Admin & Kitchen Team

Meet our Admin & Kitchen Team, the backbone of Pear Tree School’s daily operations. From ensuring smooth administrative workflows to crafting nutritious meals that energize our students and staff, this dedicated team works behind the scenes to support our educational mission. Discover the faces that make our school feel like home.

Elizabeth Muraiti
Operations Assistant

Lize received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. This interdisciplinary program emboldened her affinity for holistic, theme-based educational philosophies and institutions like Pear Tree.

Professionally, Lize served as manager and tutor at Reading Town Vancouver, closely working with school-aged children and their families. She also has experience in event coordinating with the Christmas Market and newcomer assistance with ISS of BC. She is gradually working towards obtaining further education to become a certified teacher one day.

Borja Serrano
School Chef
Professional Cook Level 3, FoodSafe Level 2, B.B.A.

Originally from San Sebastian, Spain, Borja decided to move to Canada to pursue his dream of becoming a cook. Borja received his Culinary Management Diploma at Vancouver Island University in a 2-year program, during which he developed his cooking and baking skills. He has progressed to achieve his Red Seal Level 3 (Professional Cook Level 3) status.

Borja previously worked in investment banking in Madrid for 7 years, which has equipped him with skills that are useful in any kitchen. He has a 5-year Business Administration degree.

Borja is passionate not just about cooking, but about healthy and adventurous eating for children. He recognises the importance of food education at any early age, which is why becoming Pear Tree’s school chef was such a natural decision for him and for us!

Bernadette Ljungar
School Assistant Chef
Foodsafe Level 1, Culinary Arts Diploma

Assistant our school chef is the highly-experienced chef, Bernadette!

Bernadette has over 20-years’ experience in the food industry. She has been trained in Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, and Turkey.

She has also worked in a broad range of culinary contexts from a private chef, to catering companies, to various local restaurants.

Bernadette is a valuable addition to the Pear Tree team and is in charge of the kitchen in Borja’s absence.

Our chef is Red Seal Level 3 (Professional Cook Level 3) certified.