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:

2012 presenters
2011 presenters
2010 presenters

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Keynote Speaker

David Booth

 

David Booth is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. For over forty years, Booth has been involved in education, as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker and author. At the University of Toronto, his students have included teachers, administrators, and artists enrolled in the Preservice, Master’s and Doctoral programs in education. He has authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum development: the arts, drama, literacy and media. During the last four years, he held the Elizabeth Thorn Chair of the Centre for Literacy in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.

Professor Booth has worked on several guidelines in literacy and in the arts for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and compiled background reports for the Council of Ministers of Education on curriculum reform across Canada. During his academic career, he has written widely on education for refereed journals in Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain.

As an internationally respected authority on education, he has addressed educators and parents in every province of Canada, throughout the United States, and in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, the Czech Republic, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He has won several awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education, and for his books for young people, and has been awarded honorary lifetime memberships in educational drama organizations in Canada, the United States and England.

He is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Durham, UK, and holds an honorary Doctorate awarded to him by Nipissing University. As well, he has a diploma in Commonwealth Studies from Oxford University, UK. In 2011, the Toronto Chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa selected him as the Outstanding Educator.

 

 

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Workshop Clinicians

Music Clinician

Lori Moccio

Lori Moccio holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. She is a music special and certified Orff Levels instructor with Carl Orff Canada. She teaches Gr. 1 French Immersion for the District School Board of Niagara where she passionately integrates the arts into all she teaches. Lori recently concluded nine years at Richmond St. Public School where she taught grades one through eight music and dance. She sits on the Arts Team for the DSBN and helps to create initiatives that promote the teaching of the Arts. Lori also teaches AQ music courses at Brock University. A passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic teacher, Lori loves sharing the Orff approach with others.

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Music Clinician

Catherine West

Catherine West is the Coordinator of music AQ courses for OISE/U of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the editor of Ostinato, the national journal of Carl Orff Canada, and a senior associate with Connexionarts (an arts-in-education consulting company). She recently completed a term as Instructional Leader in music with the Toronto District School Board. She has an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, and course instructor, and has worked with clients such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the GRAMMY’s Leonard Bernstein Foundation, Opera Lyra (Ottawa), the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association (Australia), the Bermuda Teacher’s Union, many school districts, and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She has authored many books and curriculum resources, including co-authoring the recent TSO teacher resource, How the Gimquat Found It’s Song.

 

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Drama Clinician

Debra McLauchlan

Debra McLauchlan is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Brock University.  Before moving to the university setting, she taught secondary drama for more than a decade, consulted in various elementary classrooms, and implemented a theatre for young audiences program based on secondary students’ collaboratively devised scripts. As a professor, Debra has been awarded the Brock University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, co-authored a publication for the District School Board of Niagara titled Gender and Its Impact on Student Achievement, co-edited Universal Mosaic of Drama and Theatre: The IDEA 2004 Dialogues, contributed chapters to various texts, published in numerous scholarly and professional journals, presented at international academic conferences, and conducted training workshops for both teachers and professional teacher-artists.  She currently serves as Chair of Carousel Players, a professional theatre for young audiences company, and also serves on the Theatre Ontario Board of Directors.  

 

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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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Dance Clinician

Hannah Beach

Hannah Beach is an award winning educator and the author of seven books on movement and expression. Her books have been adopted by multiple school boards across Canada and are internationally distributed. Founder and Director of the Dandelion Dance Company, she combines her dance training with her background in social work and children’s rights, facilitating in a manner that embraces all abilities and supports youth in exploring their ideas and experiences through movement. A sought after speaker and workshop presenter, Hannah’s work has been embraced by schools, universities, and family shelters as a vehicle through which to help children express themselves, engage in team building and shift classroom dynamics towards a more inclusive and empathetic way of learning together.

 

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Dance Clinician

Kate Cornell

Kate Cornell, is a writer, teacher and arts advocate. With a PhD in Communication and Culture, Cornell has taught numerous undergraduate courses in dance, theatre, humanities, and education at Ryerson University, York University, Charles Sturt University, and upcoming at UOIT. She has taught across the TDSB as a mentor artist with Learning Through the Arts and with the National Ballet of Canada's Education program. Cornell's writing has been published in journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. She is the co-author of Toronto Dance Theatre: 1968-1998, Stages in a Journey. She sits on several Boards of Directors and committees in order to advocate for arts education. Cornell is the Director of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies.

 

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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.