Our Team is a passionate and dedicated group of influential educational leaders who volunteer their time to create more opportunities for connections-based learning for Canadian teachers and students.
Jennifer Casa-Todd is a wife and mom to two teens and family is her first priority. Jen is currently a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora. Before that Jennifer was the Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, as well as one of the lead learners in a District-wide initiative to build 21st century competencies using technology. Jen is also a Grad student at the University of Ontario Institute for Technology. She is passionate about connecting students to each other and to the world, and Jen believes that technology has the potential to transform learning in ways we can only imagine! With awesome power, comes awesome responsibility! Jen believes we need to think critically about issues of equity, access, privacy, and safety.
Nicole Kaufman has a love of learning and sharing. Qualified as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 teacher, she has a vast knowledge of the different skills needed to teach at any age or developmental stage. Student voice and connected based learning opportunities are the central focus of Nicole’s practice. Nicole has been innovative in the creation of new projects within the AMDSB for the past year. She is proud to be the creator and moderator of the #AMDSBkidschat on Twitter, a member of the New Literacies Team and a member of the Connected Learning Partnership Team. While Nicole finds passion within the classroom her skill sets and interests extend into areas such as music, photography and volunteering. In all that Nicole does, whether in school or out, she continues to inspire in children and adults an appreciation of how their lives are continuously enriched through the process of learning. @teach_msK
Rola Tibshirani is a French Immersion Junior Teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Rola is passionate about students’ taking ownership of their learning by creating and applying integrative and designing thinking processes to embrace challenges. She participated in Ontario Education Ministry projects on assessment (edugains.ca), technology (Learning Connections) and in the Global Initiative New Pedagogies For Deep Learning (6 Competencies). Rola connects her students with projects from around the world and fosters students’ collaborative inquiry through Global Partnerships.
Erin O’Rourke lives in the Ottawa area with her husband and two children, and teaches for the Upper Canada District School Board. She enjoyed two years as a Student Work Study Teacher from 2013-2015 and has since returned to the classroom. Erin loves reading, learning, gardening and photography. She is currently diving in the Maker world in an effort to have her students learn a second language through their work in a Maker Space.
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