I am an ESL Consultant for LEARN's Special Project, The Intensive ESL Community. The best part of the project is creating, finding, and sharing resources to help build a collaborative ESL community. I taught ESL for 15 years at the CSSMI, and I am also a member of SPEAQ's IntenSIG group, collaborating with enthusiastic Intensive ESL teachers to help support ESL in Quebec. When I'm not working, you can find me at the local arenas either playing, or watching my family play ringette!
I am an instructional designer committed to promoting active and engaged learning for young people and adults alike. My expertise is in professional learning, reflective practice and informal/community learning. I hold an M.A. in Educational Technology. In my spare time, I am a swing dance teacher and performer, as well as the co-Artistic Director of Cat’s Corner, a dance school specializing in swing era dances.
"We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey
In a nutshell, my educational background includes a teaching degree in mathematics and a masters in educational technology. I am passionate about on going professional development, teacher training, and 21st century teaching and learning practices. Being a teacher and a consultant was always my dream job - I am a lifelong learner. During my free time, you can find me at the barn, where I enjoy spending time my horse, Sam. Otherwise, I am a people person who loves to laugh and make laugh.
I was a teacher for over 14 years at the secondary and elementary levels, and have morphed into a pedagogical consultant over the last 7 plus years. At LEARN, I am currently consulting on the Math, Science and Technology dossiers, among other varied technological projects. I have an extensive background in integrating technology, supporting educators, and creating STEAM spaces in schools. When not working with educators you can find me blogging about great music, making succulent food, noodling out songs, drawing lines and dots, playing with my lovely children or braving the Canadian elements.
I am involved in promoting LEARN to parents, teachers, students and to the public at large. LEARN has much to offer and I have much to share.
Though I trained as a teacher, I spent many of my younger years working with horses and dogs. I owned a boarding stable and ran a dog kennel.
I learned patience and loyalty working with animals.
I have taught Secondary Cycle 1 Social Science and English Language Arts in Montreal. I taught English as a Second Language on Îles de la Madeleine and in Japan. In 2011, I travelled to Cambodia to volunteer with Cambodian Organization for Children and Development (COCD). In 2013, I had the pleasure of providing introductory remarks for Dr. David Suzuki at LeMood-Montreal, a festival of unexpected Jewish learning, arts and culture.
Any interest in my educational background?
I have a BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a B.Ed from the University of Toronto and MA from McGill in Education Leadership.
«Enseigner, c’est apprendre chaque jour à réapprendre à enseigner, c’est s’inscrire soi-même dans une démarche apprenante, ouverte et dynamique.» Ostiane Mathon
Depuis une quinzaine d’années, j’enseigne le français, langue seconde et d’innombrables sujets en immersion française dans les écoles primaires et secondaires anglophones. En 2009, j'ai rejoint l’équipe de LEARN comme conseillère pédagogique. En plus d’être superviseure de stages pour les étudiants en enseignement du FLS, je contribue à divers projets liés de près à l’éducation soit en traduisant ou en adaptant du matériel ainsi qu’en prêtant ma plume et ma voix pour des capsules pédagogiques. Toujours prête à relever de nouveaux défis, j’en ai trouvé un de taille: être une maman au 21e siècle. La pratique du yoga me permet de maintenir un bon équilibre dans ma vie.
B.A. Fine Arts, a diploma in Art Education and Special Education and an M.A. in Educational Psychology
I have worked as;
- a Special Education teacher at both the primary and secondary level,
- a McGill instructor in Educational Technology and Inclusive Education,
- a School Board consultant supporting the integrated use of technology in the classroom
- an instructional designer of e-Portfolios (APOM, DRP, EPEARL)
I am presently working for LEARN as a pedagogical consultant and Provincial RECIT / Service à la communauté Anglophone.
I enjoy photography, cross-country skiing, eclectic music and carpentry, amongst other things….
Much of my efforts at LEARN are directed to managing our peer-reviewed journal LEARNing Landscapes. In this online, open access publication we bring together the voices of students, teachers, community leaders and academics, and we share their work through a range of forms of representation (articles, interviews, poetry, collage, drawings etc.) to help make research accessible to everyone. Apart from family and friends, nothing makes me happier than swimming outdoors in all kinds of weather!
I have been working at LEARN since its inception and I am currently serving as Director of Pedagogical Services and Educational Technology. I hold a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University. Since 1997, I have specialized in youth sector education, creating and delivering professional development for educators, designing competency-based educational resources and building tools to help educators design curriculum. I have led a variety of educational projects that provide resources and collaborative opportunities for students and educators across Quebec. I am passionate about learning and inspiring people to unleash their full potential and achieve their wildest dreams. My interests include cycling, cooking, sewing and making things of all kinds, and a new-found love of e-textiles.