I’m an educator from Ontario, Canada interested in engaging and empowering students using constructivist learning environments and tools that bring learning and technology together in powerful ways. I spent 32 years in public education as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy specialist, instructional coach, vice-principal and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Unit.
I now am privileged to serve a global community through educational consulting with organizations in need of coaching, facilitated professional learning, learner-focused curricular programming, instructional design, and strategic planning. My most recent projects include a federally funded CanCode Code To Learn Project and Connected North with Taking IT Global, and Girls Who Game, a Minecraft partnership between Microsoft, Dell and Advanced Learning Partnership that empowers girls to explore STEM activities and the possibilities of careers in STEM.
Building strong relationships is at the heart of my work and has led to many community focused pursuits. I have co-founded Minds On Media, a professional learning model that empowers teachers to transform their practice using technology and the support of a nurturing learning network. I’ve been fortunate to be able to provide workshops and presentations for teachers through my involvement with The Ontario Teachers’ Federation, including the co-founding virtual Professional Learning with OTF Connects, Chairing The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario‘s Annual Conference and through an opportunity to be a Connected Coach and Community Leader with Powerful Learning Practice. I also designed and have taught all three levels of 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 Guelph YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in June 2014.
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