Our Vision + Mission

We believe in the power of learning – and that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential with the right support and resources. Our mission is to provide world class learning programs that give students the knowledge tools and confidence for lifelong success.

Our Teachers + Tutors

BrainAcademi is incredibly fortunate to have attracted an exceptional roster of passionate teachers and tutors to our learning center. While each tutor provides their own unique and diverse set of experiences, they are united in their educational qualifications and dedication to teaching.



Janet Allan / co-Founder

Janet grew up in an educators' home, her mother and father were both teachers and her father was the assistant superintendent of schools in East area of Vancouver. Janet holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria. For the past 25 years, Janet has had a successful sales career in Information Technology, most recently in Enterprise Sales at Microsoft. Janet lives in West Vancouver with her husband James and two boys, Teddy and Max. As the parent of a child with a language based learning difference, Janet is continually navigating through the school system as his advocate in his learning journey. Janet is passionate about enabling children and parents to understand that success can be achieved through the right educational support, tools and community education.


Geraldine Zinsli / co-Founder

Geraldine is a successful entrepreneur with a 25 year career in Marketing and Business Development. Most recently, she co-founded, operated and eventually sold Haute Note Design. A self-starter, Geraldine is motivated by challenge and a love of building and bringing a brand to life. After experiencing first hand the difficult journey friends faced as they attempted to find answers and options for kids with learning differences, Geraldine saw BrainAcademi as a way to get involved and be part of a solution. She is passionate about creating a unique educational offering in our community as well as building awareness and a positive dialogue around learning opportunities for kids. Geraldine is a long time resident of the North Shore, where she lives with her husband Steve and two kids Emeline and Lukas.


Madeline Carrillo / Instructor + Office Manager

Madeline was born and raised in North Vancouver where she grew up with a passion for academics and a love of sports. This led her to study Psychology at Capilano University and then Speech Sciences at University of British Columbia. where she was exposed to the intriguing complexities of language. In her third year at UBC, Madeline was also accepted and completed the Masters of Management Dual Degree Graduate Program. Since graduating, Madeline has worked with Family Centred Practices Group, in Applied Behaviour Analysis and the Reading Foundation Vancouver delivering their reading, comprehension, math and writing programs. Madeline has developed a strong love for working one on one with students, as she feels this allows for substantial growth and learning due to the personalized nature. Madeline is the head of our Literacy Program, as well as our office manager.



LISA JAAKKOLA, Masters of Education (Dept. of Educational/Counselling Psychology and Special Education), Bachelor of Education + BC Professional Teaching Certificate - UBC Faculty of Education, B.PE. (UBC)

Lisa specializes in Student and Parent Consulting/Educational Support 

Lisa’s passion and commitment to supporting kids and their families has spanned 25 years. She is experienced as both a classroom and Learning Services Teacher but the focus of her career and expertise has been as a District School Counsellor in BC’s public school system. Lisa works collaboratively with teachers, administrators, parents, and students in planning support, implementing programs, and assessment of students struggling with various barriers to academic progress. She is able to teach, advise and consult with parents on IEP’s, Functional Behaviour Assessment, report cards, the Psycho-Educational Assessment, Ministry of Education Special Needs Identification, Positive Behaviour Support Plans, and Social/Emotional Learning. Lisa lives in Deep Cove with her husband and 5 children.

Luciana Holmes, BA (Eng), Senior Arrowsmith Educator, Literacy Program and Orton Gillingham Instructor, Early Childhood Educator and Masters of Mindful Education candidate at UC Berkley

Luciana specializes in Arrowsmith Programs for both Children + Adults  

Luciana has a love for teaching that has spanned two decades and has seen her work in a variety of teaching capacities including most recently as an Eaton Arrowsmith Educator, Principal and Admissions/Education Officer (12 years). Her learning and experience with Non-Violent Communication, Growth Mindset, and her current training in Mindful Education inform her teaching and daily classroom experience. Luciana comes to BrainAcademi to share her passion for the Arrowsmith Program and create opportunities for both children and adults on the North Shore to experience the long-term and life-changing impact these programs can have. As a long time North Van resident, Luciana loves to swim, ski, hike, and is an enthusiastic early morning jogger.  She enjoys serving her community as a member of the Lynn Valley Lions.

CALL US to learn more about the Arrowsmith Program 604.990.9700

    LOCATED  upstairs at 3101 Woodbine Drive North Vancouver  /  604.990.9700  /   info@BrainAcademi.com

    TUTORING HOURS   9AM to 8PM Monday-Friday + Saturday 10am-3pm
    OFFICE HOURS  10AM to 4PM Monday-Friday / closed weekends + statutory holidays