Principal’s Message

Dear Ladner Elementary Families,

In my 20 years as an educator I can truly say that this has been a year like no other. Last summer, the thought of restructuring our school into zones & cohorts with bells that signalled alternating schedules, seemed daunting. As a team, we were committed. We knew the well being of our community depended on us to create a safe & positive place of learning. Families, we relied on you to conduct health checks and shift your norms about the way school has always operated. You stayed positive during the darkest days of January and your children motivated us to rise to new challenges. You have all made a valuable contribution toward our community’s objectives and we are better off for it.

For those families who have children moving on to High School or different schools, we wish you well. Please hold a place in your heart for your LE days. We will also be saying farewell to the following Teachers and Education Assistants: Mme Jacobs, Mme Dockerill, Mrs. Nakagawa, Mme Li, Mme Seguin, Mr. Hamaura, Ms. Feeny, Ms. Malone, Ms. Enriquez-Mendez, and Ms. Furlong.

As we say good-bye to the 2020/2021 school year, we will always remember it as the year we came together….2 metres apart! Thank you for your support, smiles and words of kindness this year. It has meant a lot to us.
Have a wonderful summer!

Ms. Carleton Gaines


Welcome/Bienvenue to École Ladner Elementary School!

My name is Toshi Carleton Gaines and I am thrilled to be the Principal of Ladner Elementary.  I am also very pleased to be working with our new Vice Principal, Steph Matheson.  We look forward to working with the staff, students and parents in our school community.   We are excited to be a part of the Ladner team.  We will work hard to ensure that students are provided with a safe and positive school environment.

The staff of Ladner Elementary is dedicated to working together with parents and other partners in the community to support the academic, social, emotional and physical growth of each student.

On behalf of the staff of Ladner Elementary, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our returning students, new students and their families.  Our goal is to help your child be happy and successful in school and to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in life. 

Please feel welcome to come in and introduce yourselves to the both of us.


Toshi Carleton Gaines, Principal

Steph Matheson, Vice-Principal