Meet Your Mods
@MsVictoriaOlson is a Grade 7 Teacher at Dorothy Peacock Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia. She is a graduate of the Masters of Educational Technology program offered through the University of British Columbia. Victoria is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator who is passionate about autonomous and purposeful technology use in classrooms. She co-founded #bcedchat in the summer of 2013 in a hope to connect BC educators and to enrich the focus on professional development and educational discussions within the province. She is an active member of her personal learning network and an advocate for online sharing of best pedagogical practices, including social-emotional learning and whole child education.
@brynmw is a principal at École Westwood Elementary in Coquitlam School District. He is also the Executive Director for the BC ASCD. Bryn started teaching in the early 1990’s, specializing in Science and Mathematics (with IB and AP courses). He worked for four years as a vice-principal at Centennial School and has worked in the West Vancouver, New Westminster, Mission and Burnaby School districts. Bryn is interested in professional learning, assessment and curriculum design. He is currently working on social emotional learning and self-regulation within his school context.
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@ChristineYH is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia in the BEd Teacher Education Program. She completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Simon Fraser University. Christine has 16-years experience of teaching secondary mathematics and science in BC public schools, served 7-years as a school trustee during her doctoral studies, and contributed to the Math K-9 BC Curriculum Development Team. She participated in the First Nations Education Steering Committee Math Teachers’ Resource Guide, Open Schools BC Math Video Project, and the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers Executive Committee. Christine’s interests in education include professional learning, subject matter acquisition, and leadership.
@DAliceMarsh is a Grade 8 teacher at Fraser River Middle School in School District No.40 (New Westminster). Here D’Alice teaches English Language Arts and Social Studies to her class and her partner’s division. Along with Career Education, Core French, and PHE to her class. Previously, D’Alice taught a variety of subjects at POWER Alternate Secondary, an alternate school for youth aged 16 – 19, again in New Westminster. D’Alice is a graduate of the Master of Educational Technology program offered through the University of British Columbia. Additionally, D’Alice has been a Staff Representative since 2015 in her local union; where she also currently holds the position of Recording Secretary on the NWTU Executive. She believes that as educators we should model what we hope for our students, a desire to engage in life-long learning by continuously challenging ourselves to pursue greater knowledge. D’Alice joined the #bcedchat moderator team in 2014.
@CraigMah is currently District Principal for School Services and Special Projects for the Coquitlam School District. He is a believer in the benefits that a Professional Learning Community has to offer students and staff. Craig began teaching in 1992 and moved into school administration in 2004. He has served at five schools. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. His capstone project focused on school websites in the days when teachers programmed their own sites using HTML. Craig has written several articles for @bcpvpa Adminfo magazine and blind reviewed three @SolutionTree publications. Craig joined the #bcedchat moderator team in 2014.
@JanetChowMSc is currently Program Consultant – Learning Technologies and Fast ForWord Coordinator for the Burnaby Board of Education 41. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Technology from the University of Oregon. She has written for Pearson Education; elementary science textbooks currently used in the Alberta Education system. Recently, she has been involved in brain imaging research with the University of BC, Simon Fraser University, Children's Hospital in investigating how the brain changes given specific environments. She is passionate about supporting teachers and students in integrating a wide range of technologies that is purposeful and intentional and a huge proponent of professional learning communities.
@KennethHeadley is currently a Vice Principal in School District #42 (Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows). Kenneth worked as a Social Studies, Leadership, and Social Justice teacher in Surrey before becoming an administrator in Maple Ridge. Kenneth has focused a lot of his professional development work in leading conferences and presentations around the province focusing on issues dealing with Racism and Inequity in the educational setting. Kenneth completed a Graduate Diploma working with the Inverted (Flipped Classroom). He then focused his M.Ed on Integrating Cultural Narratives/Voices in the Classroom. Kenneth is hoping to continue his work with combating Racism and decolonizing curriculum with his colleagues. He is also still learning and growing in his new role as administrator. Kenneth joined the #bcedchat moderator team in Summer of 2016.
Ian is educating in the Powell River school district and has been supported by his wife and three children as he explores education topics around technology, mental wellness and personalized learning. Ian has been fortunate enough to spend time teaching in classrooms from K-12 and has loved his time as a teacher-librarian! Always encouraging the blending of technology and curriculum as a key method of differentiation, Ian has been a strong advocate for project based learning. His school continues to explore e-portfolios to communicate student learning journeys instead of traditional report cards. Ian has also worked with a number of anxious learners (including his son) and encouraging schools that work with those students who struggle with Generalized Anxiety. Ian also blogs reflections each "day of learning" at http://technolandy.wordpress.com and tweets via @technolandy
@Kylo_Rain is joyfully embarking on her career in education teaching K/1 in the Kootenays (SD10). She is a former forest-school co-teacher and a recent graduate of the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP). Kyoko works to incorporate play into all aspects of her practice while also getting outside as much as possible. Her pedagogical focus is on social-emotional learning that is holistic and seeks to see and celebrate the light in every child. Kyoko found #bcedchat to be an awesome resource during her student teaching and joined the mod team in 2019. She has felt lucky to lend her perspective as a first-year teacher to the conversation and collaborate with so many incredible educators along the way.
@tracyacramer is a proud Kindergarten teacher in the sunny Okanagan (SD23). She is a graduate of UBC with her Masters in Education Leadership along with a diploma from SFU in Learning in the Early Years. Tracy believes that just because they are little doesn't mean they can’t do big things. Her main goal is to help others realize what they can do, helping others find joy and facilitating the social emotional learning of all. Tracy joined the #bcedchat team in 2019 and is excited to learn with and inspire educators across our province.