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Scott McKenzie

IBDP Teacher: Literature A /Global Politics/History/Theory of Knowledge. Head of English

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 critical understanding; to go beyond surface knowledge, to uncover a richer understanding that integrates and builds connections between ideas, which 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!"

    Work Experience

    August 2016Present

    English Head of Department / IBDP Teacher Literature A and Global Politics / 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.  
    •  Member of inaugural IBDP development team for authorization in 2015.
    • Commitment to professional learning communities; professional collaboration focusing on student achievement.
    • Model United Nations Faculty Director
    • Successfully developed and implemented inaugural BIBA MUN club. Facilitated student participation at MUN conferences.   
    • Week Without Walls coordinator and supervisor to Canada.
    • 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 10-12)
    • Department Head: 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 Alberta 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 Professional Improvement Fellowship sabbatical facilitated by Global Learning / Calgary Board of Education.
    • Global Learning ambassador.
    • High School Social Studies teacher; (Grade 10-12)
    • EAL/ESL accommodation and support.
    • Week Without Walls supervisor to Cambodia.
    • Provincial diploma exam coordinator for  students.
    • Jr. Boys Football coach (SISAC; 2011; 2012); U-12 Boys Football coach 
    • SAT exam administration (2011-2012)

    Professional Development Certifications

    • 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 A Cat 2, Berlin (2017)
    • IBDP Literature A Cat 2, Oxford (2016)
    • IBDP History Cat 1  Dubai. (2014)
    • IBDP 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)

    Education

    Sept 2019Present

    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