Dr. Judith M. Newman


Literacy, Curriculum & Technology

The Participants

Joanne Alex is a grade one Mikmaw teacher at the Waycobah First Nation School. She uses her first language, Mikmaw, to teach her students. Her main interest at this moment is her new daughter.

John H Boutilier teaches grade primary at Bridgeport School. He is married to Dawn and is two year old Sophie's dad. He is therefore immersed in early childhood education.

Diane Brennick is a senior high teacher teaching French and English. She is currently working on her M.Ed. in Literacy. Her hobbies include reading and cross-country skiing.

Donna Burke is a grade five teacher at Donkin/Morien Elementary, Cape Breton. She has been in the profession both as a sub and a teacher for more than 25 years staring in Halifax County before moving to Sydney. An advocate of the open learning concept, she considers her year in this forum to be her greatest accomplishment.

Peter Casagrande teaches a course called 'Design and Technology' at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. After teaching Industrial Arts for many year, Peter now finds himself in a modular technology lab. Learning with students is a daily occurrence.

Emile Chiasson is a native of Cheticamp, N.S. where he teaches Junior High English, Math, and Social Studies at NDA school. He also holds a counseling degree from Acadia University, and is presently studying to complete his T.C.8. Emile is a dedicated hockey fan (Blackhawks) and likes German (Volkswagen) and other fine European automobiles. In his spare time, you can find him in his garage usually undoing and fixing things or driving around on his ATV.

Blaine Galloway is a grade 7 French teacher at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Blaine's main goal is to make French relevant and fun and to find new ways to engage his students in the process. Blaine is 28 years old and has been happily married for 4 years now. He and his wife are happy to be called "DINKS" (Dual Income No Kids).

JoAnn Hashem is currently teaching Grade Two at Waycobah First Nation Elementary School. The school is located in Whycocomagh, N.S. Her interests include reading, writing, cross country skiing and skating.

Bernadette Hollohan is presently teaching grade seven at Sherwood Park. Her husband, four children, and innovative teaching strategies keep her quite busy.

Betsy Jardine teaches Reading Recovery and grade 7 at Whycocomagh Consolidated School. Her interest in literacy has evolved from her involvement in the Orangedale Literacy Council, the Provincial Literacy Coalition, literacy circles and reading to her six children over the last two decades.

Michael Kelly is principal of the Marconi Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College. He and his wife Lillian have four children. Michael enjoys reading and watching movies.

Laura Kennedy is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University. Laura has been substituting in both the Cape Breton Regional School Board and the Halifax Regional School Board. She is very much interested in the new initiative concerned with schools against violence and the League of Peaceful schools movement. While being full time in a classroom is a future goal, she is enjoying the variety of experience and challenge that substituting brings.

Sharon Landry is a teaching principal at Georges River School. She lives with her husband Nathan and son Luke in Georges River, NS. Sharon loves to sail, swim and hike.

Kevin Linden is a grade five teacher at Don Bosco Elementary Sydney, N.S. He is an active individual with an interest in photography and aerobics. He enjoys implementing and assessing children using a portfolio format.

Coreen MacDonald teaches Physical Education and English at the junior high level. She enjoys running, skiing, and roller blading. She lives with her husband and eighteen month old daughter Jessie.

Marilyn MacInnis is a trained Reading Recovery teacher who is returning to her job as a teaching principal at North Shore School, a rural, two-room, multi-graded school. She teaches Grades Primary-Two, and particularly enjoys reading and writing with emergent level children. She is also the proud mom of Steven, age eight, and Kate, who is almost seven.

Brenda MacIsaac is a grade 7 teacher at Sherwood Park Education Center in Sydney, N.S., where they are implementing an interdisciplinary approach while being committed to integrating technology into the curriculum. She is interested in Native issues, gender and racism issues, and educational issues. When it's time for some less cerebral activities, she loves to bike, curl, play basketball, watch movies and get together with friends and family.

Sandra Millen has been teaching in the Winnipeg School Division #1 for over twenty-five years. She is currently Team Leader of the Grade Eight English Team at Ecole River Heights Middle School, teaching language arts and science. Her interests outside the classroom involve teacher politics, teacher growth, reading, traveling, and learning.

Sharon Morrison is currently teaching resource at Cusack Elementary school in Sydney. My teaching experience has been mainly centered around special needs students. My endeavor is to help incorporate varied teaching strategies to help my students become better learners.

Mary Josephine Peck is a Mikmaw teacher at Wagmatcookwey First Nations School. She teaches Mikmaw language at the high school level. A first-time grandmother, her goal has been to create curriculum in the Mikmaw language.

Barbara Read is an old new teacher. Her experience has transported her from physical education to stay at home mom, to substitute, to term, then share teaching. This year she is thrilled to be joining the staff of Sherwood Park to teach grade eight.

Frances Ross teaches Resource and Reading Recovery at St. Mary's Elementary in North Sydney, N.S. She is presently completing her MEd. program at Mount Saint Vincent University. Frances has a three year old daughter, Bhreagh, which means beautiful in Gaelic.

Sharon Shearer's teaching experience has included both the powerful dynamics of interdisciplinary instruction in the open classroom learning environment, and the perplexing intrigue of how to infuse horizontal enrichment within the rigid departmentalized framework of the junior high mathematics structure. She has been actively involved in curriculum design and the development of a cohesive math record-keeping system for her school district. Outside commitments span a wide range of interests from palliative care counseling, the study of alternative medicine, creative writing, watercolor painting, a tremendous appreciation for art and travel, to an overall love of the outdoors and the majestic beauty of nature.

Sadie Smith is a teacher and learner with 5, 6, 7 year olds at Shannon Park School in Dartmouth. Her most recent pleasure is observing her two year-old grandaughter as a learner.

Jean Stanwick (MacDonald) is a grade seven teacher at Sherwood Park Education Centre, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She uses an interdisciplinary model in her classroom, whereby she teaches her students all subject areas linking them all by the use of themes. She enjoys swimming, home decorating, and traveling with her husband.

Shaun Syms is a grade nine computer and math teacher at Sherwood Park Education Centre. Shaun's interests include golf, reading, playing guitar, coaching hockey and exploring technology. Through his special education background, he has developed an interest in what makes some students learn while other students do not.

Dorothy Tennant is an interdisciplinary grade seven classroom teacher at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She is especially interested in developing links between her students and the community. Married with two teenage sons, she has been teaching for twenty-three years on Cape Breton Island but she loves to travel when she gets the chance!

Deborah Turner is a senior high mathematics and calculus teacher at Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland. She also does a lot of private tutoring, particularly in the area of mathematics enrichment.

Cathy Viva teaches English and Learning Strategies to grade 7,8,9 students with severe learning disabilities at T.L. Sullivan Jr. High in Florence, Nova Scotia. She is presently completing her MEd. program at Mount Saint Vincent University. She enjoys spending her summers at Jersey Cove. 

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