Master of Education Ambassador
Introducing our Master of Education Ambassadors Alexandria Critch and Hanah McFarlane!
Alexandria Critch is a bilingual French Immersion teacher in Port Hope and a lover of education, environmentalism, and the arts. She has worked in a small village on the coast of northern France, as well as in the heart of downtown Toronto, and values thriving culture wherever she can find it.
Alex is registered in the part-time Major Research Project stream of the M.Ed. program, and is also a recent graduate of Trent’s Bachelor of Education program. She is a past member of the Teacher Education Liaison Committee and has represented Trent University at conferences hosted by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario Secondary Schools Teacher Federation (OSSTF). In addition to her graduate studies, she also owns a private business where she teaches language and math skills, as well as FSL to learners of all ages.
Alex spends a lot of time outdoors, both enjoying the trails and natural flora of Peterborough and educating on sustainable living to her students. She believes in truly inclusive education through alternative and action-based learning, and stands up for her students’ right to understand the influences of the world around them as it changes and develops. After the bell has rung, Alex enjoys traveling around southern Ontario or chatting with a friend and a cup of coffee.
Hanah Howlett McFarlane is the Manager of Philanthropy & Fund Development at CCRC (Community Counselling & Resource Centre). She is the Past-Chair of the Peterborough Area Fundraisers’ Network and the former Chair of the recently closed COIN (Community Opportunity & Innovation Network). She also volunteers with Council of Canadians, Pulse Street Festival, Peterborough Folk Festival, and Market Hall Performing Arts Centre.
Hanah is an advocate for justice, and strives to make the world a better place through strategic and sustainable efforts to support equity for all members of her community. She is a connector, linking people to causes that matter to them in order to create meaningful change. She is currently completing a Masters in Educational Studies at Trent University, looking at reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in educational settings.
When not busy in the community, she and her partner Evan Brockest and their dog Gus enjoy a simple life, living in Peterborough, and spending time growing their own food at her family farm.
Beth Needham, B.Ed.