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School of Education

Part-time faculty

Mark Astrom

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


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Donna Ball

Instructor
donnaball@trentu.ca
OCA 154 (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 154 (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/).


Rachel Bemrose

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


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. 


 

Erin Clancy

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


Jackie Craig

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


Peter Crane

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


Ferne Cristall

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


Natalie Dempsey

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


Velta Douglas

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


Nicholas Faulkner

Instructor
nicholasfaulkber@trentu.ca
OCA 154 (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.


Robyne Hanley DafoeRobyne Hanley-Dafoe

Instructor
robynehanley@trentu.ca
OCA 154 (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


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.


Kristine Hickey

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


Lauren Hill

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


Penny Hope

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


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Stephanie MacDonald

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

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!


Rich McPherson

Instructor
richmcpherson@trentu.ca
OCA 141 (ext. 7765) 


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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. 


Brenda Schepper

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


Karin SchmidlechnerKarin Schmidlechner

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


Lynn Self

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


Denise Severin

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


Barbara ShawImage of instructor Barb Shaw

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


Joe Tompkins

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


Ali Webb

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


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.