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Work History

Jun 2014Present

Grade Five - Six Educator

Greystone Centennial Middle School - Spruce Grove, Alberta
  • Full integration of BYOD and use of 1:1 devices for student learning leading to paperless classroom and open access for all
  • Facilitated active student use of e-portfolios through individual student blogs for two consecutive years
  • Student-led social media use for sharing of learning and connecting to real world
  • Integrated use of a variety of technologies in student learning with focus on creation, critical thinking and sharing
  • Collaboration on team of five educators on all subjects to create full inquiry and project based units and lessons for student learning
  • Student-directed inquiry and innovation projects across curricular subjects
  • Student-led connections and collaboration on projects and learning with other global classrooms
  • Art Educator for four grade six classrooms weekly
  • Co-organizer of bi-yearly Student Innovation Week by organizing Design Thinking and project documentation, student and teacher room allocations, and project highlight videos
  • Social media manager for Greystone Centennial Middle School by weekly curation of all school activities, events, learning and photos tweeted by school Twitter account and Storifyed and shared with all staff
  • Coach - Running Room Indoor Games, Run Club and district Soccer
  • Art Club and We Care Leadership Club Facilitator 
Sep 2013Jun 2014

Grade Four Educator

Fort Assiniboine School - Fort Assiniboine, Alberta
  • Full integration and use of 1:1 iPads and laptops for student learning
  • Facilitated active student use of e-portfolios through individual student blogs
  • Student-led social media use for sharing of learning and connecting to real world
  • Facilitated the entry of entire school staff and district on social media, Google Apps For Education, the use of Skype in classroom, blogs as e-portfolios and student voice
  • Share, guide and assist other educators in the use and integration of new technologies in classroom
  • Collaboration and connection with educators globally via social media on student units
  • Student-led connections and collaboration on projects and learning with other global classrooms
  • Integrated use of a variety of apps in student learning with focus on creation, critical thinking and sharing
  • Student-directed inquiry and innovation projects across curricular subjects
  • Active student use of Google Apps For Education through Google Drive; Docs, forms, presentations
  • Daily creation of Storify events of student learning via social media distributed to parents through use of Remind101 app
  • Collaborated with district and provincial leaders on creation of district digital citizenship policy
  • Engaged leader within district for implementation of Inspiring Education and Curriculum Redesign 
  • Active collaborator on the development of district scope and sequence for Curriculum Redesign prototyping with the Calgary Board of Education
  • Led district-wide presentations on innovation, technology and social media use in the classroom
  • Lead innovator within district Technology Advisory Committee
Sep 2012Jun 2013

Grade Three-Four Educator

Fort Assiniboine School - Fort Assiniboine, Alberta
  • Integrated use of iPad apps and learning for students to showcase learning and share understanding
  • Facilitated student learning of two concurrent curriculums in classroom
  • Coached educators in technology integration within the classroom
  • Led district-wide presentations on technology integration in the classroom
  • Creation of classroom social media accounts via Twitter, Kidblog and Skype
  • Introduced digital citizenship learning through digital access for students in all subjects
  • Implemented student-led inquiry units in Science through creation which led to school-wide Lego Fair
  • Actively coached soccer, basketball and cross country teams
Jan 2012Jun 2012

Grade Two Educator

Fort Assiniboine School - Fort Assiniboine, Alberta
  • Created and implemented detailed unit plans in all elementary subjects
  • Introduced digital learning and provided access to students
  • Updated and serviced new set of iPads for classroom learning and engagement
  • Integrated use of online reading and e-books for student literacy
  • Implemented use of assistive technologies for students to actively participate in learning
  • Facilitated individual student learning plans for student growth
  • Coached basketball, soccer and cross country teams
Sep 2011Dec 2011

Grade Three-Four-Five Educator

Busby Elementary School - Busby, Alberta
  • Created and implemented detailed unit plans in Grade Three Social Studies and Science, Grade Four Physical Education and Grade Five Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Facilitated student use of online websites to foster and encourage use of technology
  • Integrated online applications into student projects
  • Actively participated in student-led school activities
  • Organized student drama program
Jan 2011Jun 2011

Grade Two Educator

Barrhead Elementary School - Barrhead, Alberta
  • Created and implemented detailed unit plans in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art and Music
  • Implemented wide variety of online technologies within units to expand student abilities
  • Fostered and established a stable, organized and engaging learning environment based on individual student needs
  • Ensured that daily lessons were varied and taught through a variety of different mediums to encompass the wide range of learning abilities 
  • Performed ongoing formative assessment with each student in every area of the curriculum to lend assistance and provide feedback for continued growth
Sep 2010Dec 2010

