Education

Teaching Experience

I am a Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).  I maintain my membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers in Ontario, Canada.

2008-9 - Grade Four/Five   
2007-8 - Grade Six/Seven
2006-7 - Grade Six
2005-6 - Grade Five
2004-5 - Grade Six

Awards

Durham’s top staff award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the growth of others.  I’m proud that this nomination came from appreciative parents at Gandatsetiagon P.S.

These awards recognize the progressive integration of technology into the public education system. This nomination recognized the development of one of the best elementary school web sites in Canada.

Training and Staff Development

At the American International School of Mozambique

2015 PRESENTER Social Media and Privacy for Parents

At the International School of Prague

2014 PRESENTER Managing Digital Devices at Home: Digital Life Parent Session
2014 PRESENTER Google Drive Add-ons & Scripts 
2013 PRESENTER (With John Mikton) "No Privacy Please", Central/Eastern European Schools Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
2013 DELEGATE: Central/Eastern European Schools Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
2013 PRESENTER: Facebook Privacy Settings (for students and parents)
2013 PRESENTER: Google & Education: Information for Parents
2012 Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer
2012 PRESENTER (With John Mikton) "No Privacy Please",  European 1-1 Learning Institute, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 DELEGATE: Google Apps European Summit 
2012-3 PRESENTER: The Power of Twitter (for teachers and students)
2012-3 TRAINER: Apple iWork for staff
2012-3 TRAINER: Google Apps For Education for staff

At the American School of Guatemala

2011 PRESENTER: Turnitin Software Orientation for High School Teachers
2011 PRESENTER: The 21st Century Classroom: Best Practices in Lesson Design, Classroom Management & Technology Integration
2011 PRESENTER: Google Apps For Teachers - Advanced
2011 PRESENTER: Google Apps For Teachers - Beginner
2010-11 PRESENTER: Cybercitizenship: An introduction for teachers
2010 PRESENTER: "And best of all ... it's free: Open Use Resources Online" (Updated)
2010 PRESENTER: Introduction to Webquests
2010 WEBINAR: International Society for Technology in Education: Jason Ohler: Digital Communities, Digital Citizenship
2010 PRESENTER: Good Models of Technology Integration
2009 PRESENTER: Edline Advanced Tools
2009 PRESENTER: Getting the Most From Your Classroom Wiki

With the Durham Board of Education

2007  PRESENTER: "And best of all ... it's free!" (Durham Technology Conference)
2007  INSTRUCTOR: Staff Development, Computer Training (Durham Computer Cadre)
2006  PRESENTER: "Copyright This! Awesome Multimedia in the Public Domain" (Durham Technology Conference)
2006  Durham Technology Conference (Robotics and Digital Video Workshops)
2006  Information Literacy (Durham Board Workshop)
2007-10  Member: Education Beyond Borders
2005  PRESENTER: "Improving Home Communication with Free Online Tools" (Durham Technology Conference)
2005  Durham Technology Conference
2005  PRESENTER: "Guided Reading Strategies" (In-school workshop)
2005  Pickering-area Grade Five Like-grade meetings (Literacy/Numeracy focused Durham Board workshops)
2005  Math Journals (In-school workshop)
2006-8 Mentor Teacher: York University Teacher Program
2006  Delegate: ECOO Conference: Better Learning Through IT (Conference & workshops)
2005-8  Member: Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (Professional association)
2006  Delegate: ECOO Conference: Better Learning Through IT (Conference & workshops)
2005  EQAO Orientation for Grade Six (Durham Board workshop)
2004  Site Administrator Training (Durham Board workshop)
2004  Report Card Administrator Training (Durham Board workshop)
2004  C.A.S.I. Reading Assessment Training (Durham Board workshop)
2004  EQAO Orientation for Grade Six (Durham Board workshop)
2003-4  Pickering-area Grade Six Like-Grade Meetings (Literacy-focused Durham Board workshops)
2003  Balanced Literacy in the Junior Division (Durham Board workshop)
2003  Site Administrator Training (Durham Board computer facilitator workshop)
2003  Report Card Administrator Training (Durham Board workshop)
2003  New Teacher Orientation (Durham Board workshop)
2003  Classroom Management and Leadership (O.C.T. approved Professional Development  workshop)

