Dean's Education Advisory Council
The Dean’s Education Advisory Council has the broad mandate of providing advice and support to the Dean on issues of importance to the Faculty, and to facilitate contact with the external community to advance the work of the faculty.
The Education Advisory Council supports the Dean of Education in three general areas: Strategic Direction, Community Connections and Liaison; and Advancement. The Dean of Education extends renewable memberships to the Council by formal invitation. The Council meets three times yearly, or as needed on an ad hoc basis. The Dean's Education Advisory Council was established in September, 2014.
Before coming to the Faculty of Education in August 2009, Magnusson served as the Associate VP-Academic at the University of Lethbridge, joining the Faculty of Education in July 1998.
Previous to his position in Lethbridge, he served as professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. He has been involved in a variety of educational settings, including teaching Junior High School in Saskatchewan, and working as a counsellor in colleges and technical institutes such as Keyano College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Wascana Institute. He was the recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development (national award). His primary interests are in the areas of counselling psychology, career development and organizational planning and renewal.
Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, SFU
In addition to her role at SFU, Susan serves as Director of MODAL Research Group (Multimodal/Music Opportunities, Diversity and Learning) and President-Elect of the International Society for Music Education, which is affiliated with UNESCO and is present in over 80 countries. She was previously an Associate Professor at Western University in Ontario and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University in the UK.
Susan has been awarded visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, USA (2001), University of Melbourne, Australia (2012), and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2015). She has published widely in the fields of music psychology and music education, including contributions to 15 books published by Oxford University Press. Her recent co-authored book Why Multimodal Literacy Matters is on intergenerational multimodal curricula and is published by Sense Publications. She has been awarded major grants for international collaborative research and developed Music Learning in Action and Unity Through Music advocacy and intercultural programs in Brazil and Canada. Her current research includes a large survey study of young people’s arts and digital media engagement in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Teacher, Burnaby School District
Don has worked in a variety of elementary classroom settings and enjoys working alongside students where curiosity, modeling, co-creation and agency are fostered through inquiry. His work with students in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Australia and Burnaby have helped instill a passion for engagement, community and inclusion as pathways to meet the diverse needs of learners.
In 2011, he completed his Masters Of Educational Practice at Simon Fraser University and focused on developing voice in a community of young writers. Through the journey of practitioner-inquiry he is inspired to continue the ‘bricoleur’ approach, exploring and implementing various pedagogies in the classroom to deepen his practice and enhance student learning.
Don has been a mentor and sessional instructor supporting teachers in several different cohorts in Field Programs with the Faculty of Education at SFU. He is a committee member with the British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts Professional Specialists Association and frequently presents workshops for schools and districts on professional development days.
Deputy Provost & Vice Provost Students, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Jane's expertise is in the administration of post-secondary learner-focused programs, services and student success, with a particular focus on student affairs, the first year experience, program and curriculum development, and university transitions. She has played instrumental roles in the development various student related policies and procedures, resulting in visible and positive change to the student experience. At KPU, she heads up a team of dedicated professionals who all have the drive and determination to continue to develop and enhance services for current and future students.
Field Service Division, BCTF
Originally from the Tsilhqot’in Nation, Grass also serves as the Senior Policy Analyst at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) since 2013. FNESC serves BC First Nations students and First Nations communities with respect to education, on and off reserve, and provides second level services to the First Nations Schools Association and Indigenous and Adult Higher Learning Association. Starleigh is the FNESC lead on provincial K-12 education and the Secretariat for the BC K-12 Aboriginal Education Partners Table which works collaboratively to improve school success for Aboriginal learners. Prior to her role at FNESC Starleigh was a secondary school teacher in Gold Trail School District and Vice-President of the Gold Trail Teachers’ Association. Her Master of Arts thesis examined effective pedagogy within Aboriginal controlled post-secondary institutes and her findings have inspired her to be a passionate advocate for increased Aboriginal voice in educational decision making.
Starleigh has participated in numerous committees and boards including the Standing Committee for Provincial Curriculum, Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment, Core Competencies Group, English First Peoples 10/11 Curriculum Writing Team, BC Teachers of English Language Arts Professional Specialists Association, Truth and Reconciliation Commission BC National Event Education Day Advisory Committee, Reconciliation through Indigenous Education MOOC Advisory Group, UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Strategic Planning Committee, Theytus Books Children and Youth Editorial Committee, Vancouver Foundation Education Advisory Committee, Project Literacy.
