Introduction and about me

My educational, work and travel background is rich and varied; and it is precisely this experience that I hope to bring to bear in the classroom.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts (history and philosophy) from Trent University in 2008, where I graduated on both the Dean's and President's List. This degree is marked by an Emphasis in Applied Ethics, a specialization granted by the Department of Philosophy at Trent University which I was one of only two students to recieve.

During my time at Trent (2003-2008) I both served and worked in a significant number of endeavors. As a member of Lady Eaton College, I served as First Year Representative (2003), Chairperson (2005) and finally as Prime Minister (2007). I was the first student in the near 50 year history of the College to be elected Prime Minister, a position I gladly and eagerly fulfilled.

I worked for four years as the Program Leader for the Peer Mentoring Program. Working with the Academic Skills Center, our objective was to provide struggling first and second year students with demonstrably suited upper year students who would act in mentorship roles. We are proud to say we placed over 300 students per year with mentors, and greatly contributed to alleviating academic struggles within our institution.

I was also fortunate enough to work as a writer and researcher for the Alumni Affairs division of Trent University, where I contributed significantly to the production of the TRENT magazine ( My work in this capacity was to research, interview and write profiles of significant Trent alumni, and I was employed in this position for two years (2006-2008)

Another aspect of my time at Trent for which I am extremely proud is in my capacity as Sports Editor of the Arthur newspaper. Working in this capacity for four years (2004-2008) I produced over 250 interviews, original pieces, commentaries and reports on sporting events at Trent and more broadly. My work at Arthur earned me an award as Best Amateur Sportswriter in Canada from the Baseball Writers of America, an award I was pleased to accept from Larry Milson of the Globe and Mail. (

Upon leaving Trent, I went on to McMaster University, where I earned my Masters degree in history. Studying with Dr. Michael Gauvreau and Dr. Viv Nelles, I graduated from McMaster on both the Dean's and President's list in September 2009. My Masters research focused on the process of constitutional reform in Canada from the perspective of the governments of Ontario and Quebec.

Upon graduating at McMaster, I continued working as a Teaching Assistant for the Department. I worked for two years (2008-2009) as a TA at McMaster, earning consistently high praise for my work and receiving excellent student feedback. Please see my Portfolio item "Reference Letter - Dr. Laurie Jacklin" for comments that pertain my experience in this regard.

After my time as a TA came to an end, I took the opportunity to travel, volunteer, and expand my interests to include playing music, writing, and of course beginning my career as an educator. I have traveled extensively throughout Canada, including two stints working outside of Calgary, Alberta - the first, when I drove an Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield (see photo at sidebar). I have also volunteered at the Peterborough Public Library, the Canadian Canoe Museum, Trent Valley Literacy and for the Liberal Party of Canada (2010).

Currently I am enrolled in my Bachelor of Education degree at Nipissing University, as part of the Schulich School of Education's iTeach Laptop Learning Program. My first practicum experience was very successful - I worked at a school in Bowmanville Ontario with a grade 8 class. My next placement is in Cobourg Ontario with a Grade 6 class. I am scheduled to graduate in April 2011.

My career goals are simple: I want to work in an educational institution or setting that allows me to contribute in the most meaningful way possibly to the positive, engaging, safe and dynamic education of young minds. p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }

Work History

Work History
May 2006 - May 2008

General Manager

Trent Annual Yearbook Publishing Company

As the General Manager of the Trent Annual Yearbook Publishing Company, one of Canada's premiere University yearbook design and production companies, I was directly responsible for the management of the design and production staff, all budgetary operations (with an annual budget in excess of $140,000 in student-funded levies), all external relations of the organization and for co-coordinating activities between the staff and the Board of Directors, which I was also responsible for creating.

I hired, trained and supervised all staff for two years at the Annual, during which our organization produced two exceptionally high quality volumes of the Trent yearbook and saw them delivered, on time and under budget, to each and every graduating Trent student who desired to have one.

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007


Hospitality Experienced Foodservice Management

As the Supervisor of the busy kitchen of Camp Ramah in Canada (Utterson, Ontario) I was directly responsible for training, supervising, and managing the 14 counter-dish staff. I had previously worked for three seasons as a counter-dish employee, after which I was promoted and worked for two seasons as the Supervisor of the kitchen to great success.

The kitchen at Camp Ramah served over 700 people, 3 times a day, with very high quality, efficient foodservice. As Supervisor I was an integral part of this process and in ensuring the continued quality, excellence and efficiency of our operations.


Sep 2010 - Apr 2011

Bachelor of Education

Nipissing University

I am currently enrolled at Nipissing University in the Schulich School of Education's iTeach Laptop Learning Program. I am awaiting the final pieces of my registration with the Ontario College of Teachers and will be qualified to teach in the public school system in Ontario and other provinces by May 2011.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

Master of Arts

McMaster University

During my time at McMaster I took courses from a variety of faculty members in several fields, most notably from Dr. Michael Gauvreau and Dr. Viv Nelles, both McDonald Prize winners in Canadian history. My Masters research focused on constitutional reform from the provincial perspective in Ontario and Quebec in the late 1960's, and was entitled "What sort of country is this? Will it continue to exist? The Culturalist Approach to Constitutional Reform in Ontario, 1956-1968". I earned an A standing along with this degree.

Sep 2003 - Sep 2008

Bachelor of Art Honors

Trent University

During my time at Trent University I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy (honors), graduating on both the Dean's and President's list. I worked with Dr. Dimitry Anastakis on an honors thesis, entitled "The Literary Creation of Pierre Elliott Trudeau", and also earned an Emphasis in Applied Ethics for my work in applied ethics courses.  p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }



Computer and technical





Nov 2010 - Present

OFSAA Level 1 Coaching Certification

Oct 2007 - Present

TESOL certification

TESOL Canada