At University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Education Program

2002  Kindergarten: Learning Through Play (workshop)
2002  Ottawa-Carleton District School Board – Elementary Report Card Training (workshop)
2002  Media-X ‘eTeacher3’ software orientation (workshop)
2002  Sticks and Stones: The Biggest Lie – Anti-bullying strategies (workshop)
2003  Elementary Teachers Federation – It could happen to you: Preventing allegations of professional misconduct (workshop)
2003  Heart and Stroke Foundation – Heart Healthy Education (workshop)
2003  University of Ottawa Faculty of Education: Transition to Practice Conference (workshops on Global Issues and Social Justice in the classroom, Strategies for a Physically Active classroom)

With Toronto Garage Equipment Inc.

1998  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certification

Extracurricular Experience

At American International School of Mozambique

2015 Lead Teacher - Innovation and Robotics Club
2016 Lead Teacher - ISSEA STEM Festival & Competition

At International School of Prague

2015 Tournament Organizer - Central Eastern European Schools Association FIRST Robotics Championships
2015 Assistant Coach - Upper School Girls Softball (CEESA Champs!)
2013-5 Lead coach and program development: Falcontech Middleschool Robotics 
2013 Coach and chaperone - Upper School Robotics program
2012 Guest coach - Public Speaking and Debating Club 

At American School of Guatemala

2011 Supervisor / Coach - CAG Robotics Club
2010 Organizing Committee - Technology Coordinator: Colegio Americano Science Fair
2011-12 Supervisor/Public Speaking and Debate Coach - CAG Model United Nations
2010 Supervisor/Assistant Coach - Knowledge Bowl
2009-10 Staff Volunteer - Habitat for Humanity

At Gandatsetiagon Public School

2008  Coach - Junior Girls Volleyball
2007  Durham Technology Leadership Conference (Round-table meeting)
2007-9  Lead teacher/Coach: Gatortech Robotics (Robotics program for Junior / Intermediate students)
2006  Charter member: Gandatsetiagon Literacy Committee
2006  Coach - Junior Boys Volleyball (Area Champions!)
2006  Coach - Junior Girls Volleyball
2005-6  Staff Representative - School Community Council
2004-9  Web Designer / Webmaster - School Community Website
2004-9  Coach - Junior and Intermediate Technology Clubs
2004-8  Site Administrator (School computer and technology facilitator)
2004-9  Tech Support Supervisor for special events (School Play, Music Nights) and assemblies
2004-8  Report Card Administrator
2004-6  Coach - Intermediate Boys Volleyball
2004  Coach - Cross Country

At Highbush Public School

2004 Coach – Intermediate Co-Ed Softball
2004 Coach – Track and Field
2003-2004 Assistant Site Administrator
2003-2004 Assistant Report Card Administrator
2003 Coach – Junior Boys Volleyball
2003 Coach – Cross Country

At Carleton University

1998 President, Carleton University Dorchester Debating Union
1997 Executive Director, Canadian Universities Society for Intercollegiate Debate (National governing body for varsity debate)
1995-1998 University & High School Coach, Public Speaking/Debate
1995 Assistant Editor, The Resin (Carleton student newspaper)
1994-1998 Varsity Debate Team (including National, North American and World Championship appearances, numerous individual and team awards at tournaments across Canada)
1994-1996 Staff Writer, The Charlatan (Carleton student newspaper)

Other Work Experience

General Manager of equipment and contracting company with gross sales of over $1 million per year. Responsible for all aspects of business operations, including: human resources, payroll, quotes and contracts, inventory control, accounting, safety policy and procedures.

Volunteer Experience

I wrote and edited a weekly blog reviewing educational websites and online resources for TIE, an online Professional Learning Community of over 5000 members around the world.

I spent three weeks in Costa Rica working with orphaned and injured sloths. In addition to the hands-on volunteering, I also provided consulting and design services to improve their website and expand their online presence through the use of Web 2.0 tools like blogs. I continue to play an active role in supporting this great sanctuary.

Earlscourt (renamed the Child Development Institute in 2004) provides mental health services for children with aggressive behaviour. Highly diverse client base. Programmed activities and provided supervision for children involved in treatment and their siblings. Completed training sessions in behaviour management & triggers and timeouts.