Year Graduated: 2017
Program/Degree: Educational Leadership EdD
When asked about the EdD program, Daniel To comments, “The instruction has been beyond belief, the peer leadership has been unmatched, and the overall learning process has been life altering.”
Currently, Daniel is a Principal with the Surrey School District Continuing Education Department. His portfolio with Surrey Schools includes overseeing the Summer Learning Programs, the Newton Adult Education Centre, and the teaching facility at the Surrey Pre-Trial Centre. He also works with the Surrey Schools International Education Department. Additionally, Daniel is as a Site Assistant to one of the Master of Education (MEd) Cohorts at the SFU Surrey campus and he also serves as a Board Member on two organizations: the Global Civic Policy Organization started by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and the Inner City Christian children’s charity, Urban Promise Vancouver.
Since he joined the EdD program in 2006 in the K-12 Surrey Cohort in 2006, Daniel says that he has become a more conscientious and critically analytical educator. In his experience working in the education system, he finds that many teachers, in the elementary, secondary and post secondary levels are often "stuck" to a certain course of action. Even those who believe they critically evaluate their work and constantly search for growth sometimes get bogged down and stuck in a cycle of mundanity. He points out that, “The EdD program has opened my mind to the notion of praxis and the idea that what I do at work informs my academic work and vise versa.”
Daniel describes the program as being very synergetic where he found himself being led by other professionals and leading others in return. Overall, he says that being in the EdD program has been a very emotionally stimulating and educationally enlightening experience.
Furthermore, being part of a cohort and getting to know his professors and fellow cohort members as professionals and as individuals has been the most enjoyable experience within the program. Daniel says that he found his group to be: critical, yet encouraging; pensive yet energetic; pedagogical yet visionary. He recommends the program to anyone who wants to be an educational leader - in their district, their city, their province and even beyond!