Grade Three Educator

Barrhead Elementary School - Barrhead, Alberta
  • Created and implemented detailed unit plans in Language Arts, Social Studies, Art and Health
  • Integrated use of assistive technologies to ensure learning access to all students
  • Established an online reading system to ensure student growth in reading comprehension
  • Ensured that daily lessons were varied to encompass the wide range of learning abilities in classroom
  • Generated in collaboration with other grade three educators formative progress reports to indicate student growth
  • Composed thorough monthly newsletter to enhance communication with parents and caregivers about classroom activities and learning 
  • Performed ongoing formative assessment with each student to gage understanding and lend assistance and provide feedback for continued growth
  • Assisted in coaching and participation of elementary cross-country team in competitive meets across Edmonton
Oct 2006Apr 2008

Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications

Chrysler Canada Inc. - Windsor, Ontario
  • Organized local, provincial and national employee and corporate-sponsored events
  • Manager of national corporate charitable donations, budgets and community relations
  • Composed press releases, media advisories and distributed nationally
  • Managed, edited and produced internal communications website containing news articles, video and audio
  • Conducted interviews with top-level executives and employees to create articles for weekly newsletter
  • Monitored national media for relevant news and distributed internally

Education

Sep 2008Apr 2010

Bachelor of Education

University Of Alberta

Elementary Education

Jan 2008Apr 2008

French Studies

St. Clair College
Sep 2001Dec 2005

Bachelor of Arts Honours

University of Windsor

Communication Studies Honours

Political Science and International Relations Minors

Skills and Attributes

I am a passionate educator dedicated to fostering 21st century skills and learning through the effective and meaningful use of technology in the classroom. I am an advocate of student voice, inquiry and design thinking learning, open connection, digital citizenship education and collaboration to facilitate and develop critical thinking and innovation.

  • BYOD implementation, Chromebook,  iPads, Apple, Google Apps For Education
  • Social Media, Digital Citizenship and Copyright Policy
  • Presentation and Public Speaking
  • Public and Media Relations
  • Discovery Education Network Star
  • Arabic Language
  • French Language

Current Projects

Canada's Ed Chat

  • I am a co-founder, collaborator and moderator of Canada's Ed Chat on Twitter. I, along with educators from around the world, come together every Monday evening on Twitter to discuss important education topics relevant to education in Canada. 

PSD70 Edcamp Organizer

  • Co- facilitated with PSD70 educator and administrator team to create and host first ever district Edcamp.

District Learning Day Planning Committee Member

  • Organized and executed two district-wide Edcamps in one day to meet the needs of a variety of educational stake holders.

Professional Development

  • Make One Change Learning Road Trip PSD70 2016
  • Discovery Education Network School Lead 2016
  • Inclusive Education Conference 2015
  • Healthy Minds Healthy Children Modules 2015-2016
  • RedCamp Red Deer 2015
  • Innovate West 2015
  • IDEAS Conference 2015
  • Presenter - Discovery Education Ignite 2015
  • Keynote Presenter - PSD70 Edcamp 2014-2015
  • Presenter - InspirEd English Language Arts Council Conference 2014
  • Presenter - Innovate West 2014
  • Presenter - Pembina Hills Regional Division Professional Development 2012-2014
  • Google Apps For Education Summit 2014
  • Educational Technology and Design Summer Institute ETAD 2013
  • RedCamp Red Deer 2014 2013
  • Edcamp Edmonton 2013
  • Edcamp Home 2014
  • North Central Teachers Convention 2010-2014

Previous Projects

PSD70 Literacy-Numeracy Competencies Committee

  • Collaborated with PSD70 educators on identifying literacy and numeracy connections in Social Studies in connection with Inspiring Education.

Exploring Leadership Committee

  • Participated in Exploring Leadership Committee with PSD70 colleagues to grow my learning and understanding of leadership in Education.

Digital Citizenship and Acceptable Use Policy Creation Committee

  • I collaborated with district and provincial leaders on the creation of digital citizenship materials and policies for my district.

Technology Advisory Committee

  • I was a part of my previous district's TAC which meets monthly to discuss technology implementation and integration into curriculum. I shared and advised on effective use of technology in the classroom.