Presenters

Faculty of Education

Presenters


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For bios of the educators and academics who presented at previous conferences, click on the links below:

2013 presenters
2012 presenters
2011 presenters
2010 presenters

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Larry Swartz

Larry Swartz is an instructor in literacy as well as dramatic arts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has been an educator for over thirty years and is well-known for his use of children’s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians and parents throughout Canada, the United States and Asia.

Larry has developed an number of titles for the BOLDPRINT series and is a consultant for BOLDPRINT Kids K-3. He has helped to develop numerous language arts programs and has also written a number of professional development books for educators.

 

 

 

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Workshop Clinicians

Music Clinician

Lori Moccio

Lori Moccio is a Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Drama teacher at Jeanne Sauvé, the new French Immersion public school in the DSBN. Lori specializes in the Orff approach to music education and strives to connect the arts across the curriculum. Lori is a teacher trainer for Brock University and gives workshops for teachers in and around the Niagara Region. A passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic teacher, Lori loves sharing the Orff approach with others.

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Music Clinician

Catherine West

Catherine West, recently retired from the TDSB, is the Coordinator of music AQ courses for OISE and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a senior associate with Connexionarts. She has an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, arts education consultant and course instructor, and has worked with a broad range of clients in the private and public sectors. Currently she is working with the Marilyn Thomson Centre Early Years Research Project at the Royal Conservatory.

 

 

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Drama Clinician

Glenys McQueen-Fuentes

A graduate of the Jacques Lecoq International School of Physical Theatre (Paris) and McGill University, Glenys spent 11 years in professional theatre in Mexico City, and in 2012, returned to teach a month-long Master Class in Mask Performance for the National Theatre Company of Mexico's production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Glenys is an Associate Professor (theatre, AT) at Brock University and has an MEd from Brock.  With composer husband, Rafael Fuentes, she is Co-Director of DramaSound, providing original, instrumental music and movement/music workshops for education and the arts.

 

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Drama Clinician

Jenn Mavity

Jenn Mavity has been a classroom teacher for the past 12 years with the Peel District School Board.  She has a passion for teaching students through The Arts. Jenn has led numerous Drama and Dance workshops for teachers across the province and has been involved with many writing projects to create Drama and Dance resources. Jenn is an Executive member of both CODE (Council for Ontario’s Drama and Dance Educators) and PEDA (Peel Elementary Drama Teacher’s Association).

 

 

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Drama Clinician

Kim Snider

 

Kim Snider teaches at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto. She is a curriculum writer, AQ course instructor, and has presented workshops in the United Kingdom, Austria, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. Kim is a proud past President of CODE (Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators), the current Secretary of IDEA (International Drama/Theatre Education Association) and a recent graduate of the University of Warwick’s Masters in Drama and Theatre Education program.

 

 

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Visual Arts Clinician

Shauna Daley

Shauna Daley is an artist and a teacher. She graduated from Brock University with an Honours degree in Visual Arts and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education degree at Brock. Shauna is interested in completing her Master’s degree in Art Education with a focus on Critical Creative Thinking and Drawing. She has worked as a Visual Arts Educator with the Niagara Falls Art Gallery teaching visual art lessons underpinned with cross-curricular expectations in schools across the region. She has also opened her own art studio in Grimsby, Ontario where approximately two hundred students from the community cycle through her programs.

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Visual Arts Clinician

Amy Friend

Amy Friend is a practicing artist and educator currently teaching Visual Arts in the Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. Friend studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design before embarking on intermittent travels through Europe, Morocco, Cuba, and the US. Friend has a BFA Honours degree and BEd degree from York University as well as an MFA from the University of Windsor, where she received a Social Science and Humanities Grant as well as an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her work has been featured in select publications such as the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photography Competition, EnRoute Magazine, LENS magazine (China), The Walrus, and Rooms Literary Journal. Friend has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

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Visual Arts Clinician

Athanasia Psarakis

Athanasia Psarakis is currently in her 20th year as a middle-school Visual Arts and Core French teacher at W.H. Ballard Elementary School in Hamilton, ON (Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board). A well-known arts presenter at school board conferences, Athanasia has also worked with Theatre Aquarius, a Hamilton theatre company, developing educational support resources around visual arts lessons linked to various productions showcased at the theatre.

 

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Visual Arts Clinician

Nicola Giles-Morreale

Nicola Giles-Morreale is a photographer and teacher currently working in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s arts-based SAGE program. Nicola has an Honours degree in Modern Languages as well as a Masters degree in Art Conservation from Queen’s University. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Brock University after spending several years as an arts administrator for the City of Hamilton. Nicola went back to teacher’s college mid-life with the hope that one day she would be able to marry her passion for art with her love for working with children. She brings an interesting perspective from her background in Art Conservation, as this training provided her with a deep understanding of artistic materials and techniques. She also brings a wealth of knowledge from internships at the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum and the Frans Hals Museum in Holland.

 

 

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