As a naturally curious person, I spend my life constantly evolving and adapting my skills. As a self-professed jack of all trades, I have an endless fascination with how things work. This desire to understand and learn has certainly caused me my share of headaches, a recent plumbing disaster is a great example; yet these trial and error adventures have provided me with some of the most valuable learning experiences I could imagine. After all, what better way to learn than by making a mistake?
I graduated from Simon Fraser University where I also completed my PDP and Bachelor of Education. My major was focused in curriculum development. I went on to complete a Master’s degree, in Educational Technology and Learning Design. During this program, I researched the deployment of technology across school districts from a historical perspective. I also closely studied factors that influence the availability of technological resources and expertise in schools throughout the province. Another key area of research was the potential for connection between social media usage and mental illness. I am very interested in the growing potential for online diagnosis and social support for mental health situations via social media networks and other web-based tools. During this research, I conducted a study of over 100 participants to determine if markers of mental health issues could be attributed to certain specific types of activities on social networking sites. The results were very interesting and give me hope that experts will one day be able to intervene in potentially critical mental health episodes by early detection via social media monitoring.
In 2006 I moved to London, England where I taught at a variety of schools throughout the inner-city. These experiences where very enlightening and tremendously valuable in my development as an educator. They reinforced my appreciation for how fortunate we are here in British Columbia to have such a wonderful and well-organized provincial school system (comparatively speaking).
I currently teach at Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. I run the Cisco Networking Academy and am a Computer Programming teacher, director of the Film & Television program. My passion lies in the study of 21st century learning techniques and the critical and thoughtful adoption of educational technology into the classroom. Pinetree is an amazing school with some of the brightest and most gifted students I have ever worked with.
I am actively involved in professional development throughout our province and am the president of Computer Using Educators of BC (CUEBC). I also am on the BCTF Applied Skills Design and Technologies curriculum team, working with the BCTF and Ministry of Education to redevelop the K-12 “coding”curriculum in our province.
Some of my hobbies include kayaking, graphic design, and digital music composition. I also love to travel and have been to some spectacular places including Africa, and South America, and most recently China to teach a high school Summer program in Fuyang, a town about an hour outside of Hangzhou. I have recently completed sailing lessons and plan to eventually circumnavigate Vancouver Island and spend some more time exploring BC’s west coast.
|Great Wall of China||Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China||New friends in Kampala, Uganda||Giant Tortoise – Galapagos Islands|
Words to live by…