I’m a educator from Ontario, Canada interested in engaging and empowering students using constructivist learning environments that bring the arts, science, math and technology together in powerful ways. I’ve spent my 32 years in education as a teacher, instructional coach, vice-principal and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Unit. I collaborate with other educators around the province and beyond, to bring the best of learning with technology to Ontario students and teachers and most recently am building community and curriculum resources for the Code To Learn Project in my spare time.
I’ve co-founded Minds On Media, a professional learning model that empowers teachers to transform their practice using technology, along with my colleague, Peter Skillen. I’ve been fortunate in recent years to be able to provide workshops and presentations for teachers through my involvement with The Ontario Teachers’ Federation, The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario and an opportunity to be a Connected Coach and Community Leader with Powerful Learning Practice. I also teach the AQ Course: Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction for Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and have developed a course for TVO’s Teach Ontario called Mindful Facilitation: Leading in Online Spaces for school and system leaders and in partnership with the Ontario Principals’ Council.
In 2008 I received my Master of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE/UT with a focus on technology in education. I have been honoured to receive the ISTE Making IT Happen Award in October 2011, the UGDSB Everyday Hero Award in June 2013, and the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in June 2014. You can find my CV here online.
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