — Executive Administrative Assistant
Kate is originally from Toronto, and has over 10+ years of administrative and recruitment experience, primarily within the healthcare sector. Her role at the school involves working closely with the Head of School and the Director of Finance to support the realization of the school's strategic goals.
As a dependable and efficient professional, she leads and oversees the operation of the school office, quickly becoming the go-to person for various needs. Kate's dynamic energy allows her to handle multiple responsibilities with ease, embracing the challenges that arise while ensuring the smooth operation of CCCS.
Kate has been transitioning to Island life from the bustling cosmopolitan of Toronto and has been enjoying exploring Victoria’s natural beauty and cultural flair with her husband, now stationed at CFB Esquimalt.
Richard Crellin — Administrative Assistant
Richard joined our administrative team in November 2022. After graduating from the University of Victoria, he spent 11 years overseas working in various roles in various learning environments with students of all ages. Since returning to Canada, he has worked as an administrator in hospitality and outbound travel.
He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful community here at Cathedral School. He looks forward to supporting teachers, families, and students in their educational endeavours.
Cindy Hayley — Director of Finance and Operations
Cindy M. Hayley is a professional accountant, educator, former business owner, and consultant. She has a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Wycliffe College, Toronto and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Business Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, USA (formerly the Oklahoma Teacher’s College). Cindy holds a US accounting designation as a Certified Public Accountant and formerly taught university-level accounting and business-related courses in the United States. Over the years, Cindy’s career has focused on implementing, training, and developing policies and procedures for the accounting systems of a variety of industries.
Cindy’s personal interests include a passion for life-long learning (she is a voracious reader), developing and leading adult faith formation courses and workshops, and being a retreat speaker.
Todd Fitzsimmons — Coordinator, Lux Mundi (Out-of-School Care Program) — Facilities Manager
Todd has worked at Cathedral School since 1994 when there were only 46 students.
He runs the Out-of-School Care Program, which keeps him busy all year round. He loves sports and keeping active and enjoys teaching children about how sports and fitness are important in all our lives. Working with children keeps him young at heart, as he has been doing it since he was 18 years old, starting in Winnipeg, MB.
“My biggest joy is watching the students at Cathedral School grow up and accomplish new things. If you can’t find me at School, I’m usually playing some sport or limping around.”