Mary Ashun

Deputy Principal, Ghana International School
Accra, Ghana

About Mary


Ph.D. S.U.N.Y Buffalo 1996
B.Ed. The University of Toronto 2003
B.Sc. University of East London 1991

Intermediate Basic Qualifications (Chemistry) OISE, Univ. of Toronto 2004
Intermediate Basic Qualification (Biology) OISE, Univ. of Toronto 2004
Senior Basic Qualifications (Chemistry) OISE, Univ. of Toronto 2004
Senior Basic Qualifications (Chemistry) OISE, Univ. of Toronto 2004
Primary Division OISE, Univ. of Toronto 2006
Principals Certificate Part 1 Ontario Principals Council 2006
Principals Certificate Part 2 Ontario Principals Council 2011

Assistant Professor, Education Redeemer University 2007- Present
Director, Global Learning Initiative Kings Collegiate 2005 - 2007
Head of Science Kings Collegiate 2005 – 2007
Teacher Kings Collegiate 2003 - 2007
Head of Science Queensway College 1997 - 2003
Science Teacher Queensway College 1996 - 2003
Science Learning Resource Teacher Queensway College 1997 - 2003

1. Elementary Science – Grades 1 - 8
2. Secondary Biology, Chemistry & General Science (Grades 9 – 12)
3. University Education Courses
10 Education Courses including the following Continuing Ed Courses:
Education in the Developing World* Summer 2010
Student evaluations: range of 5 (mean) out of 5
Teaching in Multicultural Classrooms Summer 2011
Student evaluations: range of 5 (mean) out of 5


As Head of Science, Queensway College, Etobicoke 1997 – 2003
Responsibilities included:
-Providing direction for the science program from grades K – 12
- Planning & implementation of various initiatives (science fairs, clubs, experiment days) aimed at increasing awareness of science in the elementary division.
-Mentoring Teachers
-Ensuring that all equipment was in working order
-Assisting in the interviewing and hiring of new teachers
-Member of the visioning team for school success

As Director of Science, King’s Christian Collegiate 2005 – 2007
Responsibilities included:
-Overall direction for the high school science program
-Working with teachers to ensure a strong curriculum is delivered while managing the budget
-Assessment and planning of initiatives within the department e.g. science fairs, clubs etc.
-Mentoring new teachers
-Leading Professional Development Workshops in the area of Science Learning as well as Teacher Effectiveness.

As Director of Global Learning Initiative, Kings Christian Collegiate 2005 – 2007
Responsibilities included:
- Casting the vision for the initiative.
- Recruiting staff and students to join the club and commit to trips.
- Liaising with community organizations to make the global experience possible.
- Crafting a budget and being accountable for it.
- Fundraising with staff and students for the trips.
- Bringing in guest speakers to motivate students about learning to be culturally sensitive.

As CIDA University Coordinator 2008 - Present
Responsibilities include:
-Sourcing opportunities for collaboration between Redeemer University & foreign Institutions
-Establishing partnerships with NGO’s in Ghana
-Leading the writing of a $200,000 grant for multi-year funding
-Managing students in Africa on their 3 month internship

Career Totals
Articles in Refereed Journals 9
Refereed Conference Papers/Presentations/Posters 11
Books 7
Professional Development Workshops/Keynotes/Consultations 29

SAMPLE Articles in Refereed Journals:
Ashun, M & Reinink, j (2008). Trickle down Mathematics: Adult pre-service elementary
teachers gain confidence in mathematics – enough to pass it along? In review: Journal of Adults Learning Mathematics (accepted July 20, 2008)
Ashun M. (2006). Improving Education Practice: Continuous Professional Development,
Commonwealth Secretariat Best Practices
Ashun M. (2004). Bringing Global Awareness to the Classroom Education Canada.
Ashun M. (1997). Innovations in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. The
Crucible (A journal of the Science Teacher's Association of Ontario)
SAMPLE Refereed Conference Papers/Presentations/Posters:
Ashun M.A., & Amponsem H. (2003). How teachers are using technology in the classroom to enhance the learning of their students and themselves IOSTE Conference Paper. Virginia, US

African Canadian Women’s Achievement Award for work in Education 2008
Host of Book ‘Em TV Show on Rogers TV (Mississauga Channel 10 & Brampton Channel 10)



Areas of Expertise

education, science education, Global Education, Ghanaian Literature

An idea worth spreading

Parents need to be students for day. Take them through a typical school day and let them reflect at the end of the day on how best they can support teachers and support their own children. You remember Pythagoras' theorem? a(2) + b(2) = c(2)? If children learning is the end result of elementary and secondary education, then I think they are our c squared in the equation which means parents are either 'a' or 'b' with teachers being the other one. Parents used to be students but not in today's schools where the challenges are hugely different; let them be students for a day. Today.

I'm passionate about

Ideas, learning, literature, language, travel and people…and not really in that order! I have an' idea book' because I tend to come up with them very often.

Talk to me about

- how students learn best
- how ideas become tangible products
- how people figure out what they are meant to be doing with their lives
- how best to connect like-minded people.

People don't know I'm good at

- Connecting them to one another

My TED story

None yet...perhaps soon?

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Mary Ashun
Posted over 3 years ago
Which video game has challenged your perspective on the way you live your life and how?
I'm not a video gamer (so maybe my answer is a bit redundant) but my sons are and my attitude towards them has changed quite a bit. I previously looked at them as pure entertainment and my inability to get my children's attention while they were playing prompted a negative perspective. Lately however, I've noticed my ten year old using words whose meaning he knows from the games he plays. He's also making inferences based on strategies he's used and his critical thinking skills are improving by leaps and bounds. While I'm reluctant to credit video games for this learning resurgence, as an educator, I am fully aware that this has most likely played a role...and I'm now trying to show an interest in them :) So to answer your question - yes, they have changed my perspective!