I am a bilingual K-8 Ontario principal.
I recently completed a 2-year term as the French as a Second Language Lead for my school Board. My main responsibility is to develop, implement and review our JK French Immersion registration, selection and waitlist process.
I will be returning to the role of school principal in September of 2018.
Professionally, I am:
- a student-focused learner and leader (which seems like it should be a ‘no-brainer’, doesn’t it?);
- An advocate for changes in education that better prepare our students for the world they will enter upon graduation (some would call these changes a focus on global competencies, 21st century or ‘digital age’ learning);
- A social media user who tries, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, to make the walls of the schools I work in transparent;
- Someone who believes in the power of student voice as a critical component in education;
- Not flawless, do not have all the answers, but I question, reflect, nudge and push, support and, in the end, sleep at night knowing I do a pretty darn good job most days.
Some of these descriptions found their way into a TEDx talk I gave on May 14th, 2016.
My most up-to-date resume is here.
And my LinkedIn profile is here.
In 2015, I was honoured to be one of 40 recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principal (TM) Award.
I am always happy to ‘talk Ed’ in any capacity and have done so as a podcast guest, workshop speaker and keynote. In June 2018, I spoke with Sarah Lalonde as a guest on her podcast “Que Sera Sarah”.
On a more personal note, I am the father of two twenty-somethings. I love to hike, read, travel, play keyboards for an 80s cover band and sing in my car while playing a variety of instruments across my steering wheel. I have started lifting 3-4 days a week in the hopes that Marvel or DC will cast a group of 50-something superheroes… who don’t have to wear tights. I am a cyclically optimistic Leafs fan who Ian currently more optimistic that not. I also wish someone would figure out a way to enjoy coffee intravenously.
And finally… any opinions expressed here are, well, my own (which, when you think about it, should be obvious, shouldn’t it?) 🙂 and don’t reflect those of my current employer, my school community or anyone else I may represent in spaces other than these.