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School of Education

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Donna Ball

Instructor
donnaball@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

I am very excited to be in my first year as a Course Instructor/Faculty Advisor in the School of Education & Professional Learning. As a Catholic educator I believe in educating the "whole" person by looking after the emotional, physical, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each individual. I am passionate about continual professional development. After 32 years in the educational field, it was through professional development that I was able to be the best I could be in my words and my actions. Anatole France said, "To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." I am also known as the "chicken lady" as I live on a farm and take great pleasure in raising chickens.  


Jessica Marion BarrJessica Marion Barr

Instructor
jessicabarr@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

Jessica Marion Barr is an artist and educator who defended her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in 2015. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates artmaking, research, and pedagogy, focusing on ecological art, grieving, and justice.  Her artworks and writing have been published in various academic texts, and she has exhibited work in Kelowna, Kingston, Oakville, Ottawa, and Toronto -- including Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2013.  Jessica also teaches the core courses in Trent University's Bachelor of Arts and Science program (https://www.trentu.ca/bas/).


Image of Bernie BealesBernard Beales

Instructor
bernardbeales@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

Currently, I am a Primary/Junior Faculty Advisor, and also the Course Instructor for Intermediate/Senior Visual Arts. There is no single approach that works for all students all the time - I believe that teachers must have a wide range of strategies and be able to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse study body. I have a strong interest in incorporating both Critical and Creative Thinking Skills into every subject area based on my years as both a teacher of the gifted, and as the Special Education Facilitator for Gifted Programs. My inspirations are the students I have worked with over the years - watching them to see what inspires them to do their best and what I need to change to fully engage them! I love to travel and have been to over 50 countries including Peru, China, Tahiti, Romania and Morocco.


Rachel Bemrose

Instructor
rachelbemrose@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


Shawna CarrollShawna Carroll

Instructor
shawnacarroll@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

I am happy to be part of Trent’s faculty again this year as an Instructor and Faculty Advisor. I currently teach Sociocultural Perspectives on Human Development and Learning (P/J), Supporting Literacy and Learners with Special Needs (J/I), and Practicum Year 2: Developing Teaching Identity Knowledge and Skill (P/J Public). Previously, I was teaching Language Arts at Nipissing University to Concurrent Education students, as well as wellness courses at Conestoga College. I am a passionate educator and activist, which is brought into my classrooms and PhD studies. As a PhD candidate, my research focuses on the ways racialized and Indigenous women negotiate their subjectivities through anti-colonial fiction. Using an anticolonial feminist postmodern literacy framework and a book club research environment, I  look at the ways reading anticolonial fiction create spaces for folks to thrive and subvert normative classification systems and labels.


Mitch ChampagneMitch Champagne

Instructor
michelchampagne@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

I been a K-12 educator since 2004 and a part-time faculty member at the School of Education & Professional Learning since 2009.  I teach a number of courses including Science and Technology, Practicum, and Catholic Foundations. I also developed and teach the Leveraging Technology course for the Masters of Education program. I strive to incorporate Assessment for Learning theory, effective use of technology, and strategies for mindfulness and relationship building into all of my courses. 


Jackie Craig

Instructor
jacquelinecraig@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)


Peter Crane

Instructor
petercrane@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


Natalie Dempsey

Instructor
nataliedempsey@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


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Doug Finbow

Instructor
dougfinbow@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

I am a Faculty Advisor and Instructor in the Catholic Stream. I am especially interested in pedagogical and instructional strategies which optimize student participation in a productive learning process. I care about creating school communities which promote the growth of whole persons in respectful relationships. I am inspired my many colleagues, their positive dedication, creative responses and active engagement. I love dogs and horses and spend hours with my golden retriever “Trin” who has me well trained.

 


Anne Haggarty

Instructor
annehaggerty@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


Robyne Hanley DafoeRobyne Hanley-Dafoe

Instructor
robynehanley@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an award winning Psychology and Education Instructor who has taught for over a decade at Trent University.  Robyne also holds the role of Trent's Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching & Learning. Robyne’s interests and research focuses on innovative pedagogy, resiliency and advanced assessment and evaluation practices. Robyne continues to work within the teaching community bringing best practices for professional development and student engagement for learners of all ages. She is a former varsity athlete and anchors her teaching practices in the principles of optimal challenge, health and wellness. Robyne is thrilled to take on the role of Faculty Advisor and is here to support her teacher candidates as they develop their teacher identities and pursue their vocations as educators. 

See more of Robyne’s work on resiliency here: TEDX Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43adV3m5w3M


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Brittany Harding

Instructor
brittanyharding@trentu.ca
OCA 152 (ext. 7564)

With a background in Intermediate/Senior Biology and Chemistry, and Outdoor Experiential Education, I currently teach Experiential & Adventure Education, Indigenous and Environmental & Sustainability Education, and practicum in the School of Education. I have a strong belief in the importance of student-centered inquiry-based learning, partnered with practical and meaningful experiences.


Reg HartwickReginald Hartwick

Instructor
reginaldhartwick@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

My role as the Intermedite / Senior Geography instructor is to provide the teacher-candidates in my course with the practical and theoretical resources to be successful in the classroom.  This is my 28th year as an educator with the PVNC Catholic District School Board.  Presently I am teaching in Peterborough at St. Peter CSS in the Canadian and World Studies Department.  I provide teacher-candidates with practical resources, experiences and advice that they can use when they start to teach.


