Why Teach at Catholic Independent Schools of Nelson Diocese (CISND)?

For more than 100 years, the Diocese of Nelson has been providing Catholic education to communities in the beautiful Okanagan and Kootenay regions of British Columbia. Presently, we operate six elementary schools in Cranbrook, Nelson, Trail, Penticton, Kelowna, and West Kelowna and one high school in Kelowna.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

The Catholic Schools of Nelson Diocese, in partnership with the home and Church, strive to educate the whole child with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ as its foundation. By priests, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and parish members all working together, the students of the CISND become life-long learners and fine contributing members of society.

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From the moment you enter the front door, you will know you are in a Catholic School. We teach the BC curriculum in all subject areas and integrate the teachings of the Catholic faith. Our staff are dedicated to educating the “whole” child spiritually, physically, intellectually, culturally, emotionally, and socially.

Why you’ll love it here

Successful applicants will become part of an educational community that learns and leads together while helping to fulfil the Vision and Mission of the Diocese of Nelson and the Catholic Church.

Successful applicants will be supported and connected to work with colleagues in their school and with other schools within our diocese.

Community & School Culture

School Community

Each school community is unique. Each area offers an easy-going lifestyle amongst magnificent lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests. Recreational opportunities abound all year-round.

The Catholic school in each community works with the local Catholic parishes to support families seeking a faith-based education in the Roman Catholic tradition. The schools accept Catholic families first and foremost. Non-Catholic families seeking a faith-filled education are also welcome. Students participate in daily prayer, retreats, monthly school masses, reconciliation services, and sacramental preparation.

Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities

In the Kootenay’s and Okanagan, you can enjoy beautiful lakes, world-class wineries, and a vibrant cultural district, offer a wide variety of experiences for all ages. There are opportunities for swimming, water sports, golfing, hiking, camping, fishing, biking, snowmobiling and more. Our communities are truly wonderful places to live, work, and play.

Choose between the rural setting of a smaller community or a larger urban area

The Kootenay schools offer a more rural setting of smaller communities with a somewhat lower cost of living. The Central Okanagan schools are situated in more urban areas.

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Salary and Benefits

Depending on qualifications and experience, teacher salaries range from $39,577 to $75,350

Professional and Spiritual Development

Each school schedules professional and spiritual professional development during each school year. Additional opportunities are provided outside of scheduled professional development days. Every three years all staff from the seven schools gather together for a 3-day Diocesan conference.

Application Requirements

In addition to all the documents included a typical teaching application, we also require a current pastor’s reference for all Catholic applicants.

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