About COLT

N RehnNicki Rehn
Acting Dean of Learning Transformation

250.635.6511 Ext. 5430
nrehn@coastmountaincollege.ca

Nicki has been an educator for over 26 years. Her career thus far has been rich and varied, including being a hike guide, swim and lifesaving instructor, math and science teacher. K-12 school administrator, education professor, instructional designer, researcher and consultant. She considers herself an educational generalist but specializes in math pedagogy, technology (including VC), competency-based evaluation, and instructional coaching. Nicki always promotes innovation and experiential and place-based learning when working with teachers and students. She believes that the most important parts of teaching are the teacher and the mind and motivation of the learner. 

There are three things that Nicki can't live without - running, wilderness (preferably mountains), and travel. When not trying to improve education, you will find Nicki somewhere in the world, on top of a mountain or competing in an ultra-marathon. She hails from Australia and still speaks with a funny accent, but is Canadian to the core. 


RennaRenna Marcotte
Administrative Assistant

250.635.6511 Ext. 5238   
rmarcotte@coastmountaincollege.ca

By trade Renna is a welder, earning her Red Seal from SAIT and the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board in 2005. She worked for the International  Ironworkers Union in the field until 2008 when she was asked to be the assistant to the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southern Alberta. In 2010 she became the first female apprenticeship coordinator in Canada and only the second in the International Union. She returned to Northern BC to be with family and to work at the Kitimat Modernization Project.

In 2014 Renna took a part time job with Coast Mountain College as a welding instructor for the Introduction to Trades program. She has worked in various departments around the College and in August of 2018 took the position of administrative assistant to the COLT team. Today she assists with the day to day logistics and coordination of the department. As someone who was born and raised in the area, and is now raising her family here, she appreciates the value of integrating our unique environment into education and creating adventurous pathways for the members of our communities and abroad.


Adam2Adam Nash
Learning Transformation Specialist

250-635-6511 Ext. 5234
anash@coastmountaincollege.ca

The seeds of my career in learning began as a restless student, gazing out the window, longing for adventure… and the recess bell to ring. During this time, my curiosity and desire to explore and learn was often cultivated outside of the traditional classroom. It wasn’t until after high school that I realized learning was bigger than my restless self had first encountered.

My journey in post secondary education began with a diploma in Ski Resort Management, was furthered with an undergrad in Outdoor Leadership and an MA in Environmental Education and Communication. Formal education helped to shape a strong foundation in experiential learning. And with this learning grew an openness to seeing educational possibilities both inside and beyond our classrooms with four walls.

Vocationally, I have previous global and diverse experiences teaching and facilitating groups, working with at-risk youth, and working toward positive social change. When I am not on the clock, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy baking bread, biking, hiking, skiing, and questing to make and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee.


Martha Martens

Martha Martens
Learning Technologist

Cell: 705-350-1027
mmartens@coastmountaincollege.ca

I have worked in environmental education and interpretation for over 20 years, interpreting complex biology, geology, and cultural history, and training and supervising interpretive staff. I have led numerous resource management activities, including care for injured Burrowing Owls and monitoring of Massasauga Rattlesnakes. My undergraduate degree is in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a Minor in Spanish and my Masters is in Global Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language. I have taught college courses in Teaching English a Second Language, Environmental Ethics, and Nature Interpretation.

I am a consummate generalist and loves learning all sorts of new things, but long standing passions are fungi, ethnobotany, aquatic macroinvertebrates, permaculture design, structured word inquiry, classical education, inquiry (wonder) based learning, and of course, swimming, paddling, and anything to do with water.  I have yet to surf, but that is on my bucket list.

In my role as the Learning Technologist with COLT at Coast Mountain College, I hope to connect with instructors and help them succeed in online teaching.


tracey2Tracey Woodburn
Learning Transformation Specialist
Work Integrated Learning Division (WILD)

250.635.6511 Ext. 5340
twoodburn@coastmountaincollege.ca

Tracey has been working in higher education for 19 years in Alberta and BC.

Her areas of interest include: Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) Open Educational Resources (OER), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and emerging technologies. Tracey has worked with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, UNESCO and the University of Qatar, onsite in Doha, Qatar. She has an MEd from Athabasca University and a BA in International Studies from UNBC.


Danna Buick

Danna Buick
Learning Transformation Specialist
Work Integrated Learning Division (WILD)

250.635.6511 Ext. 5414
dbuick@coastmountaincollege.ca

Danna Buick is an Instructor in the Hairdressing Foundations program at CMTN. She is a Red Seal Hairstylist with many years of experience behind the chair both as an employee and salon owner. She holds a Provincial Instructors Diploma, a Micro Master's Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology and an Educators Certificate from Vidal Sassoon. Danna has been an Instructor at CMTN for the last five years.

Danna lives in Kitimat and enjoys spending time in the outdoors walking and hiking with her husband and large dog.

"I am excited to be part of the Work Integrated Learning Division and help foster relationships between our CMTN students and their communities"