I am a bilingual Ontario principal and am currently 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.
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, as shown here as one of a series of podcasts featuring the 2015 recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award.
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 Mini Cooper while playing a variety of instruments across my steering wheel. I have started lifting 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. I also wish someone would figure out a way to enjoy coffee intravenously.
And finally… My opinions are, well, my own (which, when you think about it, should be obvious, shouldn’t it?) 🙂