Education Consultant and Retired Superintendent
Before retiring in 2014, Tom spent 6 years as Superintendent of Schools for Coquitlam School District, the third-largest school district in BC. Prior to that, Tom was Associate Superintendent in Vancouver School District following a long career in education as a secondary school principal, vice-principal, department head and teacher.
In his diverse roles, Tom has served on committees and advisory boards advocating for enhanced opportunities for children, particularly vulnerable youth. In addition to his involvement in committees and youth initiatives, Tom has long been involved in administrative leadership and mentorship programs as well as a myriad of committees dealing with health and safety, budget, and technology. He has chaired leadership teams and accreditation committees, and is an experienced workshop leader and presenter. As an educator Tom has developed many innovative programs to serve the academic and social needs of learners.
Following his retirement Tom has been active as an adjunct professor, a BC Offshore Inspector, a part time Compliance Auditor for the Ministry of Education and a mentor to newly appointed members of the BCSSA. He serves on the selection committee for the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC and the Telus Vancouver Community Board. Tom’s fundamental commitment is to the preservation and improvement of public education, and his fundamental belief is the principle of inclusion of all learners. His primary focus is on serving the needs, interests and possibilities of each child as a learner and a citizen. He firmly believes that schools operate with the context of larger communities and must play an active role in community development and social responsibility. Part of that active role is for teachers to be professional learners and provide the best instruction possible for their students.
Economic Graph and Learning Solutions for Higher Education Lead, Canada, LinkedIn
Jake furthers LinkedIn's vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce via its Economic Graph data. He works with students, staff and faculty at Canada's colleges and universities and trainees and trainers at Canada's workforce development organizations to leverage LinkedIn Learning Solutions to achieve their academic and professional goals.
Jake teaches at McMaster University, is on the advisory boards of Code for Canada and the Hot Docs cinema and founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.
Superintendent/CEO, Central Okanagan School District #23
Kevin Kaardal is a passionate champion for personalizing learning and meeting the needs of each learner. He believes in preparing teachers and learners to thrive in our ever changing and complex global society. Possessing a 30 year record of exemplary service. Kevin is currently serving as the Superintendent/CEO for the Central Okanagan School District. Kevin has led initiatives that improved student achievement results at every level – the classroom, the school and the district. He has been recognized as an educational innovator for developing unique and effective programs and partnerships that meet students’ individual needs. Kevin is an author and award winning educator, who is has been a presenter at international, national and provincial conferences.
Environmental Consultant and Retired Business Owner
Allan Maynard was a Charter student of SFU and received a Master of Science degree in 1972. He went on to develop a successful and award winning international environmental laboratory business – ASL Analytical Laboratories (now known as ALS Global). It was known as one of Canada’s largest and most widely respected laboratories in Canada and had branches in South America and SE Asia.
After a long association with SFU, Allan’s firm was one of the first to bring on co-op students – just as this innovative program was being developed. He received the Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 1995. Allan also was on the SFU Alumni Association Board of Directors for several years, including serving as its President.
Allan lives in North Vancouver with his wife Margrit who is a retired teacher. His son and daughter work in the field of education. The importance of education is a passion for the entire family.
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, SFU
In addition to teaching and supervising students in the EdD and EcoEd MEd programs, McClaren is also an Associate Member of the Faculty of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University where he supervises Masters students in the Environmental Education and Communications program (MAEEC). He is a recent member of the Board of the Self-Design Foundation and is a current member of the Board of the Clarady Alliance Foundation.
Director, Education Operations, Pivotal
Paul McFadden brings over 20 years of experience in the education technology field, having lead sales, operations and marketing teams at country, regional and global levels.
Paul was born in Northern Ireland and studied music at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Music. Specialising in his new passion of electroacoustic music, Paul continued his studies at York University and was the winner of the 1991 International Sonorities Young Composer's Competition, graduating with his Masters in 1992.
Paul began his professional career as a Lecturer of Music Technology at Queen’s University, Belfast and then at Lancaster University in England before he took up a business development position at Apple in 1996, focusing on the higher education market. A 10 year career at Apple UK was followed by a move in 2009, still with Apple, to manage the Western Canadian education team where he liaised with key figures within educational leadership in B.C., including those at SFU.
