Dean has been in education for the past 25 years. He’ s taught grades K- 8 as well as pre- service teachers. His role the past several years has centered around helping teachers understand and use technology in new ways to transform learning. Dean loves to share(ski). His greatest asset is the network of smart folks he surrounds himself. Don’t ask him about his dogs.
Scott Slater is a teacher and Vice-Principal in the West Vancouver School District. He currently works at Bowen Island Community School where he is the lead program builder of an environmental education program for grade six and seven students called outside45. Scott has a Masters degree in Ecological Education and his primary education interests include experiential and place-based education.
Kelly is a high school math teacher at West Vancouver Secondary. She has spent the last year leading a teacher inquiry on the benefits of using experiential pedagogy in the math classroom. This year Kelly has focused on creating and implementing learning experiences through math projects, inquiry assignments and student-centered lessons which challenge the perspective of a typical math class.
Zoltan Virag is a diverse musician, composer, and educator who is as comfortable playing classical flute as he is creating electronic music. He currently teaches general music, band, and choir at Irwin Park Elementary School in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Inspired by the iPad as a transformative musical tool, Zoltan has been a presenter for numerous professional conferences, sharing his passion for teaching music with technology. Zoltan is presently completing his Masters of Music Education at the University of British Columbia.
Lauren Bauman is a Grade 10 student at Rockridge Secondary. She enjoys being involved in the school theatre company, the IMPROV team, Student Council, and is one of the leaders of the Environment Club. This year she has enjoyed leading fundraisers to help raise money for the school garden that is being built this Spring. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, reading, and being around people.
Shelley Wright is a teacher/education blogger living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Currently, she serves as the high school learning consultant for Prairie South Schools. Her passion in education is social justice, global education and helping students make the world a better place. Shelley is currently working on a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus on mobile technology & literacy in the developing world. She blogs at Wright’s Room.
"We are always learning; that's what so great about the work we do!" This viewpoint has energized Ron from his studies in Architecture at the University of Manitoba, where he graduated with honors and the RAIC medal. Ron obtained national and international urban and facility planning experience in Montreal, Winnipeg, Malaysia and New York. Ron joined Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects in 2000. Ron is proud of his work on two significant high schools, University Hill Secondary School at UBC and Centennial Secondary School, in Coquitlam, both of which have focused on the transition to 21st Century Learning principles. Recently, he has completed courses with San Diego State University and has received a Certificate in Educational Facilities Planning and the CEFPI designation: REFP.
Gary is the Director of Instruction for West Vancouver School District. He has always tried to figure out ways to make learning more engaging and relevant for students and he has chased this passion as a teacher, principal and manager of a software company. Having three school aged kids of his own, he lives daily the challenge of helping kids achieve their potential and get the most out of their formal and informal education
Following 35 years on the faculty of Columbia University in New York, more than half of that time as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dr. Helfand developed a deep understanding of the problems of traditional universities. Seizing an opportunity to redesign higher education from scratch, he has served as a Founding Tutor and, since 2008, as President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University Canada. He is also President of the American Astronomical Society, the professional society for astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists and solar physicists in North America.
Chris Kennedy is the father of four young children and the husband to an amazing woman. When not busy as a husband and father he is the Superintendent of Schools with the West Vancouver School District. Chris is a passionate teacher and strong advocate for public education. You can connect with Chris through his Culture of Yes blog - cultureofyes.ca and on Twitter @ chrkennedy.
Tracy Dignum received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen's University in 1991. After 15 years of clinical work in private practice orthopedics and cardiorespiratory ICU care, she became an instructor and coordinator at Capilano University in the Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Program. Tracy completed her Masters of Education in Post- Secondary Education from Memorial University in 2011. In 2012 she assumed the role of Manager of Quality Assurance for the College of Physical Therapists of BC. Tracy has a passion for continuing education in the field of memory and retention and has presented at a range of conferences and workshops on the subject. Tracy is the mother of three children, aged 14, 13 and 12.
Katy Hutchison became a Restorative Justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. After ten years of sharing her story internationally to over five hundred schools and community groups, she views the education system as the structure with the most potential to affect positive social change. Katy sits on the Boards of Restorative Practices International & Glenlyon Norfolk School and volunteers for Leave Out Violence (LOVE).
Qayam Devji is a Grade 7 student at West Bay Elementary. An avid reader, writer, actor and community volunteer, Qayam is curating his first TEDxKids event after attending one in October 2012. Qayam has a passion for music, art, photography and technology and is launching his first venture -- Tribes of Humanity - an urban clothing company with a conscience in the near future.
Bruce Beairsto is now an Adjunct Professor at SFU but previously worked in Richmond for 37 years as a science teacher, curriculum coordinator and superintendent. He has been a keynote speaker in Finland, New Zealand and China as well as many districts in BC and other parts of Canada. In recent years he has served on the boards of Science World and the Canadian Education Association and the editorial board of Education Canada. His website is http://public.sd38.bc.ca/~bbeairsto/