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
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
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
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
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
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
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.