I am a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver, question asker and founder of Code Breaker Inc. I speak professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform.
In a world that changes overnight, the only strategy guaranteed to fail is NOT trying something new.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I never thought I was any good at it but must admit I significantly improve the more I do it. I suppose that is a biased opinion.
I have to laugh when I think back to grade two. This was the year I received my first (but not last!) C letter grade. Boy how the world has changed. In those days we weren’t writing paragraphs or novels. My C letter grade was a direct result of not being able to script the alphabet. The repetitive nature of scripting characters, not even sentences, wasn’t something I was fond of or very good at. I certainly wasn’t terrible, just couldn’t master specific letters.
Today, many argue that handwriting is dead. I’ll leave my own opinion for you to infer. Anyway, the notion of sharing ideas through text remains and has gotten much simpler.
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I have had a life-long fascination with innovative people and strive to be one myself. In high school I began writing software for local businesses and was featured in the media as someone to watch. My research in coding and computational thinking inspired colleagues to nominate me for the Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence.
Shameless plug: I won.
I have worked with ministries, union teams, district teams, school teams, corporate teams and individuals by providing thought leadership around new pedagogies and best practices. My passions are rooted in the belief that all students can reach their potential if given a fair chance, and that technology can be the vehicle to uncover human potential.
I have given keynotes nationally and internationally and don’t much care for worksheets. I am passionate about inspiring people to create rich, curious seeking individuals in classrooms built on a community of trust, risk-taking and a freedom to fail. I believe “maker” is more of a culture than a space and love watching leaders, teachers and students engaged in hands on, kinaesthetic activities.
I have delivered keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, webinars and professional development courses nationally and internationally. I speak from the heart, ask difficult questions and strive to inspire others with stories of student and teacher success.
Spreading ideas, the reason behind TED and TEDx, lends itself to being a connected educator. Educators living in isolation today have chosen to do so. I am constantly inspired by teachers and leaders at every event I attend. The passion, creativity and innovation I have experienced only allow me to share ideas further. I feel very fortunate to get to travel, speak, listen and learn.