Adrian French

Adrian French
Director of Learning
Since: 
September, 2016
Degree: 
BHKin Human Kinetics (UBC), BEd (UBC), MEd (Gonzaga University)
“The man who is at the peak of his success and the man who has just failed are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next." - Jigoro Kano

As Director of Learning, Adrian passionately advocates unlocking potential in all aspects of life no matter how old you are. This is something he can attest to from personal experience. When tile setting in Los Angeles didn’t work out, he found a calling in teaching. He started at UBC when he was 27, graduating with a major in Human Kinetics and later earning a Masters in Education from Gonzaga University in Washington.

Prior to taking up his role at SMUS, Adrian spent the preceding 18 years at Mount Douglas Secondary School running the Challenge Program for gifted, creative and talented students. During this time, Adrian was recognized nationally for his creative approaches to teaching History which included receiving the Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and he continues to work locally and nationally in this area to support educators.

In addition to working with teachers, he is looking forward to being involved with the Military History Club. Adrian is also passionate about soccer, as well as spending time outdoors, and with his family.