In 2012, he and his family returned to the UK where he took up a European education management position at VMware until 2013, at which time Pivotal was formed from several business units from VMware and EMC. In 2015, Paul and his family returned to Vancouver taking on a new global director role at Pivotal.
Superintendent of Schools, Burnaby School District #41
Gina Niccoli-Moen serves as Superintendent for the 4th largest school district in the province, reaching over 24,000 K-12 students and employing 4,000 dedicated employees. The district also provides lifelong learning opportunities to more than 16,000 adult learners through an established Community & Continuing Education Program.
As a long-time Burnaby resident, Gina began her teaching career at Burnaby South Secondary School and remained well-connected in the community. Her successful career saw her take on a variety of school and district-based leadership roles, before being appointed Superintendent in 2015. She is the Board’s professional advisor and oversees all school district operations.
A passionate leader, Gina believes strongly in people, partnership and the pursuit of possibility. She begins her day with a trip to the gym or, on a beautiful day, running the seawall in Stanley Park.
Vice-Principal, Burnaby School District
Sheila Rawnsley, a proud advocate of public education and community learning, has strong ties in School District 41 (Burnaby) and Simon Fraser University. Most of her learning journey thus far has been in Burnaby schools, first as a student, a teacher, a community school coordinator, and now as an administrator. This journey has been enriched by significant time on SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus for her undergrad, PDP, Master's work, and five years serving as a faculty associate and program coordinator in the Faculty’s Professional Programs. In her various roles, she continually strives to help make connections between the academia and the bustling life of schools.
Honouring her Japanese-Canadian grandparents and parents who were interned during WWII, Sheila's dedication to justice and equity has stemmed from their struggles and their strength. Her Master's thesis, Good for Everyone: An Anti-Racist Education Resource for Teacher Educators, was a way to examine culture, identity and the role of education in creating social change. This research, along with professional and personal experiences, informs her belief in supporting the whole family in order to support the child. Recently, this has led her to learn more about mental health, researching and co-authoring curricula to help students gain skills and strategies in order to thrive.
As an educator and parent of teenagers in this changing world, Sheila is deeply committed to our public schools and their aim of building inclusive, safe and healthy communities. She does this with plenty of caffeine, a good dose of humour, and as much time with kindergarten students as possible!
VP, Academic, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Tom Roemer was born and raised near Munich, Bavaria (Germany). After completing highschool he joined the German Air Force. Upon completion of his service, Tom attended the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, LMU) and later the University of Alberta where he obtained a Master’s degree in physics/astrophysics) (1993).
Shortly thereafter, Tom moved to Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories, and later to Kelowna, BC. Having founded a successful business in the IT sector (Tioga Communications Inc.) he received a call from Okanagan University College in 1996 to build a program in response to the emerging internet. In 2000, he became Chair of the new Network & Telecommunications Engineering Technology department.
In 2003, Tom moved into administration and became Associate Dean for the Faculty of Engineering Technology at Okanagan University College, and later Acting Dean for Science, Technology and Health at the newly formed Okanagan College.
In 2007, Tom and his wife Karen moved to Victoria, where he accepted the position of Dean for the School of Trades and Technology at Camosun College. During the same time, he pursued a doctoral degree at Simon Fraser University, and in 2008 he graduated with an EdD degree in Educational Leadership.
His research interest continues to focus on questions of practitioner education and the role colleges and polytechnic institutes play in regional economic development. Being fluent in various languages, Tom presents his findings often within the context of globalization and mobility of foreign-trained professionals.
In 2010, he accepted the position of Vice-President Strategic Development at Camosun, and became an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. As part of his professional portfolio he served for five years as Board Director with the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Greater Victoria Development Agency.
In 2016, he moved to Vancouver to take on the role of Vice-President, Academic at the British Columbia Institute for Technology (BCIT).
Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Surrey School District
Jordan began his career in Electronics Engineering Technology in the field of Oceanography but then moved to education where he holds a master’s degree in administration and a doctorate in curriculum with specific research in educational change and technology. Jordan has taught K-12 and at post-secondary and as CEO, his current responsibilities are to directly oversee all aspects of the district.
