Staff Directory

Rebecca Book


Welcome to RAEC!  My name is Rebecca Book and I am the Director at RAEC. 

Here’s a little bit of information about me:

I grew up on a farm in a community in southwest Manitoba.  After I graduated from high school, I moved to Winnipeg to go to university and college to earn my education degree.  When I graduated from university, I got married and moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta.  My husband and I lived in Fort McMurray for 5 years and I during that time, I worked at Keyano College teaching in Adult Learning Centres in the surrounding communities around Fort McMurray as well as in the Office Administration program on the main campus.  In 2007, shortly after my first daughter was born, we moved to Edmonton and lived there for 10 months before moving to Altona.  From 2008 – 2011, I worked as a Resource Teacher at W.C. Miller Collegiate and then went on maternity leave when my second daughter was born.  I was offered the Director’s position at RAEC towards the end of my maternity leave and I was honoured to accept the position.  I have worked at RAEC since 2012 and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  This year, at RAEC, I am teaching Phys. Ed./Health 40F.

A few interesting facts about me: 

  • I believe I am part fish as I live to be around water.  In it, on it, beside it, whatever.  Being around water literally fills my bucket and I am in one of my favourite happy places when I’m there.
  • Another happy place for me is in a bookstore.  I love to read and to learn and perusing the shelves of a bookstore, looking through all the things I can read and learn about – especially with a coffee in hand - is both super fun and exciting for me as well as peaceful and calming.
  • I love being a Mom – it is the most rewarding and challenging thing I have ever done.  It is an honour being a mom to my two children and they continue to be my most significant teachers in life.
  • Dark chocolate is one of my most favourite guilty pleasures.  Yummy!
  • I love meeting people and hearing their stories.  I learn so much from listening to others.

This is part of my story and I look forward to learning about yours. 

We invite you to join the RAEC community that is filled with dynamic, vibrant and incredible people.  We look forward to getting to know you and learning how we can help you on your journey towards achieving your goals.  See you soon!
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Rae-Ann Estwick

I am a former RAEC graduate with the class of 2003. I have personally experienced the challenges and victories of being an adult learner. I have worked at RAEC since 2010, I was an educational assistant for 6 years and have taken on the role of administrative assistant for the past 3 years and enjoy it very much. If you have a question, I am a great resource as I am very familiar with most things at RAEC so please don’t be shy to approach me. I am a mom of 5 fun and wild children, 4 of whom are adults now. I am passionate about issues such as feminism, LGBTQ* advocacy and politics. In my free time, I enjoy reading historical fiction, watching my youngest child play hockey and spending as much time as possible with my husband, friends and children.
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Lisa Isaak Eisbrenner

I have been teaching at RAEC since 2012. I grew up in the Altona area, and moved back specifically for this – my dream – job. Working in an alternative setting was always my dream, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to make my home at RAEC. I am very passionate about math and science and the teaching of the two, and I am excited to help you discover how you are already a scientist and mathematician!

I parent two young children along with my partner Kris, am a lover of all things nature (except for ticks. I have no love for ticks), and strongly believe in working together with all humans to build a better world for everyone. I am a self-proclaimed intersectional feminist and ally of all marginalized groups and have a wide variety of passions and hobbies that you will probably hear about because I like to share my excitement with others! I look forward to learning about your passions, hobbies, and the things that make you YOU!
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Mary Link

My name is Mary Link. I’ve been an Educational Assistant at BLSD since 2011.  I’ve worked at RAEC for 5 years now and prior to that I worked at the Gretna School. I really enjoy my job and feel very privileged to work with great staff. I like to have fun while learning and am passionate about helping students with their academics while caring about their well-being.  My goal as an EA is to help you feel welcome and comfortable in this space, to build relationships and support you in your learning so you can achieve your goals.  I look forward to meeting you and celebrating your achievements.


Coralie Potetz

My name is Coralie Potetz and I am a teacher at RAEC. I am originally from Saskatchewan, I moved to Manitoba in 2014 to be closer to family that moved here.

I am also a parent, student, and a wife; I love all of these roles. I have always enjoyed reading and learning so teaching has been a career choice that I’ve never regretted. My favorite books to read are fantasy, pretty much anything with dragons or magic. In addition to reading, I also enjoy painting, walking with my family, and strength training. I love working out and generally try to be healthy but I have a very large sweet tooth.
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Kelly Skelton

I have been a teacher since 1998.  My first years of teaching were in a hairdressing school in Winnipeg.  From 2001 to 2004 I worked as an Education Assistant and as a Job Mentor at RAEC.  In 2004 I completed  my Bachelor of Education degree and began teaching at RAEC as an English teacher. I completed a Master’s degree in education in 2018, and my research focused on well-being in schools.  I am passionate about our environment and have served on the Altona Community Action Network and Boomerang Bags Altona.  I care deeply about how we take care of people and our planet, and am interested in finding ways to help students become deeply engaged in their learning.  I look forward to working with you!

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Jessica Toews

I have worked at RAEC for 4 years and enjoy it. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, as well as other various parts of the world. I’ve experienced the beautiful mountains and fresh air of British Columbia to the fish N chips and tea and crumpets of the United Kingdom, and then all the way back to the Slurpee capital of Canada. I think I may have a Slurpee addiction.

13 years ago I moved to Altona where I still currently reside. When I’m not working, I’m enjoying my time at home with my husband and three kids.

I love working with a diverse group of learners. I have a unique connection to RAEC as I once was a student here before graduating in 2011. I’m passionate about education and the personal journey each person goes on to reach their goals. I’m excited to meet new students as they embark on their educational journey. 
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 Joel Wiebe

Roses are red
Violets are blue
My name is Joel
And I’m a grandfather too!

Sunflowers are yellow
Daisies are white
I play some guitar and piano
But violin… not quite.

Marigolds are orange
Petunias are pink
I’m here at RAEC
To encourage you to think.

Lavenders are mauve
Cockscombs are green
I ride bike to work
And this poem… doesn’t rhyme!