Donna Kowalchuk

Instructor
donnakowalcuk@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


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Stephanie MacDonald

Instructor
stephaniemacdonald@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7712) 

As a Practicum Faculty Advisor/Instructor in Trent’s School of Education, my approach to teaching is to keep learning fun, relevant, interactive and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. My passion for teaching is based on a personal and continuous journey of professional learning, grounded in current pedagogy and research. I’m always inspired by observing those “eureka moments” when children and adult learners discover and make sense of new learning. Being a recreational golfer, I’ve come to realize that golf really is an analogy for teaching...ask me why!


Bernadette Maloney

Instructor
bernadettemaloney@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


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John Miller

Instructor
johnmiller@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

I am a course instructor in The Philosophical, Historical and Curricular Context of Ontario Catholic Education (Primary/Junior), and a practicum instructor for Developing Teaching Identity, Knowledge and Skills in a Catholic Education Setting (Primary/Junior). The word “practical” might best describe my approach to teaching. I like to draw on my many years of practical experience as a teacher and administrator to facilitate instruction on a topic. Teachers who prepare diligently, are passionate about their students, are creative, are responsible risk takers, and are lifelong learners are successful educators. A great source of satisfaction and inspiration for me is to witness the growth of an individual from teacher candidate to accredited teacher. I am proud of my students when I see them overcome challenges, grow in self-confidence and professional maturity. I’m sure that students find my “story telling” a little humorous at times. 

 


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Dave Myrvold

Instructor
davidmyrvold@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

I am a part-time instructor in the School of Education and Professional Learning. I believe that there can be no higher 
calling than to play a role in the future of our classrooms by teaching our future educational leaders and that “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” I believe that involving students in how and what they learn is the key to an effective education and that “the greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own”. ~ Benjamin Disraeli. 
I am inspired by the work of Alfie Kohn and Damian Cooper.
 


Roger Nevin

Instructor
rogernevin@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


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Rachael Nicholls

Instructor
rachaelmnicholls@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

 

 


Bernadette Peters

Instructor
bernadettepeters@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 


Karin SchmidlechnerKarin Schmidlechner

Instructor
karinschmidlechner@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

What an honour and privilege it is to work with such a dynamic team at Trent University.  Throughout my 35 years in education, teacher, principal and now faculty advisor, I have come to appreciate that my learning path is never-ending.  I am so excited to share my curiosity and passion for the teaching and learning process with my Student Teachers as they begin their own teaching journey, and that means preparing them to be the best teachers they can be in an ever-changing world.  Each and every student in every classroom deserves to have the best teacher. Don’t you agree? Teachers have a monumental influence on the emotional, cognitive, social and physical well being of our precious students and when teachers have the most effective and research-based knowledge and skills, each and every student will have what they need to achieve and succeed. My classroom will reflect the 21st C classroom promoting professional and innovative learning, reflective practice, collaboration, a growth mindset, differentiated instruction/assessment, inquiry and technology-infused learning.  I am eager to embrace an open to learning stance alongside my Student Teachers.  So, let’s get teaching and learning!


Susan Scoffin

Instructor
susanjscoffin@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)


Barbara ShawImage of instructor Barb Shaw

Instructor
barbarashaw@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)

As an educator (teacher and principal) for 38 years in elementary education, I knew when I retired I wanted to continue to be involved in education yet in a different capacity. The School of Education at Trent, has given me that opportunity. Sharing the passion, energy, learning and excitement of the teacher candidates as they grow into teachers is a most fulfilling experience. I can't wait to meet my new teacher candidates. I am also a "new grandmother". When I hold my grandchild and see how quickly she learns and is developing I automatically think she, like every child, will deserve the best teacher each school year. This inspires me to make sure I instill in my Teacher Candidates how important they will be and the influence they will have on the lives of all the children or others they will teach. They will need to be continually the best teacher. It is a honour to be able to support teacher candidates as they being their learning to evolve into "best" teachers. 


Helen Thompson

Instructor
helenthompson@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)


Katie Tremblay-Beaton

Instructor
katietremblaybeaton@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)


Ali Webb

Instructor
awebb@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564)


Image of Victoria WraightWraight, Victoria

Instructor
victoriawraight@trentu.ca
OCA 154 (ext. 7564)

I am the instructor for the physics curriculum course at the School of Education. I feel students learn better when exposed to information in a variety of ways, including hands on activities that allow students to apply their knowledge. Physics is a dynamic, interesting subject that all students will enjoy if it is presented properly. I am a full time physic, science and math teacher at Thomas A Stewart Secondary School here in Peterborough and this makes me passionate about my classroom. I love working with students and trying to inspire new scientists everyday. It is my students that drive me to work hard and continue to develop my program. When I am not teaching I am travelling; I hope to experience as much of the world as possible! 


Image of Charles WyszkowskiWyszkowski, Charles

Instructor
charleswyszkowski@trentu.ca
OCA 125 (ext. 7564) 

My primary role at Trent is two-fold: instructor and, simultaneously, a faculty advisor. As an instructor (in Assessment and Evaluation policy, theory and research-based practice) I endeavour to facilitate learning about facilitating learning, while as a faculty advisor I endeavour to help teacher candidates develop a professional persona capable of engaging students in learning. Having originally (as a high school teacher) stumbled into success with several students who were ‘not supposed to be’ successful, I developed a passion for not only learning how to be successful on purpose, but enabling pedagogical breakthroughs resulting in smashing – gently – those past-history-experience blockages holding back well-meaning teachers (and teacher candidates) from the joy found in success. I owe much to a former department head who never ceased to challenge me to be more than I was seemingly content to be: that, and then later to a growing awareness of the surprising levels of success that were being achieved by the application of new research-based practices. Though mathematical recreations seem to distract me inordinately, I do come to a screeching halt when confronted with interesting food, having eaten virtually everything I encountered in traveling over 4 continents … even that which my wife would only photograph.