Jordan’s passion is for organizational culture and change in a complex world and he enjoys writing and sharing through his blog. On any given summer, you’ll find Jordan and his family somewhere in Yellowstone National Park where they will be fly fishing and relaxing among the bison.
Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions, Ministries of Education and Advanced Ed
Prior to this new appointment as Superintendent (January 2014) Jan had been the Superintendent of Schools for School District No. 42, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, for 5 years.
Jan has a passion for student learning and has been part of several innovations to assist in providing students their best life chances.
Jan believes that we must provide learners relevant, experiential, engaging opportunities so that they can experience success as they make their way into their next phase of life, whatever that may be.
The world is changing exponentially and it is imperative that we continue to ensure that we give all of our learners the right kinds of skills to achieve to their highest potential in a rapidly changing environment.
Founded in 2011, FreshGrade allows teachers to capture, document and communicate learning in a personalized manner and share with parents. Students can document their own learning, make self-reflections, upload assignments and receive personalized feedback from their teachers and/or parents
FreshGrade is the technology behind the 2015 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Education and the 2015 ISTE Sylvia Charp Award which allowed Surrey Schools to create the winning entries for their innovative and successful implementation of a new way of assessing and advancing student learning. FreshGrade was recently mentioned in Ken Robinson's new book Creative Schools. The company is quickly cementing itself in classrooms across Canada, the US and Australia, as the accessible alternative to traditional report cards.
Prior to FreshGrade, Steve founded YourTechOnline.com, which was acquired by support.com. In addition Steve founded metabridge, a nonprofit that connects innovative Canadian startup companies and entrepreneurs to California’s Silicon Valley.
Past Council Members
Education Consultant, Sunshine Coast School District #46 (on leave)
David Barnum has 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts. He has written materials and delivered programs for the BC Ministry of Education, BC Hydro, The Society of Automotive Engineers and the BC Children’s Hospital; and authored two science textbooks with Nelson Education. David currently works in School District #46 (Sunshine Coast) as Curriculum Coordinator where he supports parent engagement, student transitions, and renewed curriculum implementation. In addition, David is currently a Sessional Instructor/mentor in SFU’s Graduate programs Nature-Based, Experiential Learning cohorts.
Previously, David spent 5 years nurturing a blended home-school / community-based education model (SPIDER) and was seconded for 3 years to develop and implement the Healthy Buddies program, an initiative of the BC Children’s Hospital and funded by the Provincial Health Services Authority. Initial research for this program was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2007) as well as a subsequent study in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes (2012). The Healthy Buddies program has been shortlisted twice for SFU's Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Educations in BC.
David has served as the BC Science Teachers' Association President / Conference Chair and sits on the Learning Forward, BC Affiliate Board. He completed a PDP (1990), BGS (1992) and MEd (2014) at SFU and the Transformational Educational Leadership Program at UBC (2016).
K-12 Policy Manager, First Nations Education Steering Committee
Juanita Coltman, ancestral name Squil’qwana, is a member of the Nuxalk Nation and an educator for the past 20 years. In her teaching and administrative roles she has worked in Nuxalk, Nuu-chah-nulth, St’at’yemc and Squamish Nations territories passionately making a difference for Aboriginal students in the K-12 school system. Recently, Juanita has been advocating for change at a provincial level, while working at the BC Ministry of Education and currently at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) as the K-12 Policy Manager.
She holds Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the School Administration and Leadership program at the University of British Columbia. Her graduate thesis titled “Meaningful and Relevant Education for Aboriginal Students,” specifically examined Aboriginal schools in the public school system. She also effectively applied her knowledge by collaboratively developing an Aboriginal focused, land-based K-6 program in Sea to Sky School District.
She led many initiatives in her previous School District that resulted in dramatic increases in Aboriginal student achievement results. She served as the vice chairperson on the BC Principal and Vice Principals Association’s (BCPVPA) Aboriginal Leadership Advisory and contributed to the BCPVPA’s publication of “Learning, Knowing, Sharing: Celebrating Success in the K-12 Aboriginal Education in British Columbia.” She currently sits on a variety of BC Ministry of Education committees, including Classroom Assessment and Reporting, Graduation Numeracy Assessment Team and Continued Professional Development Council. Her work and accomplishments have been shared at numerous events including the Learning Forward Conference, BCPVA Short Course, and UBC Math Symposium.
