Greg Woolgar is a Prime Minister’s Teaching Excellence Award recipient currently teaching Grade 5/6 multi-grade and pre-service teachers at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Christine Younghusband, EdD, is a recent doctoral graduate from Simon Fraser University in Educational Leadership, an independent educational consultant, and a sessional instructor. A former secondary mathematics teacher of 16 years, she remains active in B.C. education as a mom, school trustee, and #bcedchat co-moderator on Twitter.
Kevin Kaardal is an award-winning educator, recognized nationally for excellence in educational practice. He’s an author and innovator who has presented on educational and administrative topics at provincial, national and international conferences. He has enjoyed 33 years in public education in six school districts and two provinces. Kevin believes public education is critical to the development of a civil society and a sustainable planet.
Jill Handrigan is a grade 7-12 teacher in St. John’s, NL currently working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Learning. She is primarily responsible for developing curriculum in language arts and religious education as well as associated professional learning for teachers K-12.
George has been an educator in NL for 37+ years, working as a teacher, school administrator & program specialist. He is a Past President of Canadian Association of Principals (CAP). Currently George is an Administrative Staff Officer in Programs & Services at the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.
Lauchie has taught all aspects of special-education over the last 18 years from primary to 12, as well he has worked with university students and adults in the community settings . He has interests in AT, Educational Tec, UDL, Inclusion and Diversity, Relational Practices. He is married and likes walk.
Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media and the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Regina.
Alec Couros, Ph. D., est professeur des technologies pédagogiques et média à la Faculté d’éducation de l’University of Regina et membre du comité éditorial d’Éducation Canada. Il a donné des centaines d’ateliers et de conférences à l’échelle nationale et internationale sur des sujets tels que l’ouverture en éducation, l’apprentissage en réseau, les médias sociaux en éducation, la citoyenneté numérique et l’initiation à la critique des médias.
Steven is a recognized educator from Nova Scotia, Canada. His contributions to education are apparent in classrooms, universities, conferences, documentaries, books, and curricula. His work is characterized by the understanding that students are current and future citizens, and that teaching is a means of creating social change.
Sarah Garr is currently a Vice Principal in the Richmond school district #38 in British Columbia. She also speaks at conferences and facilitates sessions on creating successful, inclusive school communities, with a central focus on relationships. Having overcome her own challenges in school, Sarah passionately believes in the need to support and celebrate all learners. An essential component of any school culture is transparent and honest communication and a desire to build trusting relationships between students, staff, parents and community members. In the midst of an ever-changing educational landscape, strength-based leadership is key in supporting the growth and development of students and staff. Sarah is privileged to have had the opportunity to share her story through her TEDx talk, “What is Success?”, on the need to re-define traditional definitions of success to be more inclusive of all learners. Sarah is also able to share her journey in educational leadership through her blog, Writing My Way Into Understanding.
Rolland is a Classroom Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster, and a Google for Education Certified Innovator. He currently spends his days teaching Grade 4/5 at Sir Edgar Bauer Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo, Ontario. With an interest in bringing technology and pedagogy together to benefit his learning and that of his students, his passion revolves around building capacity among those he interacts with. He enjoys connecting with fellow educators through his Blog, Podcast, Twitter, and Google +.
Michael Fox is a professor of Geography and Environment at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. He has been a teacher and educational administrator for over 35 years at the middle, secondary and post-secondary levels. He is currently leading a community-based integrated education initiative called Sackville Schools 2020.
Born, raised and currently reside in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where I received a Criminology Certificated, a Bachelor of Arts – double major in History and English, Bachelor of Education – Intermediate/secondary, Masters of Education – Educational Leadership. Started teaching in 1999.
As Superintendent of Schools for the North Vancouver School District, Mark Pearmain oversees a total of 34 schools, including the North Vancouver Distributed Learning School and the North Vancouver Outdoor School. Over 18,000 students and staff comprise this diverse and highly successful school district focused on innovative teaching and learning. Mark is responsible for the general organization and administration of educational programs, and brings over 22 years of leadership experience from the North Vancouver School District and Vancouver School District as a teacher, Principal, Director and parent.
Located between the North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet, the North Vancouver School District is embedded in nature, lending itself to “the Natural Place to Learn”.
Kellie Baker has been an educator for 22 years. She is currently completing a Ph. D. while teaching grade 5, PE, and post-secondary in St. John’s, NL. Kellie is the president of the NLTA Health Education Council and is co-author of Fitness for Life Canada: Preparing Teens for Healthy, Active Lifestyles.
Lisa Doucet is the Superintendent for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA). APSEA is an interprovincial cooperative agency established in 1975 by joint agreement among the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Lisa has over 20 years of experience as an educator, including various leadership roles with five years as Superintendent of a Nova Scotia School Board.
Katia Hildebrandt is a PhD candidate and sessional instructor at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.
Collaborator in system and organizational change, educational leader and arts educator for over 30 years within three Canadian provinces. Passionate about Leadership, Innovation & Creativity in and through the Arts. Career highlights include Student Achievement Officer with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, Assistant Superintendent of Schools with Surrey School District, B.C., Curriculum Consultant with the York Region District School Board, and Course Director for York University.
Ms Cameron, Premier`s Volunteer award winner and Volunteer of the Year with Community Futures East Interlake. She serves on the board of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC) holding the position of President for eight years and has represented the organization on external educationally based committees in the province including Economic Sustainable Development Executive Leadership and Oversight committees on class size initiative and common report cards. She is currently in her 14th year as a board director. She instructs with Red River College in Human Resource Management, Management Development, Business Administration and Aboriginal Self Governance programs. She is currently the Manager Training and Development with Volunteer Manitoba specializing in board governance and organizational capacity development.
John Jagersma has served as Executive Director for the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta since 2015. In this role he advocates for, and supports the independent schools, early childhood service programs, and alternative programs, and the 34,000 students these institutions serve.
My name is Jody Yau and I am currently the PAC Chair at Norma Rose Point School in Vancouver, BC. Our school is located at the University of British Columbia and I have been so honoured to be PAC Chair there since even before we moved into our amazing new school space. I am the child of a teacher and so was able to have the passion for education instilled in me all through childhood. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a school that is so innovative in it`s physical design. The fact that my two boys get to be taught in a community setting where they can flourish at their own speed is truly unique. It, of course, would not be at all possible without the incredible educators who support the school`s unique structure. Although my tenure as PAC Chair is coming to an end after 4 years, I will continue to be an active member of PAC so I can continue to support the students and staff of NRP.