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Vision

As an educator, my goal is to facilitate  a learning space which prepares students to be knowledgeable, engaged and caring citizens both in their local and global communities. To achieve this, my classroom focuses on student learning, with the aim of developing deeper understanding; to go beyond surface knowledge, to a richer understanding that integrates and builds connections between ideas, that can be applied to new contexts. My classroom values student engagement, inquiry, and collaborative learning. My daily student affirmation: "Every day, is a day to be great!"

    Professional Overview

    • Master of Arts: Integrated Studies, with Global Change focus (September 2018 to currently);

    • Instructional Leadership: English Head of Department, Social Studies Head of Department, Exceptional Learning Team Leader and Gifted and Talented Education;

    • IBDP Experience:  Literature A / Global Politics / History / Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay supervision;

    • Experience with International Schools and Alberta Public Schools;

    • Assessment experience: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Alberta Learning Diploma Examiner (Edmonton, Canada);

    • English Language Learner programming;

    • Integrated Learning Environments (Google Apps, Edmodo, Word Press, and Schoology) to support student engagement and achievement;

    • Alberta Learning Permanent Teaching Certification;

    • Skills in building rapport and engaging MS/HS students;

    • Certified football coach with experience coaching at all levels.

    Work Experience

    August 2016Present

    English Head of Department / IBDP Teacher / High School English Teacher

     Rabat American School
    • English Head of Department 
    • IBDP Literature A, Global Politics and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) teacher.
    • Experienced with IBDP course instruction and  exam prep, Model United Nations Faculty Advisor
    • Experienced in leveraging technology to support student achievement.
    • Commitment to professional learning communities; professional collaboration focusing on student achievement.
    • Commitment to whole school: MS Boys Football Coach and Varsity Girls Football coach.

    Aug 2014June 2016

    Secondary History/Social Studies Teacher

    Beijing International Bilingual Academy
    • IBDP History and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) teacher.
    • IMYC Grade 8 Social Studies teacher.  Model United Nations Faculty Director 
    • Member of inaugural IBDP development team for authorization in 2015.
    • Commitment to professional learning communities; professional collaboration focusing on student achievement.
    • Successfully developed and implemented inaugural BIBA MUN club. Facilitated student participation at MUN conferences.   
    • Commitment to whole school: MS U-14 BIBA Boys Football coach.

    Sep 2003Jun 2014

    Crescent Heights Senior High School / Henry Wise Wood Senior High

    Calgary Board of Education
    • Social Studies High School Teacher; (Grade Ten-Twelve)
    • Department Head: HWW 2009-10, Exceptional Learning Needs Head: 2010-11
    • Experienced with diploma course instruction and diploma course exam prep.
    • Gifted and Talented Education and diploma course experience. 
    • Provincial examiner of diploma exams for grade 12. (2007-11)
    • Experienced in leveraging technology which supports student achievement.
    • Commitment to professional learning communities; professional collaboration focusing on student achievement
    Aug 2011Jun 2013

    The Int'l School of Macao: Social Studies Teacher (Professional Improvement Fellowship) with the Calgary Board of Education

    The International School of Macao
    • Two year PIF sabbatical facilitated by Global Learning / Calgary Board of Education.
    • Jr. Boys Football coach (SISAC; 2011; 2012); U-12 Boys Football coach 
    • SAT exam administration (2011-2012)

    Professional Development

    • IBDP Global Politics Cat 2, Hong Kong (2018)
    • IBDP Poetry CAT 3, Rome (2018), 
    • Child Protection in International Schools, Level 2, COBIS, Educare (2017)
    • IBDP Literature Cat 2, Berlin (2017)
    • IBDP Literature A Cat 2, Oxford (2016)
    • IBDP History Cat 1  Dubai and TOK CAT 1 Athens (2014)
    • 21st Century Learning Hong Kong (February 2012, January 2013)
    • International Certificate Advisor: Global Learning, Calgary Board of Education, 2011 
    • Alberta Social Studies Council Member  (September 2000 to 2011)
    • Assistive Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida (2006)

    References

    Sean Goudie,    Director,     Rabat American School 

    CONTACT: [email protected]   /    +212 661394662

    Mark Exton,  Secondary Headmaster,  Rabat American School

    CONTACT: [email protected]  /  +212 05376-71476      +212 6666-56446

    Dr.  KC Pang,   Director,   Beijing International Bilingual Academy

    CONTACT: [email protected]      /   +86 13240305924

    Stefan Posavec, Social Studies Dept. Head, Crescent Heights Senior High School, Calgary 

    CONTACT: [email protected]   /   001 403 276-5521

    Education

    Sept 2018Present

    Master of Arts: Integrated Studies

    Athabasca University,  Focus: Global Change
    Sep 1995May 1998

    Bachelor of Education

    University of Alberta,   Double Major: English Literature and History
    Sep 1987May 1989

    Journalism Certificate

    Carleton University,   Radio Broadcast Journalist and Legislative Reporter