Ottawa Catholic School Board
Principal at St. Paul C.H.S.
Please note that the following is a summary of experience and accomplishments that are specifically relevant to the EOSDN opportunity. Please find a letter of interest attached at bottom. If anything is not clear or requires more detail, feel free to make contact at any time.
Principal at St. Paul C.H.S.
Vice-Principal at St. Paul C.H.S. and Sacred Heart C.H.S.
Taught all levels from grade 7-12
Currently enrolled in Master's program with planned completion by 2016
PQP Part 1, Practicum, PQP Part 2
Graduate Diploma Of Education.
B.A Honours English/ Religious Studies
I was honoured to have been nominated by my staff for our school board Director's Commendation. Specifically, my role in our school's pathway planning, digital innovation and numeracy successes were highlighted. Our Math team was recognized provincially for increasing and sustaining excellent results.
I continue to chair this very important committee for our board. We act as an advisory committee for cross departmental issues with a special focus on pedagogy and leading innovation to bring initiatives to scale.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD Premium)
2013-2014 Initiated and co-created course as part of our board's Leadership Journey program geared towards enhancing the leadership, technology and innovation skills of administrators.
I co-facilitated and instructed our board's Journey to Leadership part 1 course geared towards teachers and other staff looking for positions of leadership in our board.
CPCO/OPC TELL Conference Summer of 2015: Presented a beginner and advanced session on Google tools and other productivity and communication tools. As a result, CPCO has asked me and my co- presenter to do a series of google hangout webinars for administrators across the province.
Regular presenter to students in the University of Ottawa Education program. Present on the topic of leveraging technology for enhancing pedagogy and also enhancing productivity as a teacher.
Ottawa Google Apps for Education Conference 2014: Presented Google productivity and communication tools to teachers and administrators.
Presented on maximizing Google tools for productivity and communication at the ECOO conference 2014 in Niagara Falls.
ECOO Conference 2013: Presented on the topic of increasing productivity for administrators
I have attended several major conferences including the York region's Quest (twice), ASCD National conference in San Antonio, FETC conference in Orlando, Google Apps for Education conferences in Kitchener and Ottawa, ECOO conference in Niagara Falls, and a leadership conference in Banff. (Dates can be listed if necessary)
I am a husband to Rebecca and a father to Sophie (11) and Hillary (10). I coach basketball and rugby both at school and in the community. I continue to be involved in my Church community as well. I love learning all things innovation and technology based in education. I am passionate about learning about leadership and change.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mentors at the Ottawa Catholic School Board for putting my name forward for this leadership position. The OCSB has been recently recognized by a national CEA award for innovation in education. As such, we have several excellent leaders across our system. For the Superintendents and Directorate to select my name amongst those of my colleagues is a great honour. I would also like to thank EOSDN for considering my application.
Studying leadership has been a passion for me for a long time. From the early days as a teacher and coach, to my present role as a Principal, I have long known that understanding leadership and in particular change theory is vital to finding success in innovation. To that end, I have been a member of ASCD and I have literally read hundreds of articles and books on the subject of leading and learning. I am presently enrolled in a Master of Educational Leadership program via distance education at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a planned completion date of 2016. I have also attended many conferences and I have found myself gravitating to the sessions on leadership. I also subscribe to many RSS feeds which send me leadership articles which are scholarly, research based and from the media. I also follow many thought leaders via Twitter and Google +.
I am also passionate about sharing. The future of education in the classroom and in leadership will be about sharing and collaboration. There are so many tools that can be used to communicate strategies and share resources that have yet to be used to their full extent. In my role as the chair of the Digital Innovation and Technology committee, we have created a Google + community. This has acted as a repository of resources and ideas specifically on the topic of leading innovation. It is truly an excellent resource for which I am proud to have introduced. I have been asked countless times to present at formal conferences and programs (see Awards and Accomplishments) but also, at many smaller school board meetings and school events. I don't believe in saying "no" since I believe fundamentally that it is only in sharing that we can provide excellent and productive change.
The Ontario Leadership Framework recognizes that:
"School leaders are pivotal to the development of excellent teaching, excellent schools
and ultimately, enhanced student achievement and well-being.
System leaders play an essential role by putting in place supportive system practices
and procedures for school leaders and providing system-wide leadership." (p. 3)
This is based on careful research and is echoed by Fullan's work in tandem with OISE. I believe this to be true. Building capacity among leaders is a pivotal cog to support our need to create a more innovative system. The opportunity to work with EOSDN to lead this program both mirrors my skill set, and my passion. Thank you for considering my application.
Yours in Education;
Principal St. Paul Catholic High School