Juanita demonstrates exemplary leadership in the areas of human rights, social justice and Aboriginal Education.
Vice-President, Corporate and Government Relations, West Fraser
Mr. Gorman is Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations for West Fraser – one of North America’s largest forest products companies.
Previously, he was President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, which works in support of the BC interior forest industry and President of the BC Lumber Trade Council where he was responsible for advancing the BC lumber industry’s interests in the Softwood Lumber negotiations with the United States.
Prior to joining industry, he worked for 19 years in British Columbia’s public service. Mr. Gorman was the Deputy Minister of Education from 2007 through September of 2013 and concurrently served as the Deputy Minister of Advanced Education from May through September 2013.
Mr. Gorman holds an MA in Political Science from McGill University.
Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Prior to her passing in 2015, Pat Hibbitts had been Vice-President Finance & Administration at Simon Fraser University for more than 10 years. Previous to that she had served as Vice-President Business & Finance at the University of Northern British Columbia and also served as Director of Finance & Administration at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University. In the spring of 2010, Pat served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bath, International Centre for Higher Education Management. In addition, she was an Affiliated Scholar with the Centre for Studies in Educational Leadership and Policy, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.
Pat had a BA (University of Toronto), an MBA (York University) and an EdD from Simon Fraser University.
Pat served numerous Boards and Committees including: CAUBO Quality & Productivity Committee, CAUBO Editorial Committee (Chair), Simon Fraser University Community Trust Board, City of Coquitlam Sustainability & Environmental Advisory Committee and the Great Northern Way Trust Board (Chair Finance Committee).
In 2005, Pat was recognized by the Vancouver YWCA with a Women of Distinction Award; in 2011, by the Association of Women in Finance, with an Excellence in the Public Sector award; in 2012, a CAUBO Outstanding Contribution Award and in 2013, a Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award.
Executive Director, BC Council for International Education
Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, has experience spanning more than 25 years in post-secondary education, development education and international education, including development work as well as more than 15 years supporting the internationalization efforts of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. He began his professional career teaching in the college sector, then moved to a university development project in Eastern and Central Indonesia, after which he returned to Canada mandated to design, build and implement international and international student programming for SFU. He assumed leadership of BCCIE in 2006. Dr. Martin has an earned doctorate in international education and is an acknowledged presenter, speaker and mentor in the field.
President, Life Strategies Ltd.
Dr. Roberta Neault, President of Life Strategies Ltd., is an award-winning career management specialist with over three decades of relevant experience in counselling, coaching, consulting, training, curriculum design, research, and writing. She is the recipient of the BC Career Development Association's Mentor of the Year Award, the National Employment Counseling Association's Professional Development Award, the Canadian Career Development Foundation's prestigious Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development in Canada, the Gold Medal, and the Diamond Pin for Leadership in Career Development. Roberta currently serves on the executive of the Career Development Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and recently completed her term as editor of the Journal of Employment Counseling.
Roberta's strengths lie in her professionalism, infectious enthusiasm for empowering individuals and organizations, and "hands-on" experience working with diverse groups of people. Her pragmatic "can do" attitude ensures that customized solutions are innovative and affordable. Equally comfortable with leadership/executive teams and individuals just entering the workplace, Roberta has lived/worked/travelled through more than 50 countries, supporting people from diverse cultures, educational levels, and employment experiences, across all stages of life. She brings vivid anecdotes, practical examples, and a wealth of resources to her workshops and consultations.
Frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars (both local and international), Roberta's most requested topics include lifelong career management, international and global careers, team strengthening, managing diversity, individual and organizational sustainability, work-life balance, psychometric assessment, professional ethics, change and transition, and strategic recruitment, retention, and employee engagement. She teaches at several universities, both online and in-person, and has developed countless courses and programs.
Author of Career Strategies for a Lifetime of Success, That Elusive Work-Life Balance, Beyond the Basics: Real World Skills for Career Practitioners, and several training "toolkits" for Personality Dimensions, Roberta continues to research and write extensively about topics related to career and life management. Her latest book was co-authored with Spencer Niles and Norm Amundson: Career Flow: A Hope-Centred Approach to Career Development.
Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, SFU
Prior to his retirement in July 2017, David Paterson served as Associate Dean (Administration) for the Faculty of Education and a Counsellor Educator. His administrative portfolio included acting-director of the new Centre for English Language Learning Teaching and Research (CELLTR), Education Central oversight, and coordinator of faculty enrolment management. David's accomplishments include: SFU Senator, Hon. Life Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Executive Vice President of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Vice President of the Executive Council of the International Association for Counsellors.
Director of Education Environments Globally, Steelcase Education
Prior to her retirement in 2016, Lennie was the Director of Education Environments Globally for Steelcase Education where she directed the research, education and design applications globally for the Steelcase Education group. Her expertise is on learning from Kindergarten through Higher Education. As an environment behaviorist, her research focuses on how the built environment impacts behaviors and in particular, student success.
She previously held academic leadership positions as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design & Fashion and director of the iLAB Research Centre, at Radford University, Virginia; and at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; graduating over 1000 students. She is an author, frequent keynote presenter at national and international events. Professionally she was a design education specialist in owner/principal positions.
Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District
Superintendent of Delta School District from 2010-2016, Dianne Turner has always been passionate about engaging students in learning that is meaningful and supporting teacher engagement in innovative teaching practice and collaborative inquiry that inspires learners.
Prior to 2010, Dianne spent 13 years in the Vancouver School District as a science teacher and department head. She also served as Vice Principal, for seven years, and Principal, for five years, at Point Grey Secondary, followed by a five years as Principal at Eric Hamber Secondary.
Dianne received a B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University and completed their Professional Development. She recently completed her Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently preparing her dissertation for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at SFU.
In addition to her extensive work with the Delta School District, Dianne also sits on several committees including the following: Executive of the BCSSA; BCSSA Dimensions of Practice Review Committee; Education Research & Development Corp. (ERDI) Member; Ministry of Education Competency Development Consulting Group Member; BCSSA Membership Committee Chair; Canadian Education Association (CEA) Advisory Council Member; New Teacher’s Mentorship Advisory Project Committee; Ministry of Education Accountability Framework Advisory Committee; C21 Superintendent/CEO Academy.
Teacher, Surrey School District
Jas Uppal, a passionate educator, presently teaches in the Surrey School District. Currently, she is involved in developing interdisciplinary curriculum for a new blended learning program at her school, while pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU), specializing in teacher education and international education.
Prior to her current position, Jas worked in teacher development at the university and school district level. She served as a Faculty Associate at SFU for five years within the Education Faculty’s Professional Qualification Program and the International Teacher Education Module in India. Both programs involved intercultural bridging for re-certifying and pre-service teachers. During this time Jas was also a Sessional Instructor, focusing on science education.
Prior to her work at SFU, she was involved in a United Kingdom based nation-wide educational reform initiative. She was required to play a dual role as the Science Education and Formative Assessment Consultant for a London-based school district over 5 years. She was able to directly apply this experience to her graduate work at the University of London (Institute of Education).
Upon her return to BC, Jas completed her Masters thesis by bridging her experience in educational change and formative assessment practices with literature in teacher change. Her commitment to bridging practice with research continues to transform her practice through her doctoral studies and her involvement in ongoing teacher inquiry.
Teacher, Burnaby School District
Amanda Zanette is an elementary school teacher in the Burnaby School District. She received a Diploma of Fine Arts from Douglas College. During this time she also volunteered at a local elementary school, where her interest in education blossomed. She continued her educational journey at Simon Fraser University where she completed a BA with a major in Geography. Sure of her career path, she then entered the Faculty of Education where she completed the Professional Development Program with a focus on social justice. In 2013, she completed a Masters of Education in Educational Practice at SFU. Her work continues to focus on supporting diverse learners.
In her first year of teaching Amanda and a colleague adapted a system they named The City Game. Each year she improved the system and further integrated it throughout her practice to create a learning environment that makes academics more meaningful for elementary students. Inherent in the game is an authentic environment for learning mathematics and personal and social responsibility. This pedagogical method also supports the development of self-regulation, metacognition and empathy. Students become empowered to make choices, voice their concerns and resolve problems; bettering themselves not because they are told to but because they want to.
Amanda used The City Game for the basis of her Masters degree. She is currently writing a book to share these ideas.