Statement of Education Philosophy
There are acquired skills, a knowledge base, and there are gaps. Educators need to:
Help students find and develop their own voice.
Mentor the development of their own intellects.
Promote creativity and flexibility to adapt to 21st Century constructs.
Demonstrate and promote appropriate discourse.
Help students establish, and enable them to follow, their own values.
Provide the environment, the guidance and the opportunity to acquire necessary skills…engage as Historical Thinkers.
Encourage and facilitate the mastery of a field.
As a Teacher
I have been fortunate enough to work for the last nine years as a high school teacher becoming familiar with the unique challenges of a learning community, and the varying needs of students. I continue to work diligently to promote a growth mindset and foster environments, both in my classroom and in our school, which provide varying experiences to enhance learning. I have also learned about the unique needs of teenage and adult students with learning challenges while working in a modified program, and a high-needs school in Toronto.
As graduate of a masters program in education and digital technology I appreciate the flexibility that technology affords in teaching, in addition to recognizing how it can create empowering identities and allow for necessary critical analytical skill development. Additionally, as a member of our Technology Committee and an ICT Teacher with the WQSB, I appreciate the importance of creating environments that support teachers/students/parents, and one that focuses on increasing technology comfort and capacity.
As a Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) consultant I crafted and delivered a Digital Citizenship program for teachers and students in our primary sector. To meet the unique geographic and budgetary needs of our school board the professional development portion of the program included web-based and face-to-face sessions
In the six years as a member of our school’s governing board I have developed a familiarity with developing our school success plan, which deals directly with our mission and the development of a plan of action to improve student learning, in addition to addressing the varying concerns impacting other members of our learning community.
OCT Certificate of Qualification 2019
Pedagogy Book Club Member 2019
Learning Matters Learning Group 2016-2018
CCI Educational Technology Conference 2017-2018
CONNECT Conference 2015-2016
East Leiden High School Visit 2015
LBPSB School Visits 2015
Visible Learning Conference Orlando 2014
Google Apps for Education Conference Montreal 2014-2015
McGill University What Evert Teacher Needs to Know About Using Social Media Workshop 2013
Restorative Practice Training 2011
Additional Qualification: English 2010
Alliance Francaise Intermediate French Training Program 2009
Primary/Junior Science Camp Certificate 2009
Power to Play 2009
Building Futures Certificate 2009
Religious Education in Ontario Schools 2009
TRIBES Basic Course Certificate 2008
Western Quebec School Board ICT Teacher/Digital Citizenship Lead 2019
Technology Coordinator 2011-2019
Google Apps for Education Coordinator 2014-2019
The Reflector & The Sporting News School Newspapers Creator/Editor 2015-2017
Ultimate Coach: D’Arcy McGee High School 2014-2019
Professional Development Innovation Grant (PDIG) Team Lead: Building Technology Comfort and Capacity: Technical Internship 2017
Associate Teacher: Bishop’s University Student Teacher 2016
Professional Development Innovation Grant (PDIG) Team Lead: Building Technology Comfort and Capacity 2016
Western Quebec School Board Digital Citizenship Consultant 2016
Professional Development Innovation Grant (PDIG) Participant: Digital Citizenship Resource Creation 2015
Not in My School Pink Toque Campaign 2013-2015
Regional Association of West Quebecers Regional Youth Conference Panel Member 2015
Advisory Board on English Education (ABEE) Focus Group on Technology 2014
PDIG Participant: Digital Citizenship Resource Creation 2014
PDIG Participant: Thinking Historically - Developing Intellectual Operations in History and Citizenship Education 2013
Burnt Toast Talent Producer Symmes Junior High School 2011-2014
Symmes-D’Arcy McGee Governing Board Member 2010-2016
UOIT Charity Raffle Benefiting ‘Friends of the Uganda Child Project’ 2009
Creator/Coordinator: St. Vincent Palloti’s Kitchen Food Drive 2008
The Gatineau Park Half-Marathon 2018
Ottawa Fall Colours Half-Marathon 2018
Army Race Weekend Commander’s Challenge 2018
Ottawa Race Weekend Half-Marathon 2010-2018
Army Run Half-Marathon 2014
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2013
Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon 2013
Minto Run for the Reach 2012
Ottawa River Triathlon 2011
Bala Falls Triathlon 2008
Bala Falls Triathlon 2007
Niagara Falls 10km 2007
Carleton University Varsity Waterpolo 1997-1999